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Origami Ball Units by HanaClayWorks Origami Ball Units by HanaClayWorks
EDIT:
I uploaded a video for it on YouTube: Click here!


First off - Disclaimer: xP
I don't lay claim to the idea behind the units or the origami. I got this from a book that my dad bought me about 5 or 6 years ago (?) and I can't remember the title or author. :/ If anyone knows, let me know and I'll credit them here. ^^;
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OK... so umm... I guess download for the full-sized file or what have you. I had to split it between pictures and diagrams, but I'm too lazy to diagram everything and it's not clear enough if i just take pictures. xP
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Step1: Using a square piece of paper, colored-side down, fold the paper diagonally in both directions and unfold.

Step 2: Fold two opposite corners to the center.

Step 3: Fold once again, to the center.

Step 4: Fold the two pointy ends in.

Step 5: Fold the two sides diagonally so that the crease made by the folds in Step 4 meet with the folds made in Step 3.

Step 6: Tuck those triangular flaps into the flaps beneath them. Turn the piece over.

Step 7: Fold the pointy ends in so that you make two triangles at the ends. Turn the piece over again.

Step 8: Fold diagonally so that the crease matches up with the space between the two flaps folded in Step 7.

Step 9: Unfold the unit until you get to the point here (basically, you unfold until you get back to where you were in Step 6.)

Repeat 30 times to make enough units for the ball.
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Putting the ball together:
Basically, the ball is assembled from the units by putting the "flaps" (labeled "F") into the "pockets" (labeled "P"). The pictures pretty much explains it all.
The only other things I want to explain are:
- It takes 3 units to make the first triangular piece... thingy.
- For each of the adjoining triangular piece, it takes two more units.
- Keep going around until you get five triangular pieces fitted together. The piece seen in the very last picture required 10 units to make.
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If you have any questions or need clarification, comment or whatever and I'll see what I can do.
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:iconrenabu:
Renabu Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011   Digital Artist
I've been screwing around with this for like hours.. and I can't put down five, has to be 6 for me.
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:iconlonlyxcupcake13:
lonlyXcupcake13 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2010
That looks like my tablet! xD
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:icondestructionsong:
DestructionSong Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2009
The transition to picture 7 to picture 8 is confusing...
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:iconhanaclayworks:
HanaClayWorks Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2009
the sides are just folded to the center crease... i don't see how it's confusing? in any case, try clicking on the video tutorial... it might make things a bit more clear. :)
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:icondestructionsong:
DestructionSong Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2009
Mooooooo~ I love this. The connecting of the triangular sections is what confuses me.
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:iconhanaclayworks:
HanaClayWorks Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2009
maybe have a lookie at the video link in the comments? it might be a bit more clear? :)
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:iconyiclumis:
Yiclumis Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2008
Thank you for the tutorial! I'm kinda confused after step 6. When I flip the paper over, it the "longest" points are in opposite directions. I can't get it to look like it's previous shape. Is it supposed to be like that?
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:iconhanaclayworks:
HanaClayWorks Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2008
There's a link in the artist comments section that'll send you to the video tutorial on YouTube. If that still doesn't clear things up, let me know ;)
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:iconyiclumis:
Yiclumis Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2008
Haha! I checked that after I posted the comments. XD Didn't see it there.

I tried to assemble the thing, but it looks incredibly wonky. I can't figure out how to fix it. D :
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:iconyiclumis:
Yiclumis Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2008
Wait-- just kidding! I didn't realize there was a youtube video up. XD'' Ignore my comment.
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:iconkisa1:
kisa1 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2008
i love makin these (me and my co-workers used to make these all the time and toss em about the office)

