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The 1885 engraving of the Flapping Bird

  These Topic and Individual Design Pages contain information about topics or individual designs taken from verifiable sources. The information should be accurate but, in some cases, it may not be all the information available.

The Topic Pages also act as indexes to help you find information about an individual design you may be interested in.

The first two sections provide links to pages about Some Well-Known Designs and Paperfolding and Some Well-Known People. Looking through a few of these may, I hope, encourage you to dig in a little deeper.

Topic and Individual Design Pages are arranged under the following sub-headings, from top to bottom:

Top Level Topic Pages

Second Level Topic Pages

Designs from Standard Bases / Basic Folds / Paper Shapes

Paperfolding Ideas / Practices

Early Japanese Paperfolding

Chinese Paperfolding

Froebelian Paperfolding

Angles, Polygons, Polyhedra and other Mathematical Paperfolds

Flexagons and Some Other Related Flexible Objects

Inanimate Objects

Living Things

Top Level Topic Pages
  Paper Books and Folding Pages     Multiple Sheet Designs     Designs Folded from Strips
  Cut Designs (incomplete)     Pleated Designs     Uncut Designs
  Crumpled Designs     Designs developed from Rolls / Scrolls and Coils      
Second Level Topic Pages
  Active Play Designs     Designs which Move under Insect Power     How to Cook Food / Boil Water / Melt Tin etc in Paper Pans
  Paperfolding in Advertising     Kusudama     Pattern Drawing Puzzles Solved by Folding Paper
  Constructing Angles by Folding Paper           Designs from Playing Cards
  Cardboard Modelling / Cartonnage     Letterfolds and Envelopes     Constructing Polygons by Folding Paper
  Concentric Crease Designs / The Hyperbolic Paraboloid / The Saddle     Macromodular Paperfolding     Constructing Polyhedra by Folding Paper
  Fold and Cut / Fold, Cut and Fold Animals (incomplete)     Paperfolding Stunts, Entertainments and Magical Effects     Everyday Practical and Decorative Paperfolding
  Fold and Cut Chevron Designs     Paperfolding Mathematics     Paperfolding as Political Propaganda
  Fold and Cut Friezes (incomplete)     Modular Paperfolding     Paperfolding Puzzles
  Flexagons     Money Folding / Dollar Bill Folding     Mathematical Paperfolding Puzzles
  Formal and Ceremonial Paperfolding     Tablecloth, Napkin, Serviette and Handkerchief Folding     Quilling / Paper Filigree
  Single-Sheet Geometric Ornaments and Decorations (incomplete)     Noise Making Designs     Air / Breath Driven Rotating Designs
  Paperfolding Games     Paperfolding in Occupational Therapy     See-Through Designs
  Inflatable Designs     Fold and One Cut Designs     Paperfolding Science
        Paper Packets and Packaging (incomplete)     Water Absorbing Designs
Designs from Standard Bases / Basic Folds / Paper Shapes
  Designs from the Double Blintz Basic Form     Designs from the Preliminary Fold     Designs from the Bird Base
  Designs from the Double Bookfold Basic Form     Designs from the Fish Base     Designs from the Pig Base
  Designs from the Triple Blintz Basic Form     Designs from the Windmill Base     Designs from the House
  Designs from the Waterbomb Base     Designs from the Blintzed Windmill Base      
Paperfolding Ideas / Practices
  Pure Origami     Squarism     Metallic Foil as a Folding Material
  Bases     The Concept of Elegance      
Japanese Paperfolding
Japanese Paperfolding - An Overview
  Japanese Folded Letters     Fold and Cut Mon / Japanese Crests     Early Japanese Representative Designs
  Japanese Slit and Fold Human Figures     Japanese Folding Picture Forms     Shide / Japanese Sacred Cut and Fold Paper Streamers
  Japanese Knotted Letters     Early Japanese Practical Designs     Japanese Formal Wrappers / Tsutsumi / Noshi
Chinese Paperfolding
Chinese Paperfolding - An Overview
  Chinese Fold and Cut Designs (in process)     Golden Venture / 3D Modular Origami     Yuan Bao / Sycee
