How to make Paper Craft Models - Basic Instructions
Do not immediately begin detailed cutting. To make things easier, first roughly cut out the parts leaving an ample margin around each one.
When cutting out parts, rotate the paper so that you are always pulling the blade towards you.
Keep your blade tip not inside or outside, but in the center of the cutting line. Do not use rulers, and do not stop the blade in middle of lines; try to cut each line in one quick continuous motion.
When folding parts, the lines become cleaner if you trace and crease the folding lines beforehand with a mechanical pencil tip without the lead. Use scrap paper to get an idea of the amount of force needed for creasing.
When curving belt-shaped parts, hold the part between your thumb and a slim aluminum rod, and apply light pressure while pulling the part out.
Parts should be curved a little more than the actual shape they should take, so as to make assembly and gluing easier.
Place a part that should be curved in a soft place, such as your palm, and lightly stroke the part with an aluminum rod to curl it.
When curving fan-shaped parts, determine the center of the fan-shape, and move the rod as if making a circle.
When gluing, do not squeeze out an excessive amount of glue since it would dry out; squeeze out a pearl-sized amount onto paper etc. for use.
Apply an adequate amount with your finger or the tip of a wooden skewer when gluing.
Do not directly apply glue to the glue flaps marked with “×.” Applying glue to the back surface that flaps will be attached to prevents excess glue from showing.
To assemble box-shaped parts, glue the sides first. The “lid” part would be glued last. Do not apply glue on the glue flaps of the “lid”; take a little more glue than usual, and apply by wiping glue off the finger along the inner edge of the box-shape that the flaps are to be attached to.
When gluing parts with other parts, compare the surfaces to be glued together, and apply glue to the surface that is less likely to show excess glue. Adjust positioning of parts, and then hold them together for a little while for firm adhesion.
Tools needed for Paper Craft Model making are blade cutter, tweezers, mechanical pencil, aluminum rod, wooden skewer, scissors, glue (wood glue) etc. In addition, a memo pad to squeeze out glue onto, and small plates to keep cut-out parts would also be useful.