The Fitful Flog

July 30, 2006

Icosahedral Twist Box

Icosahedral Twist Box
This is ambi-epistolary – hey-ho, there’s a nonce-word for the ages! Yes, ambi-epistolary, it can be made with equal facility out of letter paper of either persuasion, A4 or American 8½ ×11″. How’s that for thinking globally?

You make two pieces and one fits into the other. Or the other way around. The male becomes female, the female becomes male…oh, it’s the Rocky Horror Picture Show all over again. This is one reason Republicans won’t read this blog.

I have a cube model of this, too.

Enough blather – the directions are right here.

12 Responses to “Icosahedral Twist Box”

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    The Fitful Flog ? The World Box Says:

    […] Sure, the Icosahedral Twist Box is great, but a little bland. You could soup it up with some fancy paper, maybe, or you could go with my original conception and make a World Box. […]

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    christine Says:

    Oschene, I find your pdf’s are hostile, they will not open in my presence. The question is it hostility or shyness? I can open all the pointless pdf’s the Board of Ed throws at me, but one I want opened…that is asking too much of the world.

    AND you are going to hell for introducing folding of a questionable sexual orientation.

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    Steyen Says:

    hi .Great idea for the map projection =)
    this model is interesting to fold

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    oschene Says:


    I’m surprised to hear it – what sort of error message are you getting?

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    christine Says:

    Are you surprised the pdf isn’t opening or that you’re going to hell (Ann Coulter told me so).

    To address the 1st thing it shows a little rectangle with little geometric figures in it (red square, blue triangle, and a green circle)

    To address the 2nd…you should know that all liberals are doomed.

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    oschene Says:

    My final destination has never been that much in doubt, so no, I was speaking of the PDF. That Ann Coulter is still talking about me, well, that is a bit of a surprise. Man, that’s one bitter lassie.

    It sounds to me like a problem of Acrobat Reader and Internet Explorer not jibing on version numbers. You could get a new version of Reader.

    In the meantime, I will suggest right-clicking (or command-clicking, if you’re of the Apple ilk) and Saving As. Once you have the PDF local, I think it will open normally. If not, we will begin again.

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    christine Says:

    Mystery dealt with. A coworker said after the last pdf file she opened issues arose, so I just downloaded Adobe Reader again. I guess it was a previous pdf that was hostile. Thanks though, nice instructions.

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    jane Says:

    Thanks for thinking globally – You’d better get used to it, since, next time I’ll not accept any excuses for not coming here.

    As for going to hell, don’t worry, we’ll have a great time when we meet there (along with all my other friends). The only problem is that the beer will be hot…

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    oschene Says:

    Oh, I’ll be there next time. Though my wife says not, I think there must a train that goes all the way across the isthmus.

    And if the beer is hot, we’ll throw cinammon and cloves in it and learn to like it. But I hope they’ll have fireproof paper.

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    John H Says:

    OK, I had a lot of fun folding, but I’m hopelessly stuck at the “fold it thusly” step. Any tips?

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    oschene Says:

    I think the step you mean is the twist – look at step 19 again and notice how the bottom and the top rotate in different directions. One you start this, the model will begin to collapse. You continue this until it collapses entirely in step 20.

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    w Says:

    hot beer maybe.. but there’s also sake…

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