Origami Video Tutorial – Turtle

A model design of Rodrigo Salazar

An origami model titled "Turtle"  designed by Rodrigo Slazar

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This is a charming puffy turtle that can extend and retract its head. The folding process is a little involved because it includes four sink-folds. Be prepared to face the challenge and remember that origami teaches us perseverance!

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Tips and suggestions for making the Turtle

  • Any thin and crisp paper is ideal to use for this creature. In the video, the turtle is demonstrated using kami paper.
  • Use a piece of paper (solid color) that’s at least 8 x 8 inches (20 x 20 cm.) when you make this model for the first time.
  • The finished turtle shows both sides of the paper in the area of the eyes. It is best to use paper with a different color on each side.
  • Use a skewer or thin-pointed tool (as shown in the video) to add volume to the model.

Origami terms to note:

  • Pinch Mark: A tiny mark that is made by folding.
  • Precrease: Marking the paper by folding and unfolding it. When we pre-crease, we are setting the stage for later steps in the folding process. Precreases are usually made when we begin a set of folds.
  • Reverse a fold: to turn a fold from valley into a mountain or the other way around, mountain into a valley
  • Lock: When locking occurs, an area of the paper is fixed at a particular configuration so that it stays in place and cannot easily be unfolded.
  • Sink Fold: It involves a close corner having to be pressed inside the paper.

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