Friday, February 4, 2011

Origami Interlude: Hollow Blue Cube

My husband took me on an origami paper shopping spree for my Christmas gift last December, so I picked out several sheets of beautiful Washi paper. I decided to make this modular cube:

It's a Tomoko Fusé design from one of her many origami books. The book is called Cranes and Fans, and it's only in Japanese as far as I know. 
While the edges of the cube are constructed from washi paper, the faces are constructed from TANT origami paper, which differs from standard origami paper in three ways: it's thicker, textured, and colored on both sides. I like it a whole lot better than standard origami paper for such 3D structures that contain so much open space, because the thicker paper helps to stabilize the model.
This model uses 12 sheets of washi and 6 sheets of TANT paper, each at 4 inches square. It holds its shape well without adhesives.
Have you tried a new material within the past few months? How did it work out?


  1. That is really great. So glad you photographed it from all sorts of angles so we can get a full view of it. By the way have you seen on PBS the Frontline show about origami? I thought it was fascinating.

  2. So beautiful is the paper and elegant the form!

  3. Thanks Emilie and Eva!

    Emilie, Is this the PBS show on origami that you were thinking of? . I haven't seen it yet, but it's now on my holds list at my local library :)

  4. Yes, that's the one. I was thinking it was Frontline, but it was Independent Lens. You'll love it.

  5. Very nice model :)
    I love kusudamas and modular origami... you have done very well this model.
    I would like to invite you to check my blog,, I hope you like it.

    Have a nice week :)


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