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1  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Pirate costume on: March 12, 2018 07:29:49 PM
I want to make myself a pirate costume. Some of it I can do just by clothing. I have tried several things to put a magnetized needle on and only 1 works. That is a bottle cap. I ran out of tape to use though for attaching the needle. How am I going to make a working compass without tape? I tried using a small magnet and I can get it to float but rotation sometimes makes it sink so it will definitely sink from linear motion.

Also, I noticed when I tried to make the sword using cardboard that it took more than a few minutes for the glue to dry, even 15 minutes later, it would still unstick. Even when I left it alone overnight and it did dry, the pieces still came apart. I used Elmer's glue for that and Elmer's glue should dry within that 15 minutes. I guess that is a sign that the glue is old or at least not a good glue to use. But without glue or tape, I can't make the sword. I guess I am stuck with making the telescope for now.
2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Printer paper asymmetry on: December 16, 2016 08:13:23 PM
I tried to make a paper airplane but it turned downward(wings moved towards the floor) while throwing it as well as nosedived. I looked at it closely and realized there was asymmetry. Noticeable asymmetry. I think it was because of the paper I used. Printer paper or any non-origami paper(even construction paper) is hard to get to be symmetric even when you do something as simple as folding in half.

But I don't have origami paper(besides, most origami paper is too small for making a paper airplane(paper airplane requires 8.5 x 11 or in other words, letter sized paper)).

With all the folds required for even the most basic paper airplane, that asymmetry you get in the folds adds up until you get my situation(won't fly straight).

So obviously I have to get symmetry and not asymmetry. But that is hard. I mean when I fold paper in half, 1 end of the paper might be exact while the other end is off by 1/8 inch. So I get a tiny little triangle of paper that is not exactly folded in half. With folding into triangles, it is a different story. The triangles start overlapping so much that 1 little bit of the paper gets super bulky from all the triangle folds while the rest of it is the thickness it should be.

And folding in half and folding into triangles are the essence of what makes a flat piece of paper into a paper airplane. Even the most complex paper airplanes are still based pretty much on these 2 folds.

So how can I get symmetry so that my paper airplane will fly straight instead of turn and nosedive?

I mean when I fold, I aim it so that the 2 edges that meet are symmetric. But this forms a loop of paper and that loop becomes a problem when I crease the fold. That creasing is when I get the asymmetry.

Would using a paper clip to hold the paper in place help me get it to be symmetric?
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