Saturday, May 26, 2007

Paper + Scissors + Glue = PaperCraft FUN!

(images from ReadyMech -- love their different characters!)

After running into the Papercraft from ReadyMech, I thought, these would be easy and a fun alternative to vinyl toys (or great giveaway for a kid or big kid's party or even have these little guys be name holders at the guests' tables.) How hard could it be??? Hmm...

My boyfriend wanted a new motorcyle, and I thought, I'll actually BUILD him one! So I came across the actual bike he wanted on the Yamaha Site and found this:
(photo courtesy of yamaha -- they have a bunch of other papercrafts besides bikes! check 'em out!)
My plan was to have this all built for him for Valentine's Day, but after seeing all the instructions, the multiple pages needed to be printed, and noticing I should not only build the bike but build all the garage accessories and shop background as well, i said, SCREW that! and thought maybe we can make it together???

So I needed to test my cut-fold-glue skills as well as my patients on something easy. The ReadyMech ones seemed too easy...lets try an intermediate papercraft. I tested my skill on a Cardboy Calendar, which has two elements: The Cardboy Calendar holder and a cube that inserts into the Cardboy with all the months and dates.
(at work with my my cardboy calendar)
I realized I am too picky, too much of a perfectionist (I was driving myself insane because the angle of my cuts were wrong) I thought I better leave it to the professionals. or i suppose i can practice more. or make my own?
Tama Software has a program online, Pepakura Designer, that allows you to create your very own papercraft design. Design your own party decor or create your own little character or design your own weaponry for CosPlay. The program uses designing tool elements used in 3D CG software. It's free to download and they encourage users to try it out before buying a password -- which enables the "saving" and "exporting" feature and only cost $38!

More papercraft fun on Cannon's site, which has all types of designs from cute little animals to historial buildings from around the world.
Cannon even has other projects like pop up greeting cards and diy boxes that would be great for all types of celebrations and events!

For all you experts, try the building the papercrafts that actually have moving parts!

Hungry? Make some food!
Steak? Chicken (a Whole one) ?
(dont forget to make the raw steak, but eat the cooked one! don't forget your utensils! found by reader ..::ER!K::.. )

But you probably need to store and cook your food...Need a rice cooker or other appliance? Build one!
(the rice cooker lid detaches...peek inside and you see rice!)
Are the above designs too soft for you Urban Hip-Hop-ya-don't-Stoppers?
I didn't forget about you! Rep yo set! Here are a few samples people customized using these templates. These are effin Dope!!! SO much stuff you can make, all by Shin Tanaka!
(pix courtesy of Shin Tanaka)

Also try out the Papercraft Set Janus Saint found at the VTN Show by Brian Castleforte.
(my crew is better than your crew.)
Have you made any Papercraft?
EMAIL US ( your papercraft creations and we'll post 'em up!
(i plan to make at least one this memorial day weekend. good luck to me. i need it.)

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