Creative minds need breaks.
My name is Stephane and you probably noticed I design DIY paper sculptures under the name Oxygami (Oxygami = Oxygen + Origami).
In 7th grade, we were taught in geometry class how to turn basic volumes into plans and the other way round. I was so passionate about it that I started to design my own volumes at home. Back then there was no computer so I did everything by trial and error. It brought fun and pride to the introvert child I was. In one word: oxygen!
As I grew up, I almost forgot how beneficial papercraft was for my noisy brain. But recently, I started crafting paper again to fight insomnia and reduce intrusive thoughts. I decided to turn my skills into a full-time job when I found out I could make the workflow a little faster thanks to software. No more trials and errors...Life changing.
I do my best to design gorgeous, refined models to decorate your walls. And I spend hours prototyping them to make the assembly as intuitive as possible, so that you can successfully make your own even if you never built a paper sculpture before.
These sculptures may require time but they are so rewarding in the end: your friends will praise your patience and creativity. Guaranteed!
Night owl who crafts paper to reduce internal noise. I am based in Paris, France, but I think I am actually living in the NYc time zone. I am both ENFP and INFP personality types, depending on the moon.
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Frequently asked questions
I never made a sculpture before, is it for me?
Those sculptures may look impressive, but they are designed with *motivated* beginners in mind and have been tested by true beginners. The process of assembly has been made intuitive to relax your brain so that you won't have to figure out what step you should take next.
The enclosed illustrated instructions make things even easier as they suggest where to start to glue each piece.
That said, I wouldn't recomment the shark as debut model because the 3D teeth are tricky.
Can your sculptures be made by children?
I would rather say adults and teens above 13, just to be safe.
What do I need to make those sculptures?
■ Printer or your local print shop
■ A4 Paper (160-220 gsm) or US Letter (65 lb cover or 110 lb index like this one for example: https://www.amazon.com/Neenah-Astrobrights-Premium-Assortment-Inches/dp/B003A2I6T2)
■ Cutting tool
■ Scoring tool (the dull side of a craft knife, dried out ball pen, etc.)
■ White glue
■ Pin or nail
■ And obviously, a wall.
What type of paper do you recommend? What kind of glue?
Coloured or patterned A4 (160-220 g/m²) or US Letter
American friends, this kind of cardstock is fine (this is *not* an affiliate link): https://www.amazon.com/Neenah-Astrobrights-Premium-Assortment-Inches/dp/B003A2I6T2
Quick drying white glue! (mundane quick drying wood glue, or Aileen's, or Elmer's, or Mod Podge, an so on).
I wouldn't recommend: glue sticks nor transparent liquid glues.
Don't worry, all these recommendations are reminded in the instructions along with extra advice on how to glue properly.
I don't know where to find that kind of paper! I don't even have a printer!
Go to your local copy store with a thumb drive. They usually have a wide range of paper colours, and if you are lucky, various weights. They will print your template for you for next to nothing.
Ask 180 gsm (65 lb cover) in priority, then 160 gsm (110 lb index) if they don't have 180. (The tutorial is to be printed on regular office paper, or not to be printed at all)
I'm not sure I understand the whole concept of your shop
In this shop, you will find PDF patterns you can turn into paper sculptures. Nothing physical will be sent to you. You can download your files directly from your Etsy account a few seconds after your purchase.
Here is how you can make your own paper sculpture:
- - - Download & print the template (using A4 or US Letter thick paper)
- - - Read through the getting started tips
- - - Have a glance at the illustrated instructions
Then start building:
- - - Following the pattern, cut out each individual part
- - - Score and fold along the dotted lines
- - - Pair up the twin numbers to glue the pieces together
After it's finished:
- - - Hang on the wall using pins or nails, just like a picture frame
- - - Be proud and do the happy dance :)
Do you offer refund?
I do, as long as none of the files have been downloaded.
I want to make one for me and one for a friend of mine. Do I have to buy several times?
No, that's ok to download them multiple times.
I'm just asking you not to share or publish the files though, and not to use them for profit of any kind. Don't mess with the copyright law.
Can I sell paper sculptures that I make from your pdf templates?
Yes and no. You are allowed to sell the sculptures to make room for example. The point here is you can not make a business out of my work. Thank you.
As for the templates and instructions, they are protected under copyright law. They are provided for the sole purpose of your personal pleasure. They are not to be shared, published, copied, modified, sold or distributed in any way without my consent.
What is the least time-intensive paper sculpture you offer?
The smiling foxes: https://www.etsy.com/listing/559469025 or
The bunny in a suit: https://www.etsy.com/listing/521588445