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43: An Ant

Posted by wonko on February 12, 2011 in creepy crawly |

wow, no I mean WOW! This is a design that, on paper at least, looked impossible. Piotr Pluta designed a way of paper torture (involving 4 lots of 8-way accordion sinking) to extract 6 limbs and 3 body segments typical of an insect – quite honestly I was convinced it could not be done.

…so I cheated and gave parts of it a practice try first – sure I screwed it up (on what are unreasonable first-fold rules) but I learnt something about the successful fold. That said, I am mightily pleased with this one:

Photocopy paper does not withstand being bent so much – at the centre of the thorax (middle body segment) you can see the square’s centre point – a much creased and slightly frayed hole forming from bend fatigue, otherwise it held up remarkably well to a very difficult fold.

Underside and Side view detail

You can see the degree to which the paper has been massaged and tucked away to take an A4-cut square and as if my magic make all the requisite parts of the ant, right down to the mandibles and the puffed out abdomen.

You might like to have a go at this – it is not a beginners fold (and indeed there are aspects of it that I have still to master), but the design is ingenious and worth the time it takes to complete :  ant_diagram

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2 Comments

  • Margita says:

    Hi, thanks for proving that this can actually be done. I’ve been staring at the directions for quite some time now and got the eery feeling that, in step 5 to 6, an essential information got lost (which corner up?). Thanks for the photograph — I’ll try again.
    Any other useful hints for aspiring students, oh Master?
    Thanks! And — Merry Christmas, by the way!

    • wonko says:

      hmmm, I folded this twice with copy paper and both times paper fatigue made final shaping difficult – might try it with a large sheet of brown paper – the model structure is sound but it tortures paper I find – have never used tissue foil but that might be best to stop the danged thing wanting to unfold itself.

      good luck – post me a photo of the result?

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