Star Puff (Ralf Konrad)

Konrad, Ralf
Adams, Sara
Difficulty Level: 
Model type: 
Triangle Grid
Tessellations and Fractals
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I was really intrigued by this model, because of its 3-d finish. Apart from having seen faces and such formed from tessellations, I had really associated tessellations with being essentially flat. Another surprise was that you first have to fold spread hexagons, and that model then very easily transforms into the star puff.

Paper: 19.5cm square of transparent paper
Model: 4.1cm x 12.2cm x 0.8cm


A small little comment you missed Sara. Actually first you have to make the spread hexagon tessellation, then you squash down each hexagon point into a triangle(since three pleats meet at one point) and keep doing that until you get the pattern in your picture. Other than that, great job! I've made mine when I was riding a bus to a camp. I found the instructions on the origami forum.

hi would you mind posting a link of the instructions?

I don't think there are online instructions to this model, but it's quite simple. Fold a triangle grid, then make 6 adjoining triangle twists. They will form a hexagon that is made up of 6 triangles. Then fold each triangle in half, thus exposing a hexagon on a single layer (i.e. no edges on top). You can then make that hexagon 3D by pushing in the sides, thus forming one star. Make as many stars as you like.

-- Sara

Actually, It doesn't take that much patience. If you actually get used to folding this kind of stuff, It doesn't take that long.

where do you get those paper?

Please make a video on this tessellation.

I contacted Ralf Konrad recently, and am waiting for his reply. If he gives me permission, this might be one of the next models I'll make a video on.

-- Sara

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