I have been spending some time at bf's office, trying to set up my website, http://snowfern.com...but since I get easily distracted, I wound up spending more time catching up to my favourite mini blogs. It has certainly been a loooong while since I've caught up to the latest mini trends, and what with two of my fave Japanese blogs (Nunu's House and Megumini) featuring beautiful lace doilies, I decided to attempt some of my own.
Of course, my attempts are juvenile compared to their works, but I thought to share what I'd learnt and figured out with the help of online resources (love you, Google!).
This link taught me the basics, and how to make plastic templates, but I am still figuring how best to utilize them:
This one I found extremely useful too, for the variations in hole sizes:
The basic principles hold for pin pricking in miniature, scaling down means scaling down the needle sizes, thickness of papers and learning how best to hold the mini papers, which meant I had to fiddle about for about 4 days at the office before coming up with the following tutorial. Please remember that these are simply recommendations by me, and how I work. I will greatly appreciate comments and suggestions on how to further improve these techniques :)
OK! Time for the tutorial!
I initially thought it would be costly, what with P*rgamano tools (a famous paper piercing tool brand) costing upwards of USD$10 per tool -_-" That and the needles were a little too thick for 1:12 scale. SO I MADE MY OWN! woot woot! And you can too, so simple!
Needle (stainless steel)
YOU WILL NEED:
1-inch scalloped edge punch (pictured is EK Success brand from a scrapbook store)
1-inch circle punch (pictured is Carla Craft from a scrapbook store)
Circle template (pictured from Daiso)
Pin pricking tool
Low tack adhesive tape
Packing material (the translucent foam sheets used to pack plates in) or other 'soft' material to provide padding to prick into
Paper, 80gsm printing paper, or 70gsm pastel coloured papers
Save the above pattern onto your computer, or print it directly off your browser onto 80gsm paper (or of your choice).
For this cake doily project, print it at its original size. This pattern was made to use with a 1-inch scallop paper punch that I have (shown below), but can also be used with a normal 1-inch circle punch.
Fold the paper. I folded it till about 5cm widths. Keep folding until you get a 'fan'.
Place the folded 'fan' onto the padding material, and work on a cutting mat so you don't ruin your table :P
Use your other hand to hold down the papers, and your main hand to prick through the design perpendicular to the table.
You can hold the paper up to the light to check if you've missed any holes (you can see this pic for example, I missed one dot).
Admire your work! :P ok but seriously, I would recommend punching the papers 2 at a time if your punch is blunt like mine :X You can sharpen your punches with aluminum foil (or google for how to care for your punches). I did, but I sorta ruined them when trying to punch plastic (don't do it :~( )
Align the design to your punch. PUNCH!
If you don't have a punch, then use your circle template, and draw a circle, and cut using scissors.
WAIT! Don't throw away your template yet! You can continue using the same piece of paper and template to make more! Simply stick a piece of low tack adhesive tape onto a section of paper further down (up?) and keep going!
You can also vary the design by omitting or adding more pricks to the template :)
Or, align the scallop edged cutter a little differently, to get a different design!
I have made a few other designs, and will offer plastic templates up for sale if anyone is interested :) Will update soon-ish!
- Insert the needle into the papers vertically for neatest results
- I personally find that a piece of low-tack, clear adhesive tape makes it easier to prick through the template without the sharp needle 'snagging' onto the paper
- Try not to align the design too close to the edge of the paper, especially if you are using a punch
- Do not use too many papers (folds) at one time, you might snap your needle and hurt yourself
You may use the above doily template for both personal and commercial projects. Please do not distribute or modify the doily template. If you wish to share this tutorial, I would appreciate links back to this post http://snowfern-clover.blogspot.com/2011/03/tutorial-paper-doilies.html but it's not absolutely necessary. Please do NOT copy or modify this tutorial in any way, thanks for reading :)
I hope you have found this tutorial useful, comment if you have! :D :D :D