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Origami Spike Ball

Origami Spike Ball

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I think this Spike Ball is really cute. It reminds me of a bunch of “cootie catchers” all stuck together.

This interesting project was initially designed by Rona Gukewitz and Bennett Arnstein in 1996 in 3D Geometric Origami: Modular Polyhedra by Dover Publications.

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Step #1: Getting Started

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  • You will need 12 pieces of Origami paper. I used 3x3 paper - but you can use whatever size you wish. Pictures #1
  • Fold a + in the paper. Starting with the color side down. Picture #2

Step #2:

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  • Turn the paper over so the color is showing. Picture #1
  • Fold edge to the center on both sides. Picture #2
  • Do the same on the other side. Picture #3

Step #3:

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  • Turn over to color side down. Picture #1
  • Fold each point to the center. Picture #2 and #2

Step #4:

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  • Turn over to color side up Picture #1
  • The next few steps should pop right into place. Fold up the right side and push just the center down. Picture #2
  • Do the same for the bottom. You will see a little square emerge in the corner. Picture #3

Step #5:

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  • It will look like this after all sides are pushed in. Picture #1
  • Turn the paper over. Picture #2
  • Fold the point to the center - but be careful and let the underneath pop out. Picture #3

Step #6:

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  • It should look like this after all 4 sides are folded in. Picture #1
  • Turn over Picture #2
  • Turn back over so color side is down. Fold corner to corner - in both directions. This will be a bit hard - there is alot of paper. Just take your time. Picture #3

Step #7:

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  • Hold on to each side and push in toward center. This reminded me of a cootie catcher. Picture #1
  • Carefully pop out each flap. Picture #2 and #3

Step #8:

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Make 11 more! Picture #1

Step #9:

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  • Now lets put it together!
  • Place two units next to each other. Picture #1
  • It doesn't matter which side goes on top. Pick one and slide it into the other unit. Picture #2 and #3

Step #10:

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Take your 3rd piece and connect the triangle. It will get a bit tight trying to slide each piece in. Just work slowly. Picture #2

Step #11:

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  • You just made a triangle so this time we are going to make a square. The pattern just goes back and forth. You will use 2 units to make a square. Picture #2
  • Continue this pattern all the way around. Picture #3

Step #12:

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  • The last few pieces are pretty hard to get in. Sometime they don't want to slide in easily. I usually try a different side, sometimes that works.
  • Have fun making a cute Spike Ball! Happy Folding!

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