Amazing origami

I’m always amazed at the skill involved in making intricate origami pieces, and the time it takes to make them. Now they can be designed on computers, but that still doesn’t replace the artistry or ability to envision the outcome. Here are two videos that have impressed me recently.

The first one is simply a presentation of the most complex origamis pieces known to the video-maker. Remember, they’re all made out of a single sheet of paper (which can be large), without cutting or pasting. Only folding! You migbt want to turn down the music, and the popups are annoying (hover over them and click on the x’s to get rid of them).

And here is Master Folder showing the creation of a big origami dragon. The 9 hours of folding it took to make this are speeded up into a four-minute video.


  1. Posted July 5, 2016 at 3:07 pm | Permalink

    Amazing and what patience

  2. Ken Elliott
    Posted July 5, 2016 at 3:45 pm | Permalink

    Utterly fascinating. I watched the folding of the big dragon while listening to Wizzerd’s “Desert”. It seemed to fit perfectly.

  3. Dean Reimer
    Posted July 5, 2016 at 5:23 pm | Permalink

    It makes my brain hurt to try to visualize folding anything more complicated than a simple paper airplane. It’s obviously a skill I don’t possess. Nor do I possess the patience it would require to develop such a skill.

  4. bugfolder
    Posted July 5, 2016 at 7:41 pm | Permalink

    @Hobo, @Dean: you don’t need patience to engage in something you love! (Now, watching baseball: THAT needs patience.)

    The Yellow Jacket in the first video (0:28-0:54) looked familiar.

  5. Ken Pidcock
    Posted July 5, 2016 at 9:09 pm | Permalink

    Every old leftie knows (or knew) how to fold cranes, right? Looking this up, I learned that BHO folded four on his May visit to Hiroshima. Damn, am I going to miss having this guy as President.

    • gravelinspector-Aidan
      Posted July 5, 2016 at 11:31 pm | Permalink

      Err, no, why?
      The only association I have for origami cranes is the spooky second blade runner in ‘Blade Runner,” who would leave them round where he was spooking people.

  6. Vaal
    Posted July 5, 2016 at 11:14 pm | Permalink

    Very cool!

    My son, now 18, has been doing origami ever since he was about 7 years old. He’s been part of an origami club for that long, and (proud papa moment alert) he’s having some of his origami displayed with others at the central library.

    It certainly fits a certain personality, it seems, to really get into origami.

  7. gravelinspector-Aidan
    Posted July 5, 2016 at 11:40 pm | Permalink

    To bring the arcane delights of origami crashing down to surly reality, NASA and various others are looking at using origami techniques for the deployment of large solar panels from compact spaces. I’m not sure if any working ones have flown, but there are numerous designs in development.

  8. Posted July 6, 2016 at 5:36 am | Permalink

    Very, very cool.

    Anyone else notice the gamelan version of “Bolero” as the soundtrack to the dragon-folding video?

  9. nurnord
    Posted July 6, 2016 at 5:49 am | Permalink


    The ‘popups’ are called annotations in YouTube speak. You can of course click the x’s, but there is another way, and quicker if there are multiple boxes to get rid of. Click on the settings symbol (a gear) at the bottom of the video, locate the annotations slider and move it (left mouse button held down or click on the left of the slider section) to the left…annoying boxes, be gone !

  10. Mike
    Posted July 6, 2016 at 6:22 am | Permalink

    I like this one.

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