When folding origami models of animals, bigger animals, such mammals and birds, are usually represented in a small scale, and the smaller creatures, such as insects, are made bigger than life-size.
On my recent trip to Colombia, Carolina Aguilera, an architect from Bogotá and avid paper folder, gave me as a present a life-size origami ant (shown in the photo above). This model is her interpretation of one designed by Robert Lang. Given the small size of the paper with which she folded it –35 mm (1.3 in) this is considered an origami miniature.
Folding miniatures is fascinating for many paper folders around the world. Here are some examples of miniatures folded by different paper folders including some models that I have folded myself. Take special notice of the tiny crane folded by Akira Naito of Japan for a British Origami Society challenge in 1977. This crane is displayed on the tip of a needle inside a crystal globe. Have I mentioned nano origami?
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Have you folded miniatures? How do you like it?