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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 (disclaimer: answer posted by me). They're obviously waterproof, since they come from plants which are naturally found in wet conditions. They come in long strips, ...


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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. If you have the right thickness it will hold its form very well. Something like the start could be an issue as non complete creases might try to relax back to ...


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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 called Revlar. Here is a link to their website


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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 forms are constructed. In neuroscience, it's called 'chunking', and it's a crucial part of becoming proficient at any skill, and it only comes with ...


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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 materials for folding exactly the kind of models you describe. The situation is not hopeless, however. There are ready-made papers which may suit your needs, but ...


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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 warm, light brown colour, which makes your projects look more organic. Good for creating 'origamized' lamps. Or baking stuff inside your origami: source Clear or ...


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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. But by trying easier ones first, you gain experience on how to read the diagrams, and you're practising the techniques for precise folds. Plus: better a nicely ...


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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 crumpled and embossed with the pattern of the layers below when you squeeze multiple layers together. An example is visible as a diagonal line on the yellow unit in ...


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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 make it easier to work with. The foil layer will provide a degree of water protection, but when making creases, you don't want to fold too tightly to avoid ...


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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 once more. On opposite sides draw a capital A on the pockets Join the A pockets Fold each connected pocket in on itself to hide the A and lock the model ...


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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. Here's one example, and here's another. The key to using these is to ensure perfect coverage, and several thin, even, coats. The same would be true for spray ...


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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 size of the piece of paper. Make a straight fold halfway across the paper (corner to corner, if there are discernible corners, will reduce wastage). Fold the ...


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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. Not across the center exactly but more so that the two sides that make up one corner are brought together. Any paper that sticks out after that is removed. In ...


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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 embossed line results in a relatively smooth fold even if the curve is complex. For some models (mostly the organic-looking ones), wet folding can allow very ...


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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 cutting a thin strip from the blank margin of the letter, folding the letter, and then punching holes through the letter with an awl, and threading the strip through ...


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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 (and nails if you have them) to support and shape the creases. start a crease in the direction you want (mountain or valley) by bending the paper in the ...


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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 tear with even a little moisture. This behavior depends on the paper's thickness, fibre length and sizing. Most wet folding tips found on the web (e.g. about using ...


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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, envelopeners are consumables: they will become blunt over time and there's not much you can do about it. Since they are cheap, simply replace them once in a while, ...


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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 regular fortune teller. After folding, trim this smaller pentagon into kind of a 5-pointed star. Flip over, and fold the corner points to the center point, as ...


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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 expect you will not find an off-the-shelf solution, although the Lego version certainly gets close to something a homebuilder can construct more easily than some ...


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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 indicate mountain and valley folds, they just show sequence. Actually, steps 2 and 4 aren't needed. Make the creases in Diagram 1 then Diagram 3. Diagram 3 ...


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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 intricately-folded animal, say, than a simple, sturdy box. And if you want to dabble in curved folds, you generally need a stiffer material that will take and ...


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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 it, and I had much better luck using it for a while. Assuming the oil had something to do with it, I sprayed the blade with some silicon lubricant and that also ...


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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). The technique is called "wet-folding", yet you don't want to wet the paper, but rather to only moisten it. Spray the sheet with a fine mist from about 30cm ...


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Why not use diagrams? Have you learned Yoshizawa-Randlett notation? It might make sense, as with a recipe, to simply write down/draw the steps as you go, so you don't have to memorize it, but can look it up at need. Similarly, designers often use crease patterns to keep a shorthand all-in-one record of base designs. And as long as you have a model to ...


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It appears that Eric Joisel is an accomplished artist in origami. His creations bring thousands of dollars for each work. As such, it's unlikely that you'll find any means of creating duplicates of his work, especially considering the complexity of the models. It is also likely that anyone who creates an exact duplicate of his work may be in violation of ...


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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 thick, but Crane took advantage of being the manufacturer of US currency paper by creating a 100% cotton bond paper that was 30% recycled currency. (Similarly, ...


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