UIUC Math PhD .. UCSD ECE postdoc
One of my interests involves building binder clip sculptures. The name oriclip is inspired by origami, which stands for ori “fold” and kami “paper”. Note that binder clips are sometimes called foldover clip or foldback clip.
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↑ # Clips = 2
↑ # Clips = 2
↑ # Clips = 6
↑ Base = triangular antiprism
↑ Symmetry = triangular antiprism’s rotations = $D_6$ of order 6
↑ # Clips = 6
↑ Base = six-piece burr
↑ Symmetry = triangular antiprism’s rotations = $D_6$ of order 6
↑ # Clips = 6
↑ Base = six-piece burr
↑ Symmetry = tetrahedron’s rotations = $A_4$ of order 12
↑ # Clips = 6
↑ Base = octahedron
↑ Symmetry = tetrahedron’s rotations = $A_4$ of order 12
↑ # Clips = 6
↑ Base = octahedron
↑ Symmetry = tetrahedron’s rotations = $A_4$ of order 12
↑ # Clips = 6
↑ Base = three-piece burr
↑ Symmetry = pyritohedron’s rotations and reflections = $A_4\times C_2$ of order 24
↑ # Clips = 6
↑ Base = six-piece burr
↑ Symmetry = pyritohedron’s rotations and reflections = $A_4\times C_2$ of order 24
↑ # Clips = 6
↑ Base = octahedron
↑ Symmetry = pyritohedron’s rotations and reflections = $A_4\times C_2$ of order 24
↑ # Clips = 12
↑ Base = octahedron
↑ Symmetry = pyritohedron’s rotations and reflections = $A_4\times C_2$ of order 24
↑ # Clips = 12
↑ Base = cuboctahedron
One clip = one vertex. One handle = one edge.
↑ # Clips = 12
↑ Base = cuboctahedron
↑ Symmetry = cube’s rotations = $S_4$ of order 24
↑ # Clips = 30
↑ Base = icosidodecahedron
↑ Symmetry = dodecahedron’s rotations = $A_5$ of order 60
One clip = one edge.
↑ # Clips = 12
↑ Base = octahedron
↑ Symmetry = pyritohedron’s rotations and reflections = $A_4\times C_2$ of order 24
↑ # Clips = 24
↑ Base = cuboctahedron
↑ Symmetry = cube’s rotations = $S_4$ of order 24
↑ # Clips = 36
↑ Base = tetrakis hexahedron
↑ Symmetry = pyritohedron’s rotations and reflections = $A_4\times C_2$ of order 24
↑ # Clips = 48
↑ Base = rhombicuboctahedron
↑ Symmetry = cube’s rotations = $S_4$ of order 24
↑ # Clips = 60
↑ Base = icosidodecahedron
↑ Symmetry = dodecahedron’s rotations = $A_5$ of order 60
↑ # Clips = 192
↑ Local base = cuboctahedron
↑ Global base = octahedron
↑ Symmetry = cube’s rotations = $S_4$ of order 24
Four clips = one Η-vertex = one vertex.
↑ # Clips = 24
↑ Base = octahedron
↑ Vertex config = 3.3.3.3
↑ Symmetry = pyritohedron’s rotations and reflections = $A_4\times C_2$ of order 24
↑ # Clips = 48
↑ Base = rhombic dodecahedron
↑ Face config = 3.4.3.4
↑ Symmetry = cube’s rotations = $S_4$ of order 24
↑ # Clips = 48
↑ Base = octahedron
↑ Vertex config = 3.3.3.3
↑ Symmetry = tetrahedron’s rotations = $A_4$ of order 12
↑ # Clips = 120
↑ Base = application of the loft operation upon a cube
↑ Symmetry = cube’s rotations = $S_4$ of order 24
Three clips = one Φ-vertex = one vertex.
↑ # Clips = 24
↑ Base = cube
↑ Vertex config = 4.4.4
↑ Symmetry = cube’s rotations = $S_4$ of order 24
↑ Dual = Φ24-O
In progress
↑ # Clips = 24
↑ Base = octahedron
↑ Vertex config = 3.3.3.3
↑ Symmetry = cube’s rotations = $S_4$ of order 24
↑ Dual = Φ24-C
↑ # Clips = 60
↑ Vertex config = 3.3.3.3.3
↑ Base = icosahedron
↑ Symmetry = dodecahedron’s rotations = $A_5$ of order 60
↑ # Clips = 60
↑ Vertex config = 5.5.5
↑ Base = dodecahedron
↑ Symmetry = dodecahedron’s rotations = $A_5$ of order 60
Three clips = one Δ-vertex = one vertex.
↑ # Clips = 60
↑ Vertex config = 5.5.5
↑ Base = dodecahedron
↑ Symmetry = dodecahedron’s rotations = $A_5$ of order 60
↑ # Clips = 180
↑ Vertex config = 5.6.6
↑ Base = truncated icosahedron
↑ Symmetry = dodecahedron’s rotations = $A_5$ of order 60
Two clips = one X-edge = one edge.
