Come learn all about the Straws Thingy—its shape, geometry, symmetry, and of course, detailed step-by-step instructions for how to build your own!
All of this is discussed in my mini-blog-post series for NaBloPoMo November 2015, listed here:
- Get Ready for NaBloPoMo 2015!
- Enter Straws Thingy
- The Shape of Thingys To Come
- Straw Size Matters
- No Target? No Problem
- Blowing Up Straws
- Oh, the Places You(r Straws Thingy)’ll Go!
- Time to Build At Last! Step 1
- Step 2 (Hard Mode)
- Interlude: What Makes Hard Mode Hard?
- Step 3: Scaffolding!
- Step 4: Cutting and Stacking
- Step 5: Punching and Folding
- Step 6: Pentagons Galore
- Step 7: Straws in Spaaace!
- Step 8: Tucking and Weaving
- Step 9: Quintuplicate!
- Step 10: A Savage Ending
- Odd One Out?
- Scheming Colors
- About Faces
- Mirror Thingy on the Wall
- But Wait, There’s More!
- Triangle Jitterbug: Up to Eight Versions
- 4D Hypercube of Straws Thingys!
- 32 Straws Thingys! Aaah!
- Endless Variations on a Theme
- On the Origin of Scaffolds
Full instructions to build your own are given in the short blog posts above, together with lots of math about the structure. Alternatively, here are more concise and self-contained instructions as a printable PDF (without the math).
Download the Template
To make this project as accessible as possible (without losing the thrill of the build!), I designed a paper scaffold that helps guide the straws’ arrangement and also helps keep the straws in place during assembly. Full instructions for how to use the scaffold are in the above series, and you can download the template here.
Thanks! Now go out and get building! -Zach