Duncan Birmingham
A Guide to Pop-Up

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The following videos follow on from videos 1 to 11. It is suggested that you watch the first series of videos before exploring these further concepts. These videos are intended to accompany the book “Pop-Up Design and Paper Mechanics” by Duncan Birmingham

Duncam Birmingham pop-up design video 12 Floating Planes
Duncam Birmingham pop-up design video 13 Curved Shapes
Duncam Birmingham pop-up design video 14 The Box
Duncam Birmingham pop-up design video 15 Moving Arms
Duncam Birmingham pop-up design video 16 Automatic Pull-strips
Duncam Birmingham pop-up design video 17 Twisting Mechanisms
Duncam Birmingham pop-up design video 18 Open-topped Shapes
Duncam Birmingham pop-up design video 19 M-Folds
Duncam Birmingham pop-up design video 20 Zig-zag Folds
Duncam Birmingham pop-up design video 21 Pyramids

Tutorial 12 - Floating Planes

This mechanism creates stable planes and a gully that "float" above the page. It may be used to produce a pleasing simple 3D effect. The array of planes and gullies hidden beneath the floating plane provide opportunities for more complex extensions.

Tutorial 13 - Curved Shapes

This tutorial explains how to make a folded line extend round a curve. A very useful technique for creating pop-up paper sculpture as it is one of the few pop-up mechanisms that forms a solid 3D shape.

Tutorial 14 - The Box

The pop-up box is an extremely useful and adaptable mechanism that forms the underlying structure of many solid looking sculptural pop-ups. It does require some simple measuring.

Tutorial 15 - Moving Arms

Subtle mechanisms that make "arms" move as the page is opened. Excellent for adding dynamic action to a pop-up design.

Tutorial 16 - Automatic Pull-strips

This tutorial explains a mechanism that can be used to raise a pop-up in the middle of a page.

Tutorial 17 - Twisting Mechanisms

This tutorial explains how to make a pop-up mechanism that has an intriguing twisting action as the page is opened and closed.

Tutorial 18 - Open-topped Shapes

This tutorial explains how to make a range of pop-up shapes from very simple cylinders or rectangles to elegant flower designs.

Tutorial 19 - M-Folds

This tutorial explains how to make a triple-V-fold from one piece of card. It's an exciting shape that is surprisingly easy to make and has great sculptural potential.

Tutorial 20 - Zig-zag Folds

This tutorial explains how to make a simple variation on the V-fold. It can be developed in several different ways and has great sculptural potential.

Tutorial 21 - Pyramids

Pop-up pyramids - easy to make - a pleasing solid looking shape - very robust so large sections can be cut away to create more intricate designs.

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