Session 5: Materials and fasteners

After I saw the mind-blowing  Perch Light in the class, I decided to use paper and metal sheet as my materials to use this week, and I found this interesting origami tutorial on Youtube.

In the tutorial, the video maker used two kinds of color papers to make this origami Mandala. My goal is to replace one of them with copper sheet. The Mandala consists of 8 same shapes, which can connect each other nearby. After joining each other,  it would become a circular shape.

Copper Sheet 
Construction Paper
Step 1

Cut the paper to right size (7.5cm x 7.5cm)

Step 2

Cut the copper to right size (7.5cm x 7.5cm)

Step 3

Fold the paper into the shape of the Mandala pedal

Step 4

Fold the paper into the shape of the Mandala pedal

Step 5

Connect it together

The main problem I met is the thickness and foldability of the copper sheet. I underestimated the thickness of the copper sheet. After I folded it, it became way thicker than the paper one. Besides, it became tough to unfold it, which affected the final step – connecting each element. As a result, it doesn’t look harmony. I think if I want to take advantage of the metal sheet, I shouldn’t have folded it that much.

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