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Traditional origami base

When the four corners of a square of paper have been folded into the middle, it is called a "blintz" base. This word has its origins in the Ukraine, and a blintz is a thin pancake, which contains cottage cheese or some other filling, with its corners folded into the middle. This base is also called the cushion fold because in Japan such technique is used in cushion making.
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Use a square of paper, colored side up. Begin with a shawl or diaper fold. Valley fold the paper in half on diagonal, thereby making a triangle. Unfold it completely. Repeat for other diagonal.   Valley fold one corner into the middle. Then valley fold the remaining corners into the middle. Press the paper flat.   Here is the completed blintz base.


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Diagrammed by Yuri and Katrin Shumakov

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