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March 1, 2016


1. MATHSPIG CUBISTHellooooooooo My Sweet Little Picassos,

Mathspig has gone, like, totally Cubist this month. You too can turn any portrait of yourself into a Cubist Master piece (See Mathspig portrait above), here.

Mathspigs maths friends, Lyn and Erwin, who I met at the 13e Salon Culture & Jeux Mathematique, Paris, have sent me a reminder about their amazing Cryptocube construction kit (Mathspig is twirling one above) . This is not for the faint hearted. It’s a Big Maths challenge, but well worth the investment especially for schools. You can learn more about the Zometool Cryptocube construction kit here.

Meanwhile, here are links to 10 Amazing Ways to See a Cube:

1. Tube Cube


2. Folded Paper Cube


3. Anamorphic Cube


4. Floating Cube


5. Street Art Cube






8. Spaghetti Cube


9. Fashion Cube









1. Tube Cube

February 17, 2016

10 Amazing ways to see a cube

The Tube Cube is made from straws and hat elastic (Steps 1 – 9 below). The effect is quite amazing. The TUBE CUBE can then be used to make a CUBIC BUBBLE here.

Don’t show your Middle School students these instructions. Just give them access to some straws, hat elastic, rulers and scissors and ask them to make and then photograph their cube. That’s the challenge Mathspiggies. But the end result (See  Step 9) is awesome.

Mathspig Cube 1.1

Mathspig Cube 1.2

Mathspig Cube 1.3

Mathspig Cube 1.4

Mathspig Cube 1.5

Mathspig Cube 1.6

Mathspig Cube 1.7

Mathspig Cube 1.8

Step 8: The TUBE CUBE can be flatened into a hexagon.

Mathspig Cube 1.9

Step 9: The TUBE CUBE can be turned into an art work. This pic was taken in daylight.  The cube was positioned at an angle on a black sheet of paper with one corner set in Blu Tack. WOW!


2. Folded Paper Cube

February 15, 2016

10 Amazing ways to see a cube

You can find a number of ways to fold an origami cube on the web. Jeremey Shafer will show you how to fold a seamless cube (below) here.

It’s a bit tricky. Wikihow has very clear instructions on how to fold a simple paper cube here. 

Screen shot 2016-02-15 at 3.39.33 PM

But, Mathspig prefers the paper cube designed by Phillip Stromberg of the Netherlands.His cube calendar (below) comes inside one of these paper cubes. This was a very spooky calendar as Mathspig could see her life disappearing in front of her eyes for one whole year. ARrrrgh!

Stromberg Cube Calendar

Here is the way to fold a Phillip Stromberg cube:

Mathspig Cube 2.1

Step 1: Draw up a grid on cardboard 7 x 6 square.

Mathspig used 8 cm squares on paper. Cardboard would make a stronger cube.

Mathspig Cube 2.2

Step 2: Count of squares and draw this pattern.

Mathspig Cube 2.3

Step 3: Cut out the cube template.

Mathspig Cube 2.4

Step 4: Use scissors to score all folding edges.

Mathspig Cube 2.5

Step 5: Score the perpendicular bisectors of the isoceles triangles. Ha Ha! I’ve always wanted to say that!!!!

Mathspig Cube 2.6

Step 6: Fold the cube sides up, tucking the extended flaps over the triangles.

Mathspig Cube 2.7

Step 6: Fold down the cube lid!!!

OK! It may take some practice. But mathspig likes her cube.


3. Anamorphic Cube

February 11, 2016

10 Amazing ways to see a cube

This is quite a challenge. The idea is to draw an anamorphic cube so that the image, once projected onto a curved surface looks like a cube. You will find the template or graph for this exercise on Mathspig here.

It took me several goes to get it … sort of … right.

Mathspig Cube 3.1

Step 1: Make silver foil/cardboard cylinder to fit the dotted circle on the grid below.

Mathspig Cube 3.2

Step 2: Draw in the corners of the cube on the square grid and match these corners on the curved grid.

Mathspig Cube 3.3

Step 3: Draw in the three vertical sides of the cube and match these lines on the curved grid.

Mathspig Cube 3.4

Step 4: Draw in the top and bottom horizontal sides of the cube on the square grid and match these on the curved grid.

