Tyvek Wallets

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Making tyvek wallets looks easy, but there are some things you might want to know to make the journey more enjoyable. You may be interested in printing on your tyvek before you fold it; be forewarned, the tyvek will melt in a laser jet printer (as we learned when we tried this). Most printers heat up, and since tyvek is plastic, it will melt. Don’t worry, the printer still worked after we unraveled the melted tyvek from the roller. That being said, it is safer to color your wallet with sharpies. Here are the materials needed for this project: a 9″ X 12″ tyvek envelope, sharpie markers, scotch tape, and scissors. Here are the steps to follow: 1. Cut your tyvek envelope so that it is the size of a normal sheet of copy paper (approximately 8.5″ X 11″). This should actually give you two pieces of usable tyvek, but one of them has some seams, so it is a little more difficult to fold. 2. You should locate CPO’s video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZG-n20_qZOw. It is a little lengthy, but I like CPO’s design because it is simple and small, does not require an X-Acto blade, or lots of tape. Also, he seems like a nice fellow. If you are going to make more than one wallet, you will want to print  (on a piece of normal cardstock paper) one of these templates by CPO:  https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0ByGUnbBoqG_LMDFjMzl3SGdKamM&usp=sharing. Cut the circle out and use your cardstock as a template. 2. You are going to want to watch the part of the video where CPO shows how to fold the wallet (starting at the 12:40 marker). Do not put tyvek in your printer. I am not sure how they are printing on tyvek, but it is not with a normal printer. Silkscreen perhaps? 3. After you have folded your wallet, you can color it and fill it with stuff, or give it to someone as a present. Also, your wallet is eco-friendly because it is recycled and recyclable.

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