Make a Pentagon from a Square or A5
Some origami models start with a pentagon instead of a square. In these situations you must make the pentagon before you can begin your origami project. Making pentagons from a square or a rectangular sheet of paper is not easy. The process takes many steps which leads to error and the resulting pentagon has numerous crease lines.
Below is a list of methods to make a pentagon from a square or a A5 paper. The instructions are organized so the perfect pentagons are listed on top, the near perfect pentagons are in the middle, and the least accurate pentagons are at the bottom.
Perfect Pentagons Instructions
- David Dureisseix: 8+ folds, largest pentagon from a square.
- David Chandler: 14 folds
- James M Clark / David Shall: 7 folds, largest pentagon with center of pentagon at center of square.
- James M Clark/Ralph Jones: 8 folds, largest pentagon from sq
- Alde Marcell: (pg 7) 9 folds, largest pentagon from square
- James M Clark / Fred Rohm: 10 folds
- James M Clark; 13 folds, largest pentagon from a square.
- Darren Abbey: 13 folds
Not Perfect, Easy to Make Pentagons
- David Collier: 4 folds, start with A5 or A6; diagram: Kevin Young
- James M Clark / Alice Gray: 6 folds, easy.
- Dennis Walker: 7 folds, easy (video S Adams)
- Pentagon from a square (7 steps)
- Oschene: 9 folds, not hard.
- Dennis Walker 2: 10 folds
- from a strip of paper
- John Szinger:18 folds, truncated top
Some of the above methods make “theoretical” perfect pentagon but in practice, errors occur due to the thickness of the paper or the accumulation of small mis-alignments (human errors). The more folds there are, the more chances of errors.
Almost all pentagons will have crease marks running through the shape. Some creases are related to the geometry of a pentagon so they could be useful. Some creases have no relationship to the final pentagon so they are undesirable.
In most cases, the easiest pentagons are the least accurate; however, depending on your origami model, the pentagon might be “good enough”.
- cut a triangle from a square
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