Types of Origami Paper
Really small paper: are great for making origami models for greeting cards and origami jewelry. See this tiny flapping bird; talk about a challenge! Click here to see a mini origami paper some come as small as 1″ x 1″ squares.
Animal print origami paper:
for kids, it’s sometimes nice to use origami paper with animal prints on it. Be warned though: sometimes the animal patterns look great on a flat sheet of paper, but they don’t match up properly when folded. Still… kids are imaginative and would appreciate them. Click here to see animal print origami paper.
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Paper made from Animal Droppings:
this is a specialty item, read more here.
Things to Consider about Origami Paper
One of the reasons why origami is so popular is because the only thing you need is paper. And it really doesn’t matter what kind of paper you use, so it can be a very affordable hobby and pastime. Children have been making origami hats and boats with newspaper since the time of our grandmothers. You can also use glossy paper from magazines or recycled paper from old advertisements.
But as your craft progresses, you will soon find newspaper to be lacking. Here people often turn to “origami paper”. This paper is colored on one side and white on the back side. It is commercially available in packs, it is fairly cheap, and the best of all, it comes in pre-cut squares. Convenience and great color, all for a few dollars.
Another popular type of paper is “office paper” or “photocopy paper”. These also come in various colors though they often come in packs of 500 and they are not square. Some photocopy centers may sell the paper as individual sheets. Here, you still need a method of cutting the paper to the right size and shape.
As your craft progresses to complex models or to wet folding, regular origami paper just isn’t good enough and forget about newspaper! For more advanced origami models, your paper has to withstand multiple folds/unfolds. It should have tensile strength so it does not rip easily. Sometimes you wish for a thicker paper so your model has volume and smooth curves. A quick survey of origami enthusiasts from the Origami newsgroup indicates that these features are important for serious paper folders:
1. Price, availability, convenience of purchase.
2. Colors available.
3. Size & shape available.
4. Thickness – in GSM (g/m2).
5. Texture – smooth, rough, embossed, skin like, shiny.
6. Strength – how may repeated folds before it breaks.
7. Tensile strength – how stretchy is it?
8. Memory – how good it remembers a fold.
9. Forgiveness – the ability to “erase” a fold line, or to reverse it.
10. Aging – how well can the model retain its freshness: days, weeks, months?
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