Imagine that!

This Kirigami is bit of a mechanical puzzle: how can this airy thing be folded up from one piece of paper?  I had found this interesting model on Pinterest:

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As a novice paper folder, I wanted to diagram the underlying architecture of this piece. Once I had grasped its plan, just to make sure that I had really understood it, I added a fourth floater:

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Notice the lines behind it? That’s the blueprint for cutting and folding it. It’s  clearly shown here:

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The pop-up action mechanism is revealed by comparing this diagram to this partially folded state:

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This material is Frosted Gold, Canford Card; I think it would also look cool in sheet brass. The diagram is available from me upon request.

My learning curve has been greatly eased since I’ve started using an extension called Origami in Adobe Illustrator. It simulates folding of the working model (here, the ‘top’ is to the right):

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It can zoom, tilt and rotate the working model. Mistaken lines in one’s structural diagram are all specifically located, so it is a  great tool for self-directed study.