The Phizz unit torus happens to be one of the most stunning, yet challenging, modular origami pieces I have done yet. It has 360 total units and took me a few months to complete. Once complete though, the design itself is surprisingly rigid and is really fun to look at and hold.
There are a few reasons why it took so long to complete. First, the paper I used was old velum. While giving it a vintage look, the paper was also more fragile and a lot of pieces tore resulting in having to fold more units than necessary. Second, I had no diagram to complete this. I only had a small picture that I found while browsing the Web. I had mapped the design out in my head as well as on paper a few different times, each time realizing that my mapping was wrong. I finally figured it out after 5 different iterations. The third reason it took so long was due to frustration. Rebuilding it over and over forced me to stop and start over a bunch of times which really taxed my patience.
Even though it was the most difficult modular piece I have done yet, it still inspires me to build another one with different paper and a fun color design.
Phizz Unit Diagram
- Use the torus diagram to the right as a map on how to build each shape and its surrounding shapes
- The numbers in the diagram tell how many sides each shape has not how many to build
- Build the next shape onto the one previously built
- Keep connecting shapes until you build a ring
- To build the other half, start replicating the wireframe on the inner edge of the first ring
- Build shapes until it connects to the outer side, creating the first ring of the torus
- Keep building more connecting shapes, the rest builds itself from there
- The yellow hexagrams are the shared polygons, meaning there will be only one ring of each of these versus two
- Be patient, it’s awesome when it’s done