t1is007 ~ Backgammon Game, Dice, Cup, Game Pieces and Box

For great tips on the basics of Paper Minis crafting, please see the tutorial titled Ann's Tool Box before beginning assembly of this project. If you would like to see how the project will look after assembly, view a detailed photo found at the end of this tutorial.

What you need to have on hand:

  • A small flat artist's brush. See step 7 below for sample size--it doesn't have to be the exact size.
  • A pair of tweezers
  • Fast-grab, quick-dry, clear-dry craft glue such as Nicole's Super Tacky Glue™
  • A piece of aluminum foil to use as a glue work surface
  • A thin metal straight-edge ruler. Make fold lines by pressing against edge of the ruler.
  • Self-dry modeling compound such as Crayola Model Magic™
  • A clear dimensional paint with applicator tip such as Plaid Dimensional Magic™ (optional)

1. Fold box lid and bottom at all fold lines as shown in this photo. Remember to use the straight-edge ruler to ensure folds are nice and crisp. Use the artist's brush and apply glue to a corner tab.

If you are unsure of yourself and want a practice piece first, merely trace the unit on plain paper before cutting pieces. Make a practice unit with the plain trace.

2. Tweezers will give you a good tight bond. Repeat steps 1 and 2 for remaining 3 corner tabs. Allow to dry thoroughly.

3. Make sure there is a good crease at the base of all four lining panels. Apply glue to blank sides of lining panels. Fold down and press with tweezers. You want the folds to be as thin and even as possible to ensure a good fit between the box lid and bottom.

4. Let's move to the dice cup. Fold the little base tabs at a right-angle with cup sides. Take care to make each tab fold at the same point as the next tab. Unevenness is an eyesore, particularly at this area.

Take a thin shaft like that of the paint brush handle, and wind the cup piece tightly around it. This gives the paper piece a nice curve. You will find that your cup will then have a more perfect roundness to it, and the base will smoothly follow the bottom circle. View an example at the Canister Tutorial.

5. Apply a layer of glue to the green side of the cup bottom. If your cup isn't perfectly positioned to it's bottom circle, it will be less apparent with the green side facing upward.

6. Make crisp folds on the dice pieces. To obtain a straight fold, use the blunt edge of an X-acto knife to press against.
     Next, pinch a very small piece of self-dry modeling compound (clay). Place it at the cross point of the dice piece. Use your fingertips and press the six sides to form a cube. Clay should be totally encased.
     Adjust the size of the clay if your shape isn't a perfect cube. Don't allow clay to protrude out the seams.
     Allow the compound to thoroughly dry before moving to next step.

7.  Remove clay cube. Apply a thin coat of glue to the blank interior surface of the paper dice piece.

8. Center the dried modeling compound at the cross junction of the dice piece. Encase the clay once again, and hold it in place with your fingertips until you are sure that the paper panels will stay securely positioned.

Repeat steps 6 through 8 for second die.

9. Retrieve the game board. Use the Straight-edge ruler to make a crisp fold down the center of the two panels. Glue the blank sides together. Press tightly to obtain a nice flat game board.

10. An optional step is to add dimension and shine to the game pieces. As shown in the photo, squeeze clear dimensional paint to the surface of each game piece. To save time, apply in one long strip.

11. Take a 1/16" paper punch and remove the catch panel so you can see the hole. This allows you to align the game piece perfectly with the cut edge.

That is the last element and below is a photo of how the set looks completed.



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