The Fitful Flog

January 7, 2006

The Star Vase

The Star Vase on Flickr

Purists sometimes look at our work and say, “Oh, how very special – do you ever fold anything from a square?”

The back of our hand to their froward ways. Purists!

Yeah, sometimes. We like rectangles. A square is a kind of rectangle, as we’ll sometimes remind them. We try not to get superstitious about Number, hard as that often is. There’s nothing particularly sacred about a ratio or counting system outside of its relationship to man – our math is on the via negativa. As Sam Cooke put it so well, “Don’t know much about Algebra, Don’t know what a slide rule is for….” The things we don’t know are way more important than the ones we think we know.

Well, this is from a square. And after you fold one, you’ll realize you could make this from any size rectangle. Feel free, this piece is itching for variation.

And we have some more ?-quiddity, here. The folding sequence in steps 1-5 of the SCP, the one by which we approach a 54° angle, is reverentially lifted from Kunihiko Kasahara’s Amazing Origami. The cherry blossoms on the model above are a visual pun on the ?-love inherent in the piece.

This model is sent into the world under a Creative Commons license, one that allows you to copy and distribute the Crease Pattern and the Sequenced Crease Pattern, teach it to the teaming masses at your door, and to modify it and develop it as you think interesting or desirable. It does not allow for economic development without making the appropriate offerings of respect to the Family. (Someday, we will tell you the sad, yet instructional tale of the purveyor of ebooks and the Origolem.)

The files:

American Letter CP


Sequenced CP and Photo Diagram

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11 Responses to “The Star Vase”

  1. 1
    Claudia Says:

    thank you very much!
    model is great!

  2. 2
    chrystine neumwnn Says:

    IT?s verru pretty your piece thanks

  3. 3
    The Fitful Flog ? Hako Sakuramon Says:

    […] This is a problem that comes to me at night. Specifically, between 3:00 and 4:00 in the morning. Why can?t you twist a pentagonal tube into a nice compass rose shape? Because odd numbers cause an offset. One can live with it, as I did with the Star Vase, or learn to work around it. This is, I think, a rather elegant work-around. […]

  4. 4
    luke Says:


    Sadly the link to the A4 CP is sending me to a 404 error page. Please, if possible, fix this as I’d love to make this.


  5. 5
    oschene Says:

    All set — thanks for catching that.

  6. 6
    Marta Figueroa Says:

    just made one 🙂
    thank you so much for this great model 🙂

  7. 7
    theverycold Says:

    what does the circle mean in the sequence file?

  8. 8
    oschene Says:

    It means, note this intersection. Nothing standard about this, I just find it a handy symbol.

  9. 9
    Mindi Says:

    Love this vase! But I wasn’t able to finish it. Until now! I was stuck in step 26. Then while I was writing this comment I figured it out how to finish it! I’m so happy! Ok, the first one is far from being acceptable, but now that I know how to do it I’ll try again. Thanks for the CP.

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    Nikkee Says:

    cute vase, with a few modifications and two rather than one I found it makes for a very pretty candy box ^_^ I’m in the process of making up a couple hundred of them to use as favors in my wedding, its tedious, but I think it will be pretty unique! thanks!

    link shows three of the candy boxes, one fully closed, one half open, and one fully open… no candy yet ^_~ (its a huge file cause I didn’t resize x.x)

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    oschene Says:

    A couple hundred? Geez! I find one hard to complete. Nice mod. Good luck with the project.

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