  Double Square Letter Folds (in process)     Multiple Layer Collapsible Boxes (Zhen Xian Bao) (in process)      
Froebelian Paperfolding
Friedrich Froebel and paperfolding in the Kindergarten - An Overview
Angles, Polygons, Polyhedra and other Mathematical Paperfolds
This section is largely incomplete at present. Because of this, information about the first appearance of some mathematical paperfolds has not yet been added to the Chronology.
  Summing the Angles of a Triangle     Fold and One Cut Hexagons     Constructing Accurate Right Angles by Folding Paper
  How to Find the Centre of a Circle by Folding     Constructing Hexagrams / Stars of David by Folding Paper     Cut and Fold Polyhedral Nets (incomplete)
  Cubes     Fold and One Cut Hexagrams /Stars of David     Demonstrating / Proving Pythagoras' Theorem (incomplete)
  Constructing the Equilateral Triangle by Folding Paper     Constructing Octagrams by Folding Paper     Dividing an Angle into Three Equal Parts
  Constructing the Regular Hexagon by Folding Paper           Division into Thirds and Fifths (incomplete)
Flexagons and Some Other Related Flexible Objects
  Flexagons (overview)     Silverflexagons     Cherchez la Femme / The Trick Book
  Hexaflexagons     Bronzeflexagons     The Flexatube
  Tetraflexagons     Black Holes      
Inanimate Objects
  Alphabets, Letters and Numbers     Paper Fire Lighters     Multiple-Image Pleated Paper Pictures / Falzbilder / Tabulae Striatae
  Paper Balls     Fold and Slit Paper Frills / Ruffles / Manchettes / Candle Decorations / Trees     Cut and Fold Polygonal Packets
        The Paper Furnace / How to Melt Lead in Paper     Purses / Bags / Wallets / Card Holders (incomplete)
  Baskets     Paper Garlands, Chains and Bands     Fold and Cut Shelf Edgings and Flowerpot Decorations
  Beads     Globus Gores      
  Boats and Ships     Paper Hair Wrappings     Space Vehicles
  Bookmarks     Hats and Caps     Paper Spills /Alumettes / Paper Matches
  Boxes, Bowls and Other Containers     Jewellery / Rings     Spools / Yarn Holders
  2D Buildings and Structures     Flyable Kites     Symmetrical Inkblots / Klecksography / The Rorschach Test
  3D Buildings and Structures     Pleated Paper Lampshades     Tents
  Card Castles / Houses of Cards / Chateaux de Cartes / Playing Card Skittles     Landscapes     Fold and Slit Paper Tinsel / Tassles (incomplete)
  Card Castles and Cocottes     Lanterns      
  Paper Cartridges     Lover's Knots     Tools and Household Equipment
  Clothing and Personal Accessories     Metamorphoses / Harlequinades     Transport and Vehicles
  Corporals     Mitres of Infamy      
  Fold and Cut Stove and Chair Covers     Musical Instruments (non-playing)     Umbrellas and Parasols
  Paper Cups            
  Paper Darts and Flights     One Way Trays     Valentines, Proposals and Love Tokens
  Desk Furniture     Paperclips     The Folding of Visiting / Calling Cards
  Pleated Paper Fans     Folded Patenbriefs / Taufbriefs / Godparent Letters     Write and Fold Games / Draw and Fold Games / Le Cadavre Exquis
  Fold-Outs (incomplete)     Paper Pipes     Wall Mounted Designs (incomplete)
  Furniture     Paper Pistols     Paper Wicks
  Filters     Paper Planes     Windmills
Living Things
  Bats     Elephants     Mythical and Invented Creatures
  Bears     Fish     Octopii
  Birds     Plants, Flowers and Seeds (incomplete)     Peacocks
  Bulls and Cows     Foxes     Penguins
        Fukusuke     Pigs and Boars
  Butterflies     Frogs, Toads and Tadpoles     Prehistoric Creatures
  Camels     Giraffes     Rabbits and Hares
  Cats     Hina Dolls / Emperor and Empress Figures     Rhinocerii
              Father Christmas / Santa Claus
  Cicadas     Horses     Miscellaneous Sealife
  Crabs and Lobsters     Human Faces     Seals / Sealions
  Crane and Tortoise Designs     Human Figures (incomplete)     Snails
  Deer     Insects     Spiders
  Dogs     Kangaroos     Turtles / Tortoises
  Dragonflies     Lizards     Whales
        Mice and Rats     Wolves
  Ducks, Swans and Geese     Monkeys and Apes     Zebras