Introduction: Golden Venture Folding

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 Golden venture folding is where you fold small paper triangles with two legs and two holes each. These legs and holes allow them to slot into each over and further allow you to build huge and cool looking sculptures. Most people make swans or over bowl shaped things as they are the easiest to start with.
And in advance I am sorry about the picture quality, Im using my phone camera for this.

Step 1: Get the Right Paper and Sizes.

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 An A4 sheet of paper will let you make 32 small rectangles which will then be used later to make the triangles. 1 rectangle=1 triangle.
So first grab your sheet of A4 paper and cut in half to start, then into quarters and keep going until you have 32 rectangles, all should be of equal size.
To avoid any confusion the pieces should measure 3.5 by 5.2 roughly.

Step 2: First Two Folds

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 The first two are very easy, so I'm putting them both into the first step.
First- you should be holding you rectangle landscape then fold it in half from the top to the bottom.

second-you should now have a thinner rectangle to fold in half again but from left to right or vice versa.
Undo the second fold afterwards, (the second fold is only needed to make the crease line).

Make sure the fold lines are done very well, If they have not been folded tightly then the next steps will become harder.
And again I apologise for the blurryness of these pics, for some reason when they get blown up they get all out of focus, but this is the only means of which I can upload them.

Step 3: The Third Fold

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These ones get relatively hard, but if you understand properly it should be easy.

Third- Remember the crease line you made in the second step...this is his moment to shine. take one side and fold it diagonally to meet the crease line, then fold it in place there, the image will properly explain where the fold should take place.

Step 4: The Fourth Fold

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Probably the hardest part to do. Now flip the piece of paper you have so far, so now you should be seeing a triangle with two tiny rectangles showing out of the top of it, these two rectangles will form the holes.
Fourth- grap the corner of tiny rectangle and fold it perfectly diagonally, so one corner meets another, and repeat for the other side. Iv'e used red to outline the whole thing including fold lines in the picture so you should know excatly what it should look like so far. The dotted red line indicates where you should be folding in each side for this stage.

and I would be grateful if you took no notice of the mess behind it.

Step 5: Fifth Step

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 Now you should have two triangles above a bigger one, fold down the two small triangles from there top point down. so they lap over the bigger one.
The image will show you where the fold will be and what it should look like after.

Step 6: Finale

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 now from left to right fold the whole thing in half and there you go, be sure to check it the first time that it has two holes in the top of it and it should look like the pictures in this step.

When you make alot of these, and i'm talking about the thousands, you can make some pretty impresive stuff. Like iv'e made a 3000 piece swan, a hand and I'm working on a whole human body, but 5k pieces in and iv'e only done the head so I may quit on that.

Now I hope you have fun making these they can be very easy to make, and I did not invent these It was someone in china.
P.s. Hopefully I have a better camera before my next instructable.


olu1 (author)2011-06-13

have you ever made a hand?
(and if someone said "can you lend a hand", you give it to him?)

Colne Fawkes (author)2010-11-08

where can you find the instructions for that swan model?

azuro (author)Colne Fawkes2011-05-30


DAGMARDOGLET (author)2011-03-31



jamiec53 (author)DAGMARDOGLET2011-04-10

I think someone accidentally left caps lock on...

gwagal (author)2011-03-26


mofunnyman (author)2010-10-16

I make quite a few baskets and ive found what is one of the best materials to use is business cards. if you can get ahold of someone who makes them and will give you the mistakes it is a really good material.

chasz (author)mofunnyman2010-10-16

yea card is pretty good as long as its not too think. because with these if you dont like paint or glue them then they will get weak. and the last thing i want is a thick fold in something that will fall apart quicker.

but yea you got a good idea there. i do know someone who makes business cards i guess i could ask them

m00fin (author)2010-08-20

i'll TRY to add a picture,if you don't get what I mean. ;)

m00fin (author)2010-08-20

or you could just take the outermost ends and fold them in.simple as that :|

beehard44 (author)2010-07-24

I made this before and guess what? the whole thing came apart when i was transporting it. I remedied thisby mixing glue and water, just enough water so that the mixture is slightly runny, brush the ix over your creation and wait for it to dry. It also makes your work glossy.

