Making a miniature paper revolver is a creative way for you to express your love for firearms. Paper guns are a safe way to play cops and robbers -- with no chance for the firing of any actual round or making the crackling sound of a cap gun. The trick to making a faux pistol is to make it small enough to keep it miniature -- or concealable -- but with enough three-dimensional shape to give it a realistic look.
Items you will need
- Measuring tape
- Standard chalk
- 1-inch-by-4-inch-by-4-inch high-density urethane foam
- 1-inch-by-4-inch-by-4-inch piece of cardboard (2)
- Permanent epoxy
- 1-inch-by-3-inch piece of cardboard (2)
- Masking tape
- 5 cups water
- 1 cup flour
- Small pot
- Medium size bowl
- 1-inch-by-3-inch newspaper strips
- 1-inch-by-3-inch white paper towel strips
- Acrylic paints
- Paint brushes
Trace the outline of a revolver onto a 1-inch-by-4-inch-by-4-inch piece of high-density urethane foam. Include a barrel, front sight, the body of the revolver (the barrel), the hammer, the handle, trigger and trigger guard. Give your tracing enough room between the trigger and the guard for you to actually stick your finger on the trigger.
Cut out the shape of the foam gun. Place the foam gun atop a 4-inch-by-4-inch piece of shipping box cardboard. Trace the outline of the gun. Cut out the cardboard tracing. Repeat this step so you now have two cardboard tracings.
Bond the foam gun between the cardboard pieces with permanent epoxy.
Cut out two 1-inch-by-3-inch pieces of cardboard. Lay one piece on a flat surface. Adjust the piece so one of its 1-inch ends is facing you. Fold the bottom fourth of the piece up over the body. Repeat two additional times. The 1-inch-by-3-inch pieces will act as two halves of your cylinder.
Center one half-cylinder down onto the gun in the space provided on your gun body. Form the piece into the bulbous half-cylinder shape of a half barrel by placing both of the 1-inch edges flush on the surface of the gun body. Trim the cardboard piece, if necessary, if it is too big for your gun. Adjust the barrel half so the 2-inch sides run parallel with the barrel. Bond the 1-inch edges to the gun with permanent epoxy. Repeat with the second half on the opposite side of the gun.
Cover the two hollow ends of the first half-cylinder with small pieces of masking tape. Repeat for the opposite side.
Combine the water and flour into a pot to make a papier mache mix. Boil the mix for three minutes. Allow the mix to cool for five minutes. Pour the mix into a medium-size bowl.
Soak one of the newspaper strips in the mix. Press and form the strip into the body of the gun. Continue until all parts on both sides of the gun are covered in newspaper papier mache. Repeat with white paper towels. Paper towel provides an ideal surface for acrylic paint. Allow four hours for the craft to dry.
Coat the craft with acrylic paint. Paint the details of the gun's barrel, cylinder, grip, safety latch and extractor rod, if you wish. Allow two hours for the craft to dry before handling or displaying it.
Tips & Warnings
- Never use a paper gun for anything threatening, and be sure it won't be mistaken for a real one.
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