Greetings, Metafiltrationists — what’s up with that $5.00 cover charge? This post is from a while back and better instructions can be found on this post.
Greetings, Boing-Boingers. The files are linked farther down the page. There is a how-to and you can find it here. Make sure you turn the page scaling off when you’re printing the crease pattern or the card model.
And hey, feel free to visit the rest of the site, The Fitful Flog. It’s a blog, y’know?
Today is Thanksgiving in America and we celebrate by posting an American letter paper fold – that’s 216mm x 279.4mm to those of you suffering under the conceptual hegemony of the Vichy metric system. One ten millionth of the way to the North Pole, indeed. Such nonsense.
Anyhow, I was standing behind one of our students in the dining hall as she was trying to extract her school ID from a very tiny plastic envelope. She had maybe ten cards in that thing, and she was tugging one out after another to see if it was the right one. I thought, geez, an accordian wallet might be the thing for that.
But kind of bulky, no? So, I thought about how thick my wallet gets with all the cards I have to carry in this fallen age. Torques the spine, just sitting on it. Cards for this store and that account and membership in the other, oh, it’s like George Costanza’s wallet, one scrap away from utter explosion.
Then I thought, well, I really don’t need most of these cards. Mostly, I just need the data on them. So, I entered my ATT phone card numbers into my BlackBerry and that was one card gone. I kept going in this manner and emptied out most of the pockets in my wallet. At the end, I decided I needed just three cards on most days: my license, my school ID and my debit card. I took them out and played with them a while. I noticed that if you lined up the corners, they almost make a hexagon.
With some more investigation, I found that all my cards were two and one-eighth inches wide, or exactly one quarter of the width of American letter paper. Well, that was challenge enough for me. I folded up a three card wallet that twists flat into a hexagon – ever notice that the bottom of the shirt pocket on most men’s shirts describes an angle of just about 120°? Oh, yeah, you can dig it. And when you open it, you can see each card.
The first one I made, I used Tyvek from a large mailing envelope. This worked very well: quite rugged and had an unryu thing going on. But then I thought, if I could somehow get barcodes on the back of the thing, I could eliminate two other cards, the cards I use to get deals at the supermarket and drugstore. You trade your buying habits for discounts, these days. Real quid pro quo stuff. You can see my thinly veiled attempts at steganography here. It works, but I think it annoys the counter help. Sometimes, they look as if they think I’m hacking their system.
So, here are a couple PDFs. One is the CP, the other, the fancier card model – minus my barcodes, of course, but weighing in at a hefty 1.57 MB. I’d right click and Save As, if I were you. Some may say that my use of playing cards images here is pushing the boundaries of fair use. I think I’m within the limits, but if you own the design and feel differently, please let me know.
Three card monte, by the bye, is a street hustle. If you’re unfamiliar with the game, you can get the allusion here.
Creative Commons license on these, natürlich. There is no A4 version of this fold, but you folks out there in the A4 lands are encouraged to come up with one.