How to Put These Nets Together

All of our nets work better if they are printed on heavy paper or cardstock, however regular printer paper will work.

  1. The most important thing to remember is that if you are using heavy paper or cardstock, be sure to score all the edges with a sharp object before you fold. We recommend the point of a compass, a ball point pen that has run out of ink works well too, even the tip of a steak knife will work. Scoring prepares the surface for a very sharp fold. Always be sure not to actually cut the paper when you score. You just want an indentation on the top surface which will promote a sharp fold. Practice on scraps before you score the actual net. *NOTE: be sure to score all of the flaps too.

  2. Fold every black line, including the flaps, away from the score indentation. Then close the figure up into a "dry-fit" with no glue. This step is very important because it will show you if you have missed any of the edges when scoring.

  3. Now it's time to glue the flaps in alphabetical order. Run a bead of glue and spread it on every part of the flap. Use a piece of scrap paper as a "knife" to do the spreading. Before you stick the edges together, blow on the glued flap to help the glue set up. When you put the edges together, squeeze the excess glue out and wipe it off. Hold the edges together until the glue sets enough for it to hold the paper on its own. Be sure not to go on to the next flap until the glue sets.

  4. NOTE: the nets for the icosahedron and the dodecahedron are too big to fit on a single piece of paper, so we cut them apart into TWO nets each. All you have to do to get the original large net is glue the nets together as described on the pieces, then just glue the flaps in alphabetical order.


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