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May 20, 2013

Butterfly Ball Origami

From Jill Britton's website:
"Kenneth Kawamura's butterfly ball is a deceptive (origami) action model. Assembled from twelve water bomb bases, it forms a complex and pleasing geometric shape known as a cubohemioctahedron. The assembly is stable when resting on a surface. However toss it in the air and give it a light smack to see it explode into a cloud of butterflies which flutter prettily to earth. For this reason, it is also referred to as a butterfly bomb."
Instructions for this exploding origami may be downloaded here. Also available are printable patterns to make the individual pieces of the ball look like actual butterflies.

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