The Fitful Flog

July 4, 2008

Catch a Falling Star

Falling Star Tato, Obverse

We’re back from the Convention in New York and our head is still spinning a bit, but not so’s you’d notice. We can report that a good time was had by all and that Mélisande*‘s and my class on Monday went very well, indeed. Tato boxes were the topic of the day and it was a sell-out crowd — an enthusiastic crowd, methought, as well.

Since the spinning continues, a twist fold seems in order and as it’s Independence Day, a star-shaped model is not inappropriate. This is from a decagon, though I think it could be easily adapted to a pentagon or a circle, and is very much a tato — a tato marked by manifest inutility, no doubt, but a tato, nevertheless. It’s called Falling Star Tato, since the purse section is so small that it could not contain much more than a wish.

Here is a crease pattern and the same in postscript and some general notes:

  • Make a decagon from a square
  • Connect every fourth corner, to make a decagram
  • Inscribe a pentagram inside the decagram
  • The central pentagon of the pentagram is the purse portion
  • The puff star is made by folding another pentagram inside the central pentagon and by making another pentagon around it.
  • Make your tato and then hide the edges
  • Pop the sides of the tato in to make a puff star

That will make more sense if you look at the crease pattern and pay some special attention to the gray lines. And I will confess, that after teaching pentagonal shapes all weekend, I realize it can sound a bit like gnostic formulae if you’re not used to it. Let those who can hear, hear — the rest of you lot, study up.

8 Responses to “Catch a Falling Star”

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    B Says:


    I love this, i just can’t make sence of the directions – could I posibly trouble you to point me in the right direction? I’ve reatlly tried!!

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    B Says:

    I got it…..

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    oschene Says:

    Before I could even ask you where you got stuck! Excellent, it was probably more satisfying to puzzle it out.

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    Kenia Says:

    Your models are stuning!!!
    But I´m trying to fold this to make a star for my christmas tree, and I can´t fold it!! Have you some step-by-step picture directions? Please help me!!

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    oschene Says:

    Hi, Kenia, thanks for coming by. There are no picture directions, I’m afraid. But if you start with a decagon — there are directions for that, linked above — and then follow the prose instructions, while looking at the crease pattern, I think you’ll see how it works.

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    b Says:

    one thing that does make it a little easier is to imagine red lines where there are currently grey lines ajoining the tips of the centre star (to make a slightly smaller pentagon inside the red pentagon that is already there.

    Or is this giving away too many of your secrets??

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    Andres Says:

    Hi. I’ve recently discovered your website and have found your models to be quite stunning. I’ve folded a few for myself and found them quite satisfying. Your models have also bettered my “CP solving” skills, along with some of your sequenced CPs. I would just like to say that your models, effort, and creativity, is greatly appreciated.

    I’ve also seen you on flickr alot and enjoy you on there too. It is through artists like you, Daniel Kwan, and Eric Gjerde, that I have discovered that I have a knack for creating geometric models rather than models from nature. I always felt that there was something wrong with being able to geometrically design something and not design an animal or something. You’ve helped me to see the error in my thinking. Once again, thank you for your help.


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    john Says:

    Can u help with the collapsing of tato

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