Tarantula Spider – Robert Lang

Like all arthropods, the tarantula is an invertebrate that relies on an exoskeleton for muscular support. Like other Arachnida a tarantula’s body comprises two main parts, the prosoma (or cephalothorax) and the opisthosoma (or abdomen). The prosoma and opisthosoma are connected by the pedicel, or pregenital somite. This waist-like connecting piece is actually part of the prosoma and allows the opisthosoma to move in a wide range of motion relative to the prosoma.
Now I will guide you to fold a Tarantula spider with a sheet of paper.
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Note: red line is valley crease, blue line is mountain crease.
1. Start with square origami paper, color size down.
2. Fold and unfold to make valley – crease, then flip the paper.
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3. Fold and unfold, flip the paper.
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4. Make three pinches as shown.
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5. Fold and unfold.
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6. Fold and unfold.
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7. Fold for corners to four pinch marks.
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8. From a truncated Preliminary Fold.
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9. Fold the top point down.
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10. Fold two corners to the front and two behind.
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11. Turn over.
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12. Fold and unfold to make crease.
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13. Dent the top. Flatten fold.
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Top view:
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Front view:
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Bottom view:
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14. Unsink the inside corner to outside. Repeat behind.
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You will see:
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15. Fold one rear layer to the right.
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16. Fold down one layer.
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17. Fold like a rabbit ear.
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18. Unsink a single layer of paper.
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19. Unsink another layer.
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20. Unsink the remaining layer.
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21. Fold one flap back to the right.
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22. Fold and flap up.
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23. Fold one layer to the right in front and one to the left behind.
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24. Fold one flap down.
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25. Fold one flap to the left so that the layer are symmetric about the center line.
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26. Fold the flap back upward. Turn over.
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27. Repeat steps 24 – 26 behind.
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28. Reverse – fold 8 corners.
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29. Fold and unfold to make crease.
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30. Fold both corners to the crease you just made and unfold.
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31. Make three more sets of vertical folds halfway between the existing creases. Turn over.
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32. Repeat steps 29 – 31 behind.
33. Fold one large flap to the right in front and one to the left behind.
34. Repeat steps 29 – 31 in front and behind.

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35. Fold and unfold the top.
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36. Put the top inside (open – sink).
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37. Collapse the corner (open – sink).
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Side view:
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38. Open up a single layer to examine the top of the sink.
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39. Close it back up.
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40. Swing one flap over to the right.
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41. Repeat steps 37 – 39on the left.
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42. Collapse one corner (open sink).
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43. Spread – sink three corners, spreading the layers symmetrically.
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44. Turn the model over.
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45. Collapse three corners on existing creases. (open sink)
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46. Spread – sink three corners. Spreading the layers symmetrically.
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47. Collapse both left corner and right corner (open sink).
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48. Reverse – fold to make legs.
49. Valley – fold one edge of each flap so that the two edges at each corner are aligned then narrow all the flaps.
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50. Fold down one flap. Rotate the legs to be perpendicular to the body.
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51. Fold down thick flaps down.
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52. Spread – sink 2 corners.
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53. Sink the next two corners ( like a spread sink folder in half).
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54. Mountain – fold the corner underneath.
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55. Fold behind all but the two near flaps (though many layers).
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56. Fold one layer to the right.
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57. Fold one flap upward.
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58. Fold the flap back to the left.
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59. Repeat steps 58 – 60 on the right.
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60. Open – sink the corners on the existing creases.
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61. Open – sink the remaining pair of corners.
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62. Fold the corner over and up and tuck in underneath the flap.
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63. Mountain – fold. Repeat behind.
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64. Pinch the flap and swing it to the left.
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65. Pinch the base and mountain – fold the flap in half.
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66. Repeat steps 66– 67 on the right.
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67. Pleat the body.
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68. Pinch the pedipalps. Shape the body.
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69. Fold the chelicerae (mouthparts) downward. Round the abdomen.
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70. Detail of pedipals. Crimp and shape.
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71. Finish pedipalp.
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72. Now we ‘ll fold the back legs.
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73. Crimp a leg upward.
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74. Shape all legs to a natural pose.
image149Your Tarantula is finished.

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