The following videos by Duncan Birmingham offer a complete introduction to the essentials of pop-up creation. They are a perfect companion to the book “Pop-Up Design and Paper Mechanics” by Duncan Birmingham
This series of tutorials explains an easy way to make pop-ups without the need for templates or complicated measuring. As well as materials and basic theory, this first video explains the eight pop-up shapes that form the foundations of almost all pop-up designs.
This tutorial explains the Right Angle V-fold and the Acute Angle V-fold. It demonstrates an easy way to make them without the need for measuring, and it explains how to adjust them to make the shape you want for your designs.
This tutorial explains the Pointed V-fold and the Obtuse-angle V-Fold. It demonstrates an easy way to make them without the need for measuring. It also shows how to start building your designs by adding extra cuts and creases to simple pop-up shapes.
This tutorial explains Asymmetric V-folds. These are useful for enhancing a design as they can make the pop-up lift away from the centre of the base. An easy way to make them Is demonstrated without the need for measuring.
This tutorial explains how to use Parallelograms in pop-up designs. It shows an easy way to make them without the need for measuring, and demonstrates how they can be added to V-folds or used to raise a simple moving arm.
This tutorial explains an easy way to make the range of pop-up shapes that are based on Parallel-folds. Although simple in themselves they are an important feature of pop-up design as they often form the foundation of highly complex mechanisms.
This tutorial explains easy ways to add small 3D pieces to simple pop-up mechanisms in order to extend and develop designs. These extra pieces can be quite large and an obvious part of a pop-up sculpture, or they may be much smaller and work 3D pieces as a “muscle” to raise larger pop-up planes.
Most pop-ups are built across the spine fold, the central crease that runs down the middle of a card or book. The Strap is a mechanism that generates two gullies that lie flat on the page but away from the central crease. This makes it possible to build pop-ups that stand in the middle of a page. This tutorial explains an easy way to make the Strap mechanism.
Spirals are a fun and simple form of pop-up. They are not a rigid shape, and are not used to raise other structures, but an excellent and very easy way of adding some chaotic excitement to a pop-up design.
Slots are an important element of Pop-up construction. They are used when pop-up planes are interlocked, or when one piece of card projects through another. They are also used to make wing-tab joints which can be used in place of glued tabs.
The next set of videos by Duncan Birmingham explore the more advanced concepts of professional pop-up design. They are intended to follow on from videos 1 to 11 above.