Month: February 2013

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Simple Heart Diagram

This post comes from my partner, Ioana Stoian, and is one of the 16 models we’ve been working on (and that I’ve been diagramming) for her upcoming book, “Origami for All: Elegant Designs from Simple Folds“, to be published sometime in the next few months. I really enjoy the models she creates, as they are all “pureland” origami, although just by coincidence… very elegant, simple models, which she folds out of her handmade paper. Our house is filled with these creations and I feel like my tessellation work is now outnumbered! From her website: Seeing as Valentine’s day is just around the corner, I can’t think of a better time to share my simple heart origami model with you. It should be rather easy to fold even if you have no paperfolding experience. Just take your time and follow the diagrams carefully.The simple heart is one of the models that will be included in my upcoming origami book, which should be available for purchase in the next few months. Please feel free to send me your comments. …

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How-to: Pre-creasing

I participate in several web forums on origami, and recently in one of them someone asked questions about tips for folding square & triangular grids. Being somewhat of a specialist on the subject, I posted these thoughts: Hi,well, nobody necessarily likes pre-creasing grids, including me. So you’re not alone there. However, I think it’s important to think of it more as a meditative process, and instead of as a chore; it’s a task which you must do to fold a model, and it is, to some extent, an integral part of the model, so it’s worth taking the time to do it well and not rush through it to “get it out of the way”.As others have mentioned to you, if things are getting too small, you need to use larger paper. Also, and perhaps equally as relevant, you should be using better paper… higher quality paper will yield much better results from the same folding process, and is much more likely to give you a better looking result while also giving you less headache …