• The two opposite sides of this model converge into a single green pentagon
  • Each pentagon is surrounded by convex squares and triangles
  • A streak of purple units dance around the equator of this globe
  • At 120 units this model looks complexly convex
  • The Wausau Astrobrights paper made for a sturdy model and clean folds
  • A closeup of this model reveals the matching pentagon on the other side

Remember popples? Those cute plush toys from the 1980’s that were brightly colored and folded in on themselves to form a weird ball of animal parts? Yeah those things. So that’s why I’ve dubbed this model the popple because well, it looks like one.

I used the Wausau Astrobrights series for the entire design. It’s good strong paper and produces a sturdy but lightweight model. Since the paper was letter sized, I used the die-cut machine to fashion 120 custom rectangles from four different colors. From there, it was relatively easy to burn through all 120 units in a short amount of time since they are all identical. My process involves forming an assembly line where a single fold is performed back-to-back on all 120 units before advancing to the next. It works, try it!

Polyhedron

Rhombicosidodecahedron

Diagram Credits

Concave Hexagonal Ring Solid by Tomoko Fuse
  • 120 units
  • 4 1/2 inch globe

Materials

Wausau Astrobrights paper

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