Step 1: Materials/Tools Needed
- Paper (enough for your model),
- Cutting surface,
- Ruler (for measuring and a straightedge),
- X-acto knife (or scissors if you can cut really straight)
- Pencil Sharpener,
- a 1cm wide piece of plastic,
- flat pliers (Ones without teeth, so as not to mark up your paper)
- small needle nose pliers(i picked up a set of pliers here for $6, which has flat pliers in it as well)
- some stiff wire or a bamboo skewer(optional)
Step 2: Choosing Your Design
There are two types of pieces here: Face pieces and connector pieces. The face pieces make up the faces of the piece (I know, right?). Connector pieces connect the face pieces together (seriously?). For this model i chose blue for the face pieces and yellow for the connector pieces. I find that using contrasting colors in a model makes it look more awesome.
Step 3: Making Your Face Pieces Part 1(cutting)
To cut the strips I start with a large piece of paper and make a grid of 1x8cm (or 1x6cm for triangles). I then cut lengthwise with a ruler and x-acto knife. Then i simply separate the individual strips from eachother(if you wish to cut down the strips to 9.5mm, you should do that while they are still in long strips).
Step 4: Making Your Face Pieces Part 2(folding)
First, take the 1cm wide piece of plastic and place a strip perpendicular to the edge. Fold the piece over and line it up with the other side. Then wrap it around the plastic again. slide the paper off of the plastic piece and use your pliers to give a tight crease. Repeat for all of the strips.
Then, take your semi-folded piece and continue folding the folded part onto the rest of the strip (check out the pictures). Your strip will probably not go all the way across the edge, but that's fine. Make your folds tight, because the tighter the better. Once you've done this to the rest of the pieces, use your pliers to crease the edges of all the pieces.
The face pieces are now done!
Step 5: Making Your Connector Pieces Part 1(cutting)
Step 6: Making Your Connector Pieces Part 2(folding)
Congratulations, no more folding!
Step 7: Unfolding Your Pieces!
Now unfold the connector pieces so that they look like a "V". Once you've done this to all of the connector pieces, you're done!
Step 8: Putting It All Together
To put a model together, start with two face pieces(2 triangles for this model). Push the connector piece through both pieces so that the triangles are on different sides of the "V". fold the flaps down in between the 2 face pieces. The pieces then will "snap" together, thus the name "Snapology". That's basically how you put pieces together. Follow the picture and make about half of the model. Make the rest of the model using the same method, so that you end up with two halves.
When you go to put the halves together, make sure you have something that fits through the triangles (a piece of wire or needle nose pliers works well. "Sewing" the 2 halves together takes some practice, but once you get the hang of it, you can do it like a pro. I'm going to separate this part into two parts, pushing and pulling. In the pictures for this part, i'm going to use a non completed piece so that you can see whats going on inside the model, kind of like x-ray vision)
Pushing: Flatten out the connector piece and push it through one of the remaining unconnected face pieces. from the other side of the model, use some wire or a bamboo skewer to push the flap through the adjacent piece. Once it's in the "V" position like the other pieces, fold the flaps down like all the other ones. Be careful to fold them over on the folds you made, it will help hold the pieces together.
Pulling: Flatten out the connector piece and push it through an edge piece like in the pushing method. Then use pliers to grab the flap and pull it through the adjacent piece. Fold the pieces over and you're done!
Step 9: Variations
Check out This website for some masterpieces from Heinz Strobl himself. He uses ticker tape for the strips, which means he just has to cut lengths.