Printing paper and Origami

Is it possible to use printing paper in origami? The answer is plain and simple: YES, but with few limitations. First of all, printing paper is rather thick. On average, it is 80 g/m2. Even though much thicker origami paper can be found and used, Elephant Hide, for example, almost all types of origami paper are much thinner.On…

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Dividing paper into thirds, fifths, servants, and so on …

Every box-pleated origami model is based on a grid. But not all grids are made equal. Some are easier to construct than others. For instance, grids like 2x2, 4x4, 8x8, 16x16, and so on are relatively simple to make, because they could be constructed by the consecutive halving of the paper.  This is possible because their size is…

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Petal fold

Post is a part of a larger series (Folds): Valley and mountain fold Swivel fold Sink fold Petal fold Rabbit ear The petal fold belongs to the group of moderately complex folds. It is so because it cannot be described as a fold along a single line.  Nevertheless, it is regularly performed by absolute beginners. You see, the…

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Level shifters

Post is a part of a larger series (Advanced concepts): Elias stretch Pythagorean stretch Level shifters How to Collapse Box Pleated Crease Pattern? Anyone who has ever tried to design box pleated origami models knows that those models have rather narrow flaps. This feature doesn't have to be a problem, quite a contrary, it can even be an…

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Sink fold

Origami sink fold is a process of removing or collapsing a corner's tip. Or, in other words, the main purpose of a sink fold is to smooth out paper's sharp corners.

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Origami design process – Part 2

Post is a part of a larger series (Design process): Origami design process (introduction) Origami design process – Part 2 Origami and circles Relationships between basic elements of an origami model Maekawa-Justin and Kawasaki-Justin theorems are not enough How to hide an unused paper in your Origami model? Can central flaps be free? Why is central fold opening…

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Universal molecule

Post is a part of a larger series (Uniaxial base): Traditional Origami Bases Uniaxial base Universal molecule Rabbit ear If you have ever tried to design a uniaxial base using circle packing method, then you probably know that process is based on the so-called divide and conquer approach. To make the long story short: all crease patterns of…

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Swivel fold

Post is a part of a larger series (Folds): Valley and mountain fold Swivel fold Sink fold Petal fold Rabbit ear What is swivel fold is not easy to define, but I can try using a well-known example. In figure 1, a swivel fold is performed on a Preliminary fold with one of its flaps Squash Folded (figure…

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