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Guide to Assembling Polygonal Sculptures

Introduction:

Creating your own polygonal sculptures can be a fun and fulfilling experience. To help you successfully assemble these intricate artworks, we have prepared a step-by-step guide. This article will provide you with valuable information on printing the drawings, selecting the right materials, and using essential tools for a seamless assembly process.


Step 1: Selecting the Right Materials

Choose colored construction paper from craft shops for the best results. It is recommended to use cardboard with a minimum weight of 240g to ensure sturdiness and durability.


Step 2: Printing the Drawings

To begin, ensure that you have the necessary PDF drawings. If you don't have access to a printer that can print directly on cardboard, you can print the drawings on regular paper and transfer them to the cardboard using one of the following methods:


Paper Sheet and Cardboard Together: Attach the paper sheet with the printed drawings to the cardboard using sticky tape, then cut out the parts along with the cardboard.


Corner Point Transfer: Place the printed paper on the cardboard and use a needle to make small punctures at the corners of the parts, transferring the corner points to the cardboard. Cut out the parts using these reference points. This method allows you to preserve the printed paper for future use.


Step 3: Essential Tools for Assembly

Here are the tools you will need for a successful assembly process:


Utility knife or hobby knife: Use this tool to cut out the parts and create fold lines.


Glue: We recommend VINYL PATTEX glue (type VINAVIL) from DIV stores. Apply a thin layer of glue to the flaps using a brush, ensuring full coverage but avoiding excess glue that may soak the cardboard or come out of the joints.


Ruler: A 20 to 30 cm long metal ruler is recommended for precise cutting and folding.


Brush: Use a brush to spread the glue evenly and press the parts together. Remember to rinse the brush in warm water to prevent the glue from drying and affecting future applications.


Surfaces: Prepare a dedicated surface for glue application, such as waste cardboard pieces. Additionally, use a suitable surface like a sheet of plywood or a cutting mat to protect your table while cutting the parts.


Step 4: Assembly Tips

Follow the numbered order for splicing the model.

Press or make an easy cut on the bend lines before folding them. Use dotted lines for internal details and dash-dotted lines for external details.

Avoid printing on glossy surfaces as the ink may smear when it comes into contact with glue, potentially spoiling the appearance of the model.


Conclusion:

With this guide, you now have the knowledge and instructions needed to successfully assemble polygonal sculptures. Enjoy the process, let your creativity shine, and create stunning pieces of art that will impress and inspire. Happy sculpting!