It’s Paula’s fault

On August 8, 2021 Paula Beardell Krieg posted about a new flexagon she had invented. She was offering a workshop through MoMath and I signed up for it. I then missed the workshop by remembering the wrong time. (Sometimes I am an idiot.)

Paula took pity on me and showed me how to make the flexagon at a private Zoom meeting on Friday. Here’s the not-yet-folded printout that I finished colouring yesterday.

After missing the Zoom class, I tried to reverse engineer Paula’s flexagon. I produced this.

I knew it wasn’t right. You can see the correct form below.

Paula is planning to post instructions, so I will let you know when those are up in case you don’t follow her blog or her Youtube channel.

My incorrect version of Paula’s fold did, however, lead me to a different flexagon, so here are instructions for making it.

You will need a square piece of lightweight copier paper. Fifteen centimeters/six inches on a side works well.

Fold the square in half diagonally twice: bottom left corner up to top right corner, crease the fold, open flat, bottom right corner up to top left corner, crease the fold, open flat.

Fold the bottom left corner to the middle and crease the fold.

Repeat with the other three corners.

Fold the bottom corner up to the middle and crease the fold.

Repeat with the other three corners.

Open your paper flat and turn over.

Cut your paper in half vertically, using the fold as a guide.

Cut the new triangles in half horizontally.

Rotate your four triangles so that the point that started in the centre of your paper is now on top, and arrange them in a line.

The next step is gluing together the triangles shown overlapping in the image above. I used a glue stick, masking the inner edge of the triangle so the glue didn’t go beyond that fold.

You will need to pick up the flexagon to glue together the first and last triangles so that you have a circle. Your completed flexagon should look like this.

I’m not sure that this is truly a flexagon, but it is a lovely fidget toy! You can create multiple shapes by folding/rotating it.

Some of the shapes are three dimensional.

It can easily be turned inside out. The following image shows it with the triangular flaps on the inside at the top, on the outside at the bottom.

Have fun!

In other book arts news:

The Book Arts Newsletter for September/October is out. There are problems with their server, so you can download Book Arts Newsletter 141 directly.


If you are interested in the history of calligraphy, this podcast might be for you.


I am this month’s guest host for the Are You Book Enough Book Arts Community Challenge.

I have been posting prompts and questions and links to workshops in the @areyoubookenough stories.

You can follow along or join in here.


In other news:

If you enjoyed the works in my #99DayProject, you can now see them all together on my website. Click on The #99DayProject in the menu bar, or just click here.

Clicking on any of the images will take you to a one-at-a-time slide show.


About Byopia Press

I have been working in the book arts field for more than twenty years, and operating Byopia Press with my husband David since the late 1990s. I began producing artist's books and altered books in 2004.
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4 Responses to It’s Paula’s fault

  1. Pelham Meeting (Quakers in Niagara) says:

    Thank you. I find your colours exquisitely beautiful, and a pleasure to contemplate.


  2. Pingback: … and another new flexagon. | Byopia Press

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