Got some angel fish made using the paper from the old children's books!
of the paper is fairly brittle, so I doubt if it will take kindly to
being folded into anything terribly complicated and requiring loads of
handling. The angel fish model uses a lot fewer folds than something
like a crane, so it worked out OK. Here's a close-up of some of them:
books were a Hans Christian Andersen collection with lovely
illustrations in both sepia tone and full color. The color
illustrations are gorgeous, having that 'old book' deep
pigmentation that has mellowed with age. Also in this shot is paper
from a collection of fairy tales--this paper is even MORE brittle and
threatened to crumble & flake if not coaxed into shape VERY gently.
A third book was an odd little book from the New York opera telling the
story of Mozart's 'The Magic Flute'.
I am glad I was able to save the paper from the ruined books, it was just too gorgeous to throw away--yay for origami!