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Psychotronic Twirler How-To

Psychotronic Twirler full color 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.

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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.

Twirler 0-color & tuck ends template 8.5 x 11

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.

Twirler 8-color & tuck ends template 8.5 x 11

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.

Twirler 16-color & tuck ends template 8.5 x 11

 

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:

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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.

Twirler folded

 

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Take the four adjacent end panels and bring them together as you fold them inward.  That will form the proper twirler shape.

 

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Then close up the end panels.

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Glue or double-sticky-tape the inside surfaces of opposing edges together, taking care to keep them in perfect alignment.

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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.

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Have fun.

Can't send the actual twirler to someone?

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.

  1. Orient paper like a portrait, long side aiming away from you. Lower left is x=0, y=0
  2. Draw vertical lines at 2.025” and 6.475”
  3. Draw horizontal lines at 2.75”, 5.5”, 8.25”
  4. This will yield four horizontal rectangular boxes down the center of the page.
  5. Draw a slanted line from top left to bottom right of each of those rectangles.
  6. Cut straight inward from the edges of the paper to the corner of each rectangle.
  7. This will yield 3 cuts 2.025” deep on the left and 3 cuts 2.025” deep on the right.
  8. Fold and crease on all the lines to prepare the creases, then unfold.
  9. Start at one edge and fold faces together at diagonal lines and backs together at horizontal lines.
  10. This will yield an approximate star accordion shape.
  11. Bend the end panels inward so they overlap.
  12. Pull the star shape apart at the ends to form a twirler.
  13. Glue or tape the open side edges together.
  14. Glue or tape the box ends closed.
  15. Each half of the twirler forms a Cheops-proportion golden ratio pyramid.
  16. Hang by thread through center of an end panel to let the twirler twirl.

Printable Templates for Boxes and Psychotronic Twirlers

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.

