I think it is apparent to most of us that this board needs a sticky.
So how about we start collecting information? I've gathered the following threads that are currently active:
That deal with beginner's questions. I have my own as well, so I will condense the information from the above threads here. I may also include stuff that I've read in the past but there's no active thread dealing with it.
If you wish to add or suggest more, please keep in mind that, when you are talking about brands/tools, there are people from all over the world here. So if you say "Elmer's glue", specify what actually is it.
1- What are the basic materials I need for papercraft in general?
A cutting tool (knife, scissors)
Some place to cut on
A printer capable of printing on the selected paper
1a - What are the basic materials I need for origami?
- What type of glue should I use?
PVA glue for general standard paper. Common names are white glue, schoolwork glue, Elmer's glue (USA)
- What type of paper should I use?
Anything sturdy enough to not fall apart with the slightest touch. The recommended range is from 120g/m^2 to 200g/m^2 (Would be nice to know what the advantages are of using paper in the lower range or the higher range)
- I want my project to look shinier, what should I use?
Use coated paper in the above density range. In some countries it is known as couche paper. Make sure you select bright couche paper if you want something shiny.
If I'm not mistaken, coated paper is different from standard office paper because it is designed for inkjets/laser printers. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inkjet_paper
Continuing in my next post
- Which cutting tool should I use?
Depends on preference. There are basically 3 types: boxcutter knives, scalpel-like knives (x-acto and similar) and scissors. From what I've seen, the x-acto type is by far the most used.
- Which X-Acto knife should I use?
Again, depends on preference. If you check
You will see that there are many types of handles and blades. Basically, steel handles are heavier and sturdier than aluminum ones. There are also ergonomic handles and straight handles.
- Which X-Acto blade should I use? (this is my own question. I'm answering it based on what I've seen, but correct me if I'm wrong).
Depends on the type of work you are doing, but for papercraft it is generally the #11 (therefore, using handle type A) or #2 (handle type B). Check compatibility of handles and blades in
I'm not sure on the difference of the blades themselves (#11 and #2), but from what I've seen, a type A handle can be used with blades directed at general works and papercrafts, while the type B is used for woodcrafting.
- What about cutting mats?
Cutting mats are surfaces upon you cut the paper. It is used to protect the blade (so it won't dull as fast) and the table (so it won't be all cut). You can make your own cutting mat with sheets of used paper, like this anon:
>When ever I had an extra sheet of paper I glued it to my stack. It is nice to not destroy a green mat with aggressive cuts. I can also edge my pieces with marker and glue on the surface without more ruination. Just glue another sheet over the surface.
You can also buy a self-healing cutting mat, which is a polymer surface that "heals" after every cut. Despite what the anon above said, they can usually last for decades. Good brands are (need input)
Continuing in my next post
- How should I apply the glue?
However fits your boat. I've seen people use toothpicks, small pencils and even cut icecream sticks, like in
- What about handling the models before printing?
Someone should fill this in in regards to pepakura. For now, I will use the info from the papercraft museum:
>Once you download the file, you will need to open the following files with a different program which are all free to download:
>.pdf files are opened with Adobe Reader 9
>.pdo files are opened with Pepakura Viewer
>.zip and .rar files are opened with WinRAR.
>If a .pdo file asks you for a password, it usually means you have downloaded Pepakura Designer and not Pepakura Viewer, so make sure to get the viewer instead.
Not a question, but I'm using this space for information already gathered on current threads:
- Tons of useful links for papercrafting (answers the tons of questions about "where can I find some general models/beginner crafts")
(can't repost, duplicate file)
Which I should highlight the following:
The /po/ archive: http://papercraft.wikidot.com/
Beginner and advanced tutorial: http://www.papercraftmuseum.com/
There are also some anons beginning to gather collections of papercraft:
someone's small collection: magnet:?xt=urn:btih:2BD67312CB3A534CB676EBC7091D1363A4EFAD71&dn=po.rar&tr=udp%3a%2f%2ftracker.openbittorrent.com%3a80%2fannounce&tr=udp%3a%2f%2ftracker.publicbt.com%3a80%2fannounce&tr=udp%3a%2f%2ftracker.ccc.de%3a80%2fannounce
- "I have this image of a completed papercraft, how can I find the model for it?"
You can ask the board in a new thread - /po/ is known to be helpful. However, please use reverse image searches (http://www.google.com/imghp or http://www.tineye.com/) before doing that. If you do find a model and think it's difficult enough that there might be some questions as to where to get it, post it for us!
fuck, I meant paintbrush
Well, that's all I have for now. I'm not actually doing any papercraft, this information is either gathered from the threads and from the research I'm doing so I can start making my stuff.
