By Ben Muller

Wetfolding is a unique and useful way of folding.  This process allows a model that can be sculpted into curved and interesting shapes, and will retain that shape.  Elephant hide paper is generally considered the best paper for wetfolding, but many other papers will work as well.  Generally the paper should be somewhat thick, but the best way to find out if a paper is good for wetfolding is to try it.  My personal favorite model to wetfold is David Derudasí Ranoshi (frogs above).  This model almost needs to be wetfolded, or it will not hold its shape.  The end result is a very beautiful and sturdy sculpture.  The main trick with wetfolding is not to get the paper too wet.  It should be wet enough that it is relatively floppy, but it should not be dripping or glistening.  A good way to make sure the paper does not get too wet is by using a spray bottle.  A wet cloth or tissue might also work, but it is harder to control how wet the paper gets.  Once the paper is damp, it is important to fold with some speed.  For this reason, it is good to have folded the model a few times before so that you are familiar with it, or even to have memorized it.  While you are folding, you can re-wet the model with a spray bottle or cloth.  During the folding process, it will probably be hard to shape the model, as the paper will be damp still.  However, when you are done, it is easier to shape, as it is drier, and the heat from your hands will also help to dry it.  If you need, you can also hold certain parts of the model in place with a paper clip or other clip, but this might leave a mark on your model.  The hardest part of wetfolding is probably deciding to do it, as it is always talked about like a difficult thing.  However, once you start it is really not that difficult, as long as you are familiar with the model.  Good luck!