Making Tissue Foil Paper

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Making Tissue Foil Paper

Postby thedeadsmellbad » November 4th, 2005, 9:01 pm

I wasn't sure where to post this.
A friend asked me, how I made my tissue foil paper, & if I would make a video showing the steps.
So here it is if anyone is interested, I hope it helps.

Main ingredients: cutting board, razor blade, roll of foil, plastic tube,
tissue paper, spray adhesive, straight edge, newspaper.

<embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/4HXgsvhz87I" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="425" height="350"></embed>
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Postby origami_8 » November 4th, 2005, 10:23 pm

Dear Matthew, I´ve splitted this topic into a new one.
Does your paper turn out square after the process shown in the video? I haven´t seen that you make any landmarks to cut it precisely.

Maybe someone has a different method of making tissue foil and would like to show it too? I think that would be interesting.
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Postby thedeadsmellbad » November 4th, 2005, 10:41 pm

origami_8 wrote:Does your paper turn out square after the process shown in the video?


No it does not.
Due to files size limitations and the time it takes me to cut a square to my liking, I am making seperate videos.

Coming soon:
Episode 2 - Cutting the square. :)
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Postby phil » November 6th, 2005, 7:52 am

Here's a video of me making tissue foil.

<embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/OSOYkE4NGok" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="425" height="350"></embed>
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Postby thedeadsmellbad » November 6th, 2005, 8:56 am

Awesome Phil,

The way you cut the paper is especially cool, I'm going to try it like that next.
What was the paper underneath? looked like a grocery bag.
Nice knife, I didnt know it was an action model.
The mask was a nice touch, made me laugh, I wasn't expecting that :)
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Postby origami_8 » November 23rd, 2005, 11:24 pm

Two weeks ago I have had the chance to record a video of Christian making tissue foil. Instead of taking spray adhesive he is using some kind of wallpaper glue. The finished paper is better to fold than tissue foil made with spray adhesive, and holds its shape very well.
Christian has written a very interesting article on his website - unfortunately only in German, but there are a lot of pictures to show what is meant. It´s in the Know-How-Section: http://freenet-homepage.de/origamichris/
There you can also download the video, or you watch it here:
<embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/E23P_Yrp6K8" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="425" height="350"></embed>
The stencil he uses was very cheap. It is made from thin wood (3mm) that he let cut square in a building center.
Sorry that the video ends up a little bit too soon, but my memory card was full...
Oh, after being ready he has cleaned up the table with the cheapest window cleansing agent he could find in the supermarket :D
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Postby thedeadsmellbad » November 28th, 2005, 8:38 am

Thank you Anna, great work Chris, interesting method.
Can you provide a product name for the glue used?
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Postby wolf » November 28th, 2005, 9:49 am

According to the pictures, it's a wallpaper paste from Decotric, a German home improvement glue/paint/goop company. I haven't seen it in the US, but there's probably equivalent adhesives that will work the same way. What you need to look for is an adhesive that will bond both to porous and nonporous materials. Some wallpaper pastes (eg Henkel's Metylan Normal) work only with porous materials, so while they'll work nicely for wetfolding/backcoating, they'll be useless in making tissue foil (it won't stick to the metal).
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Postby EuanBingham » January 14th, 2006, 4:44 pm

Normal PVA mixed with a little water works great. Cheap too...

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Postby increddibelly » January 19th, 2006, 2:38 pm

PVA? what is that?
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Postby wolf » January 19th, 2006, 3:43 pm

PVA = polyvinyl acetate

It's the main component in white glue.
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Postby nat » April 11th, 2006, 3:29 am

Thank for the vdo's they are amazing...
I've made couple tissue foils and have no problems with wrinkles.

The problem is, I was never able to cut them into a nice perfect squares.
What methods, do people use to cut their foils so evenly?
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Postby Friet » April 11th, 2006, 3:32 am

I had my brother make me a 35x35 metal plate for cutting the tissue-foil in the right size, but I haven't made any yet. It should work though.
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Postby TheRealChris » April 11th, 2006, 10:12 am

The problem is, I was never able to cut them into a nice perfect squares.
What methods, do people use to cut their foils so evenly?


I quote my webpage :)
it's "only" in german, but you will surely understand the pictures without the words:
http://people.freenet.de/origamichris/schneid.htm
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Postby nat » April 11th, 2006, 10:57 pm

Thanks chris,

i just used an online translator to translate your whole site into english. :) Your way probally works well for people like me whose only cutting tools compose of a straight edge and a cutter. I'll try it soon.

Another question though,
the biggest foil i can fnd around is 18 inches, which is approximately 45 cm. For complex models, would it work fine? in many sites, the paper size they use even goes up to 50-70cm. Or do i have to find bigger foils somehow.
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