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Welcome to /po/! We specialize in origami, papercraft, and everything that’s relevant to paper engineering. This board is also an great library of relevant PDF books and instructions, one of the best resource of its kind on the internet.

Questions and discussions of papercraft and origami are welcome. Threads for topics covered by paper engineering in general are also welcome, such as kirigami, bookbinding, printing technology, sticker making, gift boxes, greeting cards, and more.

Requesting is permitted, even encouraged if it’s a good request; fulfilled requests strengthens this board’s role as a repository of books and instructions. However do try to keep requests in relevant threads, if you can.

/po/ is a slow board! Do not needlessly bump threads.
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FAQs about origami

Where do I begin with origami and how can I find easy models?

Try browsing the board for guides, or other online resources listed below, for models you like and practice folding them.

A great way to begin at origami is to participate in the Let’s Fold Together threads >>>/po/lft - open up the PDF file and find a model you like, work on it, and discuss or post results.


What paper should I use?

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Thought this was awesome https://twitter.com/Cermrnl/status/1137722958577713152
Anyone tried doing paper puppets like this? Where would one get started designing something like this?
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Please upload any model pattern you have, since the author not going to sell them anytime soon
Step one: Get the template.
Step two: Pay someone on fiverr to modify the template into any character you want.
Step three: Share and share alike.
will try this, will post results in some days
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>Pay someone on fiverr to modify the template
Fucking >>>/diy/ you lazy faggot
>Calling someone lazy because they didn't spend their life learning art.
Did you even think before you typed that?

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> Origami artist and physicist Robert J. Lang explains origami in 11 levels of difficulty. From a simple, traditional cicada to an extremely intricate one, watch how Robert J. Lang demonstrates and breaks down everything that goes into the art of origami.
RJL was a huge inspiration for me, and he has over 1k model, each one of which is better than anything in my catalogue. But I disagree on ranking origami on purely technical terms. I believe this mindset has harmed the community in some ways. Many artists think complexity is the only criterion for a good model and have sacrificed expression and stylization as a result.

If I were to rank this, yoshizawa's cicada would be first and the cicada nymph would be second. I understand many origami artists are math oriented, but i don't understand the focus of making super complex models that are difficult, boring to fold, raise the bar for entry and don't look all that impressive in the end.
But he is specifically talking about the levels of complexity and how hard those models are compared to each other. I'm very sure he wasn't implying that the more complex models were "objectively" better than the simpler ones.
It's not about ranking the models in some arbitrary sense of how much you like them, it's to analyze how complex they are.

Thanks for the insight on the complexity fetish that the community has developed, tho.
Fair enough. I do take issue with the claim that aesthetics is a purely arbitrary method of judging origami. There is a wealth of information from other tangentially related arts, namely theories of form and composition.

Let's say despite those you went purely on realism. The assessment would still be different. Tier 11 may have been the most complex, but the head was all wrong, it looked like a mantid head. In that way Yoshizawa's excels.

And that is an excellent way to describe the problem, a "complexity fetish." Complexity allows for incredible models, but it also stifles the creative aspect of our artform/hobby. Recently I've been seeing an Chinese artist who makes incredible origami relief sculptures (sorry, I can't think of a better way to put it). They are complex, but not in the same vein origami has been heading. I also follow many European artists. Their approach is WILDLY different and often very simple and elegant.

Mainly I've just grown tired of seeing the same three hyper-complex insects, and seeing artists with immense potential miss an obvious blind spot in their art. I don't have much room to talk as I have ignored many aspects of origami as well, but I think the way I learned design has inadvertently given me an outsiders perspective, for better or worse.
Hey Nepa, not to get off topic here, but how's your book coming along?

Imade her a fucking boat.
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Imade her a fucking noat.
I'd advice against shitposting in this board, anon.
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Imade her a fucking goat

Let's fold together. I am folding models from this book for fun. Probably in order. Come join in, ask for help if needed, and help out if you can!
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I remember miserably failing to do this one as a kid. Glad I could make it now, even if I had to use printing paper.
Is this revised design easier? I remember the other horse I did to be much harder.
You can compare by yourself (file related), but mainly the folding sequence has been more detailed, and the upper rear shape & sequence has changed (new version has the back of the horse going up again when the older is flat).
It seems this one has much thicker legs, which would be a lot worse for printing paper.
I guess it might be this one, but I remember the pdf looking diferent.
Legs are basically the same, folding sequence is changed quite a bit though.
The first version diagram has been published at least in Tanteidan Magazine (the one I uploaded) and a BOS convention book, so you may have seen it from another source.
I might be confusing this model with another one, then. I did see it 10 years ago when I was a kid, after all.

