Enhanced Sonobes


The units made in this chapter are Sonobe-type units but with  some  enhancements.  Hence,  they will be called Enhanced Sonobe or eSonobe units. To assemble these units, follow the same general instructions as previously presented in Chapter 1, “Sonobe Variations” (page 1). The Phlox Ball, un- like the other models, will involve additional steps after completion of assembly. The 12-unit and the 30-unit assemblies are recommended for these units. Larger assemblies may not produce pleasing results.

In this chapter we will use rectangles as our start- ing paper instead of squares. This is a deviation from traditional origami—some might call it evo- lution. As in so many art forms, deviations often lead to a host of additional possibilities. It is not at all uncommon  for origami artist to begin their folding with a rectangle, often with spectacular re- sults. Sometimes I see no need to be a slave to tra- dition. It is a positive outcome when arts can adapt and change with the influences of new generations of thinkers.

There are origami ways to achieve  the rectangles of desired aspect ratios, starting with a square pa- per. You may refer to the section “Rectangles from Squares” in the Appendix  on page 65. When  you size one rectangle, use that as a template to cut all the other rectangles needed for your model.

The paper used for these models should not be thicker than the kami variety (regular origami pa- per available in most craft stores). Paper too thick will lead to uncontrollable holes at the five-point vertices and will diminish the visual impact of the final piece.

Cosmos Ball

1. Start with 1: 2  paper. Crease and open centerlines . Then cupboard fold and open.

2. Fold corners,  then recrease folds from Step 1.


3. Fold and open as shown.