The Origami Venetian Star or in Italian “Stella Veneziana” is a very beautiful and unique modular Origami star. It is designed by the Italian Origamist Paolo Bascetta, who is probably most known for his Bascetta star, which can be folded from 30 or more modules. The diagram to the Venetian Star is published in the book from the British Origami Society called “Origami Europe“, p. 191 – 195. The diagram is in Italian, but very easy to follow. The Stella Veneziana is an easy model, thus suitable for a beginner in Origami.
Design Information – Origami Stella Veneziana
If you see this unique Origami star design once, you will forever remember it. I loved this design so much, that I bought the above mentioned book just for this one model! Overall, the Origami Venetian star is composed of 8 unit star layers that connect together with more levels, while going down in size, to make up this interesting design. By the way, my Origami Stella Veneziana is made from 11 levels – altogether 88 modules, but most typically folded from 4 – 6 levels.
Observations while folding the Origami Venetian Star
The overall folding sequence is actually very simple – and you will be able to fold one star quite fast (especially when only folding 4 or so layers). You can use Origami paper like Kami or Tant, or even colored copy paper. Be careful not to start with too large paper, as the star is actually quite large. For example my most outward layer was folded from 21 cm / 8.3 in paper – and the finished Venetian Star measures about 60 cm / 23.6 in in diameter! By comparison, my smallest layer was folded from paper of less than 2 cm / 0.8 in – and this yields a star of about 5.5 cm / 2.2 in diameter. When folding this small, it is not only difficult to fold that small, but the assembly gets even more difficult.
Without going too much into the details, you will need to adjust the size of your paper to smaller and smaller to fold the next level. The diagram in the book mentions a number you should multiply your original paper size to get to the next layer, and shows also a way to do the same step by folding. I chose to do the calculation method, but it is up to you and your preference.
There should be no difficulty for the assembly when using larger paper. But if you choose to fold the Origami Venetian star as small as I did, you might run into small problems during the 8 unit ring assembly. At this size the hook that connects to the next model is less small than the tip of a match. It is so small, that it might unhook during the assembly (especially the very last unit when connecting the beginning and the end together). It is best to pin one part down with the tip of the fingernail and working with tweezers. Also connecting the rings together at this small size, might open up the connections to the single rings. I used a toothpick to pull the corners through.
Conclusion to the Stella Venetiana
I don’t think there is anybody out there that would not praise this model! A single module is quite simple, but the unity of all modules together make up one of the prettiest Origami stars that exist. With the play of different colors and/or shades you can make up such unique pieces that not only you will fall in love with, but also everybody around you. Very recommended, for all Origami abilities!