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What are some waterproof materials that meet my criteria for folding origami stars and cranes eggs?

You could try using palm fronds, which can be woven to make beautiful stars and patterns: For more details about the craft of palm weaving, see this question and the links given in its answer (...
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What are some waterproof materials that meet my criteria for folding origami stars and cranes eggs?

Plastics comes to mind. I use flexible circuit inside of keyboards to create some fun stuff. Some are made of polyester film. Plastics would come in a variety of colours so that should not be an issue....
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What are some waterproof materials that meet my criteria for folding origami stars and cranes eggs?

Waterproof paper My company needed to travel with some spec sheets through a rain-forest area. We used waterproof laser printer paper so the sheets wouldn't be ruined by the rain. The product was ...
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What should I look for in a paper for a complex origami model?

When rejecting DIY solutions, you are limiting your choice a lot. Methylcellulose (MC)-glued double and triple tissue and well as self-made tissue foil are very popular and relatively inexpensive ...
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What can I do to finish intersecting plane models with minimal buckling?

Yes, paper may play a role here. Typical Kami paper (I assume this is what you mean by "square origami paper stock") is rather thin which means it is easy for the outer, visible layer to become ...
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What is the right method to practice origami? Is rote-memorization correct method?

It's because you are still at a stage of learning where you are simply memorizing a series of steps, without really understanding the more nuanced principles of and techniques of origami and how these ...
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Different materials that can be used for origami

Tinfoil / aluminium foil Usually has a 'dirty' look, as all folds will be visible, but is very characteristic and quite easy to work with. source Baking paper Has a beautiful translucent look and ...
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Is there a way to make a complex model easier to fold during the learning phase?

A couple of things that come to mind: Don't try to run if you cannot walk yet. In other words: do some simple projects first. You obviously like the finished results of the more complex ones better. ...
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How do you make curved folds in origami?

Apart from just carefully folding along the curve with your fingers, following techniques get used: Embossing the line with a pointed object or (better) a used-up ballpoint pen. Folding along such an ...
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What kind of paper can I use in place of U.S. currency for origami?

Since US currency is a mixture of both 25% linen and 75% cotton blended together, you might need to look for high quality stationary or look into making your own. The US Department of Treasury's ...
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What are some waterproof materials that meet my criteria for folding origami stars and cranes eggs?

Something that immediately came to mind for me was one of my favorite origami papers: Foil Paper. This paper has a metal foil on one side for a great shiny appearance, and has a paper backing to ...
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How do you make curved folds in origami?

They're really creases, not true "folds" so the secret I've found is to not try and form them on a flat surface the way you would a straight fold but, instead, fold them in mid-air using your fingers (...
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Extended Fortune Teller With > 4 Flaps

How to fold a fortune teller: Fold all four corners to the center and turn over. Fold all four corners to the center again and turn over. To make a modular unit fold all four corners to the center ...
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Irreversible Origami Envelope

While not impossible to open without tearing, and requiring cuts as well as folds (which disqualifies the method as origami to an origami purist), there is a form of letterlocking that involves ...
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How to make paper waterproof

There are various waterproofing sprays and brush-on treatments sold for maps. They shouldn't change the colour very much, (hopefully not at all for print) but may darken the base colour a little. ...
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How do I know I've got the right amount of moisture in the paper to wet-fold origami?

The amount of water to use will very much depend on the kind of paper you use. Thick watercolor paper can absorb a lot of water and still stay intact while copy paper will disintegrate or at least ...
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How do I get my Envelopener to cut cleanly every time?

I use envelopeners a lot and indeed prefer them to any other means of cutting paper in almost all cases. Here are some tips from my experience: Regarding the cutting tool itself: First of all, ...
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How do I cut a perfect square out of paper for origami folding?

To get a square from any shape of paper, makes sure you have a protective cutting surface, a straight edge, and a way of making straight cuts on paper all of which are large enough to accommodate the ...
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How do I cut a perfect square out of paper for origami folding?

This works better if at least two of the sides are parallel. It is required that one corner is at a right angle. When I am trying to get perfect squares in paper I fold the paper in half diagonally. ...
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How do I get or make large glitter paper sheets for origami stars?

Actual glitter paper relies on bonding glitter to paper (or card) and it always sheds, whether bought or home made. You may be able to spray coat it and reduce the shedding, but you won't stop it ...
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How do I get my Envelopener to cut cleanly every time?

I haven't used this tool, but I have used loose razor blades to cut paper. The "getting stuck" phenomenon just seems to happen sometimes. I once grabbed a new blade that had a light coat of oil on ...
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Extended Fortune Teller With > 4 Flaps

Start with a 5-sided piece of paper (as some commenters said). Before the first set of folds, trim the pentagon so it's kind of a 5-pointed star. Fold the corner points to the center point, like a ...
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What kind of paper can I use in place of U.S. currency for origami?

I don't think any such thing exists; the two closest alternatives I can think of are both long out of manufacture (Eaton's Corrasable bond, and Crane's "Old Money"). Old Money would also have been too ...
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Paper airplane maker

I think a good start would be to use "paper airplane making machine" as the terms of your search process. I did and discovered a great number of different machines constructed by makers/tinkerers. I ...
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How do I fold step 3-4 in Maarten van Gelder's caterpillar model?

Diagrams 4 and 6 are very misleading and diagram 2 isn't to the same scale. The end isn't as shown, so don't try to make the end look like the diagram. Also, the diagrams don't use line formats to ...
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Different materials that can be used for origami

Some thoughts to supplement Joachim's answer. Almost any foldable material can be used, but different characteristics are better for different purposes. You will want different material for an ...
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I'm stuck on Step 70 of HOJYO Takashi's Buddha... what does the diagram mean?

As you found yourself Google Translate was not particularly helpful in this matter: By overlaying the more because What is the other side ` Ru to one representing the thumb of muscle To ...
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How do I know I've got the right amount of moisture in the paper to wet-fold origami?

Well I found this site explaining step by step how to do wet folding origami. The most important part related to your question is this. (they recommend using a spray bottle for dampening the paper). ...
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