If you’re working on an architectural project, here are some tips on how to work with materials:
- Measure carefully to ensure you get the right scale for your model. Models are how you represent a large-scale building on a smaller scale.
- Make prototypes before you start building your model to ensure that the pieces fit together correctly and that your measurements are accurate.
- Use the right tools, such as a sharp blade, scissors, utility knife, and L-squares. A laser cutter is also an option if you have the budget, but you’ll need to research which tool works best for each material and what you can afford.
- Use the right glue for the material you’re working with. For example, wood glue is used for wood, while tacky glue is thicker and stronger than white glue and dries faster. A hot glue gun has the fastest drying time and strongest hold but can be dangerous to work with. Double-sided tape is a safer alternative.
- Consider adding landscaping to your model. This can help clients or the public visualize how your building will fit into its surroundings. Trees, shrubbery, cars, lighting, and other street furniture can help give viewers a better idea of how your construction will look in its space.