HOW TO MAKE AN ORIGAMI MIR­ROR

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Get a dose of clean pa­per­craft pre­ci­sion with this mod­u­lar mir­ror frame project – there’s some­thing so sat­is­fy­ing about neat folded lines. Rather than cre­at­ing an add-on to a mir­ror, you’ll craft a struc­ture that the mir­ror sits in­side. Make it your own with pat­terned pa­per, or pop a string of lit­tle LED lights in­side the frame.

For fold­ing and con­struct­ing, re­fer to the Pleat­ing Di­a­gram and Di­a­grams 1-5 on page 98.

01 On each piece of pa­per, score ver­ti­cal lines along the length of the pa­per – see Over­view Di­a­gram – to the mea­sure­ments given at the base of the Seg­ment Di­a­gram. Each seg­ment mea­sures 4.5cm (17/ 8") wide and has a set of two par­tially scored 0.75cm ( 3 /8") sec­tions, la­belled Col­umn A, and two fully scored 1.5cm ( 5 /8") sec­tions, la­belled Col­umn B – see Seg­ment Di­a­gram. There will be a 1cm ( 3 /8") sec­tion re­main­ing on the right-hand edge, which will be­come an assem­bly tab. The larger piece of pa­per will have 15 seg­ments, and the smaller 14.

02 Score the four hor­i­zon­tal lines that run across the full pa­per width – see Over­view Di­a­gram – re­fer­ring to the mea­sure­ments given on the Seg­ment Di­a­gram.

03 In each seg­ment, cut out the 0.5cm (¼") rec­tan­gle shape in Col­umn B – see knife sym­bol on Seg­ment Di­a­gram.

04 Re­fer­ring to the mea­sure­ments given on the Seg­ment Di­a­gram, mark points A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H and I in Col­umn B and points J, K and L in Col­umn A, then score di­ag­o­nal lines be­tween the marked points as shown in the Seg­ment Di­a­gram. Re­peat for each seg­ment and con­tinue to par­tially mark and score lines across the assem­bly tab sec­tion – see Over­view Di­a­gram.

05 Ap­ply dou­ble-sided tape to the 1cm ( 3 /8") sec­tion on the right-hand edge of the scored piece – see Over­view Di­a­gram. Cut the cor­ners of the assem­bly tab at a 45º an­gle.

06 Use a 2mm hole punch to punch holes 0.75cm ( 3 /8") in from the side and bot­tom edges in each 1.5cm ( 5 /8") scored sec­tion – see Over­view Di­a­gram and Seg­ment Di­a­gram.

07 For each piece of pa­per, pre-fold each of the scored ver­ti­cal and hor­i­zon­tal lines in both direc­tions: note that not all the ver­ti­cal lines ex­tend to the full height of the pa­per. In the first seg­ment on one of the pieces of pa­per, fold the pa­per ver­ti­cally along the cen­tral scored line be­tween the two 0.75cm ( 3 /8") sec­tions – note that this ver­ti­cal line does not ex­tend to the full height of the pa­per – and pre-fold the di­ag­o­nal scored lines in this sec­tion in both direc­tions.

08 Fold the pa­per ver­ti­cally along the cen­tral scored line be­tween the two 1.5cm ( 5 /8") sec­tions and pre-fold all the di­ag­o­nal scored lines in this sec­tion in both direc­tions. Re­peat for the re­main­ing seg­ments on the first piece of pa­per be­fore repli­cat­ing on the sec­ond piece of pa­per. Pleat the pa­per along the scored ver­ti­cal lines of each seg­ment as in­di­cated on the Pleat­ing Di­a­gram – again, not all the lines ex­tend to the full height of the pa­per.

09 Work­ing on each piece of pa­per in turn, and fold­ing across the full width of the pa­per, moun­tain fold the scored hor­i­zon­tal line la­belled h1 on Di­a­gram 1 over an an­gle of 90", i.e. fold along the edge of the ta­ble or work sur­face.

10 Moun­tain fold the scored hor­i­zon­tal line la­belled h2 on

Di­a­gram 1 over an an­gle of 90!.

11 Val­ley fold the scored hor­i­zon­tal line la­belled h3 on Di­a­gram 1 over an an­gle of 180 , i.e. fold in half.

12 Moun­tain fold the scored hor­i­zon­tal line la­belled h4 on Di­a­gram 1 over an an­gle of 90º.

13 In the first seg­ment on one of the pieces, val­ley fold the two scored lines la­belled d1 on Di­a­gram 2. Re­peat for the re­main­ing seg­ments.

14 Moun­tain fold the two scored lines la­belled d2 on Di­a­gram 2 by push­ing down at the point marked X. Re­peat for re­main­ing seg­ments.

15 Val­ley fold the two scored lines la­belled d3 on Di­a­gram 2. Re­peat for the re­main­ing seg­ments.

16 Val­ley fold the two scored lines la­belled d4 on Di­a­gram 3. Re­peat for re­main­ing seg­ments. Repli­cate on the sec­ond piece of pa­per.

MAK­ING UP

17 Re­move the back­ing from the dou­ble-sided tape on the right-hand edge of one folded piece and at­tach to the left-hand edge of the other piece to cre­ate one long strip of folded pa­per. Re­move the back­ing from the dou­ble-sided tape on the right-hand edge of the sec­ond folded piece and at­tach the ends of the model to­gether to be­gin to cre­ate the mir­ror frame shape.

18 Thread a 1m (393/ 8") length of cord through the punched holes and gen­tly pull the cord to close the back of the frame; se­cure the ends of the cord by ty­ing a slid­ing knot – see page 98. To keep the frame shape se­cured, make a third knot close to knot 2, then trim off the re­main­ing cord.

19 Make a rec­tan­gu­lar hole in the back of the origami model as in­di­cated on Di­a­gram 4; this should be the nec­es­sary size to ac­com­mo­date the split bat­ten fix­ture you are us­ing. Now you can in­sert the mir­ror into the origami frame. Place the folded model on a clean work sur­face. Gen­tly place the mir­ror into the 0.5cm (¼") slots cut out at the start of the project.

20 At­tach the split bat­ten to the mir­ror with mir­ror fix­ing tape by press­ing the mir­ror and the split bat­ten firmly to­gether. At­tach the fin­ished hang­ing sys­tem to the wall fol­low­ing the man­u­fac­turer’s in­struc­tions, then re­fer to Di­a­gram 5 on page 98 to hang the mir­ror in po­si­tion.

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