Here are a few tips we've shared in our meetings:

How to make paper beads 

Envelope maker    We R Envelope Punch Board makes envelopes of various sizes and shapes, with rounded corners. It can be used to make other imaginative items too - see YouTube. Available from Amazon, Hobbycraft etc. This is American so is based on Imperial measurements.

Microwave dyeing    Put sprinkle of Procian MX dye in a jam jar, add cloth and splash of fix, repeat those two steps until jar is full. Then microwave for three minutes. The results will be unpredictable but always colourful, occasionally explosive and always exciting.

How to make small A6 tunnel book    Cut two pieces of quality A4 paper into quarters (4xA6) for the concertina ribs and the pages. Then cut a piece of stiff A4 card into quarters (4xA6); mountboard or greyboard works well. Cut one of the card quarters in half (2xA7) Cover one side of one card quarter and the two smaller pieces with bookcloth or decorative paper for the outside back and the doors. Put under a weight to dry flat. To make the ribs, fold two of the A6 papers in half, half and half again to get an even zigzag with eight planes and seven folds. Then glue the ribs to the inside edges of the back, and glue an image to the inside back, overlapping the zigzags. Make three pages as frames or cut outs, based on three of the other pieces of A6 paper, and stick to the zigzag folds. Attach the doors to the front of the front folds and add fastenings, trim etc.

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