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Traditional origami base

The square base is one of the most popular traditional origami bases. It is the foundation for several bases and an innumerable amount of models. That's why this base is also called as the preliminary fold. It is interesting, that if the square base is turned inside out, it becomes the balloon base. And on the contrary the same happens with the balloon base. These classic forms demonstrate one of the miracles of origami. Try two ways to fold this base.
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Use a square of paper, colored side down. Begin with a shawl fold. Valley fold the square of paper in half from top to bottom, thereby making a triangle.   Valley fold it in half from right to left.   Lift the top half up along the middle fold-line. Open out the paper and squash it down neatly into a square.


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Diagrammed by Yuri and Katrin Shumakov

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