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Origami Pseudoscorpion

Paper used:  a single un-cut square of tissue paper treated with methyl cellulose.

Design date:  September, 2009

Base Crease Pattern: 

Origami Pseudoscorpion Base

Design Reference:

Real Pseudoscorpion


Also known as a Book Scorpion, the Pseudoscorpion is a small, harmless (to humans) arachnid that derives its name from the resemblance its claws bear to a more well-known and sinister member of the arachnid family.  Like spiders, they spin silk from their mouths, but they use it for a distinctly different purpose - making cocoons.  When deciding to create a new model, there is usually some distinctive feature that I am inspired to focus on - in this case, the pseudoscorpion's pedipalps caught my eye.  Capturing the delicacy of these appendages and contrasting it with the bulbous nature of the pincers was my primary goal with this model.