Modular origami, also called 3D origami, is a specific kind of origami that evolved in the 18th century. Instead of making a shape out of a single piece of paper the complex shapes are assembled out of tiny modules.
The purpose of this course is to show you the basic techniques for working with triangular modules - both while folding them and when assembling into more complex shapes. To complete it you don't need any previous knowledge of neither modular nor regular origami - and the required level of manual precision for modular origami is noticeably lower than for regular one, which makes it a perfect craft to do together with children.
This course does not contain a set of shapes you can repeat and be done with, but rather the generic ways of assembling the pieces together allowing you to implement them in any craft of your choice.
Modular origami begins with paper. The average A4 sheet is 210mm x 297mm or 8.27in x 11.69in. As we cut the short side to 8 pieces and the long side to 4, we receive respectively:
First cut: 14.85cm or 8.85in
Second cut: 10.5cm or 4,14in
Third cut: 7.43cm or 2.92in
Fourth cut: 5.25cm or 2.07in
Fifth (final) cut: 3,7cm or 1.46in
Let's start from the beginning and fold our first module.
Not every fold is perfect. What is important and needs to be fixed at all cost, and what can be skipped?
The paper does not always cut perfectly. Can the resulting piece still be used?
We've actually been here already. Well, almost...
The simple loop is simple, but a touch of glue can turn it into something worthwhile.
And a quick word on piece storage
Time to make our first bowl.
Another look at the horizontal connect.
And time to go vertical.
A dish without a bottom is... not too useful
A rectangle piece of origami definitely has limits. Let's try to get pas
And at times we want to narrow our craft decreasing a number of modules in a row.
Considering we now know how to widen the row it's time to look into simple conic lid.
And taking the cone a bit to the extreme - a flat circle.
A triangle box? Or maybe square... Pentagonal... Hexagonal? I know, octagonal!
Have you maybe thought of using a cross stitch pattern with the modular origami technique? Can be done!
Besides the regular color patterns you can add the 3d effects to your origami piece.
Another 3d effect - leaving empty space in the middle of your craft.
Modular origami is not limited to dishes - you can easily make simple decorations like flowers or butterflies out of it.
A blobby figurine can be made into an animal or character of your choice with only change of color and maybe a little touch on the model itself.
One of my passions is my work - I love databases and have spent quite some time to become an expert with Oracle. I am a certified Oracle associate with over 10 years of experience in the field and specialize in performance tuning and reporting.
That means I spend majority of my working day staring at the monitor and in my free time I want to run away from it. As I love creating things with my own hands home crafts were an obvious choice. I started as 8-year-old with simple things like origami and crochet and since then went through multiple techniques like looming, pyrography, stitch and others.
I have a fairly technical mind so with my crafts I prefer to do things that are not only pretty but also practical. Most of them also don't need specialized tools or said tools can also be quite easily made or replaced if need be.