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I created these models for those who like building paper models and for those who just want to give it a try. Here you can find some helpful tips.

Paper is an excellent inexpensive material. Building paper models increases fine motor skills and concentration and helps us relax.

It is easier to build models from heavier paper, it holds the shape better. Recommended is 100 lb/m2 (200 g/m2).

Some paper models on this page you can download at no charge and then you can print them on your printer. They are designed for Canadian letter size 8.5 x 11”.

To request models available for purchase, contact me at bartadesign@yahoo.com.

You can also order a custom designed paper model. It could serve as a unique documentary or advertising material. Level of difficulty could be adjusted according to specific needs for each project.

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Rotunda by Pavel BartaRomanesque Rotunda

 
 
 
 
 More Models Available for Purchase
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Fish by Pavel BartaSnowmobile
Fish by Pavel BartaHistorical Ship I
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Humpback by Pavel BartaHumpback
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Christmas Cottage
Off Roader by Pavel Barta
Off-Roader
Humpback by Pavel Barta
Steam Donkey
Humpback by Pavel BartaFishing Boat Soyakaze

 

 

 

 

 

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1. Working Board
Do not work directly on the desk/table. Put a cutting board or at least a thick cardboard on the desk/table.

2. Hobby Knife

3. Regular Scissors

4. Tweezers
You will need tweezers for detailed work – to fold and glue very small parts.

5. Manicure Scissors
You will use these for cutting small parts and small openings.

6. Small Wooden or Plastic Blocks
You can use Lego blocks for example. Blocks are used for support when gluing. The advantage of Lego blocks is that they can be built-up to needed height.

7. Ruler
Ruler is used for cutting and scoring. I like best the plastic triangular ruler.

8. Glue
I prefer using white glue that dries clear and colorless. For bigger areas it can be diluted slightly with water. The glue shouldn’t be too runny, so the paper doesn’t shrivel.

9. Paint Brush
You can put glue on paper using your fingers but try using paint brush. You will find out that it easier especially for places which are too small for your fingers. Use small paint brush. I like using flat, size 2 (size is printed on the handle).

10. Storage Box
Storage box is useful for saving the model in progress. You can have one box for cut parts and another box for the parts that are already glued together.

REMEMBER:
Keep your tools clean. Remove glue from all tools before it hardens. Keep a container with a small amount of water on your desk while working, so you can put there you paint brush between uses – it keeps it from hardening. Make sure your container has a wide bottom, so it doesn’t tip over easily – spilled water would damage your paper model.

 

I M P O R T A N T !
Use caution when handling sharp tools!
Don’t cut towards yourself!
Children should use cutting tools only under supervision of an adult!


 

Paper Models - Tools

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Cutting

Remember that once you cut the piece, you will loose track of all marks that are around it (numbers of parts and "fold and glue" mark). You can either keep the mark uncut until you are ready to glue the part or you can write the number or mark on the back of the piece.

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Scoring

Scoring is important because it helps you making the folds straight and they can be bent easier. You can use an embossing tool or simply a dried-out  pen or point-tip tweezers (holding the tips together).

Always use ruler for straight lines.

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Curving

You can slide the paper over the sharp edge applying pressure to curve it.

For smaller pieces of paper you can curve it with the edge of the ruler or using tube shaped object - paper will curl on its own.

 

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Folding

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Barta Paper Models Folding and gluing the folds together
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Barta Paper Models Holding glued parts together with fingers
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HAVE FUN!