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Blog entry by BritBoxmaker posted 06-27-2012 04:43 PM 4538 reads 1 time favorited 45 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been asked how I make these, fewer times than I care to mention. The materials for them are easy to come by, being two A4 sheets of paper.

OK Letter size will do, at a pinch, but your balls may end up being a slightly different size to those seen here.

Now the first thing you must master is your grasp of the paper. Use your dominant hand, I’m left handed, and grasp the first sheet so. I cannot stress enough that a firm grip and confident action are essential here or the finished product could end up misshapen.

Next you make the first fold. Be bold here.

And breath. Second fold

The rest are pretty much the same so I’ll let the pictures tell the story

At this stage the ball should be kneaded in the palm whilst rotating it to give the desired ,almost, spherical shape.

There you have it. Oh sorry I did say balls didn’t I, not ball. Here it is with its companion

A smashing pair if I do say so myself. The last pic shows them with a ruler to give an idea of scale.

Not my most difficult of projects, I’m sure anyone can make a balls up, sorry pair of balls up, in no time.
It occurs to me to post these as a project. After all they are finished and made of wood (pulp)!

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com



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RogerBean

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#1 posted 06-27-2012 04:49 PM

Martyn,
While I’ve not posted any of these, I must admit, that I’ve made plenty. Perhaps mine are not as creative as yours, but I assure you they are as well folded. I do, after all, take considerable pride in my work. Perhaps differences are also in the paper used for the fold-up. We do not get the really good stuff over here. Not properly aged, etc. So much for excuses. I am in awe of your work.
Roger

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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Don "Dances with Wood" Butler

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#2 posted 06-27-2012 04:50 PM

Martyn,

Have you missed your meds?

We’re worried about you!

Don

-- Will trade wife's yarn for tools.

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jaykaypur

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#3 posted 06-27-2012 04:53 PM

I had wondered for years how those were made and who was making them!

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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BritBoxmaker

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#4 posted 06-27-2012 04:53 PM

Thank you for your concern, Don. No problems to report. I’m quite exited about the idea of posting these as a project though. After all I hear that even items of clothing get posted these days!

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#5 posted 06-27-2012 04:56 PM

I like mine in pretty colors!!!! :D

I must admit though that sometimes I throw mine around the room for effect. Depends on how aggravated I get. Usually though the cats go and run after them and it makes me laugh and kills the intensity of the situation.

Great blog though! I liked seeing how these are made on your side of the pond.

Brilliant project!

Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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stefang

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#6 posted 06-27-2012 04:56 PM

This is wonderfully done Martyn. I would give it a go, but it’s pretty intimidating for a newcomer. Do you have any plans for this, or do you know where I might be able to get them?

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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BritBoxmaker

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#7 posted 06-27-2012 05:00 PM

Sorry, Mike. No plans. The secret is passed down from generation to generation over here and I’m sworn not to pass anything other than what I’ve shown. After all no-one makes a balls up quite like the British.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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SPalm

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#8 posted 06-27-2012 05:03 PM

A Sketchup model would help with the explanation.

I held the pictures up to a mirror. Now I make them with my right hand.

Now I need to get around the metric problem, but I think we have some A4 in the office somewhere.

Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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Dez

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#9 posted 06-27-2012 05:06 PM

Good one Martyn!

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#10 posted 06-27-2012 05:07 PM

Yes – what is A4 paper in Imperial measurements? ;)

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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RogerBean

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#11 posted 06-27-2012 05:07 PM

wow, Sheila has really upped the ante here with colored paper. I never thought of that. Must be a letter size limitation.
Roger

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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BritBoxmaker

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#12 posted 06-27-2012 05:14 PM

Yes, Sheila. Do you have a calculator handy?

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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KnotCurser

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#13 posted 06-27-2012 05:17 PM

Martyn,

My hats off to you mate!

You are correct – you could simply post the ruler as a project if you wanted to…..........

Take it easy on the glue fumes though…... ;-)

-bob

-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: rrww@rhoadesclan.com / www.rhoadesclan.com

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#14 posted 06-27-2012 05:20 PM

I think there is one on my computer but I don’t know how to use it! (remember I am blonde!) :P

Sheila

(Besides my calculator (Keith) is outside doing the garbage right now! :( I will have to wait until later to start my project!)

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#15 posted 06-27-2012 05:27 PM

well i have noticed that the use of the left hand, verses the right does make a bit of difference, as the left hand creates angles the right can not re produce, but if then thrown with the right amount of g force at a 2×6 studded wall, the crinkle effect will produce the right type of ball..now if you like colored edges, then make a tub of water, your favorite color..and throw said balls at a sideways trajectory , with enough skip and you will get a colored ball..thrown without the right trajectory, they will sink and you will end up with mush balls, and can be thrown again at said 2×6 wall with a totally different effect…..

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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