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Your thoughts about models that include other materials?

PostPosted: April 4th, 2016, 4:11 pm
by Gerardo
Hi guys,

I wanted to ask for your opinion. Ángel Ecija has many different action models that include non-folding-materials in order to make them work: Spinning Top uses a toothpick so you can make it spin, Pinwheel needs a thumbtack and a stick in order to spin as well, Crossbow uses string to shoot its quarrels, and Kite uses string also but so you can make it glide.

What are your thoughts regarding the use of this other materials in origami models? I ask because I have this hypothesis that creating models that include non-folding-materials is mostly frowned upon by the origami community. Am I right?

I'd really appreciate your opinion on this : )

Re: Your thoughts about models that include other materials?

PostPosted: April 4th, 2016, 6:44 pm
by Sunburst
If it's something minor that would be hard to achieve with folding only, I don't see any problem using additional material. For instance, I used strings for my string puppet model and a small detailed drawing for the logo of my Superman model.

Re: Your thoughts about models that include other materials?

PostPosted: April 5th, 2016, 2:55 pm
by Gerardo
I'm adding a poll to get more ideas, but I still need written opinions from my fellow members.

Help me out guys ;)!


Sunburst wrote:If it's something minor that would be hard to achieve with folding only, I don't see any problem using additional material. For instance, I used strings for my string puppet model and a small detailed drawing for the logo of my Superman model.

Thanks Sunburst. Every opinion is appreciated!

Re: Your thoughts about models that include other materials?

PostPosted: April 5th, 2016, 7:31 pm
by origami_8
Well, I guess it depends a lot on what you want to achieve with the model. If you want a working kite you won't be able to achieve that without a string. On the other hand if you want a spinning top, there are not only lots of tops that either have an included paper handle or work through blowing, you can also roll up a sheet of paper to replace a toothpick.

Re: Your thoughts about models that include other materials?

PostPosted: April 6th, 2016, 6:25 pm
by Gerardo
Who else will do me the favor of writing down their opinion? Please :).

Anything is valid, just as long as it's sincere: I don't care much for that kind of models, they're completely unacceptable, they're simply models just like any other origami model, or to include that kind of materials is a dreeded neccesity in some cases, or maybe, doing that is a very creative idea... Just let me know what you think, OK?

And if you haven't voted in the poll please do.

Thanks in advance :D!


origami_8 wrote:Well, I guess it depends a lot on what you want to achieve with the model. If you want a working kite you won't be able to achieve that without a string. On the other hand if you want a spinning top, there are not only lots of tops that either have an included paper handle or work through blowing, you can also roll up a sheet of paper to replace a toothpick.

Thank you very much for sharing your own opinion origami_8 :).

Re: Your thoughts about models that include other materials?

PostPosted: April 6th, 2016, 6:46 pm
by jeko
There is quite a bit of a grey area between origami and crafts using folded components. For me it's a bit like cuts: Sometimes a great way of achieving a particular effect that would be otherwise (almost) impossible. Easy to overdo. I accept that kind of models but I prefer models without other materials.

Re: Your thoughts about models that include other materials?

PostPosted: April 11th, 2016, 8:36 pm
by Gerardo
I see. I appreciate your answer jeko :).