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idk thought you guys would appreciate it
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Looks like an art installation
fucking amazing
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More pics, take closer pics too

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what's the best thickness of origami paper? I'm just a beginner so I'm now just using whatever I have at home
It's not just thickness that's important, it's memory, durability, and appearance

But in theory the more complex the model, the thinner the paper should be.

I use tissue foil. It has a high memory, so it's pretty good for sculpting, but also doesn't reverse folds very well. It's also sometimes shiny, which people don't like.

But it's easy to make at home and works well enough for me.
Another thing that I forgot to mention is that when upscaling a model, you need to increase the thickness. I made something recently, and am sadly watching it collapse under its own weight.

You could also bypass this issue with wiring if you can't find an appropriate paper
Desirable thickness can vary wildy on the size and complexity of your model. I'm doing mostly modular origami, so I need a _lot_ of paper for rather simple models which shouldn't be too fragile. So I like to work with colored 9x9cm memo block paper, and even there you can get plenty different weights/sqm. And as a beginner you shouldn't "waste" expensive origami paper on your fist experiments, I think. But it's also tedious to cut Din A4 copy paper (which pretty much everybody has at home) into uniform squares. Been there, it's "hard" to get perfect squares, and a waste of time - although sometimes you get nice printed/patterened paper in A4... Go for cheap folding paper for kids from your local dollar store, if they have it. Dedicated crafting/hobbie stores are way more expensive than ordering online, from my experience. But the local dollar shop chain sells dirt cheap origami paper and square memo blocks without glue, which are just perfect for my needs...

tl;dr: experiment around, but start with cheap paper at first
Kitchen paper (greaseproof)..Craft paper usually found at the post shop...
Tissue paper search wardrobe and shoe closet..
Local florist and restaurants use thin paper too!

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This thing apparently contains 633 pages. What paper is necessary to make this and where can I buy it? Also, why aren't textbooks being made in this form?
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Thanks I found what I was looking for because of this post
having /po/ and /pol/ next to each other gets really confusing sometimes.
They're not next to each other if you use boards.4channel.org
I've heard it being called bible paper. Also I've seen it used in bigger (though smaller than an A4 sheet) bibles and phone books
Its not any rare tree though...as was thought by denser reasoning..how can it be made from the pulp of the Cedar tree of Lebanon ?that tree is practically endangered ..and doesnt propogate well...
Then i thought maybe it was papyrus or Jacaranda
..something that felt ancient and holy..but sadly no ..the bible society make billions from printing these books and giving away free to tribesmen and school children
You only have to convince a few evil criminals that God will forgive them and they grab the book up with glee while the missionary scopes what else he can steal from these naive fools

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its that time of year again,

since october and by association halloween is right around the corner let's post halloween themed papercraft, origami and costume ideas/tips so we can help our fellow /po/lite friends

please no arguing this board is too slow for that shit

ill start with this wolf head i found in my folder and a question on whether i should do something like this or a helmet from skyrim
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Oh wow I think I actually got step 5, it looks just like Step 6 now. Unfortunately, I'm now stuck on step 6. I appreciate your help but if the rest of the fold is more complex maybe I should start simpler.
The steps don't get any easier. Sorry for the bad news. The difficulty of this wizard would probably be rated as low intermediate/intermediate. For easy models (for Halloween), try: https://en.origami-club.com/halloween/index.html
Is this still working?
check the drive anon
>mfw my picture of the mask i got was killed

o k

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I said if I came up with anything new I'd share it with you all.

I'm still focusing on drawing, but at the moment I am waiting on books, and these are related to what I want to draw in the future anyway.

I've been focusing on minimalism, and have been trying to come up with a couple.

I decided not to post on the old thread. I don't really like having to slog through petty arguments and people being rude to one another just to find the one or two people who are actually saying anything civil and productive.

I don't know if I'll share diagrams for any of the models I make next Any fun I had sharing has been spoiled by greedy spoild people. I always ask for people to post their finished products, but so far have only ever seen one. Doesn't feel like I'm getting anything back especially for a community that seems so eagar to have every diagram possible.

Anyway, this will probably serve as an update thread for people who don't follow my Flickr.

