Paper & Board: Shape & Form

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How to Shape and Form Using Cutting, Abrasion, and Addition

This sections covers six different shaping and forming instruments and techniques for paper and card.

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  • Scissors offer a simple way of cutting straight and curved lines on thin card and paper.
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Stanley knives

  • Stanley knives are used to allow for cutting of boards and some thin sheet materials.
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Surgical scalpels

  • Surgical scalpels can cut very precise shapes but they are very sharp.
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Circle cutters

  • Circle cutters offer a similar blade but can cut accurate circles using the diameter.
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Perforation cutters

  • We can use perforation techniques to partially crease the paper or card using a perforation cutter.
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Guillotines and paper trimmers

  • Lastly, guillotines and paper trimmers can cut large sheets of paper or card.

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4Metal: Specialist Technical Principles

5Polymers: Specialist Technical Principles

6Textiles: Specialist Technical Principles

7Designing & Making Principles

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