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These instructions describe the technology underlying the Psychotronic Twirler, provide several templates, and tell you how to construct one from a single sheet of paper. The psychotronic twirler constitutes dual, diametric apex golden-triangle Cheops pyramids, each with its own box enclosure, one on top and one on the bottom.
Download THIS Psychotronic Twirler Starter Kit PDF file for compact instructions and printable templates.
Pyramid whizbang Patrick Flanagan published the twirler design. You fold a single sheet of card stock paper into the double-inverted diametric-apex King Cheops psychotronic pyramid shape, then hang it from a string, blow on it, and it twirls. Get the latest design HERE.
Why psychotronic? Well, Flanagan had a flair for marketing, and the term invokes images of a geometric shape with an extra dose of , psychic, spiritual, spacey, mind-expanding (if not mind-blowing) PYRAMID POWER. You see, the template design allows you to fold the paper into pyramids of the same proportions as the great King Cheops Pyramid, the shape known as a cosmic energy lens or focalizer that preserves organic matter, sharpens razor blades, and does God-only-knows-what to your psyche and meditative and healing and sexual powers, just sitting within a few feet of it or having it hang above your head. It might even make plants grow better.
Regarding Pyramid Power, the proportions of the Great Pyramid of Giza and the Psychotronic Twirler derive from the “golden number” of Phi, the Greek letter φ (Alt-237 on the PC keyboard), the ONLY number whose square equals itself plus one, the ratio of the hypotenuse to the base of a right triangle.
In other words, φ²=φ+1. And in the golden ratio right triangle with base length of 1, the hypotenuse has length φ=½(1+√5), and height has length √φ. We derive that from Pythagoras’ quadratic formula where the square of the hypotenuse equals the sum of the squares of the other two sides. So, the golden ratio is the ratio of φ, or approximately 1.618, to 1. Thus, the Great Pyramid golden triangle extends from the center of the inside of the pyramid to the apex vertically and to the base edge horizontally, and it has the proportions shown with base=1, slant height=φ≈1.618, and height=√φ≈1.272. The slant height forms the vertical edge of another golden triangle to form one half of the face of the pyramid having a slant edge=√(φ²+1)≈1.902. You can use these proportions to calculate the dimensions of any size of golden triangle and golden pyramid of any dimension. To review:
We can only presume that the architect of the Great Pyramid of Giza intended to employ the golden ratio because the ratio of its slant edge to half its base varies only .025% from φ.
The term psychotronic concerns”the energy exchange capacities of a mind-body-environment relationship; in other words explaining by technology something that, until recently, was the preserve of Eastern philosophers – how the mind relates to the body in sickness and health” (Woods, David (1976).“Psychotronics: the new science once the preserve of ancient Eastern philosophy”. Can Med Assoc J. 114 (9): 844–847. PMC 1957128.PMID 773526). Perhaps the twirler has psychotronic properties. You must experiment with the twirler to find out for yourself.
I liked the twirler idea, so I adapted the Flanagan design in Inkscape, colored it, printed it out, cut and folded it, attached a string to it, and hung it from a lamp beside my desk. Maybe its energy will have a good effect in my digs. I attached two fridge magnets to one of the hanging twirlers, and it automatically swiveled around to align the edge to true north, even though the air conditioning breeze makes it swivel back and forth from that alignment, creating a sinusoidal energy blast in my direction, I imagine. Just look at this baby TWIRL! You can almost SEE the power curves of the energy radiating from its diametric apex!
You must make the creases in your folds nice and tight, and perfectly aligned. I use my Martha Stewart Bone Folder to score the dotted lines and press hard up and down the creases. That helps the shape come together perfectly.
The non-colored template provides blank space for you to draw or paste in your own art. It looks like the image below before you cut and fold it. I designed this so that it does not print all the way to the edges of the paper. You can fold the end panel flaps to tuck into a box closure.
You can print the following 8-color image to add a little flash to the twirl. Once you have folded it into the twirler shape, you may glue or double-sticky-tape the backs of the red and brown triangular panels together to make the shape hold together. But if you do not stick the edges, you can press down to squash the shape flat for mailing or stowing.
I created the 16-color version to show the pyramid shapes in the box design. Here is the Inkscape compressed svgz version. You can use the Inkscape vector drawing program to edit the template svgz template file and fill the panels with whatever colors, patterns, or drawings you like. By disabling display of the colors with the layers function, you can make a blank template showing only the outline, as above.
The twirler templates linked at the bottom of the page provide one or two images per page, and the larger ones leave .2″ margin so that any home printer should print the full image.
I put the X crosshairs on the end panels to make it easy to poke a hole there with a straight pin or needle so as hang the twirler from a thread. I have thought that a proper “twirler” should have a swivel that insulates it from the force of the twists in the thread, but I have not devised that yet.
This will make a fun gift box for candies or small jewelry. I designed the end panels so that they interlock. That way you will not have to glue or tape them to hold the ends closed. That makes them perfect for turning the twirler into a packaging box for small things. Interlocked, the ends look like this:
When you have trimmed and folded the printed twirler template into the basic shape above, and then look into it through the open bottom and top, you see perfectly dimensioned opposing pyramids sharing a common apex point. I absolutely love the symmetry of it, and could not resist coloring it.
Speaking of colors, I chose those because my Urantia Book‘s papers on racial groups indicates the original people resembled Eskimos. Then one family half a million years ago procreated children whose skin colors became vivid in the sunlight – red, yellow, blue, orange, green, indigo. Then it says Adam and Eve became progenitors of the violet race whose bodies glowed with a violet hue. All of that inspired the eight colors for the triangular panels.
See the link for the latest design at the top of this article. I produced the template in Inkscape, Adobe Illustrator, and other formats, in case you want to diddle with it. You might change the colors, or adorn the panels with dazzling psychedelic eye-candy fractals or cattails.
See how to fold it to make the twirler shape in the below video and use the photos below as a guide.
If you find it challenging to fold, start with the tabbed panel, fold the colored triangles along the diagonal lines so the triangles face one another, and fold the rectangular edges along the perpendicular lines so their backs face one another. Proceed from panel to panel, folding accordian style until you have a star shape.
Take the four adjacent end panels and bring them together as you fold them inward. That will form the proper twirler shape.
Then close up the end panels.
Glue or double-sticky-tape the inside surfaces of opposing edges together, taking care to keep them in perfect alignment.
After the glue dries, loosen the end enclosures. Use a needle and thread to poke a hole at the center of the X in the end panel. Run the needle through the apex into the opposing pyramid. Tie the end of the thread to a small piece of paper so the end won’t pull through the apex. Close up the end panels and pull the thread taut through the pin hole in the end panel. Hang the twirler by that thread to a light fixture or door frame, or thumbtack it to the ceiling near air flow. Watch it twirl.
You can get around that restriction by telling the recipient in your letter how to draw a twirler template on an 8 ½ x 11 sheet of paper (card stock, ideally). To give him a head start, print these instructions on the card stock and fold it at the locations in item 3 below.
Click on these links to see PDF files of Twirler and Cube designs. You may print them, then cut and fold them into twirler-shaped or cube-shaped boxes.
Click on these links to download the Twirler and Cube template SVGZ source files for editing in Inkscape:
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