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 obtain the scaffold template by clicking “Add to Cart” below, for a fair price.
Now, about the pricing: First and foremost, I want these plans to remain easily accessible, and therefore available for free (yes, free!). If you aren’t comfortably able to pay for these plans, please don’t—use the free option. Otherwise, a few dollars (or whatever you consider a fair price!) would be greatly appreciated, and would go a long way toward my endeavors to create and share more projects like this. Thank you!
Thanks! Now go out and get building! -Zach