WATCH: Papercraft master creates gorgeous insects

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Filmmaker Alex Sans shot this lovely short about a day at Lobulo Studio, a renowned papercraft design studio. It includes making of a 3D lettering project and the beautiful insects below:

More cool projects at the Lobulo Studio site. Read the rest

Astonishing comics that 'save your game' when you turn the page

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Jason Shiga's ambitious projects leap from one medium to another—and unite them.

WATCH: time-lapse origami turns a dollar bill into a koi fish

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This is so hypnotic.

Papercraft R2-D2 dreidel

The downloadable PDF pattern for making your own droidel comes from Bonnie Burton's excellent Star Wars Craft Book. Read the rest

"Tie the knot" wedding invites that include a self-tying knot

Designer Cristina Moraleja created these clever 2011 wedding invitations for her clients Lois and Cris. Read the rest

Elegant, cheap, simple folded cardboard mount turns your phone into an Oculus Rift

Revealed at the Google IO conference, Cardboard is a scored, flat-pack box that you fold into set of cardboard goggles that hold your phone; an accompanying software package uses your phone's screen and accelerometer to create stereo-optical VR images in the manner of the Oculus Rift. It's a delightfully simple and elegant concept, and Google has published plans for making your own. You need cardboard, a set of cheap lenses, a magnet, velcro and a rubber band. Read the rest

Beautiful, watercolored freehand papercraft 3D Disney characters

Matt Hawkins contributed his lovely papercraft Disney characters to the Boing Boing Flickr pool. His description: "Paper sculptures made of painted watercolor paper. I created Goofy and Elliott one facet at a time from the top down from watercolor paintings with only a 2-D sketch for a guide. My hope is that this improvisational technique would help capture the spirit of these characters, bringing them to life in a flowing organic way that defies the sharp corners and geometric forms from which they're built. Available at the Wonderground Gallery in Downtown Disney." Read the rest

Stretchy, slinkoid sculptures made from fan-folded cut paper

Artist Li Hongbo produces gorgeous sculptures made from meticulously cut sheets of fan-folded paper, stacked tightly so that the pieces appear to be made of solid composite or stone. But when Li pulls at them, they stretch and slide most gloriously, turning into slinkoid paper-chains that are pure visual hilarity.

A special report on Arrestedmotion showcases some of the best of Li's work, which is on display at the Klein Sun Gallery in NYC. Read the rest

Papercraft Hatbox Ghost from the Haunted Mansion

Here's a downloadable papercraft version of the Hatbox Ghost, the semi-legendary animatronic ghost from the early days of Disneyland's Haunted Mansion. Great craft project for the long weekend!

Make Your Own Hatbox Ghost HERE! Read the rest

Anatomical cross-section from rolled paper bits

Lisa Nilsson creates breathtaking anatomical cross-sections from paper. She has a new exhibition opening tomorrow at New York City's Pavel Zoubok Gallery. From Nilsson's artist statement:

These pieces are made of Japanese mulberry paper and the gilded edges of old books. They are constructed by a technique of rolling and shaping narrow strips of paper called quilling or paper filigree. Quilling was first practiced by Renaissance nuns and monks who are said to have made artistic use of the gilded edges of worn out bibles, and later by 18th century ladies who made artistic use of lots of free time.
Lisa Nilsson: "Tissue Series" (via Juxtapoz) Read the rest

Gorgeous and realistic paper birds

Colombian artist Diana Beltran Herrera creates exquisite bird sculptures from paper. She's constructed more than 100 species, all life-size. Her papercraft aviary is currently on display at the Rollins College's Cornell Fine Arts Museum in Winter Park, Florida.

"Diana Beltran Herrera’s Flock of Paper Birds" (Smithsonian) Read the rest

Mug Marker: a cardboard robot that decorates mugs

The Mug Marker is a Don McRae's cardboard mug-decorating robot that uses an Eggbot-style EBB controller board and stepper motors to draw precise patterns on your favorite coffee-mug. Lenore from Evil Mad Scientists has a writeup on the design process and the way it performs. Read the rest

Paper anatomical model

Papercraft artist Horst Kiechle created an incredible anatomical model, complete with removable organs, and posted all the templates and instructions online for free. "Paper Torso" Read the rest

Self-assembling foldable inchworm robots

Here's a quick and fascinating look at "Robot Self-Assembly by Folding: A Printed Inchworm Robot," presented at the 2013 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation. The authors demonstrated a foldable inchworm robot that actually folds itself into shape. The goal is to have all the components placed on the robot's shrinky-dink surface using a robotic pick-and-place machine, so that the inchworm robots can be produced, assembled, and set a-inching on their way without human intervention.

The tricky part of the process is the folding of the robot itself: installing the battery and motor is trivial enough for a human to do, which means that a relatively simple pick and place robot should have no problems doing the same thing. This means that these robots have the potential to scale massively: they can be printed out of cheap materials, they fold themselves together, and another robot can plonk some hardware on them and they’re good to go.

This Crawling Inchworm Robot Can Be Printed Out and Folds Itself [Evan Ackerman/IEEE Spectrum]

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Poplocks and Paper Pose-Ables: papercraft joints for pose-able robots

Poplocks are a very clever system for making movable papercraft fastenings with die-cutting and folding. The Paper Pose-Ables site has a bunch of downloadable papercraft toys you can print out and make, as well as pre-cut/scored kits you can buy, for making fabulous poseable robots and other cool figures.

The Pose-Ables people came out to one of my signings last month and gave me a couple of GUPP-E robots, which I've put together this week, with help from my five-year-old daughter Poesy. The robots were fun to put together -- just intricate enough to be challenging without being frustrating -- and the Poplocks system really makes for a great, semi-rigid joint for the toys.

The Poplocks themselves are CC licensed for use in your own models.

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Toy "blooming flower" uses nested, dyed fans of tissue paper to surprise, delight

A clever little papercraft toy of folded and cut tissue paper, sandwiched between two plastic rods. When you open the rods, the paper fans to make a flower.

Space-age bachelor pad poster/papercraft set

Marshall sez, "This paper scene is a collaboration between illustrator Derek Yaniger and Marshall Alexander. The result is this poster-sized template that you can either hang on the wall or cut to pieces to create the paper scene. We hope to make this template available for purchase soon."

HI-FI GUY (Thanks, Marshall) Read the rest

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