19 Dec 2011

How to make modular origami vase

One more time about modular origami vase. This time I prepared step by step instruction, hope it will be helpful. If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact me! Here we go. 

A few month ago I made one very tall vase, which wasn't very useful so I took it apart and made a new one, for my so called Christmas tree :) 

To make a origami vase first you need loads of triangular pieces, modules. How to fold them you can find here.
How many of them to fold? It depends on how big your vase going to be, I made a really big one and I used 1800 pieces. Don't worry you can make a smaller one, but you have to have in mind, that if you want your vase had a shape, you will need at least 300 of pieces.
Colors are absolutely your choice! I used colors, but its ok to start from one colored vase.
When you have your pieces ready we'll start connecting them. As you know the pieces has two flaps/legs and two pockets. You begin with connecting 3 units as you can see in a picture.

You keep connecting the units until you are ready to make the circle. Just be careful - the top of triangles makes sort of two rows. Try to keep it this way. 

Here is my circle. I used 100 pieces (50 first row and 50 second one). You can use 20 +20, 30 +30 or so. If you will have less than 20 on your base, after it might be difficult to get the shape you want. 

Don't worry if at the beginning circle is falling apart a little bit - this is the most difficult part, after when you make more rows it will be much more resistible.So keep going. 

When you put units be sure you use one leg of one triangle and one of the another. It reminds knitting a bit :) 

After you made 5 more rows the circle must be firm enough so you can turn it over. And now, if you have different color units you can start making ornaments. The way I do it - it's all improvisation: I put red units every 14 bits. When I make other row I put 2 red ones, then 3... and so on. And then the same backwards: 8, 7, 6 .... So I get diamond shaped ornaments. 

NB! the amount of units on every row is the same! It naturally gets into the shape of egg. The is no trick, jut u need to know when to stop and make the top of the vase. 

Here is my result. I would be interested to know how you did. Don't be shy to try and send me a pic!
If you have any questions - leave me a message!


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