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Flexagons are neat little paper models that can be folded in different ways to show different surfaces. There are dozens of different types, and this site gives a good overview & patterns.

So, besides a fun plaything, what else can you do with it?

You can take a regular flat maze and draw it on a pyramid flexagon (pictured at right) instead. To follow the maze, you must fold the puzzle in the correct way.

Or, you can use a tetra-tetra flexagon, like Britta Gustafson did to make a beautiful map (below) that folds to reveal different levels of detail.
(See also this instructable, for an even-more detailed step-by-step guide)

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So, what ideas can you think of for this? If you’re a spy, you could combine all of your fake identification documents in to one, so you’ll be ready to show the proper one whenever needed. Not a spy? Then how about combining all your grocery store loyalty cards in to one object?

Bonus: watch this video for a very fun Flexagon (feel free to skip to 3:00, where Arvind Gupta demonstrates it). The video shows how to make it, but a printed version would be easier to follow — can anyone find more information about this?


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  1. Stop reading my mind…

    I was just reading about these last Friday, and found http://www.flexagon.net where you can print foldable patterns.

  2. Here’s Arvind Gupta’s website, with better instructions:

    http://www.arvindguptatoys.com/toys/flexagon.html

  3.  it shows us not how to MAKE it thust false advert for the title

  4.  it shows us not how to MAKE it thust false advert for the title

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