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A very sharp knife traditionally used by surgeons that's great for cutting out detail in relatively thing materials

scalpelx-acto knife It deserves a special mention here because it is the cutting tool of choice for the graphics and model making industry. Typically craft knives are differentiated from other knives because they have removable, disposable blades, allowing them always to be sharp as possible. Because of its medical heritage, the scalpel has a huge number of different shaped blades and handles available so it is easy to get confused, but it does make it one of the most flexible knives available.

Make sure you use a 10A blade
Each blade type has a number, as does each handle variant. For model making you only need one blade shape, and thatís the one pictured here, No. 10A. (Note: Do not get a No. 10 (that's 10 without the A) as this type has a curved blade edge and is very difficult (dangerous even) to cut with against a ruler), and one handle variant, Handle No. 3, again, thatís the one pictured here. Change the blade regularly so that it stays sharp and you donít have to press too hard when cutting. If the material you are cutting is thick or tough, then use a stronger craft knife rather than risk pressing so hard you snap the scalpel blade. The blades are sold singly, in little foil packs of five, or in boxes of 100. However, a box of 100 bought on-line is only twice as much as a pack of five bought in my local art shop, so like anything it is most definitely worth buying in bulk.
. . . In the US the craft version of the trusty scalpel is the X-Acto Knife, although becuse of it's slightly stiffer blade, the X-Acto bridges the gap between scalpel and the heavy duty Stanley knife.

Safety first
Scalpel blades are extremely sharp and are perfect for cutting foamboard, thin card or paper with the neatest edges. warning triangle on whiteAs with any blade, it should be handled with care and children should never be allowed to use a scalpel, that is definitely a dad's or mum's job. Be careful when changing the blade, because it is easy to slip and scalpel blades are very sharp. Be careful when model making using a scalpel and always put it out of reach of your children when using it, and after use, remove the blade and put it back in its packaging so that it doesnít jab you when youíre rummaging around in the kitchen draw later on.


Tip: Because of its very fine point, a scalpel is perfect for cutting round small details. But remember, a scalpel is so sharp it will cut through more than just the layer you want to cut, always cut onto a surface that doesnít matter if it gets marked. warning triangle on whiteYou can get a proper cutting mat, but any piece of thick cardboard will do; most graphic designers resort to the back of their drawing pads in an emergency. However, a self-healing cutting mat is probably a wise investment, it extends the life of your blades, makes cutting with blades more controllable (it slows the blade down as you cut with it) and will save you making horrendous marks and scratches in your kitchen table top.



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Once you have made a few models and toys from junk with your kids, theyíll begin to think of things that they would like to make from scratch. My kids usually start with the phrase, ĎDad - can we make something?í Unless you follow a ready made project plan, working out what you are going to make is sometimes the hardest part of the project, and if you donít know what you are making at the start, you invariably end up with an unrewarding mess at the end.

At the planning stage, you are governed by four things: The available materials, your tools, your and your kid's ability and the time you have. advanced making post-it note The good news is that there are making projects to fit any mix of abilities and facilities. Your materials will be a mixture of junk lying around the house, and the odd bit of some special stuff that you can buy very cheaply. The equipment that you need can almost be limited to a glue gun, some spray paint and a permanent maker. That just leaves your skill level, and to be frank, you donít need much to make a nice model or toy with your kids that they will love.

When you have decided what you want to make, the first thing to do is get yourself some reference. Search the web and have a look at pictures of the real version of what your kids want to make. Print some off to guide you. home made Ratchet and Clank ray gun

This ray Gun was based on a weapon in one of my childrenís favourite games console games, Ratchet and Clank.

Once you have your reference pictures, have a look at what materials you have. Old plastic bottles, boxes, and bits of card are the obvious ones, but get creative. Think of all the things you have in the attic, shed or garden. An old plastic football, a bit of garden hose, a toothbrush, or a piece of aluminium grille are all great starting points for a neat project.

The great thing about making something from a console game is that it gets the kids off the game and into some really imaginative play, running round the house or garden, while still feeding into the world of their game.

advanced making TARDIS door sign If you can, use the computer design and print out label and graphics that will enhance your model. Dadcando's TARDIS project is really finished off by printouts of the Police Phone Call Box sign, and the smaller door sign, and on this project, we have already drawn up and laid them out to make the job really easy.

But you might need something more than just junk, if you are going to make really realistic models. Foam Board is a superb model making material, which will enable you to make just about anything which has a box like shape. The TARDIS and K9 were both made almost entirely from Foam Board. For things that have curves, where no plastic packaging is suitable, youíll have to resort to Polymorph, papier mache, or Plaster of Paris bandage.
advanced plaster of Paris bandage roll To use Plaster of Paris bandage, simply cut it into 300mm (1 foot) long sections off the roll and pull through a saucer of water. Itís very messy, but great fun and dries overnight to a hard finish. Itís great for scenery, very satisfying to use and easy to paint with water based paints when it is dry.

advanced LED usage To add the finishing touches to an advanced model, nothing works better than a bit of light. LEDs (light emitting diodes) are brilliant for this. They are low power, low current drain (meaning that they last a long time on the same battery), they can be very bright and are small, so they can be put almost anywhere in a model or homemade toy. You can find out more about LEDs in the Useful Stuff You Need section on dadcando.com.

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