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How to make a paper craft ?

March 23, 2010

It is a very simple hobby which required patience and time. If I were to summarize paper crafting I would say is a 5 step process.

1. Get tools

For this hobby tool wise you will need only 4 tools Scissors, Ruler, Pencil, Glue and its as simple as that.

2. Download your choice of papercraft

Visit us at http://papermechanic.wordpress.com and download your favorite papercraft vehicle and print it out. You will have 2 sets of prints to do. One would be the pieces of the papercraft itself. The second might be the instructions that you might need to download or you can see on the computer screen.

3. Cutting

Befire you start cutting, it’s a good idea to make sure your workspace is tidy and that you have a waste paper box standing by,as well as a box to put the Paper craft parts in.

Before you cut out parts from the base sheet, lightly score the mountain folds and valley folds with a dried-up ballpoint pen, or similar. This will help you to make fold along the lines more cleanly.

Cut each pattern out individually, leaving a sufficient sized border around the edges. Cut each pattern out individually, leaving a sufficient sized border around the edges.

Once you have cut out a part, lightly write a number on the back of it, so that you can keep track of which part is which.

Removing each pattern from the assembly sheets makes it easier to cut out detailed sections.Stay on the outer edge of the solid black lines when you are cutting. Then, when you come to assemble the parts, they will fit together nicely.

4. Folding

Remember to crease the lines on the parts. Then you will be able to assemble and glue the parts properly.

Folding Straight Lines

Use a ruler when folding straight sections. For folds shaped like valleys, first place a ruler along a fold line. Then lift the paper up and use your fingertips to smooth out the crease alongside the ruler.

Mountain Folds
To make folds that look like mountains, place a ruler next to the edge of a table or desk and set a pattern on top of it. Carefully align the fold with the ruler’s edge and bend the paper down.

Adding Curves
To give a part a natural curve, rub it against the corner of a table or similar. This will make gluing easier.

Folding Cylindrical Parts
For cone shaped parts, wind the part around a pencil or similar to give it roundness. Wind it round tighter than it needs to be and then you can adjust the degree of curl later.

Constructing Cylindrical Parts
Place glue on the appropriate tabs and use the object to help set the adhesive.

5. Gluing

The key to making good models is to wait for the glue to dry properly. If you get glue on your hands, you will spoil the model, so make sure to wash your hands right away, or have a wet towel ready so that you can wipe them clean.

For glue, use woodworking adhesive and stick type glue. We recommend using a non-wrinkle, fast drying glue. If using woodworking adhesive, apply a spot of glue about the size of a coin on to a scrap of paper.

Then, use a strip of thick paper or cardboard like a spatula to scoop up the adhesive. Be sure to keep the glue on one side of the spatula only.

Use this strip to evenly smooth out a thin layer of glue onto the glue tabs.

Hold the parts firmly in place till the glue dries properly.

Assemble the parts separately and wait until they dry before assembling the whole model!

Following these steps we will be able to make our paper models absolutely easily. Happy browsing through the website and happy papercrafting :)

Welcome to Paper Mechanic

March 20, 2010

Welcome to the very first post of the Paper Mechanic for Paper Craft blog. We here strive to provide you with paper craft mostly dealing with paper vehicles. But before we get there, what is paper craft and what is involved to make a paper model ? Lets look at that here.

Paper models, also called card models or papercraft, are models constructed mainly from sheets of heavy paper, paperboard, or card stock as a hobby. It may be considered a broad category that contains origami and card modelling, with origami being a paper model made from folding paper (without using glue), and card modelling as the making of scale models from sheets of paper or card on which the parts were printed, usually in full colour, for one to cut out, fold, score and glue together.

Sometimes the models can be punched out, but more frequently the printed parts must be cut out with a hobby knife (or a pair of scissors). Edges may be scored to aid folding. The parts are usually glued together with polyvinyl acetate glue (“white glue” “PVA”). One of the features of this kind of modeling is that the models are usually pre-painted, and there is no need to paint the model after completion, although some may enhance the as-built model by painting and detailing. Due to the nature of the paper medium, the model may be sealed with varnish to be able to last longer.

Check out an example of the papercraft Model below to get a better understanding of hat a finished paper craft would look like, or just Image Search it on Google.

Read more on Wikipedia as well here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paper_model.

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