How to Make Paperless Origamicomments (31) December 10th, 2010
I am an advocate for paper—its flexibiilty, its versatility, its durability, and its inherently ephemeral qualities—but the fact of the matter is, paper wilts. Nothing is more discouraging than putting time into making a paper project only to watch it slowly droop over to one side. This is less a problem for small projects, but with larger projects one runs a far greater chance that whatever you've made will eventually begin to curl, wilt, or become misshapen under its own weight. Consequently, scaling a project up to a larger size usually means increasing the thickness of the paper in order to prevent it from collapsing. A two-inch-tall origami swan may be an exercise in grace and elegance, but the same swan rendered at two feet tall is no small feat of engineering when you consider the amount of foam-board struts and hot glue needed to keep it standing upright.
This year (again) I attempted to create some origami pieces as holiday decorations, and this year (again) everything I made ended up sagging or tipping over after two days. Then, while looking through my supply closet for hot-glue sticks, I happened upon a sheet of fusible interfacing I'd forgotten I had.
For those crafters who are unfamiliar with fusible interfacing, it is a sort of stiff, heat-activated adhesive, available in sheets, that is often used to add body or shape to collars, lapels, hats, and other fabric items. However, put to use as a paper substitute, it is this crafter's newest dream material.
So, for this one post, I hope you will forgive me if I set aside paper—my first love—and exalt the virtues of a pretender. Like paper, fusible interfacing is easy to cut, fold, twist, and crease. My brothers and sisters who craft in fabric are no doubt already fans, but for anyone new to fusible interfacing, get ready to have some fun.
Just a reminder: I'm still taking requests on my YOU Be the Client post. If you have an idea of something you'd like to see me build, please submit your concept. The editor of CraftStylish.com and I will be choosing one of these ideas after Thanksgiving and I'll be spending the holidays doing my best to bring it to life. A lot of people have already submitted some spectacular ideas. Why not add your thoughts to the mix? Thank you, Jeffery
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