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Re: [Icehouse] Origami pyramids

  • FromLaurie Menke <laurie_menke@xxxxxxxxx>
  • DateSat, 31 Dec 2005 12:23:51 -0800 (PST)
Ryan and Tony,

First of all, let me say that you are both geniuses
and deserve medals!  :o)  Thank you so much for your
contribution to the Icehouse community!  :o)

Now for specific feedback:

Ryan...when you first e-mailed your design, I gave it
a try and gave up because I couldn't figure out the
directions.  But your recent e-mail gave me new
impetus to try again, and I succeeded!  Yeah!  Now
that I've done it, I'd like to suggest that you
replace steps 1-11 with the following:  "Crease all
lines in the given diagram."  Steps 12-15 are a good
description....just hard to put into practice!  Now, I
have to say...having starting with the large 3-pointer
size, I cannot IMAGINE trying to do that again with
the 2- or 1-pointers.  The design is unbelievably
amazing, and my hat is certainly off to you for
conceiving such a thing of beauty!  But it was just
way too difficult to pull off, especially at this
small size.  Mine came out looking pretty wacky,
although basically pyramid-like.  ;o)  But your design
is definitely do-able and very sturdy.  Once made,
these pyramids are stackable and ready to take some
heavy action.  :o)  So again, thank you very much, and
kudos for the elegant design!

Tony....although not as rugged as Ryan's pyramids,
yours are definitely the easier to make, even with the
more difficult cutting required.  And I appreciate
that one set fits on a single page.  Nice going! 
Again, you have added much to the Icehouse community! 
I think that if I were to do it again, I would either
laminate regular paper or start with cardstock for
your design so that it will be more sturdy.  And
although it would require several more sheets of
paper, I might choose to make tuck-in triangles for
all four sides instead of just one, again for the
added stability.  But yours are also definitely
stackable and ready for play!  Woo-hoo!  One other
request, if you have the time and/or inclination. 
It's great to have the four main colors already on the
sheets ready to print.  But could you also include a
white version so that if we wanted to print on various
colored papers we could?  Thank you!

To sum it all up...you've both done an admirable job
and I am in awe of your intelligence and creativity! 
Thank you so much for these wonderful gifts!

Wishing everyone a very happy New Year,


--- Tony Vigil <tjvigil66@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> Ryan,
> These look more complicated than the origami
> pyramids I've seen online before.  Are they
> stackable?
> My non-origami paper pyramids are much simpler to
> build but more difficult to cut out.  Have you tried
> my design yet?  They don't require any tape or glue
> to keep them together.
> in case you need the link...
> - Tony
>    1. Re: Origami Icehouse (Ryan McGuire and Kerry
> Breitenbach)
> Message: 1
> Date: Sat, 31 Dec 2005 10:50:15 -0500
> From: "Ryan McGuire and Kerry Breitenbach" 
> Subject: Re: [Icehouse] Origami Icehouse
> To: "Icehouse Discussion List" 
> So has anyone tried the new and (in my opinion)
> improved origami design? 
> Did you succeed?  If not, what caused you the most
> trouble?
> I'm here to help ya.
> Ryan
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Roger Burton West" 
> Subject: Re: [Icehouse] Origami Icehouse
> > On Tue, Dec 06, 2005 at 03:09:07AM -0500, Brian
> Campbell wrote:
> >>Could someone produce a PDF of this? I'm not MS
> Word-enabled.
> >
> > Ten seconds with the freeware OpenOffice.org
> produces this:
> >
> > http://firedrake.org/roger/archive/Creases.pdf
> >
> > which looks valid to me.
> >
> > Roger
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