Star Puff (Ralf Konrad): Instructions

Adams, Sara
Difficulty Level: 
Low intermediate
Model type: 
Triangle Grid
Tessellations and Fractals
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Origami Tessellation Instructions: Star Puff (Ralf Konrad)

Here's another model that you can use as a nice winter / Christmas decoration. I prefer folding this model from opaque paper. Using foil paper gives it an extra sparkle!


Nice Video, Sara! But your voice sounds like you're very sleepy.. :D

Thanks sara!!!!!
How many divisions does the other two starpuffs that you show have ?

I think I started with a 32 division grid for the other two models I showed.

-- Sara

what is the blue paper

It's Pacon paper, which someone sent me. I can't tell you much more than than, because it doesn't have details on the package. It's quite nice to fold with, though.

-- Sara

this paper is the same paper i use! my one size fits all paper is very nice for just about everything not to mention cheap aswell. ive been able to find this paper in just about any teacher/ art supply store. sold in bunches of 200 sheets with dimensions of 9x9 inches or sold in roles online(i dont usually buy online and never have, i prefer to see the paper up close and personal before i buy).
Sold at the pacon website its called rainbow colored kraft. its paper properties are very nice with a rough fuzzy side for animals and a soft smooth side for insects and very crisp, strong paper.

Simple and beautiful :) I loved making the Star Puff! I followed the 3 stars and then tried making them on a 32 triangle grid :) I wonder if there's a technique in doing triangle twists that guarantee a perfect triangle.. Sometimes I really have to force that twist so that the triangle comes out right.. I also love the fact that I can flatten the whole model again and try to make a different pattern of star puffs.. Thank you for making and sharing another tessellation with us ^_^ I'm still saving up for a copy of Eric Gjerde's book :)

Hi! DoctoBeans! Havent talked to you for a long time.. I love making this model also... Made it twice already and will be making more... =D... By the way, sara!, WONDERFUL VIDEO!

*clap clap* Wow, you know Sara, you have really outdone yourself this time, you-you know what, never mind, you do such a incredibly terrific job on all your videos already, I think it's impossible for you to get any better. (But with your brilliance I'm sure you'll come up with something)... Just, just don't stop privileging the world with your amazing videos.
Oh, by the way, thank you very much for the help on the double star flexicube.

-Phillip-- oh darn, I probably shouldn't have given away my real name on the web-oh well, it's probably nothing

thanks for the video but i just cant fold it i get stuck on the third star

So what will be your next video . will it be a tessellation or will it be jack in the box.
Please do reply to this comment

Could you show how to do the second variation, the one where the stars are up next to eachother to form a hexagon. I can't figure it out. Thanks.

Start with a grid with 32 divisions. Then place the first triangle twist as in the video (make a mountain starting in one of the points, going to the center, skip one point, next point minus two grid triangles add the next mountain fold). Make the twist counter-clockwise, fill the rest of the grid with triangle twists. Make a star puff in the center of the model and then two circles around.

-- Sara


can you tell me how to make 1st variation

How do you make the "Third" variation, the one with the puff in the middle, surrounded by triangle twists, and the other puffs on the corners?

For all variations, simply place the triangle twists where you want triangel twists or star puffs to go.
The variation you mentioned I folded on a 32-division grid. I then placed triangle twists in the center of the hexagon. You'll need 6 for the central star puff, then add a ring of triangle twists you'll leave like that. This requires another 18 triangel twists.
Then let one grid length space, and start 6 more such ring of triangle twists such that these rings will cover the corners. While you'll see that there's not enough space for another full circle (star puff surrounded by 18 triangle twists), it'll be just enough to place some star puffs right on the corners.

-- Sara

By that I mean how many sections the paper is divided into. E.g. if you take a hexagon and then count the number of horizontal folds between two opposite raw edges, then you get the number of divisions. If you start with a square, count the number of sections created by the horizontal creases between two opposite edges (the other creases are not parallel to any of the raw edges).
If you have no idea what I'm talking about, please check http://www.happyfold... :) I talk about how many divisions you create here and there.

-- Sara

You can choose either direction. Only after the first triangle twist are the directions of all other triangle twists decided.

-- Sara

Yes, actually I have vague plans to demonstrate Bricks by Ilan Garibi: http://www.happyfold...
I also need to finish my tessellation basics series, and I believe I'll make a video on how to fold more than 3 stages of clover folding. I've been getting many queries of that ever since I made the 3-stage video.
I'm sure I'll also work on other tessellation videos in the future, but this should give you an idea of what I've got planned already.

-- Sara

Could you also do an instructional video on the High Density Hydrangea Tiles?

i finally made this... love this model
thanks Sara for teaching me origami... :D
But please make some new videos.... ^^

Is the paper you are using actually creating the marks as you fold, or are you somehow drawing the lines in and then resuming the video? If the act of creasing is creating the black and burgundy lines, please tell me what kind of paper you are using.

Sara, I think that you did an excellent job. This is a great website, and it is enjoyable for numerous audiences. I have a question that I want to ask you: are there any good origami diagrams online and where can I find them?

Which kind of paper is this yellow paper?
Must be much more difficult to fold the model without making the lines with a pen for where to make the stars ;-(

Here we have only 3 stars, how to make more stars? Do you need to divide more the paper at the beginning?

Thansk for the replies

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