Lovers Knot 2

Lovers Knot 2

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This is a second method of making the origami Lovers Knot; it is an alternate design which starts with a waterbomb base and bypasses the pinching part (step 7 of original design). The pinching step is not difficult to do, but it is difficult to describe so in terms of making diagrams, Lovers Knot 2 is easier to describe.

Regardless of which method you use, the final model is the same. The Lover’s Knot is so named because it is said that you can write secret love notes in it and then have the message safely delivered. The origami folds are so involved that it is difficult for anyone to unfold the model and be able to fold it back again. This ensures that your message is delivered unopened and its contents remain private.






Instructions for Lovers Knot 2 (second method)

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Step 1:

Start with a square sheet of paper with the color-side facing up. Fold and unfold in half both directions (left to right; then top to bottom).

Turn the paper over.

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Step 2:

Fold along the diagonal and unfold. Do this in both directions to get a X-shaped crease.

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Step 3:

Bring the top edge of the paper down to meet with the bottom edge; at the same time, bring the left and right edges towards the center. The model should fold along the existing creases.

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In progress.

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Almost there. When it is pressed down completely, it is called a waterbomb base

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Step 4:

Fold the top of the triangle down so it meets with the base of the triangle (connect red dots).

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Unfold.

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Step 5:

Lift up the top layer of paper. Use the crease made in step 4 as a guide.

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Make two new crease so the paper is lifted up and squashed flat. See the next 2 photos.

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In progress.

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Step 6:

Done. Turn the model over.

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Step 7:

Repeat step 5 on this side of the model: fold up the top-layer of paper.

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In progress: press down flat.

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Step 8:

Like turning the pages of a book, turn the right flap towards the left. At the back of the model, turn one flap from left to right so the flaps are evenly distributed on the two sides.

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Step 9:

Fold up the bottom part of the model as shown.

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Repeat on the back side.

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Step 10

This images is enlarged so you can see the folds better.
Turn one “page” to the left and turn one back-page to the right.

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Step 11:

Fold up the bottom-left and bottom-right corner.

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Step 12:

Repeat behind: fold the corners up.

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Step 13:

Rotate the model so you are looking at it from the top.

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Step 14:

Slide your thumb into the center of the model and grasp the two sides.

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Step 15:

Gently pull the two sides away from one another.

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In progress.

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Flatten out the model completely and rotate.

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Lovers Knot 2 is done!

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