Paper Puffer! Use the paper puffer to clear eraser-dust from your sketch book or for cleaning your camera lenses or a thousand and one other uses requiring you to remove dust form a surface without touching it. Made entirely from paper this hand held air blower is the perfect addition to any artists tool kit. This project is available for everyone to download for free.
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Download the file to your computer and open it. Print out the first page onto thin card. (230 micron / 67lb) I used coloured card for a colourful model.
Print out the second page onto normal printer paper.
Score along the dotted and dashed lines then carefully cut out the parts.
Making the bellows is the tricky part. Lets get this out of the way! Pre-crease all the dotted and dashed lines before you start assembly.
Roll the bellows round a suitably sized plastic bottle with the tabs at the ends. Glue the bellows into a tube carefully lining up the end.
Starting from one end work your way round folding down one layer at a time.
Keep going one layer as a time...
...all the way down...
...until the bellows are folded. Well done!
The rest is easy :-) Fold round and glue down the nozzle.
Fold over the handle piece as shown to make double thickness card.
Fold over the two ends to make double thickness card. Set aside until the glue is dry.
Cut out the two ends as shown.
Cut out the handle and glue it into place on the back piece.
Glue the nozzle into the front piece as shown.
Glue the bellows to the front piece.
Finish off the puffer by gluing on the rear piece.
Pump the bellows to blow away any unwanted dust!
The Square Based Shaker, Turn the handle on this Essential Mechanism and the vertical shaft turns briskly back and forth. Use the shaker mechanism as an interesting demonstration of pure paper engineering or as a starting point for your own character based paper automata. Members and Patrons can download the parts for free from the link, thanks for your support! Non-members can join in the fun for £2.50. Become a member now and you can download this and all the other projects on the site for free! More details here.
Print out the parts onto thin card. (230 micron / 67lb) I used coloured card to make a colourful model.
Score along the dotted and dashed lines and cut out the holes before carefully cutting out the model.
Check out the Instagram animation here.
The cam fingers are made from double thickness card. Fold them over and glue them down making sure not to glue down the tabs.
Once the glue is dry carefully cut them out.
Make up the axle outer and glue the cams into place.
Roll round and glue the two inner axles as shown.
Thread the cam shaft axle into place and fix it with a dot of glue.
Assemble the handle in three steps.
Make up the striker plate as shown.
Thread the vertical axle into the striker plate assemble as shown and fix with a dot of glue.
Fold round and glue down the tabs on the top and base of the box making right angled triangle tubes.
Fold in the side tabs making equilateral triangle tubes.
Glue the base to one of the sides lining up the edge of the tab with the edge of the side as shown.
Glue on the other side then glue the top to one of the sides. Make sure that the holes on the sides are opposite each other.
Thread the long end of the striker plate assembly up through the hole in the top of the box.
Thread the cam shaft into position between the sides.
Fold down the top and glue it into place.
Glue down the side flaps making sure that the box is square.
Finish of the project by gluing the handle into place.
Now that you have a completed Shaker Mechanism, why not design and make a character to fit onto it and bring to life!
Check out the Flying Fish is animated action on my Instagram feed here This paper animation is based around the Crank/Cam Essential Mechanism and fitted with one of the alternate cams from here. Members can download the model for free, thanks for your support! Non members can join in the fun for $3.75/£2.50
The parts are provided in both coloured and un-coloured format. Choose which you would like then print out the parts onto thin card (230gsm is ideal) The coloured sheets are printed front and back. Print out one side, flip it over and return it to the printer to print out the other side.
Score along the dotted and dashed lines and cut out the holes before carefully cutting out the parts.
Some of the parts are made from double thickness card for extra strength. Fold the card over and glue it down. Once the glue is completely dry carefully cut out the parts.
Make up the two crank shaft pieces.
Roll round and glue down the axle tubes carefully lining up the edges with the end of the glue area.
Thread the shortest axle onto the two crank ends then glue them to the end of the push rod so that the axle is accurately lined up perpendicular to the push rod.
Glue the crank shaft pieces to the short axle tube. Make sure that it is free to turn.
Glue together the two slider tubes.
Glue the cam follower tube to one of the slider tubes as shown.
Thread the longest axle through the cam follower tube and glue it into position. Glue two of the spacers into position on the top of the slider tube.
Glue the other two spacers to the other slider tube.
Glue the first cam into place.
Glue the second cam to the other side.
Slide the cam follower down the push rod into position. No glue! It must be free to slide up and down.
