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Traditional origami base

This is one of the best-know classic origami bases. It is named as a "bird" base, because it is a starting point for the traditional crane, flapping bird and many others birds. This base is known also as the crane base. This base is used to make a vast range of origami models.

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Use a square of paper, colored side up. Valley fold the square in half on diagonal. Press it flat and unfold it. Then repeat it making other diagonal. After that, turn the paper over.   Valley fold the square in half from the side to opposite side. Press it flat and unfold it. Repeat it for other pair of sides.   Press the middle of the fold-lines, until the sides pop up. Bring the sides together and down towards you. Press the top down neatly into a square, thereby completing the square base.


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Diagrammed by Yuri and Katrin Shumakov

NOTE: These diagrams are for personal, non-commercial use only, and may not be redistributed or republished in any way without the express written consent of the creator. Please, feel free to fold the origami designs presented here for your own personal amusement and to teach your friends. Please contact us for any desired commercial use.


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