Jasper's Origami Primer

Making the Squash Fold

The squash fold is often used to prepare for a petal fold. The example shown here is part of making the iris.

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  First, we precrease the fold. Valley fold the edge of the flap to the centerline,
  and unfold.
  Now, reach in between the layers of the flap.
  Following the precreases, "squash" the flap open. Both creases need to become mountain folds; fortunately, one already is a mountain fold.
  If the other crease needs help to change from a valley fold to a mountain fold, reach in and resolve the crease.
  Finally, "squash" the flap flat to resolve the creases. Check that the point is sharp and accurate.
  The finished squash fold.

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Last updated July 23, 1999.