Slip the other two slider tubes into position.
Make up the two triangular link pieces and glue them to the spacers on the top and bottom slider tube.
Tightly wrap a coin (4 gram, 20mm diameter, a UK penny is perfect!) in a scrap of card.
Glue the coin package to the front of the cam follower to complete the crank/cam assembly.
Making the Box
Fold round and glue down the tabs on the box top and base to make triangular sections.
Fold round and glue down the box sides making right angled triangle sides.
Glue together the four sections of the box. Note that the circular holes are furthest away from the hole in the box top.
Fold round and complete the box making sure that it is straight and true.
Thread the push rod up through the hole in the box top and glue the middle slider tube to the tab.
Line up the crank with the holes in the side of the box and fit the two remaining axles securing them with a small dot of glue.
Assemble the handle in three steps.
Fit the handle to the axle as shown to complete the Crank/Cam mechanism.
Making the Fish
The wings are made from double thickness card.
Glue the wing push rods to the underside of the wings lining them up as shown.
Thread the wing stub through the side of the fish body and glue the fin end into place to stop it falling out.
Glue the two halves of the fish together with the body top in place as shown.
Assemble the body inner.
Glue the body inner into the fish then fit the completed fish over the end of the main push rod. Secure it with a dot of glue.
Turn the handle so that the cam and cam follower are at their maximum height.
With the wings pointing roughly 45 degrees upwards, glue the end of the wing push rods to the top slider tube. Cut off any excess push rod if necessary.
That completes your Flying Fish model. Turn the handle to bring it to life!
In the early days of Flying Pig I printed an annual cataologue of all the model from the site. One year, as an added value item in the catalogue, I added this Cat o' Log cat on the last page for people to cut out and make.
Today I received an email from subscriber Carolyn asking about the availability of the Cat o' Log model. I had forgotten all about it but a little searching through my Hard Disks and I turned up the file and couple of images.
I'm pleased to be able to share the file here on the website for everyone to download and make.
The file comes with both parts and instructions on a single sheet, the second page of the file is to be printed on the back, flip the sheet over and return in to the printer before printing out page two.
Thanks for the reminder Carolyn, have fun!
Stanley Claus: Santa's younger brother. Stanley takes care of the New Year after Santa has finished his shift. Members can download and make Stanley for free at the link - thanks for signing up. Non-members can join in the fun for £2.00
There are two versions of the model, coloured and uncoloured. Print out the version of your choice onto thin card. 230gsm/67lb
Before cutting out the parts score along all the dotted and dashed lines and cut round the nose and the ears.
The antlers are double thickness card. Fold them over and glue them down before carefully cutting them out. Make sure you don't glue the tabs together.
Curve round the four sections of the head and glue them together.
Glue the antlers to the marked areas on the top of the head.
Glue the beard into place.
Glue the 'tache to the underside of the nose.
Gently curve round the body in preparation for gluing.
Glue the body.
Roll round and glue the legs.
Glue the legs together
Curve the arms.
Glue the arms into the shoulder holes in the body.
Glue the legs to the feet.
Glue the legs to the body lining up the top of the leg tab to the bottom of the arm hole.
Complete the model by threading the head tabs into the body slots. there is no need to use glue for this stage, leaving it i=unglued allows you to move the head changing the pose slightly.
A decorative box to download and make. The box is simple to make - it only has one part - but the end result is rather attractive. I present it here as a free download for subscribers and patrons - thank you very much for your support! I literally couldn't run the website without you :-)
Print the part sheet onto thin card - 230gsm / 67lb is about right. You can print out the pre coloured version shown here or you could use coloured card or print out one of the patterns from here onto plain card then print it out. Score along all the dotted and dashed lines and carefully cut out the piece. Pre-fold the creases before you start gluing the box together.
Fold round and glue the sides to make a tapered tube. Fold in the base and glue it down as accurately as possible. A chop stick is handy for pressing down the glued tabs.
It should look something like this.
Finish off by closing in the lid. Make sure you observe the dotted lines (valley folds) and dashed lines (hill folds), work your way round one leaf a time. It is easier than it looks, honest! If you make boxes with interesting patterns sent pictures!
Here's a special paper treat for you to cut out and make. These Allsorts paper candies make a great table decoration and are perfect if you are on a diet!
The sweets are all really simple to make. Here's a quick run down on what to do. Print out the parts onto thin card. Score between the dotted lines, I've left the dotted lines off the actual faces for a cleaner look. All the round sweets are made the same way. Curve round the long strip and glue it down to the marked area.
