Archive for March, 2012

Tips ‘n Tricks: Tweezers, My New Best Friend

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

I wrote a post a while back sharing how I cut, fold, and glue.  This post is sort of an update or an addendum.  Nothing new here really, I just wanted to share how I’ve been folding paper toy templates whenever I’m in a hurry.  Specially when I don’t have the time to use a ruler and cardboard.  (Don’t know what I’m yammering about?  Go check out my cut, fold, and glue post for clarity)

Tweezers, my new best friend!

Not only can you use tweezers to reach those hard-to-reach places.  You can also use it to fold straight lines.  This is how I do it.

Step 1: The Setup

Position the tweezer along the line where you want to fold the template.  As you can see, the yellow outlines the template I am folding while the red is the line that I want to fold.

Step 2: ...aand "Tweezt!"

Twist your wrist and use the tweezer as a guide for the fold.  Voila!  A fold in a hurry, complete in just a matter of seconds!

I hope this helps cut down your assembly time while still keeping your folds neat and clean.





Crafty Collab: Phantom 2040

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

This phatasmal crafty collaboration was created by Alonso Baŭtista Viĵalobos who hails from Chihuahua, Mexico.   Alonso completed the custom toy using Inkscape.  Check out his blog to see more of his stuff.

Phantom 2040

For those of you not in the know, this Phantom character is based on the main character of the american animated science fiction television series, Phantom 2040.  The series is loosely based on the comic strip created by Lee Falk.  For more information about the series, go here.

As always, you can download the template from Alonso’s blog or you can you get it from the PTA downloads section.  Subscribe to this blog to receive the password in the mail and gain access to the downloads section.  Registration is free, just enter your email address in the subscribe field at the right-hand side of the page header.

That’s it for now.



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