  1. Box Cube with flap and tuck ends Easter.pdf Size = 834589
  2. Box Cube with flap and tuck ends Faberge.pdf Size = 1627278
  3. Box Cube with flap and tuck ends Hearts 3d no colors.pdf Size = 672691
  4. Box Cube with flap and tuck ends Hearts.pdf Size = 8300
  5. Box Cube with flap and tuck ends colors.pdf Size = 1317
  6. Box Cube with flap and tuck ends no colors.pdf Size = 5144
  7. Box Cube with flap ends Easter.pdf Size = 921550
  8. Box Cube with flap ends Eyes Fake.pdf Size = 9692
  9. Box Cube with flap ends Eyes Real.pdf Size = 2026830
  10. Box Cube with flap ends Gold.pdf Size = 6206319
  11. Box Cube with flap ends Hindu.pdf Size = 2066804
  12. Box Cube with flap ends Psychotrons colors.pdf Size = 199537
  13. Box Cube with flap ends Psychotrons no colors.pdf Size = 175941
  14. Box Cube with flap ends Urantia.pdf Size = 11541
  15. Box Cube with flap ends colors.pdf Size = 5240
  16. Box Cube with flap ends no colors.pdf Size = 5115
  17. Box Cube with tuck ends Urantia.pdf Size = 15071
  18. Box Squat Gold leaf.pdf Size = 703976
  19. Box Squat Money 100K Gold.pdf Size = 622069
  20. Box Squat Money 10K Gold.pdf Size = 1675196
  21. Box Squat Money 10K.pdf Size = 1519317
  22. Box Squat Money 1K.pdf Size = 4387791
  23. Psychotronic Twirler Starter Kit.pdf Size = 758323
  24. Twirler & tuck ends template dual 5.5 x 8.5 portrait.pdf Size = 2777
  25. Twirler 00-color & tuck ends template 8.1 x 10.6 portrait & no legend.pdf Size = 387160
  26. Twirler 08-color & tuck ends template 8.1 x 10.6 portrait.pdf Size = 395422
  27. Twirler 16-color & tuck ends template 5.5 x 8.5 portrait.pdf Size = 398896
  28. Twirler 16-color & tuck ends template 8.1 x 10.6 portrait.pdf Size = 14810
  29. Twirler Alphanet 8.1 x 10.6 portrait.pdf Size = 236882
  30. Twirler Angel 8.1 x 10.6 portrait urantia improved.pdf Size = 1608299
  31. Twirler Angel Bloch & tuck ends template 8.1 x 10.6 portrait.pdf Size = 1330181
  32. Twirler Angel Over Bed 8.1 x 10.6 portrait.pdf Size = 770047
  33. Twirler Bay Pines VA 8.1 x 10.6 portrait.pdf Size = 704280
  34. Twirler Bay Pines VA 8.1 x 10.6 small logos portrait.pdf Size = 772316
  35. Twirler Christmas 00-color & tuck ends template 5.5 x 8.5 portrait.pdf Size = 2234815
  36. Twirler Christmas 08-color & tuck ends template 5.5 x 8.5 portrait.pdf Size = 2231247
  37. Twirler Christmas 16-color & tuck ends template 5.5 x 8.5 portrait.pdf Size = 2234029
  38. Twirler Dxtr the Mini-Schnauzer 8.1 x 10.6 portrait.pdf Size = 1042716
  39. Twirler Hearts - Valentine 8.1 x 10.6 portrait & Urantia symbol.pdf Size = 29047
  40. Twirler Hearts - Valentine 8.1 x 10.6 portrait bumpend.pdf Size = 19863
  41. Twirler Hearts - Valentine 8.1 x 10.6 portrait.pdf Size = 25203
  42. Twirler Hearts 8.1 x 10.6 portrait urantia improved.pdf Size = 29681
  43. Twirler Hearts dual 5.3 x 7.55 improved.pdf Size = 28250
  44. Twirler Islam 8.1 x 10.6 improved.pdf Size = 158917
  45. Twirler Madison Rae Torres Suicide Awareness 8.1 x 10.6 portrait.pdf Size = 150178
  46. Twirler Pilar Gonzalez Art & tuck ends template 5.5 x 8.5 portrait.pdf Size = 1682397
  47. Twirler Pilar Gonzalez Art 8.1 x 10.6 portrait.pdf Size = 1485075
  48. Twirler Pinellas County Florida Sheriff 8.1 x 10.6 portrait.pdf Size = 1248473
  49. Twirler Psychotronic Mandala & tuck ends template 8.1 x 10.6 portrait.pdf Size = 144249
  50. Twirler Psychotronic Mandala 4x 8.1 x 10.6.pdf Size = 148052
  51. Twirler Psychotronic Mandala 8x 8.1 x 10.6.pdf Size = 270883
  52. Twirler Urantia Book 8.1 x 10.6 portrait.pdf Size = 24928
  53. Twirler dual pyramid 00-color & tuck ends template 8.1 x 10.6 portrait improved.pdf Size = 15147
  54. Twirler dual pyramid 08-color & tuck ends template 8.1 x 10.6 portrait improved.pdf Size = 15590
  55. Twirler dual pyramid 16 color & tuck ends template 5.5 x 8.5 portrait.pdf Size = 398896
  56. Twirler dual pyramid 16-color & tuck ends template 8.1 x 10.6 portrait improved.pdf Size = 15754

Psychotronic Twirler and Cube Source Files

Click on these links to download the Twirler and Cube template SVGZ source files for editing in Inkscape:

  1. Box Cube with flap ends Eyes & Gold.svgz Size = 7687352
  2. Twirler 16-color & tuck ends template 8.1 x 10.6 portrait.svgz Size = 2159330
  3. Twirler Hearts 8.1 x 10.6 portrait urantia improved.svgz Size = 2161098
  4. Twirler Hearts dual 5.3 x 7.55 improved.svgz Size = 27068
  5. Twirler dual pyramid 00-color & tuck ends template 8.1 x 10.6 portrait improved.svgz Size = 2161155
  6. Twirler dual pyramid 08-color & tuck ends template 8.1 x 10.6 portrait improved.svgz Size = 2161180
  7. Twirler dual pyramid 16-color & tuck ends template 8.1 x 10.6 portrait improved.svgz Size = 2161121

 

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