Origami Basics: Bird Base

Origami Basics: Bird Base

Hey guys, this is Evan from EZ Origami.

And I'll be teaching you how to fold an Origami Bird Base.

This video will be one of many includedin my new Origami Basics Series.

Whether you're new to origami or you're just looking to brush up on thebasics, this will be the perfect series to get you started.

The Bird Base is used very commonly inorigami.

For example, it can be used to fold simple traditional models such asthe Crane and the Flapping Bird.

In order to fold your Bird Base, you'll need 1square sheet of paper.

If this is your first time, I recommendusing a 6" or larger square with color on one side and white on the other.

And once you've prepared your paper, we're going to start with our square withthe colored side up.

And we're going to start by folding in half diagonally.

Sotake this bottom right corner and fold it up to the top left corner.

Align the corners and the edges, then make your crease, and then unfold.

Now we're going to rotate the paper sothat the crease we just made now runs from the top left corner down to thebottom right corner.

And now we're going to fold in half diagonally in theopposite direction.

So again we're going to take this bottomright corner and fold it up to the top left corner.

Align the corners and the edges, then make your crease, and then unfold.

Now we're going to turn the paper over.

And once it's turned over, then we're going to fold in half horizontally.

Sotake this bottom edge and fold it up to the top edge.

Align the corners and the edges, then make your crease, and then unfold.

Now we're going to rotate the paper sothat the crease we just made is now held vertically.

And then we're going to dothe same exact thing.

So we're going to take this bottom edgeand fold it up to the top edge just like we did before.

So again, align the corners and the edges, then make your crease, and this time we're not going to unfold.

Instead, we're simply going to turn themodel over, and we're going to collapse along existing creases.

So we're simply going to pick up the model from both sides, and we're going to push the left and right sides in towards oneanother just to collapse along the existing creases.

And as you're doingthis, you'll notice that the model does not lie flat.

So I like to look at themodel from the top, and now you'll notice that there are fourseparate flaps.

And what you want to do is push two of those flaps over to theleft, just like this, and push the remaining two flaps over to the right.

And once the flaps are evenly distributed, then you can turn the modelback on its side.

You'll see that it's shaped like a square, and then we simplywant to flatten it out along existing creases.

And once you have this, this iswhat's known as the Preliminary Base.

Now we're going to fold over this bottomright edge and align it with this vertical crease in the center of themodel.

And we're going to do that by first pulling over this right edge.

Andas you're doing this, you want to make sure that your only pulling over the toplayer.

And from here you want to start at the bottom of the model, and you're goingto work your way up aligning these edges with the verticalcrease.

So just align the edges with the crease, just like this, and once the edgesare completely aligned, then you can make your crease.

And now we're going to dothe same thing on the left.

So we're going to take this bottom leftedge and again align it with the vertical crease in the center of themodel.

So we're going to start by pulling overthe left side of the model, just like this.

Again, you want to make sure you'reonly grabbing the top layer, and then again we're going to start at the bottomof the model and work our way up aligning the edges with that crease, justlike this.

And once the edges are completely aligned, then you can makeyour crease.

And then the model should look like this.

And now we're going to turn the modelover, and we're going to do the same exact thing.

And again we're going to start with thisbottom right edge here and we're going to align it with the vertical crease inthe center of the model.

So we're going to start by pulling overthe right side of the model, and this time there should only be one layer tograb, and what we're going to do is again start at the bottom of the model andwork our way up aligning the edge with that crease, justlike this.

And once the edges are completely aligned, then you can makeyour crease.

And the model should look like this.

And now we're going to do the same thingone last time on the left.

So we're going to take this bottom left edge here andagain align it with the vertical crease in the center of the model.

So start by pulling over the top layerof paper on the left side of the model.

And again we want to start at the bottomand work our way up until the entire edge is aligned with that crease, justlike this.

Then you can make your crease.

And once you've done that four times,then your model should look like this.

Now we're going to unfold these twoflaps that we just folded in.

So just pull them out to either side, justlike this.

Then we're going to turn the model over and do the same exact thing.

We're going tounfold these two flaps here, just like we did on the other side, and then yourmodel should look like this.

Now we're going to make a new horizontal crease that connects these two creases here.

And we're going to do that bypulling down this top corner, and as you're doing this, you want to make surethat the vertical creases on all layers align.

And once this top edge reachesthe two creases that I mentioned before, then you can make your crease.

Try tomake a sharp crease because you're folding through a lot of layers.

And thenthe model should look like this.

And once you have this, then you canunfold.

Now we're going to do what's called a petal fold.

So in order to do that, we're first goingto hold down this top triangle of paper here.

So we're simply going to hold themodel down flat just like this and then we want to take this very top layer ofpaper and pull it back along this horizontal crease that we just made.

So we're going to do that by lifting upthis top layer.

Again, make sure you only have a single layer of paper.

And thenwhat we're going to do is simply pull it back along the horizontal crease that Imentioned before.

We're just going to pull it back like this just about as faras it will go, and then you'll start to see that the model will not lie flat.

So in order to make the model lie flat,we're simply going to collapse along existing creases.

So we're going to start with the rightside of the model here, and what we want to do is take this right edge, and we'regoing to push it in towards the center of the model so that it aligns with thisvertical crease here.

We're going to do that by first pushing over the rightside of the model, and that you're doing this, you'll start to see that the paperwants to collapse along existing creases.

So we're going to start at the bottom ofthe model and work our way up flattening out the paper along thoseexisting creases.

So just work your way up to the top of the model, just likethis, until the right side of the model lies flat.

And then we're going to do thesame thing on the left.

So we're going to take this left edgehere, and we're going to push it in towards the center of the model so it alignswith the center vertical crease.

So once again, push this left edge over to theright just like we did on the other side.

And again you'll see that the paperwants to collapse along existing creases.

And we're going to start at the bottomand work our way up, collapsing along existing creases until the entire leftside of the model lies flat, just like this.

And once you've done that on both sides,this is a completed petal fold.

And once you have this, then we're going to turnthe model over and do the same exact thing.

And we're going to start byreinforcing this horizontal crease here.

So we're going to do that by foldingdown this triangle as far as it'll go.

So we're simply going to pullit down like this.

Then we're going to reinforce that crease all the way across.

And then you can unfold.

So once again we're going to start bylifting up this very top layer of paper, and we're going to pull it back alongthe horizontal crease.

We're going to pull it back, just likethis, almost as far as it'll go.

So again we're going to start with theright side, and what we're going to do is take this right edge and fold it intowards the center of the model so that it aligns with that vertical crease.

We're going to push it in like this, andagain you'll see that the model wants to collapse along existing creases.

So you can start at the bottom of themodel and work your way up until the entire right side of the model lies flat,just like this.

And once you have this, then we're going to do the same thingone last time on the left.

So we're simply going to push in theleft side of the model, just like we did before.

And we're going to start at thebottom and work our way up collapsing along existing creases.

So just flatten out the model alongthose creases, and once you have that, the entire model should lie flat.

And this isthe completed Bird Base.

I hope you've enjoyed this videotutorial on how to fold an Origami Bird Base.

Be sure to check out the other videosincluded in my new Origami Basics Series or try folding one of these models fromyour completed base.

Again, I hope you've enjoyed this video.

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