Any input is welcome.
"Ergo" handles can rot in a few years becoming sticky.
"self healing" mats don't self heal. They are made from PET with ABS core, become fuzzy from long use of light cuts, and drop chunks from long use of heavy cuts.
Vulcanized rubber mats used for leather work, for years I've been using one that was purchased in the 1970's.
We don't need a sticky:
Most of all, we need a sticky for where to download models. Here's three sites I currently know of, and I need more:
Here's the first post of the old sticky that the janitor never cleaned up and locked.
Pepakura Designer & Viewer
Virtualization Rundown (Not Free)
http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat.html (Not Free)
3DS Max (Not Free)
Adobe Photoshop (Not Free)
tools used by Destro 2k on deviant art
3d modelling for Paper models, by Jules Perdana. Original can be found on his site paper-replika.com
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BAM! Right off the bat, a "waterline" model... with the waterline too low, even according to his ref photos.
Utterly basic and specific to one piece of software, and its all stuff found in the help file and basic use tutorials.
NOTHING about considering how the model is to be built in paper and concepts of how to consider that while working the 3D.
Same basics shown in every pepakura tutorial.
These are neither good nor uniquely informative.
Of course it would be in his best interest to regurgitate basic tutorials and not give any real advice on papercraft design, because it makes him look better after the wannabes try using these "tutorials".
Yes. So many types of paper and glue companies have gone out of business that the old sticky was not compatible with its old sources and techniques.
Make sure you ONLY use corporate endorsed Papercraft Techniques™ 3.0 with compatible Papercraft Cardpaper® 3.0 and Papercraft Bonding Glue® 3.0.
I agree, you need a sticky.
I can't tell if I would go to you or to /3/ for 3D printing They don't have it in there thing, you don't have it here, I don't know where to go.
Alright guys, im buying some new hardware, as my old printer is a pain in the ass.
Any tips or preferences you have? As i cant really decide on what kind of printer i want to get. I will mostly use it to print txt files and pepakura anyway, so i dont really want to go for some super fancy printer setup.
For those looking for aquatic paper models of sea creatures, I just stumbled upon what seems to be a seasonal/promotional Epson mini site that has a bunch.
Just an FYI, this wasn't worthy of a new thread.
YAMAHA Motors' papercraft site now has a "tumblr-powered" gallery open for user submissions of completed models from their downloads section. Sadly, it seems they're going to only accept pics of THEIR models.
hello /po/, i just wandered in here. i saw that there was a paper-craft origami board, and i looked for a sticky and happened upon this thread. are there any beginner guides to origami? infographics, perhaps?
How about a list of online cardstock discount stores. At Michaels Craftstore near me I can get 50 sheets for $3.99, but they don't carry a wide variety of colors.
Online I keep finding 25 sheet packs for $8, that is FOUR TIMES more expensive. This can't be right.
Who's got a good online store?
>buy a self-healing mat
I made that mistake too, three times. They don't last long, only a couple years.
The problem is they are not "self healing" just thin rubbery vinyl that the cuts 'snap' closed until they wear out and the surface becomes fuzzy and uneven.
I keep going back to the rubber tooling mat used for leathercrafting I bought in 1980's, really don't need another mat.
I make my own cutting mat. Seriously, glue several layers of cardstock together (cover the entire paper in a thin layer of glue).
When the surface becomes highly marred by cuts, glue another layer over the top.
It is a GREAT cutting surface. Cheap and repairable!
gluing more cardstock over wornout and marred glued cardstock.
[sarcasm]yeah sounds REALLY durable and FLAT.[/sarcasm]
i really dont see this working
protip: you want a smooth flat cutting surface that is larger than the sheet your cutting
Any 3D model that can be opened into 3D editing software (3Dstudio, Blender, Maya, Milkshape, etc) is possible to make a papercraft from. But you will need a papercraft designer to do it.
do stencils belongs to /po/ or /diy/?
i think it was never specified
Because something that could theoretically be paper, is of course a paper craft....
The result isn't even paper!
Its paint craft, or outline craft, but never paper craft.
The paper gets tossed in the bin at the end. Its no more paper craft than wiping your ass!
My current printer is garbage and I need to buy a new one anyway. What is a good model? I'm not sure what I'm going to be doing mainly, but I would expect things with a fair bit of color. Cheaper is better, but I would rather pay a bit more and get quality rather than have to replace it in a year.