I created these shape-changing paper earrings to experiment with using pop-up book mechanisms outside of books. The idea was to go from a simple and minimal design to a flashier design by pulling a tab on the earrings.
In this Creative Learning Sparks post, I highlighted the YouTube channel that I followed along with to create this mechanism. I highly recommend taking a look whether you're interested in paper crafting and pop up books or not. The mechanisms are so fascinating and ingenious.
Now that I know a little more about how these mechanisms work, perhaps I'll try making some earrings that are shaped a little less like a square book.
I'm also still wondering how else pop up book mechanisms might be used outside of book-making!
This project supports:
developing understandings of simple mechanisms
combining function and aesthetics
transferring skills, practices, and ideas from one domain to another (e.g., from book-making to jewelry making)