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The Puff Ball
This page is being used to collect information about the history of the Puff Ball, which is made from which is a slit and assemble design made in four or five pieces. Please contact me if you know any of this information is incorrect or if you have any other information that should be added. Thank you.

There is a quite similar design, the Slit and Assemble Sphere, which is made in three pieces arranged along the x,y and z axes of the design. This design has a separate page of its own.

At first sight the Puff Ball might not appear to be paperfolding design. However, it cannot be assembled without folding the pieces and thus qualifies to this extent.



As far as I know, this design first appears in 'La Ensenanza del Trabajo Manuel' by Pedro de Alcántara García and Teodosio Leal y Quiroga, which was published in Madrid in 1903. Some of the pieces are folded in half.



As 'El Globo' in 'El Trabajo Manual en la Escuela' by Félix Martí Alpera, which was published by Libreria de los Sucesores de Hernando in Madrid in 1914.



The design also appears, under the title of 'Puff Ball', In 'Paper Magic' by Will Blyth, which was first published by C Arthur Pearson in London in 1920