Submitted by Sara on 12 August 2007 - 11:50pm
1 : sqrt(2) (A-sized)
Sadly, Thoki Yenn passed away in 2004. His son, Thomas Søndergard, was kind enough to give me permission for making this video available to you.
Update: This structure has the name "Borromean Rings": three rings linked in a way that by removing any one ring the other two aren't linked anymore, either.
Submitted by zaneifern (not verified) on 18 April 2008 - 11:48am Permalink
that was awesome...thanks
Submitted by Tashauni (not verified) on 28 May 2008 - 6:00pm Permalink
is there a specific size the paper should be because ive been just dividing a square in half to get a rectangle
Submitted by Sara on 28 May 2008 - 9:10pm Permalink
half an A-sized paper
I do mention it at the beginning of the video, but I guess not everyone knows what A-sized paper is. Each module needs a paper that's half an A-sized paper. So if you use normal printing paper from Europe and divide it lengthwise, you'll be fine. In the US and Canada standard printing paper is letter-sized. The instructions in the video do assume you're using A-sized paper, although other rectangles can be used accordingly.
If you don't have A-sized paper or don't know what I'm talking about, try 6 sheets sized 3in by 8.485in, or 74mm by 210mm. Hope this helps.
Submitted by Daniel (not verified) on 1 January 2009 - 7:33am Permalink
is it good to use half of letter-sized paper though?
Submitted by LeKnowsOrigami (not verified) on 15 June 2008 - 8:56pm Permalink
I just found a method to
I just found a method to make a square paper in an a4 format.
The diagrams are at origami.com
Submitted by Jenny (not verified) on 30 July 2008 - 9:22am Permalink
Slice and Origami Piece
Hi Sara! I'm just here to say that this site really is helping me improve my origami skills. I'm currently in Korea and I bought some origami paper. It's about the size of the paper you used in "Can Love Be Squashed?" So, I am wondering, instead of going through all that fuss, can I just use whatever thin piece of paper like yours? Not exact, but close. Because, I just think that cutting my origami paper in half is better.
Submitted by Sara on 30 July 2008 - 11:43am Permalink
2:1 won't do
Sorry, a sheet of 2 by 1 paper (half a square) won't do. You can use normal printing paper (A4), and cut that in half lengthwise - or in quarters crosswise. As far as I can see, Korea uses A4 sized printing paper, so it should be easy for you to get that sized paper, and it's usually sold in many colours. By the way, normal printing paper should be thin enough to work well for this model, but try not to go for thicker versions. Hope this helps,
Submitted by Origami Master (not verified) on 8 February 2009 - 10:09pm Permalink
Thank you so much for posting this video! Your video was very easy to understand, and I had finished my model in no time at all. This model is very neat the way the different pieces hold each other together. Thanks again!
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on 13 March 2009 - 1:29pm Permalink
i have been stuggling with this diagram without knowing how to collpase it. your video did the mracle. i have done it . thANKS A LOT . keep going best wishes have a woderful day
Submitted by niv15 (not verified) on 28 May 2009 - 8:07am Permalink
is it A4 or A-sized
This video seems simple but I still didn't start this umulius rectangulum becase I had a doubt. Was the paper size you mentioned A4 or A-size??? I had this ddoubt because you mentioned it A4 in the video but in the paper ratio coloumn it was given A-sized. Please clear this doubt of mine by replying.
Submitted by Sara on 28 May 2009 - 8:39am Permalink
A4 and A-sized
Well, A4 paper is A-sized paper with a length of about 29.7cm and width of about 21cm. But you can vary the length/width of paper. Basically, you can use any paper with a ratio of 1 by square root of 2 - which is what I call A-sized. For this model you indeed have to cut an A-sized paper in half lengthwise, so the ratio will be 1 by 2*sqrt(2) - but that's included in the video.
Hope this helps,
Submitted by niv15 (not verified) on 30 May 2009 - 10:32am Permalink
I thanf you. MUST APPRECIATE THE EFFORT!!! I made one like yours.I have one more doubt. where do you get your coloured papers? I don't have any shos nearby that sels coloured paper. Should I PUT EXTRA EFFORT AND PAINT THE PAPER MYSELF??? I would be glad if you would clear this doubt of mine too!!!
Submitted by Sara on 2 June 2009 - 7:45am Permalink
For this model you can simply use coloured printing paper. You should be able to get that in just about any stationary store.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on 28 July 2009 - 11:33pm Permalink
wow my friends are stupid
I just want to share something funny regarding this model that I folded and my friends.
I was showing this to some of my friends:
Friend: "Wow, thats cool, but how'd you get the rings together? It's impossible the way they are set up isn't it?"
Me:"......."*pulls rings apart slightly*
Friend: "WOW!!!!! Thats cool man!!"
Are my friends stupid?
Submitted by Sara on 29 July 2009 - 6:14am Permalink
No, they're not stupid. It's exactly what the model was designed for. That in the first moment you ask yourself how that is ever possible. And your friend appreciated it for its nice, hidden locking. I'd say he's smart for that. I know that some would respond that it's just fake and be disappointed. That'd probably be the less smart answer, as clearly there has to be a trick for it to work. :)
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on 1 August 2009 - 5:03am Permalink
Thanks for your opinion!
