On this page you'll find all things not quite origami.
Dog-ear that Book
Now that I have a Kindle, I find I still miss the feel of a "real" book in my hands. Enter the unusual craft of Book Folding / Page Folding / Altered Books - create a clever piece of artwork from books that you might otherwise discard. For instuctions, patterns and tips, visit The ReFab Diaries.
While origami proficiency isn't needed for this, it will certainly make it easier for us to assemble this cool optical illusion by magician Jerry Andrus. After the dragon has been folded, as you walk around it, it will appear to turn its head and follow you (you'll need to close one eye). View a short video showing the optical illusion in action, then download the PDF so you can fold your own. Jeremy Shafer's "Magic Cube" origami model utilizes the same principal to create the illusion (from Origami to Astonish and Amuse).
Why origamist don't cut paper
Is it magic? This simple to create illusion can be used to explain to outsiders the dangers of cutting paper (pictured far left, click for larger view). Solution at the bottom of this page.
But if you do cut paper...
I finally discovered what to do with all those stips of paper that are left-over when I cut copy paper down to size: Paper Quilling.
By cutting, rolling and shaping thin strips of paper, you can create stunning pieces. Visit All Things Paper and Ann Martin will get you started, and possibly hooked on, Quilling.
How many times can you fold a
piece of paper in the material world?
The debate rages on. But Britney Gallivan can do it an impossible 12 times...
Visit Green Fuse Films to find out more about Vanessa Gould's "Between the Folds", a documentary that follows the lives of 10 origami artists.
Yami Yamauchi has created a modular origami version of this puzzle, pictured below. Download the diagram here.
Descal Dodecahedron 12 Month Calendar
Norwegian Ole Arntzen has created a 12 sided calendar that you can download in PDF and assemble. Just choose a year and you can download the calendar in dozens of different languages.
Origami Fortune Ball
Based on the 12 sided calendar above (dodecahedron), assemble this ball to help you decide what to fold next. (Not available yet)