Iris mechanism glasses out of paper and string.
The attached PDFs are for 11x17 printing, outline of pieces are included to cut out with dimension to scale.
If you have access to a laser cutter there is a dxf ver attached as well.
Get your geek on.
paper glue (i used soba brand)
string - thats thin and strong ( i used book binding string)
Bristol paper- 100lb
hole punch -or something that punches 1/8 in holes or less
Mailing tube - 2 15/16" inner diameter (got mine at fedex)
heavy chipboard/cardstock (mine was 1/32 thick )
Step 1: Cut your pieces
The 36 "leafs" are cut out of bristol paper, everything else (except mailing tube rings) are out of chipboard.
You don't really need a hole punch but having one goes much quicker, and the hole doesn't need to be exactly 1/8in hole, a smaller hole is fine.
Step 2: Leaf bending
Take the bristol "leafs" and score along the line at the end. Be sure your leaves are facing counter clockwise.
Then bend forward to 90 deg and back flat to apply some glue, then bend foward again. Turn up your headphones and do this for all 36 leafs. Be sure to periodlically bend them to keep them all at 90 degrees as they dry