Archive for the ‘Assembly Instructions’ Category

Tips ‘n Tricks: How To Mechanical Appendages (Doc Oc, Iron Spider, Lizard, etc…)

Monday, September 3rd, 2012

Hi folks!

Yesterday, I wrote a post about the Iron Spider, the uber cool Crafty Collab by Ralph Rayenyson.  Not only did he design Iron Spidey, but he also sent over images for a step-by-step tutorial on how to assemble those cool spidey arms.  Many thanks go out to him yet again.

Note that this same tutorial can be used on a few more of Ralph’s customs.

How To Assemble Mechanical Appendages

Template: The Contender

STEP 1: Precut

STEP 2: Prefold.

STEP 3: Glue tabs.

STEP 4: Fold joints.

STEP 5: Almost there.

STEP 6: Glue them like this.

STEP 7: Voila!

That’s it.


Tips ‘n Tricks: How To Assemble The Trench Coat

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

Hi All,

Just adding a new tutorial to the “Assembly Instructions” page.  I hope y’all find this useful.  This is also a sort of teaser – I guess now you know what other character I’ve been working on behind the scenes.

How To Assemble The Trench Coat

Template: The Contender

STEP 1: Cut.

STEP 2: Fold.

STEP 3: Attach the arm, snip that excess off. Glue the arms if preferred.

STEP 4: Curl the bottom edges, for effect.

STEP 5: Attach the arms - if you haven't glued them yet.

STEP 6: Position the coat and attach around the neck.

STEP 7: Like so.

STEP 8: Tighten up the fold that attaches to the neck with a tweazer.

STEP 9: Voila!

Check out more tutorials here!


Tips n’ Tricks: The Assembly Instructions Page Is Now Up!

Sunday, June 17th, 2012

Hi All!

I mentioned in an earlier post that I was going to create a page on this site with information on how to assemble the paper toy templates released from this blog.  Anyway, I just want to announce that that page is now up and that you’ll find a number of tutorials in there already.  Some are linked to old tutorials, some are brand new, and some are still to come.

Go to the Assembly Instructions Page

Just click on the Assembly Instructions page on the right to access the tuts.





Tips ‘n Tricks: How To Assemble The Cape

Friday, June 15th, 2012

This is long overdue.

I’ve been meaning to write, for some time now, a series of visual, step-by-step, tutorials on how to assemble the paper toys released from this site, most especially for the Contender template.  As you know, the Contender has many different variations, and it is always helpful to have instructions handy.

That said, this then is the first installment.  I will also create a special section for tutorials for easy access.  That page should be up next week.

And now, the tutorial proper, which is very timely as a number of the next toy releases have capes.


How To Assemble The Cape

Template: The Contender

STEP 1: Cut

STEP 2: Fold

STEP 3: Review

STEP 4: Position and attach to the neck




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.





WIP: Assassin’s Creed Paper Toy Part 2 – How to Assemble the Hood

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

Just a quick update on the Assassin’s Creed paper toy that I’ve been working on.

I’ve finally decided on a ” folding pattern ” for the hood.  I designed a couple of studies previously and finally settled on one of them.  I think what I ended up with is consistent with how the base contender template is designed – it’s sorta hard to explain, so let’s just leave it at that.

The template is not ready for download just yet, I am still making a few modifications.  It should be available in a few days, so check back soon.

For now, let me just show you a quick step-by-step guide on how to fold the hood ( and the face ).  Just refer back to this post once the template is out.

Step 1: Prefold, prefold, prefold.

Step 2: Assemble the body. Position the parts of the front section similar to how it was done in the image.


Step 3: Glue the left and right edges at the back.

Step 4: Glue the sides of the face on both sides ( internal ) of the hood. Use the crease to help you position the face section.

Stop 5: Apply glue on the tabs of the hood sections ( sides ). Insert and glue them into the side folds of the hood's center section.

It’s quite challenging to write assembly instructions.  Hopefully these images help show the process.

That’s it for now.  Check back soon for the finished template.


Tips ‘n Tricks: How I Cut, Fold, and Glue

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

I’m sure everyone else has their own paper toy assembly process.  I just wanted to share how I do it – specifically, the three main activities one needs to go through when assembling a paper toy ( unless the template you’re doing is glueless LOL ).  Hopefully by sharing this, others will do the same and we all get to discover different ways of doing the same thing.

So share if you can – the comments section is wide open.  You can also PM me and I’ll post your stuff on the blog, just so others get to see them too.  You can also post links to your blogs and process already online in the comments section too.

You can use this post in conjunction with an earlier ” Top 10 Paper Toy Assembly Tools and How Best to Use Them “.  Go check it out after reading this one.

Okay, let’s get started …

How I Cut
Pretty simple I think, you’ll need the usual cutting mat, steel ruler, and cutter.  I hold the cutter like I hold a pen though.  A friend commented about this once, surprised to see how I held the blade.  I’m curious to know if this is a common thing or absurd.  Let me know.

In ping pong parlance: handshake...

... penhold - absurd, no?

How I Fold
Here, I use a ruler and a flat piece of sturdy cardboard or something similar.  I place the template on a flat surface and then the ruler on top.  I position the ruler along the fold line then place the cardboard under the template.  Then I use the cardboard to fold the template.  This I think results in a neater and more exact fold than doing it ” manually ” by hand.  It’s also quick and easy to do, try it out if you haven’t already.  Tell me what you think.

Step 1: Line up the ruler based on the fold line

Step 2: Place the cardboard under the template ( btw, you can switch steps 1 & 2)

Step 3: Use the cardboard to fold and the ruler as a folding guide

How I Glue
I use scrap cardboard here.  Usually the ones that are left after cutting a template.  I put a dab of glue on scrap cardboard and use another piece as a ” paintbrush ” to apply the adhesive on the area to be glued.  This allows the adhesive to dry faster, plus you avoid ” squeezing out ” any excess glue from the applied area.




After I apply the adhesive on the area, I just hold the pieces together for a few seconds to dry.  Sometimes, especially for tight spots, I use tweezers.

Hold them together

Use tweezers

Well, there you have it.  How about you?  C’mon, go ahead and SHARE!  You know you want to.

Cheers all!

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