1This document supplements the pdf found @http://www.britishorigami.info/academic/thok/flexicube.pdf The pdf gives directions for making a flex-a-cube (designed by Philip Noble) from asingle long strip of paper.
Italics = important clarification of the pdf.
Figures are numbered to match those in the pdf (i.e.,
in this document is a photoof
, the diagram in the pdf).Page 1 (of pdf). Read page 1 of the pdf to find out how to prepare the paper. The totallength of your strip should be at least 135 times its width. Each cube is made of a strip16 times as long as your strip is wide and there are 8 cubes. Then you need extra to lock the ends. If you are going to be overlapping and joining strips to make a long stripinstead of using one very long strip to start with, you will likely need even more totallength. For your first flex-a-cube, try 3/4-in wide strips.If you are joining strips, there is no need to make the complete strip up front. It’seasier to cut and mouse-ladder smaller strips and afterwards lengthen your work asneeded. However, the smaller strips should be at least 20 times as long as wide - preferably about 40 times as long as wide. If you are joining paper that is already firmlycreased or perforated (e.g., pin-feed computer paper), avoid putting the perforations at theedges of the rectangles; doing so puts too much stress on the paper in the finished model.Put the perforations on the faces instead.The first time you fold a flex-a-cube, number the faces of the first two cubes.You at least need to know where faces 8 and 4 on both cubes are.A hemostat is very helpful. If you don’t have a hemostat, a small (jewelry-sized)needle-nose pliers or tweezers might do instead.Page 2. The diagrams and directions in the pdf can be confusing.
But pay attention tohow the diagonals at 5 and 11 are oriented - the pdf’s diagrams are very good atshowing the direction in which the paper takes off after the diagonal, which is veryimportant.
Fig 1 - in the photo the black numbers are onthe “top” of the paper and the pink numbersare on the “flip side.” Whether the verticalstrip lies on top of the horizontal strip or vice versa is not critical as long as thedirection the paper travels after the diagonalfold matches the pdf diagrams.