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add all kinds of things to those mentioned here or to devise new patterns for old articles, such as chairs and desks.
Two recent inventions of the greatest possible use to the maker of paper furniture are seccotine, a kind of gum which gets dry very quickly and is more than ordinarily strong, and adhesive tape. Seccotine can be bought for a penny a tube, and adhesive tape, which is sold principally for mending music and the torn pages of books, is put up in penny reels.
A pair of compasses is a good thing to have ; but you can make a perfectly serviceable tool by cutting out a narrow strip of cardboard about four inches long and boring holes at intervals of a quarter of an inch, through which the point of a pencil can be placed. If one end of the strip is fastened to the paper with a pin you can draw a circle of what size you want, up to eight inches across.
These are the materials needed when making paper furniture:—
A few sheets of stiff note-paper or drawing-paper. Scissors. A penknife A ruler (a flat penny one). A mapping-pen. A box of paints. A board to cut out on. Adhesive tape (a id. reel) or stamp-paper. Seccotine (a id. tube).
If the drawings are to be traced, tracing-paper, or transparent note-paper, and a sheet of carbon-paper, will also be needed. To trace a drawing, cover it with paper and draw it exactly. Then cover the paper or cardboard from which you wish to cut out the furniture with a piece of carbon-paper, black side down, and over that place your tracing. Draw over this again with a very sharply pointed pencil or pointed stick, and the lines will be repeated by the carbon-paper on the under sheet of paper.
The furniture, for which designs are given in this chapter, can be made of stiff note-paper, Whatman's drawing-paper, or thin Bristol board. The drawings can be copied or traced. In either case the greatest care must be taken that the measurements are minutely correct and the lines perfectly straight. A dip of paper is a very good thing to measure with.
Enough designs have been given to show how most different
Seccctine and adliesive tape.