f1is008 ~ Fireworks Firecrackers and Box

Required tools and supplies:

  • X-acto knife and fresh blade
  • A thin metal straight-edge ruler. Make fold lines by pressing against edge of the ruler.
  • Tweezers
  • Cutting mat
  • Detailing scissors
  • Fast-grab, quick-dry white craft glue that dries clear
  • Small piece of aluminum foil to use as a glue pot
  • Small artist's paint brush to apply glue

1. Roll all the fireworks as tightly as possible. The easiest way to accomplish this is to crease about 1/16" along short end. The crease facilitates the rolling action of holding the end between the index finger and thumb. Spin the roll against the length of your thumb. Glue the blank surface to the firecracker and press firmly to hold the roll.

Once all firecrackers have been rolled and glued, separate 1 ply of twine that is included with kit. Place a dot of glue to the center of one of the firecrackers and place the glue point to the center mark of the ply of twine.

2.  Adding firecrackers to the line will be a little like weaving. Turn the string and center firecracker over (after glue has dried). Glue a firecracker to the twine to one side of the first firecracker. Then place another on the other side of the center firecracker. The twine will be positioned over the center firecracker and under the two that are on either side.

3.  Turn the twine and 3 firecrackers over and then add a new firecracker to either end of the group. You can see the over-under-over pattern being created. Use a pair of tweezers to make positioning your firecrackers as easy as possible.

4. Turn over and add two more firecrackers.

5.  Continue this routine until all firecrackers have been used.

6. When the glue is completely dried, take the end of the twine and wind it over-under-over to the opposite side of the twine already in place. Tie the end when you have completed the line and snip the loose ends.

7. To make the box, fold at all junctions and you will start to see the shape take place. There is a small tab at each corner of the box. Paint glue to the red side of each tab and glue to the respective side. Use the tweezers to make a good and straight bond at each corner.
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