411: Phizz-based Stellated Icosahedron

The “phizz” unit designed by Tom Hull is a basic building block that can be used for many modulars:

I thought I would start manageable, so devised a 30 unit ball, 6 faces each of 5 colours – total of 30 units. These are easy folding and have a positive locking mechanism so were a good choice.

The tricksey part was to ensure an even colour balance – making sure that no face has the same colour twice. that did my head in a little, and it seemd to take me ages to come up with a construction method where I could easily predict what colour next to use.

In the end, a lovely modular – I may try for something grander, we shall see.

December, Done and Dusted

December done and WOW, what a huge month this has been. Because this month corresponded with my holidays, I sunk some extra time into some amazing (and a little dizzying if I am honest) models.

This table full of bent paper represents a quantum leap in my skill set – most of these models I could NOT have done at the beginning of the challenge.

I have learnt a lot about myself over the past 12 months, and spent inordinate amounts of time enthusiastically bending paper – even when there were many things much more important to do.

Some of these models will soon have new homes, some not – you get that. I thank most sincerely those that have encouraged me along the way – sometimes that was the difference between giving up and keeping going.

I am proud to say that I did not miss a day, had a total of only 9 model fails (in 365, that is an amazing hit rate) and now have an arsenal of paper bending skills that I can use moving forward … to whatever – yeah, cannot imagine what yet but I am sure something will turn up.

I hope you have enjoyed the ride. It will not end here – I will keep folding, but do not expect one a day, or necessarily one a week – I will just let it happen and we shall see. This blog will remain, I will keep adding to it, but might change the name – suggestions that encapsulate paper ephemerata would be appreciated.

November, Done and Dusted.

November has been another HUUUUUGE month, and I have not taken the easy road – some of this month’s models have been down right snarly and challenging, taking way more time than I had, really.

ONE MONTH TO GO. I am excited, hope you are too, there is a great ride ahead and the start of the paper auctions to begin raising money for Red Cross and Medicine Sans Frontiers.

October, Done and Dusted

What a massive month October has been:

During this month I explored the works of Neal Elias, paid tribute to Eric Joisel and much more. Lots of lovely things and a terrifying amount of time expended creating them.

Two months to go until the one-a-day pressure lets up.

September, Done and Dusted

September was a busy month, they all have been. Looking back at the models achieved this month I am amazed:

Amazed that I was able to do some of them, that I somehow found the time to complete them and amazed I am still just as determined to complete this challenge as I was when I started.

3 months to go means I have completed 3/4 of the journey so far … roll on January.

August, Done and Dusted

Another huge month, some super snarly models and good riddance to winter:
I am finding it easier to select models based on a cursory glance at their diagrams but shudder to think of the time used here when I am sure I should be doing something else – there are worse habits I suppose.

July, Done and Dusted

Huge month, so much happening and some awesome folds contained within:

“simpler” models are now nearly all used up (unless you can suggest some interesting ones), got the ball-breakers left so some interesting and time-consuming models ahead I guess.

Who would have thought I would actually make 7 months of this insane project … that leaves only … 5 *sigh* more to do…

June, Done and Dusted

Now where did that half of a year go – I cannot believe we are at the end of June already – it is fascinating how you notice the passing when you are tasked with something every day:

Some amazing models again this month, and now I am almost on the downhill stretch I am looking for interesting models to fold – i have no shortage of candidates but am trying to avoid simple things or familiar ones – for the most part i have folded stuff so far that I had not folded before – all good experience.

I am a little concerned that my storage box may not be big enough – 6 months of models almost fill it:

May, Done and Dusted

So ends another month – May was a big one with a few seriously cool models in it (well, I think they are cool anyway), and I think I will add some of them to the Library Display just to freshen it up a little

In May I challenged the paper beyond what it was ever capable of doing – Schneider the spider was testament to paper fatigue, invented a bunch of designs (you see my skill level is going up so I see folded solutions to problems) and am happy with my progress to date.

What scares me a little, if I let myself think about it, is that I am not even half-way yet. Tying the fold into something that is happening to me and my family and friends seems to make the mad panic of “what am I going to fold today” a little less panicky … onward and upwards tho, hey.

Hope you are enjoying the ride, say “hi” to your mum for me.

April, Done and Dusted


Looking at this collection of models, I get a little wobbly to be honest. Laying them out on the floor to photograph them I realised how much time I am sinking in to this project – not sure if that is sustainable. Maybe more “rock” origami is required 😛

There were some seriously snarly models this month, many personal milestones, it has been an interesting ride so far – hope my patience, abilities and selection of as yet un-tried models lasts the distance. I gotta do some simpler ones I think, too many Joisel’s or Lang’s in a month is a recipe for fatal paper cuts.

Hope you, the blog reader, are also enjoying the journey.