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on 5 September 2009 - 2:53pm Permalink
So do i just cut a sheet of printer paper in half?
Submitted by Sara on 5 September 2009 - 4:01pm Permalink
If it's A4 paper (which is used basically everywhere except for the US and Canada), then - yes, just cut a sheet of printer paper in half.
Submitted by Jack Land (not verified) on 8 September 2009 - 3:55am Permalink
This was great! I was not coordinated enough to get the fifths accurately. So I marked fifths on the sides, scored the line and the long folds went much easier for me. Although, I thought the constructing of the fifths was mathematically interesting, my folding was not sufficiently precist. Thanks for this video.
Submitted by Matthew (not verified) on 18 October 2009 - 3:50am Permalink
Sara? I was just wondering...
Sara? I was just wondering... For this model you use A4 sheets of paper and cut that in half... Is that the same ratio as a A sized paper? I live in the U.S., so... yah.. Thanks!
Submitted by Sara on 18 October 2009 - 8:04am Permalink
Cutting A-sized paper in half
First an answer to your question: Yes, A4 paper is A-sized.
Now a bit more:
The wonderful property A-sized paper has is that if you cut the long side in half each half will again have that aspect ratio. Cutting an A4-paper in half results in 2 A5 sheets, cutting an A5 in half results in two A6 sheets (about postcard size). That's why I usually talk about A-sized. In other words, I mean paper with a ratio of 1 by square root of 2.
Submitted by Matthew (not verified) on 18 October 2009 - 10:15pm Permalink
Oh... Okay, thanks1 yah, I was just looking at the paper ratio and you A4, but it said A-sized, but now i get it, so THANKS!
Submitted by Linn (not verified) on 22 October 2009 - 8:14pm Permalink
Thanks for uploading this video!
I really loved the finished model (:
- You're awesome!
Submitted by Tom (not verified) on 14 December 2009 - 4:04am Permalink
I tried the Umulius Rectangulum today... and I've done a few others from your instructional videos. You're very good - thank you for posting the viedos. On my first try I was able to complete this project and I thought it came out pretty good. In order to get the aspect ratio of the A4 paper (the length divided by the width is 1.4142), I cut a U.S. standard 8-1/2 x 11 inch paper to 7.7782 x 11 inches... i.e. slightly more than 7-3/4 x 11 inches. It worked nicely. Thanks again, I can't wait to try some more new ones!
Submitted by Lani Crowell (not verified) on 29 December 2009 - 8:03am Permalink
hey can i use letter sized paper for the umulius rectangulum?
Submitted by Sara on 29 December 2009 - 10:32pm Permalink
Possible, but slightly different
You can use letter-sized paper, but the instructions will be slightly different (although not by much). In essence, the areas that will overlap when joining two modules will be slightly shorter with letter-sized paper. I fear I haven't worked out the precise sequence that will be necessary, but it shouldn't be too hard. Concentrate on the amount of paper that's between the center of the paper and the creases that form the angles of the "pipe", rather than the distance from the edge of the paper and the creases that form the angles.
Submitted by Thomas (not verified) on 24 July 2010 - 8:31pm Permalink
You could probably use letter sized paper, because it is very close to A4 sized paper.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on 28 July 2010 - 9:13am Permalink
im srry but this is not ur
im srry but this is not ur best vid i could not fallow it
Submitted by Sara on 28 July 2010 - 6:56pm Permalink
Well, given that I posted that video about 3 years ago... you'd think I'd improve in 3 years of practicing. ;)
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on 29 August 2010 - 7:27pm Permalink
ur things are cool
I LOVE YOU SARA MARRY ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!thanks for all the origami stuff
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on 21 December 2010 - 6:40am Permalink
what is the size in inches
what is the size in inches
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on 21 December 2010 - 6:57am Permalink
can you just cut a printer paper in half divide that into fith and you get the picture. but if you don't anyways.
Submitted by Sara on 2 January 2011 - 1:55pm Permalink
You need to use A-sized paper
That depends on what the format of the printer paper is. In the US and Canada it's usually letter, everywhere else it's A4. With A4 it works, with letter the folding sequence will have to be slightly different. However, then you can cut the paper to the right size and still follow the video. Check: http://erikdemaine.o...
Submitted by AlberticusMaximus (not verified) on 24 January 2011 - 9:07pm Permalink
got a question!!!
Ummm.... What if I have some great origami paper that I think would go good with this model but it is in square format. Can I cut one third off and get the same length:width ratio? And If it is easier for you can you tell me the length:width ratio of the 1/2 A4 piece?
Submitted by Sara on 25 January 2011 - 9:22am Permalink
Square to silver rectangle
See http://britishorigam... on how to change a square to a silver rectangle (same ratio as A4). Hope this helps,
Submitted by AlberticusMaximus (not verified) on 25 January 2011 - 8:39pm Permalink
Thanks, That was easier than I thought it would be!!!
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on 21 July 2012 - 4:00am Permalink
it's a really nice model and you demonstrated how to fold it wonderfuly :)
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on 30 December 2013 - 9:41pm Permalink
white side up or down?????
I am folding this modle with origami paper that I cut to the right ratio but I dont know which side i should start with facing up.
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