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, sevenths, 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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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 How to hide an unused paper in your Origami model? Can central flaps be free? Why is central fold opening so popular? Crease…

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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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Rabbit ear fold

Origami rabbit ear is one of the primary folds in origami. In its essence, a rabbit ear is an elegant way to force three lines or folds that forms a triangle to coincide.

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Traditional Origami Bases

Post is a part of a larger series (Uniaxial base): Traditional Origami Bases Uniaxial base Universal molecule Rabbit ear Every origami model in its essence has a base. No matter how complicated or simple a model is, the base is always an initial step. In traditional origami, there are only a handful of bases and all traditional origami…

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One-dollar bill and origami

Making dollar bill origami models is very popular these days. If you search the Internet, you will easily find thousands of origami models made out of a dollar bill. You can also search the Internet to find similar models made out of European euro or Japanese yen banknotes and you will most certainly find some. But to be…

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Valley and mountain fold

Post is a part of a larger series (Folds): Valley and mountain fold Swivel fold Sink fold Petal fold Rabbit ear How many folds exist in the origami. If you survey the internet, you will find out that there are many of them (Valley fold, Mountain fold, Inside reverse fold, Outside reverse fold, Rabbit ear, Squash fold, Swivel…

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