Monday, 14 October 2013

Origami Tools: Paper

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The first an for most tools you definitely going to have to fold origami or any papercraft obviously is paper or paper like material. Almost any laminar (flat) material can be used for folding; the only requirement is that it should hold a crease.

Paper used for origami can range from the very simple and easily available Printer Paper to the specially designed Origami Paper and here are some of it that mostly use in paper folding:
  • Origami paper, often referred to as "kami" (Japanese for paper), commonly sold in bookstore in small pack, usually squares of various sizes ranging from 2.5 cm (1 in) to 25 cm (10 in) or more. It is commonly colored on one side and white on the other; however, dual coloured and patterned versions exist and can be used effectively for color-changed models. Origami paper weighs slightly less than copy paper, making it suitable for a wider range of models.
  • Normal copy paper with weights of 70–90 g/m2 can be used for simple folds, such as the crane and waterbomb.
  • Foil-backed paper is a sheet of thin foil glued to a sheet of thin paper. Related to this is tissue foil, which is made by gluing a thin piece of tissue paper to kitchen aluminium foil. A second piece of tissue can be glued onto the reverse side to produce a tissue/foil/tissue sandwich. Foil-backed paper is available commercially, but not tissue foil; it must be handmade. Both types of foil materials are suitable for complex models.
  • Washi is the traditional origami paper used in Japan. Washi is generally tougher than ordinary paper made from wood pulp, and is used in many traditional arts. Washi is commonly made using fibres from the bark of the gampi tree, the mitsumata shrub or the paper mulberry but can also be made using bamboo, hemp, rice, and wheat.
  • Paper money from various countries is also popular to create origami with; this is known variously as Dollar Origami, Orikane, and Money Origami.
However origami as an art which use a lot of paper and does not deem it to be environment friendly. Keeping in mind the importance of trees for our environment, try to minimize the wastage of paper and make sincere efforts to fold the designs of Origami with previously USED PAPER, unless you are doing it for a professional purpose.

Please share this and save our environment.

Happy folding.


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