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Self-Closing Non-Modular Stars

Information About This Set of Items

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Set ID #:5992
Category:Non-Modular -- Small Star-Shaped
Lid Size: Assorted
Base Size: Assorted
Box Height: Assorted
Style:Non-Modular Self-Closing Star - Shuriken Star
Designer:Evi Binzinger / Traditional
Design Source:YouTube Video Tutorial by Eric Strand  >> Click here
Buddhist Origami by Nick Robinson (Watkins Publishing Ltd., 2014)  >> Click here
Paper Type: PapierDesign Double-Sided Origami Paper - Duo Happiness and Duo Autumn
Tuttle Publishing Double-Sided Origami Folding Papers - Kimono Patterns - Jumbo Pack
Double-Sided Origami Paper That Came With "The Ultimate Origami Book" (Larousse/Fox Chapel Publishing, 2020)
Sheet Size:Assorted
Sheets Used:1
Paper Source: OrigamiUSA
Comments:These self-closing star-shaped boxes do not have a separate lid and base. The whole structure of the box -- both lid and base -- is formed from a single square piece of paper.
When closed, the exterior of these boxes reveals only one side of the paper, so single-sided paper may be used. However, the reverse side of the paper is revealed when these boxes are opened.
I used three different types of paper to make the boxes shown here. For ease of folding and collapsing the model, I found that the duo papers from PapierDesign worked the best. Those sheets were just a bit thicker/stiffer than the other types used.
You can close this type of box in two ways. The easy method is to simply fold down and overlap the four arms of the star, tucking the last one under the first. This method tends to leave a small hole at the center of the star.
A somewhat harder method requires inserting the tip of each star arm into a pocket on the next one. This is trickier but seals the box more securely and more neatly with no center hole.
You can open this type of box by separating the overlapped or inserted flaps, then gently pulling apart any two arms of the star that are opposite to each other.
I made these boxes according to precreases and collapses designed by Evi Binzinger, who calls this model a Shuriken Star Box or Ninja Star Box. However, I later noticed a very similar model in a book by Nick Robinson, who calls it a Temple Box and identifies it as a traditional design.
Binzinger's folding steps are different than the ones shown in Robinson's book, and a little more difficult to execute, but her version of this box seems to stay closed better than the one shown in Robinson's book.
For either version, the most challenging part is the collapse. A one-dimensional square of paper must be transformed into a three-dimensional shape by coaxing all four corners downward and inward along the precreased folds. It's not difficult to make one corner of the model collapse, but you can't do one corner and then the next and then the next -- that approach won't work. You have to collapse all sides of the model simultaneously to achieve the desired result.
This process is very difficult. Watching the collapse in a video tutorial is helpful, but mastering the collapse requires a lot of practice. I ruined several sheets of paper before I finally got it right.
Once you've successfully performed the collapse a few times, you will develop a feel for it and will be able to execute it with ease -- but, until then, it's a real exercise in patience!
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