Fumiaki Kawahata’s most well-known origami is probably the Origami Yoda. But, I doubt I will ever make it – for one, I am not very clear on who exactly Yoda is (Star Wars and I are galaxies apart!!) and two, I am not really good at folding people/animals/birds from paper. Somehow my models don’t come out with a smooth finish and end up looking very unrealistic!
The modular ball, on the other hand, is one of only 3 modular origami designed by Fumiaki Kawahata. I have always been put off by how complex it looks, until I finally gave it a try today. Surprisingly, it is pretty easy to make. There are 6 modules that are basically pleated. Each corner is folded perpendicularly to the initial pleat, to form 2 perpendicular arms.
Now the way the model is put together is something I have not seen before! There is none of the usual tabs and pockets to assemble the model. Instead, 2 modules are placed facing each other, so that their perpendicular arms meet in the centre. Now, these 2 arms hold in place a third module. It is a little tricky initially, but pretty simple once you get the hang of it. Only thing to remember is that, if one module is taken out, the whole model will come undone.
Model: Modular Ball
Creator: Fumiaki Kawahata
Difficulty Level: Low Intermediate
Paper Ratio: Square
Paper Size: 3.5 inches
Model Size: ~ 3 inches
Tutorial – Modules: Youtube
Tutorial – Assembly: Youtube