Modular Strip Unit

Convention 2021
This class is available online.
Local time
Monday, June 28, 2021, 2:00 pm4:00 pm EDT
Room Four
Tomoko Fuse
Louise Oppenheimer-Flax

This class will be run as a workshop. It is better to start with a big clumsy, simple unit that you thoroughly master and understand, and then progress to smaller paper and more complex units.
The strips should be in the proportion of 1:6. You will have more time to fold if you have your strips cut before the class. Prepare 6 strips (or more) for class. Please choose your strip size in accordance with your ability.

I will be teaching with 2” x 12” (5 cm x 30 cm) strips; not super cute, but easy to see and learn the concept.
I find 1” x 6” (2.5cm x 15 cm) strips make a very attractive model.

Once you learn how to fold the strip you can make a variety of models:
• Tetrahedron with six strips
• Octahedron with 12 strips (either triangular or square facets)
• Icosahedron with 30 strips
• Cuboctahedron with 24 strips
• Rhombicuboctahedron with 40 strips
• Double Tetrahedron, with the strips on the outside curving, so it looks kind of organic. The inner strip ratio 1:6, outer strip ratio 1.25:6


Tomoko Fuse. Unit Origami Fantasy, page 64. ISBN-13: 978-4817081582. Language: Japanese. Published: March 2010.


Foil, Astrobrites, scrapbooking paper are all fine. Kami is a bit thin, but acceptable.

The Double Tetrahedron unit (largest red model) is made with 2"x11" (5cm x 28cm) strips for the outside strips and 1-3/4" by 11" (4.5cm x 28cm) strips for the inside unit--12 of each strip. Astrobright weight paper (24 lb/89 gsm) is recommended for the double unit.

You will need scissors and clips. Some kind of pointed thing—a toothpick, a bamboo skewer, the pointed end of a bone folder, is useful for opening up the pockets. And you can have a string available to hang it!