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How To Make Intersecting Planes Models

An "Intersecting Planes Model" gives the impression of identical planar figures intersecting each other. Examples:

Octahedral Cross by Tung Ken Lam. Instructions: http://members.aol.com/specialfolder/lam_octahedral_cross.htm
Four Intersecting Triangles by Tung Ken Lam Instructions: http://www.davidpetty.me.uk/origamiemporium/images/lam_wxyz.gif
Blintz Icosidodecahedron by Tung Ken Lam at http://origami.kvi.nl/models/units/blinicos.pdf
Seven Intersecting Stars by Meenakshi Mukerji at http://www.davidpetty.me.uk/origamiemporium/images/mm_tuvwxyz.gif
RSTUVWXYZ by Meenakshi Mukerji. Instructions: http://origami.paginas.sapo.pt/RSTUVWXYZ.htm
QRSTUVWXYZ Stars by Meenakshi Mukerji. Instructions: http://www.davidpetty.me.uk/origamiemporium/mm_qrstuvwxyz.htm

History

Tung Ken Lam designed "Four Intersecting Triangles" in 1999. His model aroused plenty of excitement in the origami community. A flurry of activity ensued. Within a few years, Meenakshi Mukerji, Francis Ow and others discovered twenty-odd new models. Meenakshi Mukerji's models are especially spectacular: Check out her gallery! Tung Ken Lam's WXYZ is charming — sturdy and esthetically pleasing. This should definitely be the first model that you assemble.

Getting Started

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The simplest "intersecting planes model" is WXYZ by Tung Ken Lam.

Step 1: Familiarize yourself with Origami symbols like mountain / valley folds.

Step 2: Make 12 units of the WXYZ Model, as per instructions in the image (click to enlarge). Excellent Photographic Instructions are also available. Or you may watch the videos below.

Step 3: Assemble 12 WXYZ units together, as per instructions. You may also watch the videos below.

Step 4: Take a picture of your model and display it on the web!

Step 5: Make other Intersecting Plane Models or design one of your own.

WXYZ - Part I

WXYZ - Part II

More Models

The definitive website for many models is Meenakshi Mukerji's Intersecting Planes Gallery — check it out! Instructions for many models are available for free. This article by Meenakshi Mukerji is helpful for assembling some of the models by her.

Blintz Icosidodecahedron by Tung Ken Lam: PDF Instructions (6 Pentagons)

VWXYZ: Photographic Instructions.

Book: Ornamental Origami by Meenakshi Mukerji (2008, 154 pages) has instructions for all her Intersecting Planes models.

XYZ by Francis Ow

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XYZ by Francis Ow

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XYZmbe by Nick Robinson

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WXYZ by Tung Ken Lam

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XYZ by Mick Guy

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XYZ by Mick Guy

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XYZ by Francis Ow

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XYZ by Francis Ow

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WXYZ by Francis Ow

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Octahedral Cross by Tung Ken Lam

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Tornado by Francis Ow

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UVWXYZ by Meenakshi Mukerji

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UVWXYZ by M Leonard

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UVWXYZ by M Leonard

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TUVWXYZ Hexagons by M Leonard

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TUVWXYZ Rectangles by Meenakshi Mukerji

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TUVWXYZ Hexagons by Meenakshi Mukerji

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TUVWXYZ by Meenakshi Mukerji

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STUVWXYZ Stars by Meenakshi Mukerji

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STUVWXYZ Rectangles by Meenakshi Mukerji

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STUVWXYZ Septagons by Meenakshi Mukerji

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RSTUVWXYZ Stars by Meenakshi Mukerji

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RSTUVWXYZ Rectangles by Meenakshi Mukerji

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RSTUVWXYZ Octagons by M Leonard

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QRSTUVWXYZ by Meenakshi Mukerji

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VWXYZ (5 Red Crossses) by Francis Ow

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20 Sep 2008
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