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  1. james ewing

    Substantial paper dolls

    I have taken the liberty of making my paper dolls a little more substantial. It is a simple enough process, using things you can pick up from your local model/hobby shop and a little patience You will need:- A print out of the Paper Dolls An A4 sheet of 3mm ABS plastic (or which ever thickness you wish to use. A word of caution though, using plastic over 2mm makes it easier to cut and gives the miniatures a little heft. Anything thinner and it may jump around a bit as you're cutting it) Fine sand paper Paper glue Super glue A piercing saw and blades A sharp knife (I recommend something like a Stanley knife. Something hardy that you can put a lot of pressure on) A ruler start by cutting each of the paper dolls out as neatly as possible. Fold them completely in half (as you would if you were making normal paper standees) and cut along the fold (above their head.) Cut off the semicircle of base paper that is attached to the bottom of each half and set them asside for now. Take your sheet of ABS plastic and cut a strip 30mm wide. This can be done quickly and easily by using your sharp knife. Using your ruler to guide you, score a deep line (starting with a light scoring line to stop the blade from wondering when you start apply pressure) then snap it off by bending it over the edge of the table, applying pressure to both halves. Lay the first paper doll on the strip of plastic to measure how big a piece of plastic you need. Using the knife method above, cut of a piece big enough for the first figure. Give the plastic a light sanding with your sand paper to give the glue something to anchor to. Glue the paper doll to either side of the plastic, taking care to get them as symmetrical as possible. Cut another square of plastic big enough to clue both sides of the paper base to and follow the same guidelines above. When you are happy that glue has set use your piercing saw to cut out the pieces. As you can see, I have left a small border around the figures. This of course, is down to personal preference. A word of advice for those who have little to no experience with a piercing saw:- As you can no doubt see, the piercing saw blade is extremely thin. Around the same thickness as 3-5 human hairs. If you move the saw too quickly the plastic will melt around it. This can cause problems as, when you slow down or stop, the plastic can grab the blade and it will probably snap as you try to free it. If you use steady strokes this may not be a problem. Take the time to get to know the saw and how it behaves with the job in hand. Also, remember that it not you that is cutting the plastic, but the saw. DO NOT but too much pressure on the blade as it will snap and you will not get a clean cut. This is where your insurmountable patience comes into play. Just move the saw and let it do its job. When you have cut out your pieces you will notice that the paper on the reverse side is a little ragged around the cut edge. Take your sharp knife and carefully trim off the bits that are too ragged. Neaten the edges as you see fit. Stand you newly cut out figure on its base in the position you intend the finished piece to be. Draw around the bottom of the figure onto the paper base then cut away the paper of the base where the figure will be standing. This will give you two clear plastic edges (the feet of the plastic figure and a strip of plastic in the base) to be glued together with the super glue. Scrape away any paper glue and paper residue left on the base and glue the figure to the plastic base. You may find a few rough edges that need a little further cleaning but that is pretty much it. Enjoy
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