January 23, 2017
My friend, Berendina Buist has put together another traveling show, the Tin Box Exhibit Small to Large. At the end of the month Berendina will leave for Sydney, Australia with six tiny tins packed in her suitcase. Each tin contains an entire, interactive exhibit. The tins are 3.5″ diameter and 1.25″ deep.
I chose to create six small flexagons, one for each box. The title of my pieces is:
A piece of paper is an object that has two sides. When folded in a specific manner it become a flexagon, an object that hides six possible sides while maintaining only two at any given time.
I have chosen to create designs on each of the sides based on zygotes, maple seeds and crystals to further express the idea of growth and expansion. Each begins quite small and gives birth to something that continues to grow and change throughout its existence.
How to flip a flexagon:
Method One: Fold the flexagon, bringing together three alternate points. The top of the flexagon will open easily. If it doesn’t, fold the flatten the flexion and bring the other three points together. The top of the flexagon should now open, revealing a new design. Repeat.
Method Two: (this method is illustrated in the two video clips below). Pinch together two adjacent triangles that are not connected along there common side. Push the opposite two triangles (these will be connected along their adjacent sides) toward the pinched triangles. The top of the flexagon can now open easily to reveal a new design. Repeat.
Here is a quick clip showing how to flip a flexagon:
And here is a short clip on flipping a Triflexagon:
Flexagons are sooooooo entertaining, fun to make and fun to flip! It’s easy to make your own. The template below is from the puzzles.com website.