What materials to use
I’m having a LOT of questions about how to build papercrafts, so I decided to make a guide and put it on the blog. This guide is merely a guideline, and not neccessarily the perfect papercraft equipment. Try to experiment with things like paper to see what you think is the best.
What I use:
-A printer with separate ink cartridges for every color*
-Cardstock. Anything heavier then 120gms should do, but above 170gms it’s getting rather thick.**
– A small pair of scissors***
-A knife+cutting mat***. You don’t want to ruin your moms desk after all
-Glue. Any fast and cleardrying glue will do. I personally use PowerPritt universal Gel.
-Toothpicks. You’ll need these to apply the glue
-A pair of tweezers. You’ll really need these for smaller parts.
-A scoring tool. Not really neccessary, but does make better folds. You can also use an empty ballpen for this. Just make sure it’s really empty.
*If you’re serious about this hobby, you might want to consider buying a good printer. They aren’t too expensive now a days, and a printer with separate cartridges will save you money in the long run. If you only have one cartridge for all 3 colors and one color runs out, you’ll have to replace the whole cartridge even though 2 colors are still full.
**Some people prefer matte, some prefer glossy. I myself prefer to build with matte, but some papercrafts are nicer with a glossy look, like golden items. Note that glossy paper is heavier most of the time. When your building smaller models, you might want to use lighter paper, and when you’re building a bigger model, you’ll probably want some heavier paper.
***Some people prefer scissors, some people prefer to use a knive. I’ve seen beatiful crafts created from both methods.It’s for you to find out what you like most. Still, some parts are just easier for either scissors or knives. Make sure both your scissors or knives are sharp. A dull cutting tool will make horrible cuts.
And a small tip: keep your (unfinished) crafts in a safe place so that you/others don’t accidently damage them.
I’ll post more tips later.
Featured image : “blue scissors” by ZooFari. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0