Origami “Can Love be Squashed?” (Sy Chen) – Part 1

Origami “Can Love be Squashed?” (Sy Chen) – Part 1


Hello. Today we will be folding “Can Love Be Squashed” by Sy Chen. This is a very entertaining action model,
and I’m sure you’ll enjoy it. Also please be sure to check out Sy Chen’s book, “Folding Hearts”. This model requires a square sheet of paper with color on one side and white
on the other. Start with the color side down and then fold in half vertically. So
take the left edge and fold it over to the right edge. Once it is aligned, just
make a crease, and unfold. And now take the top edge and make a horizontal
crease by folding it down to the bottom edge. And then unfold. Now we’re going to create two diagonal
creases. So start by taking the top left corner
and pulling it down to the bottom right corner. Make a crease and unfold. And then take the top right corner and fold it down to the bottom left corner. Make a
crease and unfold Now we’re going to fold two edges to the center crease. So start by taking
this left edge and aligning it with that crease that we created in the middle. Try to line it up perfectly. And then make a crease. And then do the same thing on the right side. Line it up with the other
one that we just folded over, make a crease, just like that. Now turn the model over and we’re going
to be creating two creases along existing creases that we made before. And the reason we’re doing this is to make creases on the front side so that they
go through those layers. So let’s start by creasing along this crease here. So what we do is we are going to fold
the whole model over, so all of the layers. And you can align this
crease with the center. And just try to line it up as best you can. And it should
sort of just fall into place because we have another crease on the back side. Okay, so once you did that , just unfold and now we’re going to fold along this crease. So just fold the model over. Line up these
two creases here, and just make a crease. And then fold this back up. And then you
can turn the model back over. Now we’re just going to fold the whole
model in half. So start by taking this bottom edge and folding it up to the
top edge along this crease here. It should simply fall into place, and then you’ll
have something like this. Now we’re going to fold this top edge
down about a third of the length of the side here. So it doesn’t have to be exact,
but just try to make it as perfect as possible. Anything around here will be okay. And when you’re making this crease, just
make sure that the center lines up with these two flaps. And then make sure that
the edges line up over here. So once you’ve folded one down about a
third of the way, then just flip the model over and do the same thing. It helps to just basically fold it so
that it aligns with it on the other side as well. So you can see the flap here. So
if you just make a crease using that as your reference point, it makes it a lot easier. So just make the crease and you should
have something like this. Now what we’re going to do is create two squash folds. So, to start one let’s take this left flap here. And we’re
just going to open it up so that you can see the white inside. And you’ll notice
that there’s a crease running up the top here. So you’re just going to align that with
this crease here, and when it lines up and it looks something like this then it
should be perfect. So then you do the same thing on the
right side. Just open the flap up a bit, and align this
crease with the edge of this crease here. And make a crease on both sides, and
that’s called a squash fold. And then you do the same thing on the back. So just
flip it over, open up each pocket a bit, and just
squash it down. And then make creases so that it lies flat. And do this one more
time, and it should look like this. Now we’re going to create four more creases. So let’s start with this top left flap
up here, and what you’re going to do is align this raw edge here (that should be
white) and you’re going to align that with this edge down here. So it should
just make a crease like this. And as soon as it lines up there, just make a crease and then unfold. And you do the same thing on this side. So just make sure that that flat edge lines up with
the edge here. Make a crease, and then unfold. And then you have to do the same
thing on the back. So flip it over and align this edge with this crease’s edge down here. Make a
crease, and then do the same on this side. Make a crease and unfold.

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