Do you use wet folding often? The intricacy of technical folding is awe inspiring in its genius design, but shaping and molding the paper is what often brings a piece to life. I'm personally a huge fan of Michael LaFosse for that reason, even his more simple designs have such eye striking effects and grace because of the shaping alone, just as it sets your pieces aside from so much of the origami found here on devart.
I do something called "wet-finishing." It involves folding the figure dry, and only dampening it for the final stages of shaping. Technically, I use a methylcellulose mixture to do this, rather than just plain water, which incidentally, is what Michael Lafosse told me to do
Does this create a more durable piece in the end? I've been looking for a way to better perserve final models without necessarily enclosing it in a shadowbox or what have you. I imagine it only works well with perticular paper types.
It does! The methylcellulose acts as a stiffener for the paper. It means that the piece is less likely to splay apart, or start to unfold or sag as it sits on display, because it is less susceptible to humidity infiltration...which is a huge problem here in Georgia