What is a kaleidocycle?
A three-dimensional ring, composed of a series of linked tetrahedra (pyramids). This papercraft design is truly unique due to its dynamic capability: the ring is able to be twisted in upon itself!
Kaleidocycles are somewhat similar to kaleidoscopes: they are both optical, circular, and dynamic. A kaleidoscope is operated by rotating the end of a tube. A kaleidocycle is operated by twisting itself. If you have never seen a kaleidocycle before, you are in for a real treat.
Let's get started!
Step 1: Assemble materials.
~ 1 sheet of plain paper cardstock
~ Elmers glue
~ X-Acto knife (using a new blade is helpful)
~ straightedge ruler
Step 2: Print out the kaleidocycle design.
Use the design with the "Ocean Blue" colors if you want to get started right away.
Or try the blank design, then fill in your own color scheme. http://www.colorcombos.com/ has terrific color combination libraries to choose from. Four color combinations work well with this kaleidocycle design.
Print the image at 100% size (a little over 8.5" wide).
Step 3: Score the kaleidocycle design.
Using your X-Acto knife, carefully score each one of the diagonal lines. The scores do not need to be cut very deep into the cardstock. Take it slow -- accuracy is important.
After that, score each one of the vertical lines.
Step 4: Cut out the kaleidocycle design.
TIP: If you cut the design out carefully, you will be able to use the leftover cardstock frame as a template for future constructions. Just tape the template over a sheet of material and use it as a guide to cut out new kaleidocycles.