Ok, so it’s not paper, but over the years I have found many uses for this versatile material known as High Impact Polystyrene, or HIPS. It’s thin and flexible, yet stiff and dimensionally stable. It’s tear resistant, waterproof and can be marked with a pen or pencil. Plus, it’s easy to cut with scissors or a knife. Best of all, HIPS is sold in large sheets that are relatively inexpensive.
UNLIMITED USES. It’s very simple to make full-size patterns of curved project parts, like the chair leg shown above. The patterns can be rolled up for transport, or stored flat in minimal space.
Because of HIPS' low cost, it’s an attractive material for use in one-time applications. A small piece can be edged with pinking shears to make a glue spreader. Another can be used to mix small amounts of epoxy. Pick up some of this versatile material at a hobby store and you’re sure to find several uses of your own.