Getting tricky now.

Mathspig Cube 3.5

Step 5: Draw in the blue, orange and green sides of the cube on the square grid and match these on the curved grid.

Mathspig Cube 3.6

Step 6: Place silver cylinder on dotted circle.

Mathspig Cube 3.7

Step 7: Can you see the cube?

Mathspig Cube 3.8

Step 8: Here’s a closer look.

An even better Anamorphic Cube.

Anamorphic Illusion Art of a Rubik’s Cube

By John Snow

Amazing Anamorphic Illusions by Brusspup


4. Floating Cube

February 9, 2016

10 Amazing ways to see a cube


Amazing Floating Cube by Dave Hax

Another floating cube:

Mathspig Cube 4.1

Ricoh Balloon North Hampton Balloon Festival, 2013


5. Street Art Cube

February 8, 2016

10 Amazing ways to see a cube

Mathspig Cube 5.1

Street Art Cube by Indian born artist Aakash Nihalani

Mathspig Cube 5.2

Street Art Cube by Indian born artist Aakash Nihalani Mathspig Cube 5.3

Rubik’s Cube by chalk artist Anthony Cappetto, art after hours

the Business of Street Painting blog

Mathspig Cube 5.4

Cube Art, Old City Belgrade, Serbia

Mathspig Cube 5.5

Cubic Housing, Rotterdam Netherlands. The cubes are supported by hexagonal posts.



February 5, 2016

10 Amazing ways to see a cube

Now mathspiggies you may not want to do this in the maths classroom, but you could set this exercise as a homework project. Make it a general challenge.

eg. Homework Challenge: Make a cube out of edible products and photograph results.

Mathspig Cube 6.1

You will find out how to make a Fruit Salad Cube

on WikiHow … Do you need instructions?

Mathspig Cube 6.2

Rubik’s Cube Birthday Cake

for Sweet 16

Mathspig Cube 6.3

You have to lerv a BORG CUBE CAKE.

It’s got lights and everything!


Mathspig Cube 6.4

You can grow fruit and some vegetables in square containers,

but this project would take a very, very long time!

Mathspig Cube 6.5

This is a Wonka Gobstopper Cube by Candydood.

You can work out how many gobstoppers it took to make the cube.

Yeah! 10x10x10!  That stops a lot of gobs.

I’m not sure if you can eat it. I suspect

glue may be the secret of success here.



February 5, 2016

10 Amazing ways to see a cube

It would be possible to construct drawings like the following in the school grounds using chalk and/or string. The students have to work out how to construct these drawings themselves. Then you can take some AWESOME photos.

Mathspig Cube 7.1

Sand Artist Francois Abelent, Le Val André,France

Mathspig Cube 7.2

At Trouville by Unknown



8. Spaghetti Cube

February 5, 2016

10 Amazing ways to see a cube

Guess what kids? Today we’re going to make something with spaghetti and marshmallows!!!!!

That should have them throwing up into their pencil cases. They think of their stomaches first. But you will have their attention. Of course, you are going to make a cube. Look at the pictures below and you’ll work out how to do it.

Mathspig Cube 8.1

Too wobbly? Check out below.

Mathspig Cube 8.2

Notice the Diagonals!!!!

This is a properly engineered Spaghetti Cube.

Mathspig Cube 8.4

Why stop at a cube? You’re on a roll now.

Try a spaghetti and marshmallow tower.

Fabulous instructions here.



9. Fashion Cube

February 5, 2016

10 Amazing ways to see a cube

Mathspig Cube 9.1

Katy Perry MTV Awards 2011

Mathspig Cube 9.2

Katy Perry ‘This is how we do’  … cubes? Video

Mathspig Cube 9.3

Christian Dior Haute Couture 2011

Don’t tell Katy Perry!!

Mathspig Cube 9.4

Cube Dress

for the girl who never wants to sit down.

Mathspig Cube 9.5

Dog Show Taiwan, Daily Mirror

…also doubles as a coffee table.

Mathspig Cube 9.6

 There is always some designer somewhere who wants to put

a model’s head in a bird cage or a cube.

Swarovski crystal-encrusted cube-shaped hat created by Nasir Mazhar

for the fashion designer Gareth Pugh in 2008