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Adaptations
 
         
 
Adaptations are those single-sheet and multi-piece designs where I have taken an existing design - usually a traditional design, a playground fold or a classic modern design - and tweaked it slightly to create something different, or, perhaps just occasionally, something better.

I very much like this way of designing. It makes me feel connected to those, often unknown and unremembered, paperfolders who first pioneered the exploration of what folding paper can do.

 
 
 
  Basketball Hoop with Stabiliser - adaptation of a modern design of unknown origin by the addition of a spring loaded stabiliser.   M072   2005   Office Origami - Adam Russ - Universe Publishing - ISBN 0-7893-1313-8 // Online diagrams can be found on the Designs of unknown origin page of this site.
 
  Blow-up Long-eared Owl - adaptation of the traditional Waterbomb.   S154   2014   Diagrams not yet available.
 
  Bric-a-brac - ultimate simplification of the traditional Chinese Junk design.   S175   2001   Origami - Barnes and Noble - ISBN 0-7607-3331-7 // Quadrato Magico 75/76 Autumn 2004 // On-line diagrams are available on the Single Sheet Designs page of this site.
 
  Coy Carp - alternative fish from the traditional Kabuto using the same cut as used for the traditional Goldfish.   S065   2001   Origami - Barnes and Noble - ISBN 0-7607-3331-7 - attributed to Oliver Zachary // Complete Origami - Collins and Brown - David Mitchell - ISBN 978-1-84340-397-5 // On-line diagrams are available on the Single Sheet Designs page of this site.
 
  Fantail Secret Chicken - adaptation of a possibly traditional design.   302   2006   Origami Animals - Greenwich Editions - David Mitchell - ISBN 1-86288-770-4 // On-line diagrams are available on the Single Sheet Designs page of this site.
 
  Flick Flack - a version of Seiryo Takekawa's Tarumpty Tum Tum (aka Tumbler) which has roll-back ability.   S107   2002   On-line diagrams are available on the Single Sheet Designs page of this site.
 
  Frog Eat Frog - cut and fold design. Adaptation of a Paul Jackson design (which was itself an adaptation of a Robert E Neale original). Frog Eat Frog Eat Frog is also possible.   278   2005   Office Origami - Adam Russ - Universe Publishing - ISBN 0-7893-1313-8 // On-line diagrams are available on the Single Sheet Designs page of this site.
 
  Infinity Envelope - adaptation of a possibly traditional design.   S145   2005   Diagrams not yet available.
 
  Kamikaze - adaptation of the traditional business card jumping frog design so that it works from ordinary square origami paper.   S179   2012   On-line diagrams are available on the Single Sheet Designs page of this site.
 
  Knotfish - adaptation of the traditional Lover's Knot.   127   1996   BOM 185 August 1997 // Complete Origami - Collins and Brown - David Mitchell - ISBN 978-1-84340-397-5 // On-line diagrams are available on the Single Sheet Designs page of this site.
 
  New Mystery Box - 6 identical modules from 4x1 rectangles - simplification of traditional Japanese design.   Y143   1996   Synergy 1 - Water Trade // On-line diagrams are available on the Modular Designs page of this site.
 
  Noah's Ark - development of the traditional boat.   S161   2009   Diagrams not yet available.
 
  Pocket Tetrahedron - a pure origami version of the traditional pop-up tetrahedron from an envelope.   S125   1994   On-line diagrams are available on the Single Sheet Designs page of this site.
 
  Snap Dragon - variation of a jumping design by Dorothy Engleman.   S049   2005   Office Origami - Adam Russ - Universe Publishing - ISBN 0-7893-1313-8
 
  Strengtheners for the Magazine Box   M073   2005   As Boredom Box in Office Origami - Adam Russ - Universe Publishing - ISBN 0-7893-1313-8 // Online diagrams can be found on the Designs of unknown origin page of this site.
 
  Super Rooster - accessorised version of traditional Rooster design.   M011   2006   Origami Animals - Greenwich Editions - David Mitchell - ISBN 1-86288-770-4 // On-line diagrams are available on the Multiple Sheet Designs page of this site.
 
  Turkey - adaptation of a traditional design.   S051   2006   Origami Animals - Greenwich Editions - David Mitchell - ISBN 1-86288-770-4
 
  Woodpecker - simple action toy - adaptation of Paul Jackson's fold of the same name.   S052   1988   BOS Convention Pack Spring 1989 // Origami Animals - Greenwich Editions - David Mitchell - ISBN 1-86288-770-4.