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The Puff Ball
 
This page attempts to record what is known about the origin and history of the Puff Ball, which is made from which is a slit and assemble design made in four pieces.

There are two other quite similar designs, the Slit and Assemble Cube and the Slit and Assemble Sphere, both of which are made in three pieces arranged along the x,y and z axes of the design. These designs have a separate page of their own.

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.

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

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1903

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, contains a design similar to the Puff Ball except that it has more pieces and some of the pieces are folded in half.

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1920

The Puff Ball 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

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