Welcome to the chamber of paper and glue, Frankenstein Junior. Ever considered to create life not only in a virtual world but also physically, so that you can have your Alter Ego right beside you?
Create a clone and experience the joy of a buddy that is never mean and always loyal and patient, and, most important of all, resembles you if you want him to. That is what makes him unique and proves your skill undeniably.
Put him behind a window and he will bring the joy forward to anyone on the street. It is really interesting to see the point where people realize that this is not a person watching them. Put him in your bed and he will bring the joy forward to the next one who sees him (including you, if you have a weak memory).
Therefore he is highly qualified for the receiving of a Halloween party or the first contact of the Trick-or-Treat-Gatherers.
The figure was exhibited on the Paper and Pulp - Gathering a Community Exhibition in the Salt Space in New York until 10/18/2010 and on the Maker Faire.
There is a FAQ on the last page.
Start on the next page. It will take 7 days of work, so if you have a week to spare, start building him now or he will lack of shoes.
Step 1: The components
It is really important which kind of paper and glue you use. Skip this step and your model will collapse of thin skin before you can organize a funeral.
This is what you need:
- Paper. Not any paper! NO paper that only weighs 80g/m² (22 pound paper), which is normal. It should be at least 160g/m² (40 pound paper), which is a popular sort, I used that because it is simply the cheapest alternative. Using paper that weighs over 250 g/m² (66 pound paper) is also no good idea.
*Price: You will need 80-120 sheets. 250 sheets cost about 10-15 Euro (~15$), so: 5 Euro
- Glue. Not any glue! DON'T use a glue stick. Seriously. What you will experience: "Hmm.. It is cheaper to buy a glue stick.. Oh it works, it holds together!" But after 2 weeks you can say Goodbye to your friend, because the load is too heavy for a glue stick. Double-sided tape is even worse. The best alternative is simply 2 tubes of all-purpose glue like UHU (or another popular brand). No special edition, just a simple tube of the well-known glue. It needs to be liquid because you often have to get it into gaps.
*Price: You will need about one tube, which costs 2-3 Euro (3$).
- A camera. It should produce good photos, DSLR would be nice, but any compact camera will do it (But please not less than that, an iPhone-camera is really too bad)
- Cardboard. Not much, 2x DIN A 3 is enough.
- A printer. You can print from your home PC, that's no problem when you find a good setting for the quality.
*Price: Depends very much on your printer an the price for the cartridges. Half of each cartridge may be used, which costs from 2 to 20 Euro (3-25$)
- A computer with the following programs:
- A modeling program (I use Anim8or and will explain the process on this example): freeware
- Pepakura (which unfolds your model - no alternative): shareware (not a problem, the only function you can't use is saving)
- An image editing program (I use Paint Shop Pro X): If you don't have one, use GIMP, which is freeware.
For the crafting you also need:
- Those little clothes-pins
- Sticky tape
- A cutter
Overall price: 10-30 Euro (15-40$)