~*~ 'Paper-Weight' ~ Suck UK, The Company ~*~ The company produces a wide variety of unique innovative fun products. They now have a "FLAGSHIP STORE" located at: OXO Tower Unit 1.03 1st Floor, Riverside Bargehouse Street London SE1 9PH. Their products ranges from 'Reflective Biker Socks/Gloves', 'Heart Hole Punch- punches heart shaped holes', 'STRESS PAUL-Soft rubber stress ball' to 'Wooden Bulb- Free standing or pendant lamp'! The site is just full of humorous and fun novelty items. http://www.suck.uk.com/ ~*~ 'Paper-thin' ~ The Product ~*~ The memo pad measures only 7.5cm x 7.5cm Each page has the web site www.suck.uk.com in the left hand bottom corner and suck UK in the right hand bottom corner. This product is manufactured in China. The note pad comes in pale yellow. My pack contained forty-eight sheets. There is a 2cm length sticky strip that runs across the 7.5cm top at the back of each page. Additionally, there are ten different origami designs to make, described on each sheet: cup, snake, pelican, hat, cat. penguin, piano, pigeon, boat and swan. >>Please note<< On the Suck uk site, it notes the following designs: "10 different shapes, including: pig; Penguin; boat; crane; butterfly; squirrel; lily and water bomb." Therefore, I gather that these note pads differ in design models as apart from the penguin and boat, the ones I received are different from the others noted. ~*~ 'Looking Good On Paper' ~ My Experience ~*~ My son was given this distinctive memo pad from his sister as a fun gift. As my son enjoys making origami shapes, my daughter thought it would be interesting to see how my son would get along with such a small pad. Among other shapes, I had a go at the cup: Cup (easy level) 1. First I folded one corner to the other opposite corner so that I had a triangular shape. 2. I established the midpoint of one side of my triangle shaped paper and then folded the corresponding corner over to this center. 3. Next, I creased the fold and repeated this with the adjacent corner over to the other side. 4. The tiny sheet looked like a pentacle (five pointed) shape. 5. I then separated both of the shaped triangle tabs reaching up at the top of the pentacle, and folded one triangular tab down one sidelong of the cup and then the other triangular tab down the other sidelong of the cup. 6. Then, locating the folds of the paper that these tabs can be neatly slid into, I slipped each of the tabs into each of the folds on both sides of the cup. 7. I completed the cup shape by creasing all the folds adequately to ensure the folds were kept in place. 8. To finish, I carefully squeezed the corners of the cup inward so as to push the alternate sides of the cup to give it a three dimensional appearance. The cup only measures 3.5cm but looks cute. One can use a water-proof, inkless paper to hold fluid in the finished container! A swan is another one I chose to try as it is also on the beginner's level: 1. I folded the paper in half at its long angle points. 2. Then I folded the two outer corners in to join along the center crease. 3. Next, I turned the paper over and repeated this method, now leaving two sets of the folded corners that were facing in the opposite directions. 4. At this stage, placing the paper flat on the surface I was using, I took the first edge of the underside flaps and folded it inward so that the edge lined up along the center creasing. 5. I then repeated this method with the other side of the shape so it was left looking like a kite design. 6. Now, Turning over the paper to repeat this by folding in the side's inward another-time so as to make an even narrower kite design. 7. By taking hold of the narrow top and folding it back so it met the other point. 8. I next folded the tip of the pointed angle forward so as to make the swan's head. 9. I had to fold the swan shape in half at the long-side, but ensuring that I left all the creases as I had folded them previously. 10. The next step I found particularly tricky as I had to hold the swan shape carefully but firmly as I gently pulled the neck to the forward position. 11. Finally, creasing at the base foundation as the neck meets the body-part, so that the whole shape stays put. For my grand-children, I had them decorate the swans I made each of them, adorning with little eyes and colourful bodies. ~*~ Reclycling' ~ What Can The Designs Be Used For? ~*~ Table decorations: For my daughter's anniversary meal, I made (with the help of my son!) Pelicans, penguins (her favorite), pigeons and swans to decorate the table. It looked so much fun and I ensured they contained fun messages. Alternative to present tag cards: We also make it a special time for the grand-tots on their mummy's and daddy's anniversary. I like to decorate their presents with origami tags instead of usual present labels. The children love these as they can be made very personal to match the character the individual child likes. Romantic 'here's my phone number' memos: My son even made one to pass his number to a lady-friend! Fun mobiles: I made an afternoon's play-time with the grand-tots where we made mobiles to adorn their bedrooms; this is a real winner that gives so much fun to the tots! Art display for school projects: My two older grand-tots have enrolled their Nanny & Unc into making origami shapes for school projects to give an extra special touch to their art-work. I have to admit, that Unc's final pieces are often chosen above Nanny's attempts! The fun and possibilities are endless. ~*~ Paper-clip' ~ would I Recommend? ~*~ Yes, most definitely, but recognizing the... Pros: Each sheet has detailed symbols to show how the named design is made. The memo sheets can be made into alternative shapes other than those indicated on the uper-side. Cons: As the sheets are very small and the symbols are quite faint against the pale yellow background, I found it quite difficult to see without using my glasses. Because there are only symbols, without writing to explain the method, as a beginner, I found this quite difficult to attempt the shapes without the help of my son or on-line instruction sheets. Due to the small sized sheets, the finished pieces are very tiny! In order to take up origami seriously, one needs to order the designed paper manufactured for this art form. Currently available around £2 on-line. ~*~ 'Paper Trail' ~ Supplementary Material ~*~ Origami: The term origami is defined as ori which means folding and the Japanese kami which means paper. Origami is the traditional Japanese art of paper folding. This art is noted to have begun way back in the 17th century AD. There is much theorizing as to the true origin in the art of origami. Although Japan apparently has the most far-reaching tradition, there is also proof that this art form existed in the histories of China and even Spain along with other countries. It is note-worthy that butterflies made using this art form were incorporated in the celebrations of Shinto weddings in which they too represented the bride and groom. Akira Yoshizawa, (14 March 1911 to 14 March 2005) acknowledged to be the leading champion of origami is credited with raising this art form from simply an adept skill to an actual existing art-form. Yoshizawa estimated to having made over 50,000 models, some of the designs outlined in his 18 published books. Yoshizawa was an international cultural ambassador for his country, Japan during his career. Yoshizawa was then honored in 1983 by the Japanese emperor Hirohito when he named this grandmaster of Origami to the Order of the Rising Sun, which is one of eminent honors that can be awarded to a Japanese countryman. Alike Yoshizawa, Kosho Uchiyama (1912 to March 13, 1998) was an origami expert, published over twenty books on origami and Zen Buddhism. The designs range from simplistic one sheet shapes to the most elaborate colossal features such as dragons and mammoth buildings. The art of origami continues to grow and delight people on a global scale. ~ 'Paper cut' ~ but, it is truly recognized as when the art uses sheets of paper into a sculpture by folding techniques without cutting or using adhesives. ©Deesum December 2010
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