Aggregate of 20 Cuboctahedrons

photo taken by mum

You can tell I had a lot of late nights recently and they were all worth it. The aggregate is my largest single item and is part of my largest collection.

I first got the idea to make the aggregate from the instagram account ikemath2020 who had made an origami model designed by Tomoko Fuse. it is the best one I have seen and if you are on instagram you should really check out their account.

Here is a better photo of the aggregate with a single Cuboctahedron infront. The aggregate was a bit more complex to make then my usual shapes, sometimes taking up to three threads at a time to build it up. There were also a few times were I had to unpick my work as it could be confusing. Still I have grander plans so if you like the aggregate stay tuned. And I’m glad so many people liked seeing the progress shots.

Here is a close up shot looking into the centre of the work. the triangles around the pentagon remind me of a star shape. The inside layer turns out to be an icosiedodecahedron with the pentagons as negative space. I didn’t know that when I started but it is super cool. As the first of this kind that I have made, I did it the hard way starting with making one cuboctahedron and going from there which was super complicated and messy.

Had I known how the inside was structured I would have stared by building the inside and then working on the outside it would have been much easer. But now I know I shall endeavour to use that lesson in future projects. to the right is a photo of the first side, this was the easiest part other than the final few bits. Each face is roughly the size of my palm. I spent several nights up to 1 or 2 in the morning to finish a side or section and also had to get up early to feed cats.

I was cat sitting eight cats during this project, four at home and four across the road at my aunts place. And I also had work during this time and spent time with my family as well. Getting to the last ring of Cuboctahedrons was very exciting and there really is nothing like seeing a work come together especially when you are not sure it will work out. Though I was fairly confident this one would work as I had seen a photo of a real life origami model.

the icosidodecahedron collection so far

Before posting anywhere about my aggregate I built the Icosidodecahedron that I had made to complement the two augmented ones I had previously done and so you could see the amount of different looks you could get from tweeks in one base shape. I think the next augmented ico will be with pentagons and spikes, but we shall see. I also have a few other ideas for using an inner icosidodecahedron sphere to make larger shapes.

And since posting last night on instagram I’ve had so many likes, comments, saves, shares, and story features. It has been great to know that people like my crazy passions as much as I do. It deff made my day after lots of late nights.

Thank you all so much for all the love and support, you might not be great at keeping me humble but you lift my spirits and inspire me to make my crazy dreams and you don’t know just how much that means to me.

Love Lou.

Published by Louise

Hey there, most people call me Lou and I am a passionate dreamer and creator of funky beaded creations. I dream of having my creations featured in galleries and am working to make that dream a reality. When I am not working or creating I am spending time with family and friends, reading or watching movies.

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