Friday, 8 April 2011

Transforming Paper



So I just saw a video on metacafe showing how to make this cool transforming star thing. So I went and made it.

Here's the process.


The construction

The first step was to mark up a piece of card like this:

If you can't see in the horrible ipod quality photo, the whole thing is 12 x 24, the 12cm side is broken up in segments 3cm, 4cm and 5cm. Then each strip of this is 3cm (Making 8 strips along the 24cm length).





The next step was to cut them out in strips, each strip being 3x12.














The next step was to fold each strip up into little triangles and tape them up (folding along the lines that should be there)








Next you tape them together in groups of 2 like arranged above, only on the large side in a way that it can turn.









Next you connect the groups of two together (making two separate things of 4)

This is done on the 3cm side.








The next step is to bring the two long pieces together like:

and tape the two together, also on the 3cm side.









You should end up with something looking like this:










What it can do
well, it can do these and a bunch more shapes. It's just fun to move it around.



Also it seems that bloggers editor is horrible with arranging images side by side.














(I apologize for the horrible image quality, I used my ipod camera for this.)

And remember, if this guide confuses you at all, just check out the video here.

49 comments:

  1. This is actually pretty cool; where do you learn all this stuff?

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  2. Yep Peter, I found this via Stumbleupon, I've been wasting more and more time with it lately.

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  3. It can't transform into a Triforce :(. I was really looking forward to that!

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  4. Indeed, it can make a sort of triangle thing, but no triforce :(

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  5. Wow. You are far more patient than I am . . . .

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  6. Good old stumbleupon, so much stuff you can learn/find, especially when your not looking xD

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  7. Yeah, Stumble Upon is the best. I absolutely adore that website like it's my baby ! >_<

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  8. I love these step by step how-to's. :)

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  9. That's just really cool. Making one ATM!

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  10. Good luck mate, I hope you are able to put it down again after making it and playing with it for a while. It's kinda addicting.

    I also agree guys, stumbleupon is amazing, I even went and got the firefox toolbar.

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  11. That's pretty sweet, I think I'll have to try making one of those today

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  12. That is really cool, think I will do this at work! Following!

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  13. Thanks for sharing this. Last time I folded paper I made that lucky fortune teller from NBC's Community.

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  14. looks interesting :) the only thing I made from paper was an origami crane 2 years ago :D

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  15. That is pretty awesome. believe it or not, when i was in highschool, there was a class dedicated for stuff like this

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  16. origami is so sick. this is pretty similiar

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  17. This is amazing. Going to try it tonight.

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  18. That is pretty neat.
    Thanks.
    P.s. I posted today on Paranormal Happenings, if you want to read.

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  19. Oh wow Wayward, a class for this stuff? That sounds pretty awesome.

    @Luna, thanks for letting me know, seeing it's so cheap on amazon I might give it a shot, however I'm not so sure about Amazon and shipping to Australia. :(

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  20. Nice effort man! Would never have the patience doing that kind of paperwork!

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  21. These things rock.
    I once made one, but after showing it to my family it didn't last long :/

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  22. That looks like a nice ornament thing.

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  23. Thats cool, going to do it :)

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  24. Damn it just spent 4 hours trying to make that lol awesome stuff following

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  25. Thats just one of many thing you can do with paper even paper planes have 100 different shapes...

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  26. Mission accomplished! Even a paper-folding noob myself managed to do this! Thanks again.

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  27. Haha yeah, this is a nice easy one to make. I'm absolutely horrible at origami style stuff but I still managed to make this one.

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  28. Wow that's pretty neat, but I don't even have the patience for this stuff...

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  29. Succes! Made one, so cool.

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  30. Oh, this is awesome! Too bad my fingers are too stupid to even cut a straight line, so I'd never really be able to make something nice like this. It's simple, but I think it'd still come out messed up for me.

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  31. I should get back to stumbleupon. It's sweet.

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  32. lol! this is pretty cool!these things are facinating

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  33. wow pretty awesome! :D i want to try it but i know i will just give up half way haha

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  34. This is really awesome! StumbleUpon is such a good idea!

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  35. Looks awesome Claude - Shame I will never have the time or patience to construct it hahaha. But man, didn't expect it to be so cool while I was watching the guy construct it! Wonder how fragile it is..

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  36. @Mike, I can attest that it's actually very strong and durable. That may be due to the fact that I made mine with card but even my worries about the tape coming undone were shown up.

    I've been fiddling with it pretty consistently and it doesn't look like it will break any time soon.

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