chasz (author)beehard442010-07-24

er......yea i should have mentioned that over a few days it will get kind of weak and if you try to move it then it will definently give you a hard time. you're right about glueing it together, but I like to use spray glue instead, it does it faster, i think you can just make that solution you mentioned but put it in an old spray bottle. thanks for bringing that up

hacklab (author)2010-07-20

millimeters of course... you can see that on picture with ruler.

chasz (author)hacklab2010-07-21

thanks......some people just don't look at everything

shadon (author)2010-07-18

this is great one of my friends in the school made so vases of paper as a recycling project she used the paper of old books and magazines it looked pretty with lots of colors ... I'm.\ really happy to know how these are made ^__^ thank you very much.

chasz (author)shadon2010-07-19

your welcome, and using old books and things with pictures on do make it look much better....but i have an abundance of plain paper so i'm sticking to that for now

chasz (author)2010-06-22

To make all the pieces it takes weeks, but then it will only take a few hours to make the models when you have all the pieces and of course you must know roughly how to make them. I didn't know how to make then head but it only really needed building a bowl shape up and up then taking out bits for the eyes.

JcBeaver (author)2010-05-31

i've known about this for a long time, but i never knew it was called Golden Venture folding.  I have made multiple 500 piece figures and it's really awesome!

chasz (author)JcBeaver2010-05-31

 hehe.....iv'e only known for about 2 weeks what it was called (p.s. i'm up to 6k pieces damn yeah)

what kind of models have you made then?, i need new ideas. Although i won't be making anything else for a while.

JcBeaver (author)chasz2010-06-01

I've gotten a lot of inspiration from papercraft, they have a lot of golden venture folding figures.

chasz (author)JcBeaver2010-06-02

 thanks JCB.. THis site is awesome, it's given me the idea to make a wolf....but not life size, all my pieces have been used up right now

Haagenize (author)2010-05-30

 Just to give you guys a tip, if you don't want to keep making smaller rectangles, index cards are a nice size to make them with.  They will make it bigger but it will still work

I'm using 3x5's and I made 5 so  far, nice and easy

chasz (author)Haagenize2010-05-31

 yes you can make bigger ones, i was going to make a tutorial on A4 ones at some point, you get even bigger ones used by professionals like the huge swan i remember seeing somewhere, they were like A3.
I prefer smaller ones because when you make huge models, they look more detailed and plus you can add features like with the head i made, i gave it eyes, nose and mouth.

imthatguy1125 (author)2010-05-26

 Great instructable, i tried it out and it worked great, it took me 20 minutes to make 1 sheet worth of triangles, how lond did it take you to make 3000

chasz (author)imthatguy11252010-05-26

 I couldn't tell you how many sheets or how long, sorry............but I probably have around 5000 pieces now. Just everyday I make a few hundred when i'm watching TV or on a free lesson at school. Over a couple of weeks they add up.

yoyology (author)2010-05-24

Is the length/width ratio of the rectangle essential?

I ask because I know that U.S. "letter" size paper is slightly wider and shorter (viewed in portrait orientation) than A4, so rectangles cut from it would be different in shape.

chasz (author)yoyology2010-05-24

 not really essential, just need to be 32 exact rectangles, I just put in some measurements just in case someone possibly made a mistake in folding like if they folded it unevenly or something.

but yea as long as it's 32 even ones then you're all good.

yoyology (author)chasz2010-05-24

Okay.  Thanks!

scoochmaroo (author)2010-05-23

While a better camera will improve the picture quality for your next Instructable (which I excitedly await!), the way you describe the folds here is very clear.  I always have trouble understanding paper folding, but this I understood just from reading! I have no doubt I could make these now, and what an awesome technique for making sculptures.  Please make an additional Instructable including some step-by-step patterns using these pieces to make some awesome sculptures!

chasz (author)scoochmaroo2010-05-24

 I made a tutorial for the hand, I'll do the swan some other day.

Jayefuu (author)2010-05-23

Wow awesome. I agree with Scoochmaroo! More! :D

chasz (author)2010-05-23

 sorry greymatter, they ruler isnt that clear....should be cm

greymatter21 (author)2010-05-23

"3.5 by 5.2" wat?

godofal (author)2010-05-23


chasz (author)2010-05-23

 thanks you for the comment Scoochmaroo, I will upload at some point on how to make the hand and swan....but the head may take an extremely long time. It may take a while to do though since my exams are coming up.

Very Interesting (author)2010-05-23

It looks amazing!

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