Some tips I found useful below. Please get in touch if you would like to share any of your own tips.
90 Degree Joint
A basic cardboard joint to get you started. Also called a ‘lap joint’.
This technique is better than just ‘bending’ the card – as it gives a smooth profile.
An extension of the curved joint in both directions. [video could be shorter, but you get the idea!]
Creating Accurate Folds
As if Biro Pens weren’t great enough – use them for folding when they run out. Also shows how to use a Rotary Cutter.
Scalpels Vs Craft Knives
When best to use either tool. With a brief explanation of why blades are different in the first place.
Sounds patronising, I know, but I you’ll be glad to saw it if you have less than perfectly straight lines on your mounting card, etc.
Avoid breaking blades. (I say this as someone who has had to remove a shard from my forehead). Wear goggles too!
Ever tried to remove a broken/glued in/stuck blade – slipped – and took a slice out of your finger? Never again.
Storing Your Blade
Good tip I learned from my internship in California.
Glue for Modelling
Seemingly obvious – but hopefully you’ll learn a few ‘tricks of the trade’.
Double Sided Tape
A whole world of Adhesive Tape. [I need to get out more, yes].
Correcting Hot Melt Joints
Clean and simple way to re-melt the glue and re-position correctly, can be done with any of the 3 tools shown.
Sanding and Finishing
With a bit of organisation, you’ll find yourself getting really good finished on plastic, foam – and your nails.
Hack Saw vs Razor Saw
When best to use either tool. If you don’t own a Razor saw, you probably will after watching this.
Using Digital Calipers
I’m not on commission, but these are invaluable, even if you don’t think you’re that ‘precise’ – they are just an excellent work tool.
Plastic Score and Snap
A simple technique to cut thin plastic – without need for a saw, etc.
Plastic – Creating a Bend (with heat)
Using a heat-gun or even a hair-dryer, simple curves can be added to your design.