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How to fold an Open Frame Unit by 1sand0s How to fold an Open Frame Unit by 1sand0s
This fold can be found in Tomoko Fuse's "Multidimensional Transformations: Unit Origami". I will suggest buying the book if you enjoy this fold and want more information about it and over a hundred other modular origami folds. You can find it at Barnes&/Noble.com here:[link] or try your local bookstore.

A 30 unit bow-tie model can be found here: [link]
A 12 unit model using a solid color variation can be found here: [link]
And a 68 unit monstrousity can be seen here: [link]

There are infinite possibilities using this unit. As I like to say, it's the Lego's of origami. That being said, there are restrictions on how they are assembled. Beyond that, the limit is your imagination and knowledge of polygonal geometry.

The lines are the usual origami lingo-
Dashed = Valley fold
Dash-Dot = Mountain fold
Curly Q = Turn over
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zerik13 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011
I've done one of 12 pcs. :>
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1sand0s Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
That's particularly impressive. !2 piece models are probably the hardest to assemble since the pieces fold flat. I know I've made at least one and it's probable that I had to cheat on the last insertion.

So good job on making one! B-)
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Danelaw Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2007  Student General Artist
Great tute, putting it together was actualy the easyest part!
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1sand0s Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Really? I'm glad you think so. I probably up-played the difficulty if only because I either fold them very tiny, i.e. 1 1/2 inch paper, or with 30 units. Or both... Will you be uploading a picture of your creation? It looks like you are more of a photographer but I've always liked to see a bit of variation in people's galleries, especially when I had some hand in help teach. ;)
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Danelaw Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2007  Student General Artist
I just uploaded it to scraps, i was cheap and used sticky tape to make it smoother,
(it held togeter fine, but the edges kept on catching on stuff.

ummm, would you want to share the tecknique for the solid colour version?

p.s Vash sunnies own!
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1sand0s Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yeah, I'll add a solid version tutorial seeing as you've already been working this one to death. I personally like the solid a bit better... can't remember why I did this tutorial then. Maybe this was more simple to fold. In any case, this gets tacked on to the half dozen other tutorials I'm wanting to make... and I've been fiend-ing on Advance Wars 2, an old GBA game. That just eats up my origami time... :( Rest assured, I will get it done.
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bear48 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2007  Professional
cool

I remem ber these we made cahins out of them when I was a kid

PS I found the tut
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jhubert Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Added to the Art Tutorials Wiki.
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1sand0s Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Cool! I have not heard of that wiki before but it looks like it's just taking off. Hopefully I'll create some more tutorials with my own style of folding and add it there.

Are you simply scouring dA for art tutorials to add? Cause goodness knows there's enough of them around; if so, you've taken on quite the project. I'll try and help spread the word about the wiki when I see a new tutorial.
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jhubert Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, I've founded it three months ago and initially filled it with my old tutorial links list since I wanted other people to be able to use them, too. But traffic has been slow and no one else had worked on it, so I recently decided to increase its visibility.

At the moment, I'm simply browsing through the most recent tutorials in the "tutorials" section of DeviantArt and adding them. That in itself is enough to occupy me for the time being - more than 30 new tutorials seem to show up every day. I simply don't have the time to search for more than that - but I was hoping that if I alert more people to its presence, others would be willing to join in.

If you spread the word about it, it would be most appreciated. The more people know about it the better - for this also increases the chance that some people will show up who add new content of their own volition...
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Loucife Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
:giggle: Will most definitly try this out when I get the chance~ :D
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1sand0s Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
If you don't mind, critique away. I know you've done a tutorial or two and if I make more, I'd like to have them as clear and detailed as possible. I've already made one change to my style; adding the text to the photo. Is a rectangular layout (like 1280*1024) that can fit on your screen better or something more like many tutorials I've seen where it's a tall, multi screen rectangle (like 5000*1024) I guess it depends on the complexity... or if there is anything else that is missing from a normal tutorial. Any help would be greatly appreciated! There is a strong possibility I'll add an "How to assemble" these little guys since that's the most challenging portion to me.

Strike another up on the ever expanding "To do list"!
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Loucife Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
xD; Well, while I was in the middle of giving you some critique, the school decided to have a fire drill --;

Anyway, I've made one just one tutorial here on dA =P I think that if you make the tutorial 5000*1024, more users on dA would be more familiar with that layout. I do think that what you have now is fine since there's only 9 steps. I would probably make it so that the rulers of t he box were in line with the images width instead of having black space. You'd then have to extend the 'bottom' part so that the text would fit.

Another thing you should do is probably make it so that the text is only on the black areas of the box rather than on the image. Question: What are you using to make your tutorial? If you have Flash, you can easily make your curved lines smooth =P The lines to indicate to flip the piece over should maybe be in red to stand out? Or white =P Whichever you fancy :) And that's really all, hope it helps ^^
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1sand0s Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Ok, so much for throwing tutorial together in an hour... :( But quality is what I'm wanting and your suggestions are all do just that. Flash? Crap, another program I'll have to learn, if you think it's effective. Right now I'm just using an old version of Paint Shop Pro since that's what I've used for years now; never quite got onto the next generation of multimedia programs. Everything I do photo manip wise is just messing around with plain ol' bitmap/jpeg, which I'm seeing has it's sever limitations. I wonder... would it be easier to create some sort of template where all I have to do is add or subtract boxes depending on how many steps there are? I like photographing each step since I'm a visual person and it's easy enough to add fold marks to the photo. So if I were to make a template with a couple blank squares, one for a photo and a second smaller one for text, then all I'd have to do is stack these on top of each other till the process is done... On top of that, I could have pre-made images for flips and other common origami folds.

So ok, thanks! I have much food for thought now. Just need to determine the style first so each tutorial will be consistent.

And if I recall correctly, that ONE tutorial you have is how I first visited your page; it was in the Artisan Crafts Club I think.
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Loucife Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
^^; Well, you don't have to use Flash, or get it if you don't want to. It can be a bit hard learning how to use a new program. But then again, I have a biased view because I love using flash and making vectors and such xD;

And I think it's a great idea to make a template. It would certainly make it easier ^^ I've never thought of that oo.. But then again, I've never thought of making another tutorial at this point in time xD
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