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Cautionary Tales For Children
Wonderful witty poems great for reading to your children. The stories and rhymes will stay with them for the rest of their lives.


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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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We can't wait to see the pictures of what youíve made. Kids love it when the things you made together are published, so go on upload a picture of what you made. It's easy, just go to your dadcando My Page and upload your pictures into this project and we'll put one of them right here in the project picture gallery.

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golden snitch model
Harry Potter is all done. Of course there are rumours of an eighth book and the fact that we still have two films to go (as the last film will be split into two). It's going to be a long summer, but November will come round soon enough and the bitter sweet joy of seeing another HP film will be tempered by the fact that there is definitely only one more after that. Nevertheless, while you wait, thereís always more than enough magic in the air for you to recreate events at Hogwarts, the Burrow or the Ministry of Magic, by making your own models of Hogwarts wizarding paraphernalia.
wizards wands models Homemade wizardís wands, Golden Snitches, or beautiful writing quills and loads of other Potteresk things are all here, ready for you to download on dadcando.

lyras model alethiometerEven if youíre just a muggle and have had enough of Harry Potter, there are plenty of other magical fantasy stories to keep you interested in the Magical Art of Making. All the Chronicles of Narnia are all being turned into films, as are the stories of Lyra in the books of His Dark Materials trilogy. Whenever we see interesting things in these films and stories, we will bring you them as best magical fantasy craft projects, so that you can turn your hand to making magic, and conjuring up some really cool stuff to amaze your friends.

Victorian domed glass case made from soda bottle real writing phoenix quillNow you can make your very own Victorian Domed glass display case, from a 2 litre soda bottle, to display all your favourite projects and artifacts really beautifully. With our simple instructions, the results of just an afternoon's making will be really cool, good enough to be film props in fact, and better than anything you can buy, because you made it yourself.

Or why not make a beautiful writing quill from either a hippogryph, phoenix or snowy owl feather . And because no quill would be complete without its own ink pot, there are also some easy to follow instructions and printables, for making the most fantastical, magical Ink-pots.

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