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    Hello fellow paper nuts!

    I'm planning on making the life-sized Master Sword from Haywan's life-sized Link and i am struggling with a decision on paper weights. I don't have access to any of the 66lb paper that is recommended.
    Would 110lb paper work, or would that be to heavy to make the necessary folds? I'd rather use 110lb than the 20lb or 28lb that I use for my normal models.

    Thanks!

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    110lbs card stock will work fine. I've made the Master Sword using that weight and had no problems with folding the paper. The one issue I had with it, though, was the print quality. The colors were rather dark and not very vibrant, even when I turned up the brightness on my printer. The fault may lie with the paper I used, because it was rather cheap and generic. If you can, try to get the brightest/whitest 110lbs card stock you can find.

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    Thank you!
    I actually found some 65lb cover paper, so I'll use that instead (I prefer to work lighter). But it's good to know that about the cardstock. Maybe it's because some cardstocks are sort of porous.
    I have some other questions for you, since you've made it.
    What kind of glue did you use and how did you construct the blade, as it spanned over more than one page? Did you tape it or use glue?

    Thanks!

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    Hey there, it does span more than 1 page but you just print as is. It will come out exactly as you need it. You'll just have to construct your own glue tabs which should be easy. I use Aleene's tacky glue or Scotch's tacky glue. Either worked fine for me

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    65lb paper works really well. I switched to it when I was building the rest of the life-sized Link model. I used Aleene's Original Tacky Glue as well. Also, as Haywan said, I cut strips out of the left over paper, and glued them to the back edges of the blade to make my own glue tabs.

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    Thanks for all the suggestions!
    I'll definitely be using the 65v lb paper now that I've found it.
    What are your opinions on rubber cement? I like to use it because it's easy to cleanup and holds well. Will it hold strongly enough for a model like this?

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    It's honestly never crossed my mind to try rubber cement with papercrafts. It would definitely be quicker to brush the cement along the expanse of the glue tabs on the blade than using glue from a bottle. The only downsides I can think of would be the loss of precision you'd get from a bottle tip and, of course, the smell. But I do agree, it holds quite well. If you do use it, let me know how it works out. I might have to try it myself.

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    ZetohMunch, I have used it before and can honestly say that it holds well. I use a small paintbrush to apply the glue or a toothpick for extra precision. I especially like that I can rub off excess glue without leaving a mess behind. The only problem I have encountered is the smell, which has forced me to stop using it for the time being. My work space is not well ventilated and the fumes were giving me headaches.
    Until I can find a more aerated work space, I'll be using Elmer's School Glue for small projects and tacky glue for bigger ones such as this.

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