My name's Sara Adams, and I discovered origami for myself during Christmas 2005. I've been hooked ever since. The intention of this site is to get you hooked, too. You've been warned! — Now go enjoy some instructional videos, pictures in the gallery, and all the rest of it. And most importantly, happy folding!

Unryu Paper Review

Authored by Ilan Garibi and Gadi Vishne
Weight (gsm) Sizes Color Palette Texture Aging
27 40cm;60cm 10 Hand-made Many years
Attributes:
Wear and Tear Memory Forgiveness Tensile Strength Bending Restistance
9 / 10 7 to 8 / 10 8 / 10 10 / 10 5 / 10
Model Suitability:
Classic Action Tess. Complex Modular 3D Wet Folding
n/a n/a n/a 9 / 10 n/a 9 / 10 n/a
Final score: 9 out of 10
Paper type: 

Unryu is absolutely beautiful paper, there is no doubt about it. It has long fibers that swim majestically in all directions, a huge palette of colors, translucent appeal, and a perfect wow-effect.

But the moment I got my package and opened it, I knew I was in trouble. Unryu is soft, seems to be too arrogant to hold a crease, or to remember it - hence totally unfit to origami - unless you treat it nicely.

There are multiple ways you can treat such soft paper to make it origami-capable. You can coat it with Methyl Cellulose or paint it with acrylic color. You can make tissue foil by gluing tissue paper, such as Unryu, to kitchen foil, or even make a foil sandwich, by gluing tissue paper to both sides of the aluminum foil. You can use another thin paper, like Onion Skin paper, and glue them together. And finally, you can fight your way through the natural stuff and work with it as it is.

Knowing all that, we realized reviewing Unryu would have to be done differently. No one buys Unryu to cut it to 30 small squares for a modular, nor would they fold a crane or a barking dog from it. So this review will be dedicated to complex and 3D animal models only, the main reason people will buy this paper. And we will test such models on Unryu after treating it in different ways.

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Update and Giveaway (deadline Jan 31st 2013)

Diagrams included in the book: 

Update Feb 1st 2013: Thanks so much for the tons of supportive messages. I haven't had the time to answer any yet, but have read all of them and appreciate your kind words greatly. I'll answer as I find the time, but right now time is short. Especially the last days Felix was much worse again, but he's getting better now.

Skytone: Paper Review

Weight (gsm) Sizes Color Palette Texture Aging
90, 176 A4, 635mm by 965mm 12 Smooth, marble-like Unknown
Attributes:
Wear and Tear Memory Forgiveness Tensile Strength Bending Restistance
6 / 10 8 / 10 9 / 10 7 / 10 8 to 9 / 10
Model Suitability:
Classic Action Tess. Complex Modular 3D Wet Folding
8 / 10 8.5 / 10 9 / 10 9 / 10 9 / 10 9 / 10 8.5 / 10
Final score: 9 out of 10
Paper type: 

Looking for a new paper to review, I went through my catalog and was struck by one particular paper. It had a wonderful pastel shade, with a smooth, marbled, appearance; it looked just like a thin version of Elephant Hide. So with that comparison in mind, I had to try it out! I bought a few sheets (one of each color) and in our last origami meeting I presented it to the guys. Oh, what excitement! The next day I made another order of 50 (yes, fifty) sheets for the three of us. It is that good! It is called Skytone, made by Mohawk Papers in the USA.

Mohawk is a fourth-generation family-owned business, started by George O'Connor in 1931 and still owned by the O'Connor family. Since the environment is one of their concerns, they are the first producers in the USA that meet 100% of their electricity needs from wind turbines. They also act according to the FSC certification.

As with most papers, this one is not specifically for origami, but was made for certificates, diplomas, invitations, awards and the like. It is acid free, 30% of it is recycled, and it does look beautiful. So, sure, you can have your wedding invitation printed on it, but can you fold a couple of swans to decorate the tables?

Diagrams section revamped

If you're subscribed to my RSS feed you may have noticed a flurry of new posts. Sorry for the inconvenience, but I revamped the diagrams section of happyfolding. Do have a look and see whether you like it better.
The main reason for the new design is that Anita Barbour has generously allowed me to host her diagrams, now that her website is down. This means that soon a lot more diagrams will be hosted here, and so I had to think of a way to reorganize the diagrams to make them a bit more accessible even if there's more of them.