Ishibashi Ball (aka Brocade Ball, Japanese Brocade)

Ishibashi Ball (aka Brocade Ball, Japanese Brocade)

Ishibashi Ball (aka Brocade Ball, Japanese Brocade)

Created by: ISHIBASHI Minako

Published in: Oru 8 and Origami – the complete guide to the Art of Paperfolding by Rick Beech, ISBN 0754807827

Why: I just really like this model, and it makes an excellent cat toy. (If used as a cat toy, in order for it to last more than, say, a nanosecond or so, you have to glue the units together!)

The unit is relatively simple, but the way it forms all those nice edges is really kind of elegant; the basic symmetry is a cube, but with all those edges, it’s hard to see. I love the way the cube just manages to peek out through the decoration. They make great holiday ornaments, too. I’ve seen tiny ones made into earrings, as well. That might require tweezers…

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