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Design. How to shape a fold?

PostPosted: February 10th, 2017, 2:43 am
by racerpenny
This might be a pretty obscure question. I have been noodling with box pleating and the tree method, and so I think I'm getting clear on how to make a base with say 6 flaps for a dog or 8 flaps for I don't ...octopus? ha ha. But then I get lost in the art of how to shape a flap. How to take 3 triangular pieces of paper, flaps, and turn it into a head with ears. Just wondering if there are any resources out there, YouTube etc., that demonstrate some shaping ideas. Thanks.

Re: Design. How to shape a fold?

PostPosted: February 11th, 2017, 5:04 am
by noneuclidean
First of all, this is in the wrong section. It should probably be in General Origami Talk. Secondly, shaping flaps is something you'll pick up after folding a bunch of other people's models. Just keeping practicing and eventually it will click.

Re: Design. How to shape a fold?

PostPosted: February 11th, 2017, 5:07 am
by noneuclidean
Also, I read from from your post history that you're new. You should really get yourself a copy of Genuine Origami by Jun Maekawa. It's a really great book with the models starting simple and progressing in difficulty until you can fold the devil in the cover!

Re: Design. How to shape a fold?

PostPosted: February 11th, 2017, 11:37 pm
by racerpenny
Thank you, noneuclidean. That looks like a perfect book, plus it seems reasonably priced.

Re: Design. How to shape a fold?

PostPosted: February 12th, 2017, 11:45 am
by Metangas
I am slightly biased since this is my favourite book in general, but I very highly would recommend Origami Essence by Roman Diaz. This book also starts simple and gets more complex and includes bits about design and wet-folding. I have several of the models in this book from simple to high-intermediate memorised, because they are both fun to fold and very charming. That said, I have a Maekawa model or two memorised too - I'd happily recommend both ;)

Re: Design. How to shape a fold?

PostPosted: February 16th, 2017, 6:30 pm
by ginshun
Fold as many diagrams as possible.

That is the best way to figure out the steps between base and finished model.