Tagged With paper

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Video: Gold is so malleable that a single gram of it can be stretched into a strip around 3km long. A tiny little coin can be pressed into a 0.0001mm-thin golden rectangular sheet the size of a tatami mat. So leave it to the talented artisans of Japan to transform a tiny bit of gold into shimmering gold leaf that's so thin, it's almost translucent.

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Video: Everyone knows you can't fold a piece of paper more than seven or eight times (even though the world record is 12). It's just one of those silly things that stick from primary school and become law. But what if you were folding aluminium foil? And what if you had the assistance of the almighty hydraulic press? You can fold pretty much forever!

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Video: A book is a very simple thing, right? It's just a bunch of paper with some scribbles. But if you wanted to make a book from scratch, it's basically an impossible task. Watch as Andy George from How to Make Everything chops wood, strips papyrus, makes glue from hide, carves out a pencil from a stick and makes a brush from horse hair. It's a really intensive process to get paper from natural materials.

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Despite what you may have learned in school behind your teacher's back, paper aeroplanes don't have to be completely featureless and boring. With the right materials, or these kits from Huntly's Paper Warplanes, they can actually look like real-life aircraft and still be able to glide across a room.

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Video: Reams of paper make for pretty good bullet proof material. It's just layers and layers of protection! But what happens when it's a 50 cal machine gun that's shooting at paper? How many reams does it take to stop that ridiculously giant and powerful bullet? About 7! Which is like, 3500 sheets of paper.

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Video: This is supposedly the 'perfect sketchbook'. Why? Because it's made from the highest quality watercolor paper there is, Fabriano Artistico 100% cotton paper (a paper mill with a lot of history and a lot of famous users like Leonardo da Vinci!), but also because it's painstakingly made. Check out how they put together the prototype in the video below.

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Video: I don't know exactly what's going on, but you see trees get chopped down and stripped and cooked and boiled and drained and dried and flattened and then transformed into pieces of paper that were all delicately made by hand. It's a lovely process to watch, especially since it's so damn soothing.

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This is about as IKEA as it gets. The Swedish flatpack furniture giant is in the late stages of developing a line of furniture that's made out of paper. That's right: paper. Not cardboard. This durable stuff is a fascinating composite of repurposed pulp that can be moulded into any shape. The craziest thing? It looks great.

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Lobulo Design is a team that specialises in making awesome designs and illustrations with paper. This video gives you a glimpse of what they do on a daily basis and it basically looks like an awesome arts and craft class for professional artists. Imagine never having to grow up and just playing with scissors all day. This is the next level of that.