Pentagonal box by Tomoko Fusè

This delicate modular box is one of my favorites. It is the first model from Tomoko Fusè that I folded, it made me fall in love with her designs, and this love just keeps growing every time I get a new book by her (she’s the origami artist I own the most books by, at least half a dozen). Unfortunately, I do not own the book it is in, I don’t even know which one it is – if someone knows, I’d be glad to add the information, and probably buy the book too :) I only have this diagram from a file on my computer, a scan from a book in English, but not clear enough to read the title.

You can see the Dahlia I published previously together with the box, they’re made in the same paper and well assorted :)

I have no pictures here, but I usually fold a variation I made with the pretty star pattern on the external side of the lid.

It is folded from 10 sheets of 7.5 cm Tant paper (5 for the lid and 5 for the bottom).

Crystal by Vicente Palacios (?)

This model can be found in “Origami from around the world”, by Vicente Palacios. It has no attribution, so I don’t know if it’s from him, if it’s traditionnal, or just not attributed (if someone knows, I’ll be glad to correct this).

I really love this simple geometric form. It’s folded from 2 sheets of paper (not square, but 1:13), cut in two. I made it in a few different papers, I’ll take photos of others at some point.

The folding is easy (but needs to be very precise for a neat result). The assembly is a bit tricky the first time, requiring to be delicate until a point while holding the 4 modules, and then shove the last bit inside roughly to lock it.

I like the play between empty and full, you can actually see to the center of the form and each protuding 3-sided pyramid has an empty 4-sided one on each side. It’s simple and elegant. You could hang them for decoration, but I just keep them laying around – they’re sturdy and make funny play balls.

The paper is two sheets of japanese washi Chiyogami  of 15cm, cut to size (see on amazon).