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Origami Tool.

Posted: October 10th, 2004, 4:32 am
by Hiba
I have folded many Origami models untill now,including simple to very complex models.I ended up finding that some tools and equipments are useful in doing Origami beside Ruler and cut . :) These tools help me very much in Hard-to-reach-by-hand Spots on the models.
I wonder does everyone else use tool as I do?

Posted: October 10th, 2004, 10:46 pm
by TheRealChris
there are a couple of commandment breaking tools, that I use while folding or as preparation tools. I have a carpet cutter, a metal ruler and a carving board to bring the paper in the right starting size. within the folding process it sometimes happens, that my fingers won't fit into a bag, so I was in need for a tool to handle it (sure, I could have used a larger sheet of paper). because of that (and the fact, that I am a PC techncian), I have a small set of little screwdrivers to open up bags. I also have a small assemblage of little clothepins to fix some parts of the models that tend to open up within the folding process. of course I have some kind of glue standing around.
it seems, that I am heretic, that must be burned :)


Posted: July 7th, 2005, 11:58 am
by TheRealChris
I made a picture of the two tweezers and the srewdriver that I'm using as folding tools



Posted: July 7th, 2005, 10:11 pm
by Brimstone
Wow those are the tweezers I was thinking about (I hope they don't have any of your nose hairs on them:).

I have a question, why is it that a square ruler would break the purity commandments? I had heard about no glue no cuts, but the way you obtain your square is nobody's business and the most perfect your square is, the better your folds will be

Posted: July 7th, 2005, 10:22 pm
by TheRealChris
in fact there are no written rules about no glue, no cuts and all that...
when you talk to 10 people, you may get 10 different answeres, about what is allowed, and what isn't.
so you can use, whatever you want... including rulers and all stuff, that may make the folding process a little easier for you :)


Posted: July 8th, 2005, 5:45 pm
by JMcK
For actual folding (as opposed to cutting or preparing paper) the only tool I use regularly is a blunted wooden cocktail stick, to get at those hard to reach places.

Posted: July 12th, 2005, 12:04 am
by dani luddington
i KNOW this has nothing to do with actual folding but it is a "tool" that i use to stop aggravation while folding, so i will pass it on. as origami should be fun, not aggravating.(in theory at least, hehe)
ya know when your books wont lay flat and you cant see the diagrams and you have to keep stopping to adjust the book again. i tried a book holder but for a few reasons it didnt work well for me. so i took a sand filled 12 inch long lizard(stuffed animal) and laid it across my book it works beautifully! pages stay real flat. and ya only have to move it a bit, once to see all your diagrams. i suppose sand filled snakes would do the trick too. if you go this route, dont get one that is half sand and half polyfil it wont work! dani

Posted: July 12th, 2005, 2:57 am
by wolf
Yep - it works nicely until the spine of the book cracks (and its resale value goes down). :D

I know a guy who buys both print and pdf versions of roleplaying sourcebooks - the former for its future "antique" value, and the latter for actual gaming sessions...

Posted: July 12th, 2005, 3:22 am
by malachi
I just remembered what my most frequently used "tool" for origami is. I use it so much, I almost forgot about it!

I have a clear plastic clip board that has the clip removed that I carry around with my origami stuff because it provides a hard surface to fold on no matter where I am, and because it is clear it can be put on top of an open book, depending on the type of book, so I can refer to the diagrams as I fold without needing extra space to keep a book open.

Posted: July 12th, 2005, 9:33 am
by TheRealChris
Yep - it works nicely until the spine of the book cracks (and its resale value goes down)
resale? who taught you such evil words??? :shock:



Posted: July 12th, 2005, 9:49 am
by wolf
Remember how high the bids went for Kawahata's Origami Fantasy on eBay? Might be worth getting a few spare copies of the Origami House books, yes? :D

Posted: July 12th, 2005, 10:47 am
by TheRealChris
did you forgot the 12th commandment: "thou shouldn't sell thy origami stuff"?
pray now, young lass, and your soul may be save :D


Posted: July 12th, 2005, 11:08 am
by wolf
Oh, the spare copies aren't <i>mine</i>, I'm just temporarily keeping it for a potential future folder! :D

Posted: October 24th, 2005, 3:42 am
by Rdude
try getting a golf tee. It works suprisingly well for getinginto hard to reach ares and it does nicely for opening out reversefolds from the inside.

Posted: October 24th, 2005, 5:17 am
by malachi
Here is a link to a picture of my current tools, a bone folder and a pair of tweezers. ... age_id=298