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Origami Paper Mammal Design

Posted by Kortren, 6:19pm, 18 Oct, 2005

Recently, I submitted an Origami model of a paper mammal I designed. It should appear in the art gallery soon, but here's a link anyway:

I'm a poor photographer and I've never designed Origami before, but I was pleased with this particual attempt at a paper mammal (after a few grotesque others). If there's any other Origami enthusiasts out there, I encourage (nay, challenge) you to create a more accurate design of a paper mammal. This one is made of two parts and lacks ears. The diagram (a.k.a. instructions) I based this design on was that of Dr. Stephen O'Hanlon's squirrel:

I haven't made a diagram for my paper mammal, mostly because I didn't make any ground-breaking changes to the one it was based on. The difference lies in the finishing touches, like the head, the tail, the legs, and of course, the bag. None of those details involve complex folds, and the bag is a simple "tube" folded into a rectangular shape and placed on the back. Also, there are very few "landmarks" to be followed in those stages of design, which makes a diagram harder to create and follow.

I'm no hardcore Origami folder either, so I encourage those of you who've never tried folding Origami before to at least check out Dr. O'Hanlon's page ( It has a very good beginner's guide and a few simple diagrams to try out!

Posted by jasonblue, 6:28pm, 18 Oct, 2005

Kortren! That design is amazing! I put it up on the fan art page for everyone to see.

Posted by Kortren, 9:00pm, 19 Oct, 2005

Thanks! Your cheers (and those that were posted in the shoutbox by others) have really made my day! I've started working on the diagram for it, and it should be done very soon. I'll post the link to it here when I'm done!


And here it is! (Copy+paste the whole line on your browser's address bar.)

If this is the first time you try Origami, I highly recommend you visit this page first:

Some tips of my own:

-Traditional Origami is made out of a single sheet of square paper (no cutting, no glue). There's a lot of places where colored paper made specifically for Origami is sold, but I believe those are a bit too fancy for practice and casual folding. The paper I use most often is the kind that comes in a square block, identical in size to Post-It notes but without the glue on the back. You can also make a square out of any rectangular piece of paper easily; just fold a corner so it forms a triangle, cut off that entire piece, and unfold. You won't have to make more than one cut if you fold the paper correctly. Bigger squares of paper (e.g. 8.5x8.5" squares, the size you can easily cut from 8.5x11" pages) are good for practicing. Smaller squares are more difficult to work with, but they look more impressive because of the tiny details.

-For sharper, more precise edges in your folds, use a smooth, hard object to press the paper, like the side of a pencil or your fingernail. Be warned, this may make your lines less "accurate" if you're not careful.

-I've done my best to keep the instructions of my diagram simple and easy to follow, but it's definitely not what you'd call a "beginner's diagram". In any case, don't expect your work to look anywhere near as perfect as the illustrations show. Even the ones that I've been making to replicate my first design look somewhat crumpled and uneven. Keep trying until you're satisfied!
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Posted by jasonblue, 4:58pm, 20 Oct, 2005

This is super cool. I'm going to build an army!

Posted by jasonblue, 6:48pm, 20 Oct, 2005

Wow, this is harder than it looks. That other link did the trick, though.

Kortren, I'm going to add some links over to your instructions if that's okay with you. If that web space is only temporary, I can host it over here if you like.

Posted by Kortren, 2:35am, 21 Oct, 2005

Sure, any helpful links are welcome!

And yes, unfortunately, that web space will eventually get deleted. I would be honored if you were to host the diagram here! I'm thinking about setting it up into one file, though I'm not sure what the format should be. Most other diagrams I've seen are in PDF format, but I only have the reader version of Acrobat. Another possibility would be to copy the text and images from the diagram and set them up in their own page here (so that it has the nice background), but I'm not sure how much of a hassle that would be... I don't want to add a heavy burden on your workload!

In any case, I am currently making small improvements to the diagram offline, and it wouldn't be hard for me to assemble the images and instructions into one file once I'm done. What do you think would be the best approach?


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