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Re: turn-turn-turn structure

I got the Idaho Center for the Book tetraflexagon and it's true,
tetraflexagons _are_ tricky to figure out if there's no one nearby to
"flex" them for you.  Try this: Open it as you would open a book (a tall,
narrow book).  Now close the "book" and turn it around so that the
"spine" is facing you instead of the front (fore edge, I think it's
called).  Now suspend your disbelief and open the spine as if it were the
fore edge.  It will open like a book and reveal another side.  Keep doing
this until you have seen all sides--I think the tetraflexagon has 4.

Have you seen Susan King's tetraflexagon?  I believe it's called
_The Queen of Wands_.  It has a little diagram explaining how to flex the
piece.  I also made a tri-tetraflexagon last year.

Good luck.  You should try flexing a dodecahexaflexagon!

Julie Seko
> Dear Book Art-ers:
> This brings up a question I've had for awhile and, either thru fear of
> appearing ignorant or just wanting to figure it out for myself, I have
> not asked for help.
> This concerns the Idaho Center for Book's recent publication "Idaho by
> the Book."  This is supposed to be a "tetraflexagon" series of maps
> about Idaho's history.  Included are three maps and accompanying text
> which somehow flexes and turns in on itself to make the thing readable.
> It includes instructions, which, unfortunately, I have never been able
> to figure out.  I am not criticizing the instructions (or the instructions
> that Pat Baldwin will include in her book (I'm just using her message
> as a catalyst).  All I would really like is some help from someone else
> who purchased this tetraflexagon on how to make it work.
> This might be something to reply off the list unless there are other
> unenlightened souls out there like myself.  Thanks for any and all
> suggestions.
> Eric
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