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Hub Turning Wheel Mechanism

This hub turning wheel mechanism will allow you to rotate a wheel — and display or hide images through a window cut-out — without the use of any hardware! The mechanism is 100% paper, so you won’t set off any alarm bells if you take it through airport security. Once you’ve been inspired by this technique to create a fabulous card, post it on Instagram and tag @makepopupcards.  We’d love to see (and feature) what you make!

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Other Work by Duncan Birmingham

Artist Duncan Birmingham’s first involvement with pop-ups arose when he was hitchhiking and got a lift with a publisher who was looking for someone to design a pop-up book. That book The Maya Aztecs and Incas Pop-Up was published in 1984.*

A deeper involvement with the intriguing art of paper engineering followed – teaching the subject to illustration students at the University of the West of England; running workshops for teachers and other interested groups both in England and other European countries; writing two comprehensive books on the subject Pop-Up! A Manual of Paper Mechanisms (published in 1997) and Pop-Up Design and Paper Mechanics: How to Make Folding Paper Sculpture (published in 2010). 

In 2014, in collaboration with filmmaker Jane Clegg, he started The Pop-Up Channel on YouTube, showcasing a growing collection of hugely popular pop-up card video tutorials. The hub turning wheel is included in the tutorial below along with other pull-strip mechanisms.

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