↑ # Clips = 12
↑ Base = tetrahedron
↑ Vertex config = 3.3.3
↑ Symmetry = tetrahedron’s rotations = $A_4$ of order 12
↑ Dual = itself
↑ # Clips = 24
↑ base = cube
↑ Vertex config = 4.4.4
↑ Symmetry = cube’s rotations = $S_4$ of order 24
↑ dual = X24-O
↑ # Clips = 24
↑ base = octahedron
↑ Vertex config = 3.3.3.3
↑ Symmetry = cube’s rotations = $S_4$ of order 24
↑ dual = X24-C
↑ # Clips = 60
↑ Vertex config = 5.5.5
↑ Base = dodecahedron
↑ Symmetry = dodecahedron’s rotations = $A_5$ of order 60
↑ dual = X60-I
↑ # Clips = 60
↑ Vertex config = 3.3.3.3.3
↑ Base = icosahedron
↑ Symmetry = dodecahedron’s rotations = $A_5$ of order 60
↑ dual = X60-D
↑ # Clips = 120
↑ Vertex config = 5.5.5
↑ Base = dodecahedron
↑ Symmetry = dodecahedron’s rotations = $A_5$ of order 60
Two clips = one L-edge = one edge.
↑ # Clips = 12
↑ Base = tetrahedron
↑ Vertex config = 3.3.3
↑ Symmetry = tetrahedron’s rotations = $A_4$ of order 12
↑ Dual = itself
↑ # Clips = 24
↑ Base = cube
↑ Vertex config = 4.4.4
↑ Symmetry = cube’s rotations = $S_4$ of order 24
↑ Dual = L24-O
↑ # Clips = 24
↑ Base = octahedron
↑ Vertex config = 3.3.3.3
↑ Symmetry = cube’s rotations = $S_4$ of order 24
↑ Dual = L24-C
↑ # Clips = 60
↑ Base = dodecahedron
↑ Vertex config = 5.5.5
↑ Symmetry = dodecahedron’s rotations = $A_5$ of order 60
↑ Dual = L60-I
↑ # Clips = 60
↑ Base = icosahedron
↑ Vertex config = 3.3.3.3.3
↑ Symmetry = dodecahedron’s rotations = $A_5$ of order 60
↑ Dual = L60-D
↑ # Clips = 36
↑ Base = truncated tetrahedron
↑ Vertex config = 3.6.6
↑ Symmetry = tetrahedron’s rotations = $A_4$ of order 12
↑ # Clips = 48
↑ Base = cuboctahedron
↑ Vertex config = 3.4.3.4
↑ Symmetry = cube’s rotations = $S_4$ of order 24
↑ # Clips = 180
↑ Base = truncated icosahedron
↑ Vertex config = 5.6.6
↑ Symmetry = dodecahedron’s rotations = $A_5$ of order 60
Two clips = one I-edge = one edge.
↑ # Clips = 12
↑ Base = tetrahedron
↑ Vertex config = 3.3.3
↑ Symmetry = tetrahedron’s rotations = $A_4$ of order 12
↑ Dual = itself
↑ # Clips = 24
↑ base = cube
↑ Vertex config = 4.4.4
↑ Symmetry = cube’s rotations = $S_4$ of order 24
↑ dual = I24-O
↑ # Clips = 24
↑ Base = octahedron
↑ Vertex config = 3.3.3.3
↑ Symmetry = cube’s rotations = $S_4$ of order 24
↑ Dual = I24-C
↑ # Clips = 30
↑ Vertex config = 5.5.5
↑ Base = dodecahedron
↑ Symmetry = dodecahedron’s rotations = $A_5$ of order 60
↑ Dual = I60-I
↑ # Clips = 30
↑ Base = icosahedron
↑ Vertex config = 3.3.3.3.3
↑ Symmetry = dodecahedron’s rotations = $A_5$ of order 60
↑ dual = I60-D
↑ # Clips = 36
↑ Base = truncated tetrahedron
↑ Vertex config = 3.6.6
↑ Symmetry = tetrahedron’s rotations = $A_4$ of order 12
↑ Dual = I36-kT
↑ # Clips = 48
↑ Base = cuboctahedron
↑ Vertex config = 3.4.3.4
↑ Symmetry = cube’s rotations = $S_4$ of order 24
↑ Dual = I48-jC
↑ # Clips = 72
↑ Base = truncated cube
↑ Vertex config = 3.8.8
↑ Symmetry = cube’s rotations = $S_4$ of order 24
↑ (Dual = triakis octahedron)
↑ # Clips = 72
↑ Base = truncated octahedron
↑ Vertex config = 4.6.6
↑ Symmetry = cube’s rotations = $S_4$ of order 24
↑ I72-kC
↑ # Clips = 96
↑ Base = rhombicuboctahedron
↑ Vertex config = 3.4.4.4
↑ Symmetry = cube’s rotations = $S_4$ of order 24
↑ I96-jjC
↑ # Clips = 120
↑ Base = snub cube
↑ Vertex config = 3.3.3.3.4
↑ Symmetry = cube’s rotations = $S_4$ of order 24
↑ (Dual = pentagonal icositetrahedron)
↑ # Clips = 120
↑ Base = icosidodecahedron
↑ Vertex config = 3.5.3.5
↑ Symmetry = dodecahedron’s rotations = $A_5$ of order 60
↑ Dual = I120-jD
↑ # Clips = 180
