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I drew this pattern years ago with paper, pencil and a decent math set. A friend of mine scanned it for me and there it sat for years.

With a proper system now in place for managing my (still few) diagrams, I thought it would be a good idea to break it up and colourize it. So I now present a more ledgible version, and hope you enjoy.

step 1

We'll be using a triangle for this shape, so cut the paper in half diagonally, and use only one of them

step 2

fold it in half, bringing the two furthest corners together. Then unfold it.

step 3

Bring both of the outside corners in to meet the middle one, creasing the paper. Then unfold them.

step 4

Fold all three corners in to meet the middle of the longest edge.

step 5

Fold the edges of the two outside triangles in to meet the the edges of the inside triangle.

step 6

Fold the paper in half.

step 7

fold the newly formed edge in to meet the vertical crease.

step 8

Unfold the creases made in steps 5, 6, and 7.

step 9

The diagram is now scaled up and rotated 135° counter-clockwise.

step 10

Open up the middle flap that was formed in step 4.

step 11

Fold the right side of the paper over to meet the left side.

step 12

Fold the right edge of the paper over to meet the diagonal line between points A and B. Then unfold it.

step 13

Lift the upper triangle away from the surface you are working on. Open it up, Separating the two layers of paper.

step 14

Flatten it out completely, following the creases made in step 12. Then lift point A and bring it over to meet point B. As you do this, points C and D will close together and meet each other.

step 15

Lift the new flap of paper and fold it back in the direction it pointed on step 14. This will form a new crease between points A and B.

step 16

Flip the shape over.

step 17

The diagram is now scaled up again and rotated 45° clockwise. Flip the top layer over, rotating around the center crease.

step 18

Bring the bottom point of the lower-right triangle up, opening that side of the shape.

step 19

Bring point A back down to meet point B. At the same time, bring point C over to meet point D. This will form something called a "rabbit ear", which looks similar to the image shown below. Rabbit Ear

step 20

Repeat steps 18 and 19 on the opposite side.

step 21

Bring both of the bottom flaps up to met the top corner. This will add a crease between points A and B.

step 22

Now fold the flap on the right down at a 45° angle, forming the crease indicated in the diagram. The edge between points A and B should now line up with the crease between points A and C.

step 23

Flip that same layer of paper over so that you can see the other side of it.

step 24

Bring the lower edge of that flap up to meet its upper edge, forming a new crease in the paper.

step 25

Now flip that layer over again.

step 26

Repeat steps 22 through 25 on the left side.

step 27

Flip the entire shape over.

step 28

Fold it in half along the vertical center crease.

step 29

Now we need to focus on the area that will become the legs and feet of the bird.

step 30

Take one of the legs and fold it down at a 45° angle, forming a crease like the one shown here. The location of the crease will determine the length of the feet and the legs. Now take the other leg and fold it exactly the same way. Then unfold them both.

step 31

Following the creases made on step 30, invert the end of the leg (see the next step for clarification).

step 32

Fold the two newly formed flaps back toward the top of the leg.

step 33

Now repeat steps 31 and 32 on the other leg.

step 34

Looking again at the entire shape, we will now fold the bird's head. Start by taking the bottom corner, folding it upwards along the spine of the bird. The place where you make the crease will determine the size of the bird's head. In this diagram, the bird's head will be as long as the distance between points A and B. Once the crease in made, open it back up.

step 35

Fold the part below the crease you just made over towards the right. The angle at which you fold it does not need to be exact; it will determine the angle of the bird's head. Take note that the two creases must meet each other on the spine of the bird (marked by point A).

step 36

Open up the head of the bird, separating the two sides. The creases made on step 35 should now fall back around the ones made in step 34.

step 37

Finally, gently squash the top and bottom of the bird's torso together, allowing the sides to curve out, giving it a rounded body.

step 38

You now have an origami raven. In order for it to balance properly on its own, you will probably need to adjust the angles of the feet, and possibly the legs as well.

This pattern is one that I use in several other shapes as well. All of my dinosaurs use this same base shape, and my vulture is almost identical, with the shape of the head being the only difference.

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