Mitchell’s “4Star” (WOD 2016 #6)


We temporarily interrupt all this Halloweening for a brief foray into modular origami.


Here’s David Mitchell’s “4Star,” a kind of stubby-stellation of an octohedron. (For you non-polyhedra types, it’s a pointy 3D shape based on something with 8 identical faces.) Something about it appealed to me the moment I saw it, and it went on the “fold sometime soon” list. (His website,, has the instructions (plus tons of others!) freely available from here.

I tried it first with a thicker paper (a slightly-textured, medium-weight Japanese paper) and discovered that that really wasn’t the right thing… regular commercial origami paper – or anything thin and crisp – will do just fine for this piece. All of the faces have multiple layers of paper, so the pointy bits have lots of support. It can be constructed one of two ways (both in the instructions): either from four 2×1 rectangles, or from four squares with 2 short cuts along the way. I folded it from rectangles cut from 24cm (~9.5 inch) squares, and it resulted in a piece just under 7.5 cm (3 inches) tall.

Though David says in the introduction to the instructions:

It is one of those designs that is all about the enjoyment of the journey, the folding and the assembly process, rather than the appearance of the finished result.

I found the finished piece very appealing. I did also enjoy the folding and assembly process, and the way the inside fits together is very interesting, too.

Well worth folding, probably for the intermediate or high-intermediate folder.

20161029_160744699_iosThis is my 6th fold for World Origami Days 2016. What are you folding?

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