Here's a minimalist gray fox
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You have inspired me. I stumbled on this board by accident. Now I will go and play with paper.
Thanks for the info.
Glad I could help turn another to the cult of kami!

No problem! Sorry I didn't answer sooner.
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Here's what's likely to be the last update before the final release. As you can see, I have finished everything except the last three, as I have to design the second mystery model.
How the heck do you fold that eye?

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I'm a layman btw
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1. people hate ching chong (IBM thinkpads are just for fun and can't really be used for modern applications)
2. people dont like that we have good laptops for cheap instead of the newest Alienware

Not called the Fish wRap for nothing.
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We still freeze the fat cut off of meats so that the bears don't get into our trash. Then put it into the bin before they get picked up in the morning. I use a similar box fold to store all that stuff in the freezer. But my grandma would just stuff everything into a plastic bag. I always would wonder what the scavengers in the dump would have to go through to get to the goods.
Kudos for your grandma. And good to keep up the tradition.
Same here. I get lightheaded and nauseous from that ink. Did a delivery for a short while and could not handle it because of that. And breathing problems. I still love getting a local newspaper, though. It's better than online because I can see all the local arrests and recognize some folks that got busted.
Hell, yeah! That's what I use to store the nicotine gum when there's a snow storm. Or candy... for guests.

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To commemorate Spyro's 20th anniversary, I'm opening a blog dedicated to Spyro papercrafts that I'll be posting over time. The first one is Spyro himself, feel free to edit the template if you need to

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Glad you enjoyed it, you did a nice job!

as for the blog, I'd like to upload more often but time is an issue right now, but i've got one that should be coming out soon. stay tuned.
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OP is a fucking God among Anons.
Holy crap, this is genuinely awesome. Glad I visited today.
I said to myself, with all the ardor of a sculptor, that this man was a faun's statue out of antique Hellas, dug from a temple's ruins and brought somehow to life in our stifling age only to feel the chill and pressure of devastating years. And when he opened his immense, sunken, and wildly luminous black eyes I knew he would be thenceforth my only friend- the only friend of one who had never possessed a friend before- for I saw that such eyes must have looked fully upon the grandeur and the terror of realms beyond normal consciousness and reality; realms which I had cherished in fancy, but vainly sought. So as I drove the crowd away I told him he must come home with me and be my teacher and leader in unfathomed mysteries, and he assented without speaking a word. Afterward I found that his voice was music- the music of deep viols and of crystalline spheres. We talked often in the night, and in the day, when I chiseled busts of him and carved miniature heads in ivory to immortalize his different expressions.
Fuck off.

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what do you think about making sculptures out of aluminum foil?
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And that's a good thing
well we do call them 銀紙 (gingami) here sometimes so it does have a gami part
Of our studies it is impossible to speak, since they held so slight a connection with anything of the world as living men conceive it. They were of that vaster and more appalling universe of dim entity and consciousness which lies deeper than matter, time, and space, and whose existence we suspect only in certain forms of sleep- those rare dreams beyond dreams which come never to common men, and but once or twice in the lifetime of imaginative men. The cosmos of our waking knowledge, born from such an universe as a bubble is born from the pipe of a jester, touches it only as such a bubble may touch its sardonic source when sucked back by the jester's whim. Men of learning suspect it little and ignore it mostly. Wise men have interpreted dreams, and the gods have laughed. One man with Oriental eyes has said that all time and space are relative, and men have laughed. But even that man with Oriental eyes has done no more than suspect. I had wished and tried to do more than suspect, and my friend had tried and partly succeeded. Then we both tried together, and with exotic drugs courted terrible and forbidden dreams in the tower studio chamber of the old manor-house in hoary Kent.
Fuck off.

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Hey po/ do you know where i can find the last version of pepakura designer 3.1.8 full with the patch to view locked models? thanks a lot for your help
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One more month to go boys, the 4 year mark is here
bump for interest
Almost 4 fucking years mate

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Hi, I made Alarak statue out of origami parts. I hope you like it too.

My Channel : https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChGJH4IpkJL-_gNHjt-CCcw

deviantART : https://www.deviantart.com/doreng4287

If I reply something awkward, please understand English is not my first language
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Oh, Sorry I didn't know that how this site works.
I've tried to delete other threads, but I can't.
I don't know why...
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Insanely impressive. About how long does one model take to build?
Thanks. I need two weeks to make it.
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