they never asked where we got the paper from
*cough*copy room *cough*
lol they had to much paper in there any way
(and construction paper for some reason >.o)
*sigh* good times good times
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:iconhanaclayworks:
HanaClayWorks Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2008
lol i used to do that too... 'cept with my own paper... and i'd throw it at the bf cuz i had no one else to throw it at. :P
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:iconcinnabargrl:
Cinnabargrl Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2008
how do u join 2 units together?
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:iconhanaclayworks:
HanaClayWorks Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2008
it's in the bottom of the diagram... you just put one of the flaps into the pockets of another piece.
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:iconcinnabargrl:
Cinnabargrl Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2008
thats what i was trying to do but it just didnt seem to work! any chance u could post pictures/ more instructions? please?
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:iconhanaclayworks:
HanaClayWorks Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2008
hm... i could probably try to make a little video for it this weekend? it depends whether i have the time. i'll send you a note when i get it done. :)
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:iconcinnabargrl:
Cinnabargrl Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2008
thank you so much!
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:iconbetwixt-flame:
betwixt-flame Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2007  Student Photographer
You don't know how long and hard I've been searching for a tutorial on this!!! Thanks! Never will I know why i couldn't find one simple tutorial... Thanks again
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:iconhanaclayworks:
HanaClayWorks Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2007
no problem! :D i'm glad i could help!
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:iconpapayabadger:
papayabadger Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2007  Student General Artist
OMG!!!
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:iconhanaclayworks:
HanaClayWorks Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2007
D: what what D:

*panics*
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:iconpapayabadger:
papayabadger Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2007  Student General Artist
I LUV IT!!!!
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:iconhanaclayworks:
HanaClayWorks Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2007
lol awesome! :hug:
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:iconpapayabadger:
papayabadger Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2007  Student General Artist
:w00t:
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:iconchat-noir:
chat-noir Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2007  Student Artisan Crafter
That is so neat. ^_^
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:iconhanaclayworks:
HanaClayWorks Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2007
thank you :D :D
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:iconsmilie-terrorist:
smilie-terrorist Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2007
Awesome, it looks like something we'd do in a Maths lesson in yr. 7 ^^
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:iconhanaclayworks:
HanaClayWorks Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2007
i have a firm belief that any math i learned past grade 5 is worthless. xP
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:iconphoneix-faerie:
Phoneix-Faerie Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
that looks incredibly complex
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:iconhanaclayworks:
HanaClayWorks Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2007
it only looks that way. :P use to to amaze your friends, i guess? lol
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:iconphoneix-faerie:
Phoneix-Faerie Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
wow XD nope, my hands couldnt do anything so fiddlely!
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:iconzielasowa:
zielasowa Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2007
coool
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:iconhanaclayworks:
HanaClayWorks Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2007
:D
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:iconsweetbabykit:
sweetbabykit Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2007
nice! :hug:
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:iconhanaclayworks:
HanaClayWorks Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2007
thanks! :D
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:iconkookee:
Kookee Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2007
Ohh Pretyy

You appear to have the same tablet as moi =D
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:iconhanaclayworks:
HanaClayWorks Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2007
haha xD is yours the WACOM graphire 4x6? it was the cheapest tablet that they had at the store. haha
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:iconartninja:
Artninja Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2007   Traditional Artist
i have a wacom graphire 4x6 tooo
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:iconhanaclayworks:
HanaClayWorks Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2007
yay! :dance: i'm not the only cheap one here. xP lol i'm jk...
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:iconkougralover6268:
kougralover6268 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2007
i dont even have one... i use any hard surface i can (supa cheep... *jk*)
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:iconhanaclayworks:
HanaClayWorks Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2007
lol xD if i had a scanner, i'd totally do the same thing

:hug:
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:iconkougralover6268:
kougralover6268 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2007
hehe
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:iconkookee:
Kookee Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2007
Uh huh Same here =D
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:iconmiraka:
Miraka Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2007
Ahhh! I LOVE doing origami units! (When I can decipher the instructions, that is!)

I think I'll attempt this one when I have time. XD
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:iconhanaclayworks:
HanaClayWorks Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2007
awesome :D

i like units too... when i'm not lazy. hehe
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:iconsugaredheart:
sugaredheart Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2007  Professional General Artist
Ohh. I'm definitely going to have to try this!
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:iconhanaclayworks:
HanaClayWorks Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2007
:D awesome! let me know if you have trouble~
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:iconanimeluvr181:
Animeluvr181 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2007
Ohhhhh...I be confuzled....But I shall practice!! You must have some serious skills to make something like that. XD
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:iconhanaclayworks:
HanaClayWorks Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2007
xD no skills needed - only practice and good instructions... which i unfortunately did not give. T_T
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:iconpenguinrock:
penguinrock Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2007
is this how i make the ball made out of starburst? T^T is it
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