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Jan 6, 2009


Click the arrow to see the Flexagon in action.

There's a six sided flexagon in a fun new book called Magic Books & Paper Toys by Esther K. Smith.

It's a distant cousin of the Never Ending Card a.k.a the Flippix.

Start with one picture, pinch the sides into the center like a cootie catcher, open the flaps from the center, reveal a second picture. Repeat for the third picture. Flip the entire thing over and do the same and you see inside out views of the same three pictures. I tried it with snowflakes and kaleidoscope pictures.






It's probably easier to make up a plain paper version and then decorate each hexagon as you flip them open, but since when do I do things the easy way? I wanted to be able to send my design to the printer so I had to figure out how to divide up each design and position the parts so they would work properly. Needless to say, the first time around not all of the segments were facing the proper direction. Whoops.

Want to try?

Download a plain template.

Download a snowflake decorated version.

Print template. If you are making the snowflake one, fold it in half the long way and glue together (put glue on the blank side of the paper). There should be snowflake segments printed on both the front and back of the piece.

Score the sides of each triangle. You will have 10 scored triangles.

Starting at one end, fold the triangles back and forth, accordion style. The white triangle that says "glue" should be on top and visible. If it isn't, unfold your accordion and reverse the direction of the folds.

Now pull the "glue" ends toward each other to make a circle out of the folded up piece. (This is a plain paper version colored orange on one side and blue on the other.)

It will either want to flatten out, looking much like the finished piece, or hump up in the the center so it looks like this.

The two ends that say "glue" should align. Glue them together. Let dry.

Okay, you're done! Push the sides into the center and pull out from the middle to flip through three views. Turn the whole thing over and flip through three more.

Aug 27, 2008


Camera Card using the Deca-Card.

The front can be opened from each corner to reveal 8 different views.

Construct the 10-sided card

If you have not already done so, practice making a plain paper model before tackling this project. Instructions on this post are abbreviated. Refer to previous post for complete directions.

Select 8 pictures to use in the card. Using a photo editing program, make 4 rectangular picture pieces, arranging two 3" x 3" square pictures side by side for each rectangle. Orient the photos as indicated by the red arrows. Arrows point to the top of each photo.

Fold each rectangular piece as you did in the plain paper model. Lightly pencil identifying letters on each point. You will only be seeing the plain paper side as you work and it is very easy to get the pieces confused.

Fold each end on the diagonals.

Fold left point up and toward center, fold right point down and toward center, then unfold.

Lay piece B on top of piece A as shown. Then add C, and D, tucking D under A. See plain paper instructions for more details.

It should look like this.

Before you glue, check that the pictures are right side up. Check both layers at each of the four corners.

Glue down flaps.

Flip card over.

Fold in flaps from this side, working counterclockwise, tucking under the last flap. Glue flaps.

Assemble camera.

Camera body and lens template. Print size is 8.5" x 11". Lens square is 3"

Cut out camera body and lens pieces.

Glue lens piece to front side (A-B-C-D side) of folded card.

Glue folded card and lens to camera body, making sure photos are right side up.

View pictures by opening each corner.

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Aug 24, 2008

Deca-Card: 10 Faced Never-Ending Card

A new kind of never ending card. My own invention!

Now with a much better name: the Deca-Card. Not only apt, but a good pun. Thanks to reader "Crafty Granny" from Minnesota for the name!

This card has some similiarity to a star book and a regular never-ending card.

Top view.

Flattened card.Corners marked with A and B for clarity. Not a design element!

Match A to A and it opens right and left to show 4 faces.

Starting to open one face.

Open position showing first face.

Match B to B and it opens top to bottom to show four more faces. Add the multicolored front and back in the closed position and you have a total of 10 faces for pictures or embellishment!

How to make this card

Start with four rectangles of paper, twice as long as they are tall. I used half sheets of two-sided origami paper, 3" x 6".

These papers are a different color on the reverse side.

Fold each rectangle in half the short way.

Unfold and then fold each half of the rectangle diagonally as shown.

Fold up the outer corners on each side to meet the center as shown, then unfold. Pretend the colors are reversed in this picture. I changed my mind about which side I wanted as the "right side" after I took these pictures).

First one side...

then the other.

Unfold to this step.

Rectangles folded and ready to assemble. I have the completed card in the picture to help you see where the colors are going during assembly.

Turn one paper 90 degrees from the other and lay it on top as shown. Here pink is on top of yellow.

Turn another paper 180 degrees from the first one and lay it on top of the second one. (Orange on top of pink.)

Turn the last another 90 degrees and lay it on top. (Brown on orange.)

Lift up the flap from the first paper (yellow) and tuck the last piece (brown) under it.

Work around the circle, lifting each flap and gluing. Picture shows yellow flap lifted.

This picture shows orange flap lifted slightly.

Glue all four flaps.

Flip card over.

Fold each point in toward center, counterclockwise. First pink...

Then yellow...

then brown...

then orange.

Lift the last color slightly and lift up the flap under it. Tuck the last color (orange) under the first (pink).

It will look like this.

Lift each flap and glue under as you did on the front side. Glue all four flaps.

Let dry. Done!

I'm working on one with vacation photos for another post.

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