Being doing some knick-knack shopping the Japanese ‘everything under one roof store’ — Daiso, where every goes for S$2 (2 Singapore Dollar, or ¥100 in Japan, RM$5 in Malaysia and $12 Honk Kong dollar). I came across this pack of Tempura Paper and thought that this might be able to use for some folding. So I got a pack (50 sheets) and tried it on a medium complex model by Fernando Gilgado — the Alien.
The paper is pretty thin and soft so handling is a bit tricky. It has 2 different texture on each side of the paper, a smooth and a rough side. It does give a nice crease line when folded but it tends to run out a lot of fiber, especially on the rough side. So need to take care to choose the side facing out to prevent having a ‘fiberful’ model.
The paper can hold up to certain degree of ‘torture’ as I folded and unfolded 2 times. The semi finished model look pretty decent for a kitchen use paper.
Further folding proof to hit the limit of the paper as it became softer as I fold. At this time, you will feel like folding with tissue paper. As the layer of paper gets thicker, it become even more difficult to keep the model to stay in shape. Therefore the paper is only best for model of below medium complexity.
My final model of the Alien is completed but the 2 arms refuse to stay down with the thick layer of paper underneath it. The paper is also too soft to give a firm structure for the finished model, hence need to use fixture to support it for photo shoot.
Overall assessment of the paper, not bad for folding lower medium complex model, considering the paper is only 4¢ a piece. One drawback is it does not come in perfect square, so need to trim the paper before use.