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Sat 9th May 2015

What a delight! I received a letter. An honest to goodness paper based, snail mail letter.

The letter was from teacher Jenny Merrit from Queen Elizabeth School in Kirby Lonsdale. Earlier this year Jenny had been on my paper engineering course at Higham Hall where we made a variety of sea based pop up models. Jenny took some of these ideas into her Year 10 Graphics Products class and, using them as a starting point, the students designed their own pop ups.

They look absolutely fantastic! Thanks for sending through the picture Jenny.


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Shark Attack!

A pop up shark card for you to download and make! Members can download the parts from the link for free, thanks for signing up!

Follow the instructions below and soon you'll have your very own pop up Shark Attack card!

Print out the two parts sheets onto thin card. (230 gsm /67lb) Notice that the second sheet is printed on the front and back. Print out the front, flip the card and return it to the printer then print out the back. Once the ink is completely dry score along all the dotted and dashed lines then carefully cut out the parts.


Fold up and glue the head upper piece.


Glue the teeth to the inside of the mouth.


Glue the teeth to the inside of the lower jaw.


Glue the tongue to the grey area on the back board.


Glue the head and lower jaw into place. Close the card before the glue is fully dry to make sure that all the parts are lined up.


Glue the two fins to grey areas next to the head. Give them a slight curl to lift them from the backboard.


Finish the card by gluing the two eyes into position.


Open the card to reveal the terrifying shark within!


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Fri 6th Feb 2015

Shark Attack!

Pop up Shark card in animated action! (coming soon)


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This simple project is fun for a rainy day. Start off with the pop up cube and add your own bits and pieces to give it some character. Members can download the part sheet for free at the link. Thanks for signing up!


Print out the part sheet onto coloured card. Print out another copy onto white card for the eyes and mouth. Score along the dotted lines and carefully cut out the pieces. You'll need a short thin elastic band to pop up the cube.


Pre-crease all the fold lines to ensure that they bend easily.


Glue two of the hooks back to back.


Then fold round and glue the other two hooks back to back. Let the glue dry properly before carrying on.


Glue together two of the side pieces as shown.


Fit the elastic band between the two hooks.


Glue together the two remaining side pieces.


Decorate the cube with your own additions or use the eyes, mouth and arms included.


Pop up!


...and fold flat!


Make a few...


...and watch them jump!


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A pop up Elephant to make for your Valentine. Fold the elephant flat and slip it into a greeting card. When the card is opened the elephant pops out to the delight for your #truelove.

Members can download the pattern for free at the usual place, non members can download the parts for £2.50


The project comes in three colour schemes and a mono version. Print out the parts of the version you choose onto thin card. (230 micron / 67lb) Note that the last page of the colour projects is coloured on both sides. Print out one side, flip the card over, return it to the printer and print out the back.

Score all the dotted and dashed lines then cut out the holes. Exercise the creases to ensure they fold easily.


Glue the grey areas of the head and body together lining them up as accurately as possible.


Fold the head and body round, glue the hooked tabs face to face to make double thickness card.


Glue together the sides that are opposite the hooked tabs. This will hold the box in shape but still allow you to access the hooked tabs to fit the elastic band in the next step.


Select a long thin elastic band.

Hook one end over the smaller hooked tab, thread it through the hole in the box and hook it onto the other tab.


Close the other sides by gluing them together.


The tusks are double thickness card. Make them by folding the card in half and gluing it together then carefully cutting out the pieces.

Glue on the tusks as shown so that their edge lines up with the diagonal edge of the side piece.

Glue the ear tab in place so that it is vertical and central.


Glue the face to the front of the box.


Glue the legs to the side of the box. Make sure that the toe nails are to the front of the foot.


Finish off the model by gluing the heart to the trunk as shown.


That's it! Fold the model flat, slip it into a Valentine card and send it to your one true love.


Make yourself a herd!


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I thought that the popup elephant I made the other day would make a nice Valentine project - I hope that #truelove agrees!

Looking at the original I thought it might be better with a head not made from a cube but slightly shortened front to back. After a little experimentation I came up with this prototype.


Which then developed into this project.


And it still squashes down nicely ready to pop up!

Do you like the bokeh in the first picture? 35mm f/1.8 lens - looking good!


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This pair of connected pop up boxes makes an interesting starting point for your own character designs. Members can download the parts for free at the link above. Print out the pages onto thin card and modify the finished project to make your own unique pop up character.


Score along the dotted lines, cut out the holes then carefully cut out the two parts.


Join the two pieces together by carefully gluing the two grey squares face to face. Make sure no glue extends beyond the grey areas. Complete the join by folding the small tab through the hold and gluing to the back of the adjoining piece.


Fold round each of the two boxes and join the ends by gluing the front faces of the two hooked tabs together.


On each of the two boxes, join the two sides furthest from the hooked tabs together.


Hook a long thin elastic band over the smaller of the two hooks, thread it through the small hole and hook the other end onto the larger of the two hooks. A straightened paper clip can be helpful with this.


Complete the project by gluing the remaining sides together.


Fold the two sides flat, release and watch it pop up!


Don't be restricted by keeping your model one way up, make and animal character with the boxes lined up horizontally.


Make a Character with a fat body...


...or a large head.


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A pop up robot to print out and make. Fold the model flat and it pops up when released. Slip it into a greeting card as a delightful robo-surprise! Members can download the parts for free, non-members for £2.50


Print out the parts onto three sheets of thin cardboard, score along the dotted lines, cut out the holes then carefully cut out the pieces.


Make up the body by gluing the two hook pieces face to face making a square shaped tube,


Repeat the process with the head.


Glue the head and body together by joining the two grey areas together with the two small holes aligned. Fold the small tab through the hole and glue it to the back of the adjoining piece.


In each of the four box sides, glue together the two sides that are opposite the hooked tabs.


Fit a long thin elastic band over the hook in the head. Thread the elastic band through the small hole then fit the other end over the hook piece in the body.


Glue up the remaining sides to complete the head and body.


All the remaining parts are made from double thickness card. Glue them and fold them in half. Once the glue is dry carefully cut the piece out. Repeat this process for the arms, legs and antennae


The arms glue to the small semi-circles on the side of the body.


Complete the robot by gluing on the antennae and legs.


Fold the model flat, slip it into a greeting card and it will pop out when the card is opened.


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Wed 30th Jan 2013

Here's what I learned today...

Symmetrical feet look like hooves.


Better?


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Tue 29th Jan 2013

Pop up Robot prototype...


...and here it is squashed down and ready to pop! 

The core of this project is the pop up mechanism from the previous post, inverted.


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