origami adventures!

I got a few new origami books and tried to make a few things, all of which ended in failure one way or another. (the most frustrating was trying to make a cute little tetrahedron, for which all the pieces turned out great, but apparently you need to be some sort of origami deity to assemble the 6 measly pieces) That’s been disheartening, so I decided to go back to my old standby – using Sonobe units to make things. I’ve done 12 and 30 unit constructions before, so I wanted to try a 60 unit one.

Tuesday I made 40 units, and yesterday while I was home sick I finished up the latest 20 in front of “The Dark Knight”. (still a good movie!) Last night was assembly time. It went surprisingly well at first – it’s mostly hexagons and triangles which made it much more stable while putting it together than I had feared. I kept putting it together with the same pattern until I noticed that I was almost out of units, and the structure was nowhere near closed up. Usually this means that edges need to be joined together somehow, but I just couldn’t figure it out. Eventually I did a little online research, and lo and behold the way you make the 60 unit structure is fairly different from the 12 and 30. What I was halfway putting together was the 90 unit structure.

So after a bit of deliberation I decided to take the whole thing apart and go for the 90. (I would have left it together while I folded the extra units, but then the extra colors would have been all on one side) I’ll take pictures when/if I finish, since judging by the size of the structure I had it’s going to be quite big!

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