Garland and Chain units

Here you find several units you may use to form garlands and chains.

The garlands are just for decoration and not very strong.

The chain units are stronger: you may even lift some weight with them.

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1. Chains

Chain unit 1 is just for fast folding and not very strong, although stronger than the garland units. You may use normal Origami paper for them and also use rectangles (A4 computer printer paper). On the Novelty Competition at Nottingham 1998 we made a chain of just over 2 meter in 15 minutes from thick (magazine cover) 10 x 10 cm paper.

Chain unit 2 is stronger. But folded from a square it is very short. When folded from A4 computer printer paper you may lift about 1.4 kg at maximum.

Chain unit 3 is even stronger. Folded from normal Origami paper (15 x 15 cm) you may also lift about 1.4 kg.

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2. Strength

The problem with the strength is in the connections. The (Origami) paper itself can lift about 14 kg, when folded in 8 (chain unit 1, diagram 3). So the connection reduces the weight to about 10% of the paper strength now.

I have found a connection that is still stronger, but not yet diagrammed. Made with Origami paper it can lift several kilograms. And made with the A4 paper I couldn't rip it.

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