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named by the Shumakovs

The snail base is not the traditional origami base. The Shumakovs have marked and named this base after the model of the Snail that was created by them. This base is used as a foundation for many their designs. There are several ways to fold this base. Here is presented one way, which uses the bird base as its foundation, and this way is shorter and more optimized. Note: If you have the CD "Oribana" you can see how many models have the snail base as their foundation.

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Here is the completed bird base in its 'closed' form.   Valley fold the upper sloping edge over, so it lies along the vertical middle line. Press it flat and unfold it.
  Open out the left-hand flap of paper and squash it down neatly. Press the paper flat.


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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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