Tissue paper is quite cheap and comes in a wide variety of colors if you know where to get it.( I suggest a local arts and crafts store because department stores only sell a few colors at higher prices. I got all the paper above for only about $13.00.) This makes it ideal for origami paper but, it is often very thin and can be easily torn. By adding glue and another sheet of tissue paper it can stay thin but, also become quite strong. This makes it ideal for folding very complex models without spending lots of money on expensive handmade papers. Making the paper is quite easy but cannot be disturbed or else it will tear before it is dry.
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Step 1: Get Your Supplies Together
You will need:
Tissue paper 2x
Small foam brush
Also it is good to have a smooth surface that you don't mind getting dirty I use my work bench but you can also use a old sheet of glass. However do not use anything that glue can easily stick to because in the process we are semi pulping the paper and then pulling back together with glue. IF ANY THING THAT STICKS TO GLUE TOUCHES THE PAPER WHILE DRYING YOU MAY RUIN IT!!!!
Step 2: Mix Your Glue
Mix one part water to one part glue until it gets to be close to the consistency of water.
Step 3: Apply the Glue
BEFORE APPLYING THE GLUE make sure that your papers are lined up as close as possible that way you can get the most paper. Next gently brush on the glue this will make the paper very delicate and easy to rip SO BE CAREFUL. Next let it dry from any where from 1-3 hours this will give enough time for it to dry and set. If you want to speed up the process you can always hang it up with clothes pins and some string halfway through drying. However, try to touch it the least amount you possibly can because if you touch it too much you make cause it to curl and become wavy ,which, you do not want.
Step 4: Cutting
This next part is quite simple. After the paper has finished drying you take your ruler and knife to cut your squares. If you lined up the paper nicely before then this will be easy because you don't have to trim the edges.
Step 5: Final Product and Comments
Finally you have finished and hopefully it turned out well but it took me a few trys to get it right when I started using this technique. Never the less this still works as a good paper for folding very complex models and can give very nice results. Leave any suggestions in the comments as well as feedback so I can improve in the future.
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