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Professor Dodo's Folded Paper Flying School


It's Just A Bit Of Paper

Volume 2

Simplifying Complexity

Cover of volume 2       Origami fairy perched on a finger

My second origami book is now complete and available to buy.

Laughing dragons photobombing
Laughing dragons, behaving badly

Origami is often thought of as being produced from a single uncut square of paper . This is an arbitrary rule which, as we all know, is often broken to great effect. However, if you are an origami “purist” who insists on only ever using a single, uncut square of paper, step away now. Everything that follows will upset you.

Origami fairies on toadstools
Fairies, toadstools and branch are all origami

In normal complex origami the designer sometimes has to go to extraordinary lengths to achieve the desired result with one single uncut square. Which often means that there are multiple layers of hidden paper, this increases the overall thickness of the model and results in large areas of the original surface of the square not visible and unused. If one examines the folding sequence of some complex origami, one can see that the designer has used the first few steps of the process to remove the squareness of the original sheet of paper to produce a shape that has 5, 6 or more irregular sides.

3 origami spiders crawling around a bath drain
Origami spiders in their natural habitat

By folding the paper a few times and then cutting along those folds one discovers that:

  1. More of the original surface of the paper is visible at the end.

  2. One can produce colour changes simply.

  3. One can introduce thin points and useful flaps almost at will.

  4. A fully 3D model results.

  5. The overall folding sequence is simpler and quicker.

  6. The models can be manipulated into different positions relatively easily.


All of the models included are folded from more than one piece of paper. Sometimes 2 squares and at other times the original square or rectangle is folded a few times and then cut along all or some of the folds. The pieces are then combined and folded as one to produce the final model.

A laughing dragon, heart with arms and legs and Granny Weatherwax flying past on her Nimbus 2000
Granny Weatherwax on her Nimbus 2000 flies
past a Laughing Dragon dancing with a heart

The models are relatively simple and should not pose any problems to a fairly experienced folder. Most of them will benefit from being wet-folded in the last few steps.

Chameleon on a branch

Chameleon doing what chameleons do

Don’t wet the entire model, just the area requiring shaping and hold it in place with clothes pegs, soft wire or aluminium cooking foil until it’s dry. For long term display of a model I would recommend the minimal and careful application of glue and a coat or two of varnish.

Spider with Catalan flag markings

A Catalan spider

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