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iPhone App Review: Candy Wrapper Origami

Candy Wrapper Origami is a simple iPhone app that gives animated instructions for turning sweet wrappers into origami models.

It has 12 different models to follow, selectable animation speed, and even a simple sliding blocks game.

The skills range of the models is on the simple side, so it’s a good choice for children or beginners. Most of the brands featured are hard to find outside the US, but local alternatives should be available.

Candy Wrapper – available now from the App Store for $1.99 (US)/£1.19 (UK).

Disclaimer: I was given a free review copy by the creators.


The Paper Bird

Thanks to Leilani for dropping me a line about this origami-based video she’s made! There’s a stop-motion animation of the bird being folded if you want to follow along.

Origami from folded plastic

Folded plastic origami

Exploring alternative mediums for origami, Polyscene has produced a range of tessellated origami folds using plastic sheets.

Pictured above is a model folded from 200 micron frosted polypropylene. You can check out her other work in her Flickr photostream and website.

If you like the tessellation concept and want to see more, check out Eric Gjerde’s Origami Tessellations.

Are you an origami nut?

Origami sphere

Karl dropped me a line about his origami blog, Origami Nut. He’s got some great stuff on there, including some nice videos demonstrating the assembly of different models. I really liked the Sphere 94 model (pictured above), designed by Heinz Strobl. It’s a great bit of modular origami and watching it go together is great.

Easy Halloween Origami

Halloween Origami pumpkin

Here’s some simple Halloween origami that beginners can easily make. Not only are there diagrams to make a Jack O’ Lantern, a Bat, a Ghost, a Witch, Dracula, and a Church, there are animations showing you how to put them together.

Try not to get too spooked by it!

[Via Make:Blog]

How to Make Square Paper for Origami

So you want to give origami a go, but you can’t get hold of any origami paper? No problem! Just follow this simple guide and you’ll be able to make your own square origami paper from any regular sheets you have lying about.

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Beginner’s Origami Basics Series – Coming Soon

I haven’t had a huge amount of time to post to the blog recently, but I wanted to let all of you know that soon I will be kicking off a new series of posts aimed at newcomers to Origami.

The first instalment will start with an overview of the origami folds and how they are shown in diagrams, and the second part will move on to the bird base, and how you get from that to an origami bird.

After that, who knows? There’s a lot more to cover – if there’s anything you’d especially like to see, please leave a comment!

Amazingly Small Origami Crane

Checking out some links from []( I discovered the [Foldingfreaks Origami]( group on Flickr – there’s some amazing origami work there.

How about this [tiny origami crane]( – just 3mm across!

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[Tiny Origami Crane - 3mm across](

Folded from a 5.5mm square piece of tissue paper, it must require some incredibly nimble fingers to complete.

I’m off to try and find a pair of tweezers now.

Fold Your Own Origami Envelope

It’s a bit late to post these in time for christmas, but how about sending your thank you notes in these hand-made origami envelopes?

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This is a simple design that’s folded from a single sheet of paper, and whatever is written inside is completely hidden when folded – a nice surprise for whoever recieves it.

This may not comply with US postal regulations, so check carefully if you’re sending letters around America – you can always put it inside another envelope, or just stick to hand-delivery for people who live close.

I found this on Instructables, “a venue for showing what you make and how others can make it”. There’s loads of projects on there, but not much in the way of paper crafts at the moment.

‘Computational Origami’ Podcast – Robert J. Lang

Trying to find something to listen to? IT Conversations has [an interesting talk]( by origami master Robert J. Lang.

Here’s the description:

The last decade of the twentieth century saw a revolution in the development and application of mathematical techniques to origami. Robert J. Lang describes how geometric concepts have led to the computer solution of a broad class of origami folding challenges and, as a consequence, enabled origami designs of astonishing complexity and realism to be developed.

He covers how technology and origami are affecting each other, and talks about how he used origami principles to help put a 100-metre wide lens into space by folding it to fit into a small rocket. That’s an amazing use of some ancient ideas!

Want to learn more about Robert J. Lang? [Read the Wikipedia article on him](, and then [visit his site]( to view [some amazing galleries]( of his work (a lot of these pictures are mentioned in his talk).

Thanks to [John]( for the tip.

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