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Wet Folding

For wet folding, you will need a heavily sized paper such as parchment paper or Wyndstone's marble (an American version of the German paper known as elephant hide, arguably the best paper for wet folding). Cut the paper after it has been wetted since the paper will expand more with the grain than against it. Work on a damp towel, and keep the paper the consistency of slick leather with a spray bottle. Use wooden clothes pegs (with a spring) to hold the parts of the model that are completed as they dry.

(Wet folding instructions were gleaned from various books by Robert Lang, and were expanded on by experimentation.)

For a much more detailed description of wet folding, see Nick Robinson's wet folding page.

To see some examples of wet-folded models, take a look at the gallery of impressive origami.

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