Golden venture folding
6 Steps
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.
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## Step 1: Get the right paper and sizes.

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.
olu1 says: Jun 13, 2011. 8:31 PM
have you ever made a hand?
(and if someone said "can you lend a hand", you give it to him?)
Colne Fawkes says: Nov 8, 2010. 6:05 PM
where can you find the instructions for that swan model?
azuro says: May 30, 2011. 12:39 AM
Here:
http://www.origami-resource-center.com/3D-origami-swan.html
DAGMARDOGLET says: Mar 31, 2011. 4:08 PM
I WOULD LIKE TO MAKE THE SKULL THAT IS PICTURED WITH YOUR HAND. DO YOU HAVE DIRECTIONS FOR THAT? THANKS YOU

GAYLE
jamiec53 says: Apr 10, 2011. 1:49 AM
I think someone accidentally left caps lock on...
gwagal says: Mar 26, 2011. 1:01 AM
nice
mofunnyman says: Oct 16, 2010. 1:47 PM
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) says: Oct 16, 2010. 3:55 PM
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 says: Aug 20, 2010. 2:42 AM
i'll TRY to add a picture,if you don't get what I mean. ;)
m00fin says: Aug 20, 2010. 2:42 AM
or you could just take the outermost ends and fold them in.simple as that :|
beehard44 says: Jul 24, 2010. 12:43 AM
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) says: Jul 24, 2010. 4:14 AM
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 says: Jul 20, 2010. 10:29 AM
millimeters of course... you can see that on picture with ruler.
chasz (author) says: Jul 21, 2010. 5:57 AM
thanks......some people just don't look at everything
shadon says: Jul 18, 2010. 6:53 AM
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) says: Jul 19, 2010. 7:31 AM
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
legocrazie1234 says: Jun 22, 2010. 10:46 AM
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chasz (author) says: Jun 22, 2010. 11:14 AM
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 says: May 31, 2010. 9:27 AM
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) says: May 31, 2010. 2:30 PM
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 says: Jun 1, 2010. 3:26 PM
I've gotten a lot of inspiration from papercraft central.net, they have a lot of golden venture folding figures.
chasz (author) says: Jun 2, 2010. 1:47 AM
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 says: May 30, 2010. 3:19 PM
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) says: May 31, 2010. 2:10 AM
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 says: May 26, 2010. 2:33 PM
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) says: May 26, 2010. 11:17 PM
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 says: May 24, 2010. 12:57 PM
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) says: May 24, 2010. 1:20 PM
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 says: May 24, 2010. 4:01 PM
Okay.  Thanks!
scoochmaroo says: May 23, 2010. 10:28 AM
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) says: May 24, 2010. 12:38 PM
I made a tutorial for the hand, I'll do the swan some other day.
Jayefuu says: May 23, 2010. 2:53 PM
Wow awesome. I agree with Scoochmaroo! More! :D
chasz (author) says: May 23, 2010. 1:16 PM
sorry greymatter, they ruler isnt that clear....should be cm
greymatter21 says: May 23, 2010. 1:07 PM
"3.5 by 5.2" wat?
godofal says: May 23, 2010. 12:16 PM
:O
chasz (author) says: May 23, 2010. 12:12 PM
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 says: May 23, 2010. 11:01 AM
It looks amazing!