Origami Poinsettia

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Tomoko Fuse´s Spiral

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Hello Origami Maniacs............today I bring you the spectacular spiral created by Tomoko Fuse. It is a simple and beautiful spiral that you can use in your christmas tree. It will look great. I recommend you to use foil paper when you make it. I hope you have lots of fun with it.





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Flexible Ball

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Dupa o perioada in care am lipsit, revin cu un model pe care imi doream sa-l incerc de mult timp, si anume Flexible Ball. Este un model foarte usor si rapid, iar rezultatul final este unul deosebit. Necesita 30 de module asamblate fara lipici, dupa principiul 5 cu 3. Pentru a rezista in timp, este recomandat sa folositi carton. Autorul acestui model este Toshikazu Kawasaki, iar diagrama o gasiti in Tanteidan Convention Book 10 sau tutorialul aici.

Flexible Ball

Particip cu acest model la Scrapper in Romania – Provocarea #17 - Alb+Negru+un strop de turcoaz.


Oaie kirigami

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Students Rebuild's Crane Art Installation for Japan

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I recently received an e-mail announcement from Students Rebuild, a non-profit organization that was collecting paper cranes for rebuilding efforts in the tsunami-affected part of Japan back in March.  I had sent them over 1,400 cranes made by people at the camp, the school and the senior residency, all of where I teach (read this post for more details).

Back when they were asking people to donate cranes to match their money donation from Bezos Family Foundation, they said that their intention was to make the paper cranes into an art installation.  Now with a help from an artist named Vik Muniz along with some volunteers, they have turned the cranes into a beautiful photographed piece.  It's exciting to know that those cranes made by us are included in this big piece of art.  They made the photograph into posters, and they are now for sale on Students' Rebuild website.  The proceed will go to aid long term recovery and reconstruction.  For more details about this project, read this article on the New York Times.

Photograph by Andrew Moore for The New York Times


Different Kinds Of Origami Paper

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Origami paper comes in many grades, types, and sizes. They are usually square in shape, though some are circular or rectangular. The most common type is colored on one side and white on the bottom size. All the origami lovers have a wide range of origami paper to work with and to have fun. 

Duo paper has one color on the top, and another color on the bottom. This type of paper is great for models where both sides of the paper will be visible, for example the strawberry.

Foil paper looks like aluminum foil on one side and white on the bottom side. This paper is a little more difficult to fold because, once folded, it will make a crease mark. In other words, there’s no room for mistakes with this type of paper.

Washi and chiyogami paper: Washi simply means "Japanese paper". Washi is more textured and softer than ordinary office paper. There are lots of different kinds of washi paper made from different plant fibers. Chiyogami is a kind of washi with traditional Japanese imagery imprinted on it. In the old days, washi and chiyogami were handmade, but in modern times, they are mostly machine made.

Circular Origami Paper: There are very few sources of circular origami paper because there are relatively few diagrams starting with a circle. However, circular paper is often used in kirigami

Animal print origami paper: for kids, it's sometimes nice to use origami paper with animal prints on it. Be warned though: sometimes the animal patterns look great on a flat sheet of paper, but they don't match up properly when folded. Still... kids are imaginative and would appreciate them.

Paper made from Animal Droppings: this is a specialty item. Origami enthusiasts are always interested in new kinds of paper on the market. Did you know that this kind of  paper is made with animal droppings?

Things to Consider

One of the reasons why origami is so popular is because the only thing you need is paper. And it really doesn't matter what kind of paper you use, so it can be a very affordable hobby and pastime. Children have been making origami hats and boats with newspaper since the time of our grandmothers. You can also use glossy paper from magazines or recycled paper from old advertisements.
But as your craft progresses, you will soon find newspaper to be lacking. Here people often turn to "origami paper". This paper is colored on one side and white on the back side. It is commercially available in packs, it is fairly cheap, and the best of all, it comes in pre-cut squares. Convenience and great color, all for a few dollars.
Another popular type of paper is "office paper" or "photocopy paper". These also come in various colors though they often come in packs of 500 and they are not square. Some photocopy centers may sell the paper as individual sheets. Here, you still need a method of cutting the paper to the right size and shape.

As your craft progresses to complex models or to wet folding, regular origami paper just isn't good enough and forget about newspaper! For more advanced origami models, your paper has to withstand multiple folds/unfolds. It should have tensile strength so it does not rip easily. Sometimes you wish for a thicker paper so your model has volume and smooth curves. A quick survey of origami enthusiasts from the Origami newsgroup indicates that these features are important for serious paper folders:
1. Price, availability, convenience of purchase.
2. Colors available.
3. Size & shape available.
4. Thickness - in GSM (g/m2).
5. Texture - smooth, rough, alive, skin like, shiny.
6. Strength - how may repeated folds before it breaks.
7. Tensile strength - how stretchy is it?
8. Memory - how good it remembers a fold.
9. Forgiveness - the ability to "erase" a fold line, or to reverse it.
10. Aging - how well can the model retain its freshness: days, weeks, months?



Colorful - part two

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 Modele: Spirals
Autor: Tomoko Fuse


Origami 2-Color 8-Pointed Star

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Dear Reader,

The stars are out again. Here is an 8-pointed star made in 2 pieces, so it can be easily done in 2 colors.

Check out our origami 2-color 8-pointed star instructions.

Best Regards,



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Easy origami for Little Kids

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