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Help wanted with modular origami

Posted: September 8th, 2020, 5:43 am
by Tyler Hansen
Hi there. So I have been working on some molecular origami models from this book I've had for several months. The book is called "Mind-Blowing Modular Origami The Art of Polyhedral Paper Folding" by Byriah Loper. I have successfully assembled the first 7 models in the book but I have become stuck on the 8th model called "16 Triangles" which is the first of a series of wire-frame models. The book gives instructions on how to assemble each triangle which I did successfully. Afterwards, it has a couple pages of "weaving instructions" which are supposed to tell you how to assemble the triangles together. But the instructions are absolutely horrible. All they do is talk about the geometry of the model and there is no instruction on how to weave the pieces together. Whatever instruction there is gets explained so terribly. I tried to follow what I saw in the pictures but got frustrated quickly. I've tried searching google for any possible video tutorials but I found nothing. I am completely lost and have no idea what to do. If anyone could give more clear instructions on how to do this model and how weaving wire-frame models works in general, it would be greatly appreciated. Would love it if I could see a video turtorial. Thank you so much!

Re: Help wanted with modular origami

Posted: September 8th, 2020, 2:48 pm
by Gerardo
Sorry. I don't have that book. I hope someone here can help you out :). If no one does, maybe you can also ask on The Origami Mailing List: ... fo/origami

Re: Help wanted with modular origami

Posted: September 9th, 2020, 4:56 am
by sattej
I have this book and looked at the assembly instructions.. they seem typical, honestly, for woven modulars. Putting together complex wovens like Byriah's is hard. It gets worse quickly with complexity.

One technique which I would suggest, and that I had success with, is using some gentle tape to hold the modules in place as you weave them. Especially in the early steps, when the modules can easily slide and reposition, it is hard to hold everything in the "right" spot. Tape can help keep everything where it is supposed to be, as you carefully inspect the path that each module has to weave through. Take your time, keep your eyeballs on your model at the exact same orientation as the one shown in the book. If it helps, use the same colors exactly as the author does the first time you assemble. The worst are mono-color ones because it's very hard to remember where you are at.