10 Origami Folding Tips
Take this list to bed with you and recite it every night as a mantra to help you sleep:
-Accuracy is vital because errors multiply quickly.
-Always fold the paper away from you rather than towards you.
-Fold with clean hands.
-Folding an edge to an edge is easier than folding to a crease.
-If you get really stuck following a diagram, refold with a new sheet.
-Making a model is like rehearsing a piece af music each takes practise to get right.
-Make sure your square is really square (measure it)
-Slow down and give yourself enough time to finish (a model always takes longer than you think)
-The first time you try a new design use a larger sheet than usual.
-To do a mountain fold, turn the paper over and do a valley.
Another Ten Tips
Here are more top tips to make your paper folding life less stressful.
-A staple gun makes a handy alternative to glue. Yes, you are allowed to use glue sometimes
-Always look ahead to the next drawing to see where you are going.
-Don’t be afraid to experiment with a model.
-Have a waste paper bin handy.
-Make rough diagrams of any models you make, otherwise you will forget how to make them!
-Save your origami mistakes because they may lead to new creative ideas.
-Sometimes you can make a fold as a soft crease, rather than a sharp one.
-Use a folded paper template to find angles and distances if you want to avoid unwanted creases.
-If a model won’t stay flat, leave it in the middle of a heavy book for a couple of days.
-Use a ruler and an old biro with no ink to score creases when you are folding twist boxes or similar, where you need greater accuracy.
note: all of this is small tips for you, you can add some more tips