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Tomoko Fuse Boxes

We had fun making Tomoko Fuse boxes. I enjoyed being able to challenge even some of my more experienced folders when it came to the lids….not mentioning any names!

I have instructions for the lid done, so thought I would post that right away. It’s been a bit busy with Halloween and a few other other things, but I am trying to caught up now! I am also updating the gallery today, so look there for your models if they were photographed.



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I-Ching Wheel by Michael LaFosse

Today was fun! We worked on folding an i-ching wheel, which is available in this book, which you can find in the Springer Library.

Here is how to make the unit, and tomorrow I will add the instructions for assembling it.

…..and here is the assenmbly!!


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Here is a lovely little unit project that is nice and simple. I am planning on teaching it today in the library, but just in case we have a huge crowd, I will be sending people here to learn it! So if you were turned away at lunchtime, I am sorry!

Here are the videos: the first one is the unit and the second one is the assembly.


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Pinwheel Unit by Tomoko Fuse

It was a real treat to dive into our brand new box of 6,000 sheets of duo paper today. Yes, that was 6,000 sheets! I got this gorgeous box of paper from Hilltop Gifts in Cupertino, whose owner is always tremendously supportive of our Springer Origami Club. We haven’t folded anything with duo paper yet, so it made a colorful change. If you would like a little review of how to fold the pinwheel unit I put a video on the Projects from 2007-8 page at the top. You can also learn how to put these units together to make a cube. When making a cube make sure you skip the very last step, so you have one less fold. This will make it much easier to put your cube together.

Hope to see some pinwheel cubes around school!

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Star Wreath by Gay Merrill Gross

Here’s a lovely easy wreath (probably the easiest one I have found) by Gay Merrill Gross, which can be found in her great book, Minigami. As you can tall I am a big Gay Merrill Gross fan! She has lots of great projects in her books.

Here is the unit:

….and here is how to assemble it!

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Mette Flower Unit

Here is how to make a Mette Flower Unit, invented by Mette Pederson. This was the projest that we did on Wednesday October 1st with the 4-6th graders. The first video shows how to make the unit, and the second video shows the assembly.

Here’s how to put the Mette flower units together (thanks Mae!)

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Sonobe Units by Mitsunobu Sonobe

Do you know how to make sonobe units? They are a little like origami building blocks, and if you know how to make these you will be able to put them together in many different ways.

Once you have mastered the basic version there are also a lot of variations, each of which will give you a slightly different end product. Sonobe units are a great way to start in unit origami. Watch out! It can get a little addicitive!

Thanks to Anna for the great directions! These units have an extra crease at the end so they will make a 12 unit sonobe ball.

If you are feeling ambitious, here are the directions for the 12 unit ball….

Thanks to Anna for explaining this so beautifully. I am hoping to persuade her to post some more “tricky” projects for those of you that would like them. Have fun!


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