- 1. Tips and techniques
- 2. Frequently asked questions
1.1 Score (tools: ruler and knitting needle)
In order to decrease the tension exercised on the paper during the folding, the paper should be scored before folding. Scoring helps to prevent creases and is necessary in order to obtain a clean and precise fold. Different scoring tools (knitting needle, butter knife, empty ballpoint pen or a burnisher) function on the same principle: a rounded tip presses the paper in a channel. This is called scoring.
Put the ruler along the dashed fold line and make a score with the help of the knitting needle (or burnisher). You have to score the curves by hand, without the help of a ruler.
1.2 Cut (tools: ruler, scissors and a cutter)
Detach all the pieces by cutting roughly with the scissors, without trying to follow the contours. Keep the instructions close at hand as they will be helpful during assembly. Then cut the pieces out one by one carefully with the scissors or a cutter.
Attention: use the cutter only in the presence of an adult! Put the ruler along every straight contour and cut with the cutter. Use scissors for the curves and the glue tags.
1.3 Fold (folding)
Fold following the dashed line mountain (-------) towards the non-printed side;
fold following the dashed line valley (._._._._) towards the printed side.
Choose an all usage white glue, (liquid glue Lepage type). Put a fine thread of glue along the dashed line stick (............). Put the part to stick on top and press between your fingers for several seconds. Paste the parts in the order indicated.
1.5 Rolling up
Certain parts need a specific operation called roll: for example it is applied if you want to make the curve of a horse or the squirrel’s tail.
Put the part to roll on the table and hold it with the palm of your hand; with the other hand grab the other end and roll the paper around the table edge pulling slightly off the table and downwards. This operation ensures a smooth line of the paper with no creases.
2.1 Could I make the toys by myself?
The forms are simple, the cutting and gluing are easy (ages 6 to 12). The assembly should be done with care, but, if needed, you could ask an adult to assist you.
2.2 The tools used to make the couplicol are not dangerous, in general.
The cutter should be used with precaution, under the supervision of an adult. You have to develop a good technique. Use a metal ruler. Press the ruler firmly along the cutting line positioning your fingers away from the edge. Hold the cutter straight and passé over the line only once, if possible. Never run while holding a sharp or pointed tool in your hand.