Glue on the base
Glue on the top.
All the square sweets are the same design. Score between the dotted lines, this diagram shows all the lines that need scoring.
Glue up the box.
Glue down the lid. Simple as that.
The full set of Allsorts looks tasty and colourful in a simple bowl.
Here's a simple, but fun paper project for you to download and make.
As always, members can download the parts file for free at the link. Non-members can join in the fun for £2.00
Start by printing out the parts. The first sheet makes the lolly and is printed onto thin card (230gsm/67lb)
The second sheet makes the wrapper. Print it onto normal photocopier paper. 80gsm
Score along the dotted and dashed lines, cut out the holes then carefully cut out the parts.
Assemble the two parts of the lolly stick
Fit the lolly stick into the support piece and line it up with the first grey line.
Thread the lolly stick through the hole in the lolly base and line it up with the second grey line. Glue it into position.
Glue the support down inside the lolly
Fold round the sides and glue them down.
Glue the end flap and tab together lining them up as accurately as possible.
Glue down the remaining tabs to complete the lolly.
Pre-crease along the dotted line on the wrapper.
Roll the wrapper round and glue the two edges together as shown.
Pinch up the end and glue it down so that the seam runs along the centre of the wrapper.
Thread the lolly into the wrapper.
Glue down the other end.
Your completed lolly in its wrapper. I think you'll agree that it looks Fab!
Turn the handle on the Hen Pecked paper animation kit and the hen tries unsuccessfully to peck the worm. Meanwhile the worm tries unsuccessfully to get some fresh air but keeps having to dodge out of the way of the voracious hen. I'm sure it is an allegory for something.
All the parts for the model are included in the download, you just need to print them out onto four sheets of thin card and you can make your very own allegorical automaton!
Check out the YouTube clip here:
Members can download the parts for free from the link, Patreon patrons will receive the file in their patreon feed. Thanks for signing up! Non members can join in the fun for £2.50. Print the parts onto thin card (230 gsm / 67lb) The model includes both a coloured and an uncoloured version. For the coloured version each sheet has a front and back. Print the front onto the card, flip the sheet over and return it to the printer to print the back.
Score the dotted and dashed lines and cut out the holes before carefully cutting out the pieces.
Roll up and glue down the three axle pieces lining up the edge with the point of the arrows.
Fold over and glue down the crank ends to make double thickness card. Once the glue is dry carefully cut out the hole and the pieces.
Glue together the push rod. Thread the crank ends onto one of the short axle tubes and glue them to the push rod
Assemble the two crank pieces.
Glue the crank pieces to the axle as shown.
Assemble the handle in three steps.
Fold round and glue the tabs on the box top and base making right angled triangles.
Assemble the bell crank stand and glue it to the underside of the box top between the two grey areas.
Fold round and glue the tabs on the two box ends making equilateral triangle tubes.
Glue the box end with the holes to the box top. Note the arrangement in the picture.
Glue in the other box end and the box base.
Glue the sides into position.
Fold in the tabs as shown. Note that the tabs next to the holes tuck under so that they don't obstruct the holes.
Assemble the worm hole and fit it into position.
Assemble the worm as shown.
Curve round the worm base and glue it into position as shown.
Thread the worm up through the worm hole, this picture shows the box inverted.
Glue the eyes to the worm head.
Assemble the bell crank.
Glue the bell crank to the bell crank support as shown.
Fit the assembled crank into the box, slide the push rod to one side and let the worm base rest on the other side. Fit the axle tubes into place with the longer tube to the right.
Glue the tab to join the push rod to the bell crank.
Glue the handle to the longer axle tube.
Making the Hen.
Assemble the three parts of the head.
Fold over and glue down the comb then carefully cut out the double thickness card.
Glue the comb to the centre of the head.
Fold the flap on the hen-side round and glue it down. Once the glue has dried cut off the cross hatched section.
Glue the front of the hen into place aligning the top edges.
Glue in the hen top.
Fold round and glue together the leg stand then glue it into place inside the body lining up the edge with the edge of the body.
Glue together the legs and glue them into place on the leg stand.
Glue the leg stop to the grey areas inside the body.
Fold up and glue one knee just short of a right angle.
Overlap the feet and glue them together.
Glue up the second knee.
Glue on the head.
Glue the hen to the box so that the beak is over the worm when the hen is rocked downwards.
Connect the bell crank to the leg stop with the strap.
Turn the handle and watch the circle of life in action!