↑ Base = truncated icosahedron
↑ Vertex config = 5.5.6
↑ Symmetry = dodecahedron’s rotations = $A_5$ of order 60
↑ Dual = I180-kD
↑ # Clips = 240
↑ Base = rhombicosidodecahedron
↑ Vertex config = 3.4.5.4
↑ Symmetry = dodecahedron’s rotations = $A_5$ of order 60
↑ # Clips = 300
↑ Base = snub dodecahedron
↑ Face config = 3.3.3.3.5
↑ Symmetry = dodecahedron’s rotations = $A_5$ of order 60
↑ (Dual = pentagonal hexecontahedron)
↑ # Clips = 36
↑ Face config = 3.6.6
↑ Base = triakis tetrahedron
↑ Symmetry = tetrahedron’s rotations = $A_4$ of order 12
↑ Dual = I36-tT
↑ # Clips = 48
↑ Base = rhombic dodecahedron
↑ Face config = 3.4.3.4
↑ Symmetry = cube’s rotations = $S_4$ of order 24
↑ Dual = I48-aC
↑ # Clips = 72
↑ Base = tetrakis hexahedron
↑ Face config = 4.6.6
↑ Symmetry = cube’s rotations = $S_4$ of order 24
↑ Dual = I72-tO
↑ # Clips = 96
↑ Base = deltoidal icositetrahedron
↑ Face config = 3.4.4.4
↑ Symmetry = cube’s rotations = $S_4$ of order 24
↑ I96-aaC
↑ # Clips = 120
↑ Base = rhombic triacontahedron
↑ Face config = 3.5.3.5
↑ Symmetry = dodecahedron’s rotations = $A_5$ of order 60
↑ Dual = I120-aD
↑ # Clips = 120
↑ Base = pentakis dodecahedron
↑ Face config = 5.6.6
↑ Symmetry = dodecahedron’s rotations = $A_5$ of order 60
↑ Dual = I180-tI
↑ # Clips = 240
↑ Base = chamfered dodecahedron
↑ Each dodecahedron vertex = 4 new vertices
↑ Symmetry = dodecahedron’s rotations = $A_5$ of order 60
↑ Dual = I240-uI
↑ # Clips = 240
↑ Base = pentakis icosidodecahedron aka C80
↑ Each icosahedron face = 4 small triangles
↑ Symmetry = dodecahedron’s rotations = $A_5$ of order 60
↑ Dual = I240-cD
↑ # Clips = 12
↑ Base = tetrahedron
↑ Vertex config = 3.3.3
↑ Symmetry = tetrahedron’s rotations = $A_4$ of order 12
↑ Dual = itself
Difficulty encountered
↑ # Clips = 24
↑ base = cube
↑ Vertex config = 4.4.4
↑ Symmetry = cube’s rotations = $S_4$ of order 24
↑ dual = W24-O
↑ # Clips = 24
↑ base = octahedron
↑ Vertex config = 3.3.3.3
↑ Symmetry = cube’s rotations = $S_4$ of order 24
↑ dual = W24-C
↑ # Clips = 60
↑ Base = dodecahedron
↑ Vertex config = 5.5.5
↑ Symmetry = dodecahedron’s rotations = $A_5$ of order 60
↑ Dual = W60-I
↑ # Clips = 60
↑ Base = icosahedron
↑ Vertex config = 3.3.3.3.3
↑ Symmetry = dodecahedron’s rotations = $A_5$ of order 60
↑ Dual = W60-D
↑ # Clips = 36
↑ Base = truncated tetrahedron
↑ Vertex config = 3.6.6
↑ Symmetry = tetrahedron’s rotations = $A_4$ of order 12
↑ # Clips = 120
↑ Base = icosidodecahedron
↑ Vertex config = 3.5.3.5
↑ Symmetry = dodecahedron’s rotations = $A_5$ of order 60
↑ # Clips = 240
↑ Base = chamfered dodecahedron
↑ Each dodecahedron vertex = 4 new vertices
↑ Symmetry = dodecahedron’s rotations = $A_5$ of order 60
For a systematic introduction of polyhedra, checkout Platonic solid and Archimedean solid and its dual Catalan solid and the references therein.
For more on symmetry groups, see Polyhedral group and the references therein.
For the naming scheme, see Conway notation and list of “G” polyhedra. Or play with this interactive web app: polyHédronisme. (Refresh to get random example!)
Similar works have been published under the names binder clip sculpture and binder clip ball.
http://zacharyabel.com/sculpture/ by Zachary Abel.
https://www.instructables.com/Binder-Clip-Ball/ by 69valentine.
http://blog.andreahawksley.com/tag/binderclips/ by Andrea Hawksley.
https://momath.org/mathmonday/math-monday-what-to-make-from-binder-clips/ a news article by George Hart.
https://www.rocky-lau.com/ LEGO counterpart by Rocky Lau.