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Icosidodecahedron Globe

Although an icosidodecahedron globe is a bit of a mouthful to pronounce, this is a fairly easy model to make, and perfectly suited for a globe. The poles are on opposite pentagons,  so it will sit nicely on your desk. The volume is like an icosahedron with each corner softened by a pentagon. This creates a rounder volume and a decagon at the equator — the perfect blending of geometry and geology!

Print the template on a standard sized sheet of lightweight card stock, cut it with a pair of scissors, and assemble with glue. The printable pattern is designed for easy assembly, and it is drawn as two pieces so the pattern can fit on a single letter sized sheet of paper. The image can be scaled when you print it to fit on A4.

This is a 3D model, not a pop-up! Once you complete your globe you cannot fold it flat.

The icosidodecahedron globe download includes a simple black design (which you can cover with laser toner reactive foil* for a shiny metallic effect), or a version with line drawings which you can color yourself. If you want a blank version to decorate your own polyhedra with a completely different design, simply fold the pieces inside out.

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If you like geometrical volumes, you might enjoy the icosahedron globe, or this facemask design loosely based on a half of an icosidodecahedron.

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Katherine Belsey
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