Origami that Will Blow Your Mind [pics]

These paper creations laugh mockingly at the swan or flower you used to create in study hall. Some are remarkably creative and some are mind-boggling in their complexity. These origami masterpieces are marvels! [via chacha]

Origami Master: Taking over 40 hours to fold, which was spread out over several months, Satoshi Kamiya from Japan produced this eight-inch-tall Eastern dragon (or ryuu in Japanese) with a thousand overlapping scales.

This origami Yoda even captures his famous wrinkles, but where is his lightsaber?

Castle on the Ocean: Wataru Ito, an origami artist from Japan, spent four years creating this model city named Castle on the Ocean. This 2.4 meter by 1.8 meter by 1 meter high city went on display at an exhibition on the artificial island of Umihotaru, near Tokyo, Japan. Plans for the display after the exhibition? Mr. Ito plans to burn the paper city down.

Iron Man Light: Origami artist, Brian Chan constructed this origami model of Iron Man from only one piece of paper.

Vroom! Yes, this model of a V-12 four-stroke engine actually runs! With the help of electrical wires, swtiches, a resistor, a motor and a battery holder, this engine moves just like a real one. Taking over 4 years to design and build, this origami engine was constructed out of 1,978 pieces of paper and weighs 3.2 lbs.

This origmai cobra may be harmless, but did you know that the King Cobra is the world's longest venomous snake?

Rain, rain go away: While these outfits show some amazing origami skills, these ladies should probably stay indoors and away from open flames! This French collection, complete with dainty little hats, is defnitely more art than functional clothing.

These three figurines were inspired by The Lord of the Rings characters. Each model was made from only one sheet of uncut paper.

Palicio del marques de Salamanca is a model by Ingrid Siliakus, a paper artist/architect from the Netherlands who specializes in models of classic architecture.

Won Park, a self-proclaimed "money folder", created this koi fish out of an American one dollar bill.

All Terrain Armored Transport: The AT-AT is the large, four-legged walker introduced in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back during the Battle of Hoth.

This is probably more bookmark than anyone needs! Created for a bookstore in the Czech Repulic, this papercraft delivered a powerful message for a series of advertisements to promote reading to children.

No Ugly Duckling: This beautiful swan took around 2 weeks to fold and build.

French origami master Eric Joisel made this snail out of one piece of wet-folded rectangular paper.

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