Introduction: How to Papercraft 3D Models Out of Plexiglass (2 VIDEOS!)

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It has been brought to my attention that plexiglass can be purchased in colors, thereby all but eliminating the need to paint it. However, at least now you know what to use if you can't find it in the color you want, or just don't want to mess around with mail order.

In the first video, I forgot to cover how to adjust the blade tension of your coping saw. That's kinda important if you've never used one before and just bought your first one. (Also, a coping saw is not to be confused with a "jewelers saw" which is the same thing but with a finer, very fragile blade, and intended for cutting sheet-metal.) For either saw, to adjust the tension, you bend the frame of the saw in on itself while you're inserting the blade. You know that the tension is "right" if you can pluck the saw blade like the string of an instrument. Too tight, the note will be very high, and your blade could break while you're working. Too loose, plucking it may not make a "note" at all, and the blade will wobble while you're trying to saw, possibly even break. Hope that description helps, at least until I can make more tutorials.

Link to download my Zar'roc sword papercraft (4.6MB)

Link to download my Atlantis necklace papercraft (374KB)

Ruby ~ Materials and Approximate Cost in USD
- Free papercraft template
- 8.5'' x 11'' paper  = depending on you region, odds are you have it
- Snap knife = $4
- Cutting mat = $10
- Paper glue of your choice = $? (The Shadow knows!)
- Plexiglass sheet = $1 per square-foot
- Coping saw = $8
- Metal file = $1 - $10 (the type with crosshatched grooves, whatever it's called)
- "#33" (acrylic glue) = $4
- Krylon Metals Red Spray Paint = $5

Crystal ~ Materials and Approximate Cost in USD
- Free Papercraft Template
- 8.5'' x 11'' Paper
- Snap knife
- Cutting mat
- Paper glue of your choice
- Plexiglass sheet
- Coping saw
- Metal file
- "#33" (acrylic glue)
- Tulip brand blue glow-in-the-dark dimensional fabric paint = $4
- Hot glue and glue gun = $5 - $15
- Strong pliers = $2
- Half of a large brass colored chain link = $0.5 ....?
- Thin strip of brass = $2
- Folk Art brand "Metallic Inca Gold"  acrylic poster paint = $2 (Matches brass well and photographs like how gold looks in cartoons!)
- Small paint brush = $1
- 2ft of necklace chain or leather cord = $1.20/yd (I got my chain by-the-yard at a fabric surplus place)

- And for both, yourself, of course.
- A LOT of patience!
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