Jul 1, 2012

Origami Cranes - Non-conventional Materials

I've been folding some origami cranes with non-conventional materials. It was challenging, and I definitely need more practice, but it was really fun!

Origami Cranes - Non-conventional Materials
The green and orange cranes are made of polymer clay, the purple crane is made of cold porcelain. I used a small pasta machine to roll thin sheets, that I then cut into squares using a template.  I dusted the sheets with cornstarch to prevent them from sticking to the machine, and also to prevent the layers from sticking to each other while folding.

Origami Cranes - Non-conventional Materials
This last crane is made of copper wire mesh. This material was the most difficult to work with. It definitely does not like reverse folds.

Besides paper, what other materials have you used to fold origami models?


Suspinz: Dabbler in Many Things said...

Hi, Marcella -- I make silk paper and used some of that for a silk moth model on a gourd covered with fused silk. Silk paper does not hold a crease well, and finding the right glue (gasp!) is a challenge. The finished moth, however, looks quite good, and the glue doesn't show.

Marcela Brina said...

That's very interesting! Did you take pictures? I would love to see them.

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