Real Origami Icehouse Pieces
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This is not the
Origami Icehouse kit that
These are my own adaption of a genuine origami pyramid (that
I learned from my brother
Marc Moskowitz) to
dimensions. (Japanese Paper-folding, or
uses square sheets of paper and consists entirely of folding, without
any cutting. Officially it doesn't include tape either, but
these pyramids will stay together better once taped.)
There are 2 sheets, one with 6 larges and one with 6 mediums
and 6 smalls. I'm following LL's lead in giving you a spare in each
size, just in case.
You will need the following to create these:
How to create:
- The printed-out pages. You may want to print them out
on colored paper, or you may want to color them before
folding them. I don't recommend coloring them afterwards.
- An unbent paperclip.
- Scotch tape or some other adhesive.
Once you've got the hang of it, you may want to try to fold your
pyramids so that the flaps end up on the inside. You'll have to do
more taping this way, but the sides may look a little better.
Specifically, each side will be one of the large triangles on the
original flat paper. These would also be easier to fill with weights.
- Cut out square.
- Fold diagonally across the square, with the ink on the inside,
so that you end up with a triangle. Unfold, turn 90 degrees,
and repeat. Note: you will not be folding along any of
the printed lines on the page.
- Fold horizontally across the square, with the ink on the
outside, so that you end up with a rectangle. Unfold, turn
90 degrees, and repeat. Note: you will be folding along
lines that do not go all the way across.
- Hold the square flat (horizontally) by one corner with the
ink side up. Pull the other corners down (toward the
un-inked side) and toward the held corner. Bring
all four corners together. You should end up with 4
triangular flaps coming off a central axis, with the ink on
the outside. Flatten two of the flaps together, then the
other two, so that you have a square. This square should
have a large triangle printed on it, pointing toward a
corner. Hold the square so that the triangle points upward.
(This step is not actually very difficult to do, but it's
very difficult to explain. Anyone with a better
description, let me know.)
- Fold the small triangle on the bottom (under the large one)
back away from you along the line.
- Fold each of the side triangles toward you along the line,
only folding one flap.
- Unfold the bottom triangle.
- Turn the square around and repeat the last three steps.
You should now have a kite-shaped object, with the sharp
corner pointing up. This will be your pyramid: the blunt
corner will become the base.
- Put your index finger on the sharp corner and your thumb
on the blunt one. Squeeze slightly. The blunt corner should
flatten slightly. Don't worry much if it doesn't. This is
just to help start the inflating process.
- Stick your paperclip in through the small opening in the
sharp corner of the pyramid. Use it to push the sides of
the pyramid away from each other, and to sharpen up the lower
points. Be patient, and push each side out a little before
pushing any of them all the way out; otherwise you can end up
with an annoying 3-sided pyramid that doesn't have a flat
- Tape your pyramid closed and move on to the next one.
Thanks to Elliott
C. "Eeyore" Evans for the picture of an untaped
Bill Adams has adapted these pyramids into
origami pyramids that do not require tape. These are more
complicated to fold but won't require any tools like paperclips.
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