It may be the most Asked Question, and yet no one suggest a complete and total answer to it - what paper should I use (to fold that model)?
Truth to be said, we will not try to achieve a perfect solution. We will try to build a foundation to this effort, and place few bricks based on our common experience and the help of some colleagues.
In order to review a sheet of paper, one must first decide what the properties of paper are. Then, with “Hands on” experience, one must decide their value or grade, from low to high (0 to 10). This value is not worst to best since each model requires different qualities.
Moreover, this is not enough. No point in reviewing Elephant Hide to Miniature Unit Origami, or Foil to a wet fold. One should try and say what it is good for - to be tessellated, or to fold insects’ models - and then only judge it. There is no bad paper; there is only the wrong model.
Well, every complex model start with a valley fold, so here we start.
|Paper||Weight in gsm||Memory||Forgiveness||Tensile strength||Bending resistance||Final score|
|Elephant Hide||110, 190||10||7||10||10||9.5|
|Nicolas Terry Tissue Foil||50||8||8||9||8||9.5|
|Origamido®||10-100||5 to 9||6 to 8||10||2||9|
|Stardream||110-340||9||9||7||9 to 10||9|
|Paper||Classic||Action||Tessellation||Complex||Modular||3D||Wet Folding||Final score|
|Nicolas Terry Tissue Foil||9||8.5||8.5||9.5||8||9||9.5||9.5|
Eyal Reuveni additionally reviewed the first 10 papers that Ilan Garibi and Gadi Vishne tested: Elephant Hide, Tant, Japanese Foil, Printer Paper, Origamido®, Stardream, Crumpled Paper, Kraft Paper, Onion Skin, and Nicolas Terry Tissue Foil. You can read his views in the Paper Review Special: A Third Opinion.
This is, of course, an open list, and additions to it are more than welcome.
To value a paper in its Origami sense, you must fold it. In this project, each paper is examined by two folders. We will fold the same 6 models, out of the presented list of Origami classes:
The list is neither a final nor a closed one. We will allow ourselves to divert from it according to the paper specific needs and characteristics. We know there are a lot of sub categories to add to this list, as Flowers, Jewelry, toys and more, so if needed, specific relevant paper type reviews will relate to those, too, in the "What is it good for" section.