Making Tubes:

Make a strip of the appropriate width and length for your project. Flatten it a bit by running the edge of a flat object (or a table edge) along the strip's length in the direction of the curl. Use a round pen to curl the long edges of the strip. Then roll the pen until the strip is curled into a roll all along its length.

Carefully thread it through the roller as shown in the video below. The main tricks to using the roller are:

  1. never let the un-passed part of the strip get crossed over itself (in other words, hold the bottom part of the tube in the desired rolled shape as you pass the middle/top part of the tube through the roller),

    as you pass the roller down the tube, it helps to twist the roller in the same direction that the strip is rolled in (or do the functionally-identical thing by twisting the tube in its winding direction as you pass it through the roller);

  2. for safety and ease of use, you should wrap a cloth or paper towels around the part of the tube you are gripping and pulling on; and
  3. make your intitial threading through the roller by twisting the tube into a pointed shape (then untwisting it back into a tubular shape once the tip passes through the roller).

If the rolling goes badly, don't try to fix it. Move on to a different piece and discard the troublemaker.

You can multiply the strength of tubing by inserting tubes inside tubes.


To learn specific designs, click: DESIGNS