Hours of enjoyment await with this big book of origami fun. Whether you're an experienced paperfolder or you're just entering the origami world, you'll find 37 captivating models galore right here, in all their well-illustrated glory. Robert J. Lang, a veteran origami artist, accompanies his step-by-step directions with more than 1,000 detailed drawings, plus a photograph of the finished model.
Start with a kangaroo, a nun, a rocket, or a bust of King Tut. Advance to a dragonfly, a dinosaur, a winged Pegasus, or a cicada. By the end, you'll be making action folds — models with moving parts that re-create flapping birds, rowing ships, and fiddling violinists. The author includes an introduction to the history of origami, plus helpful hints on tools and materials and a key to the folding symbols.
Table of Contents
Tools and Materials
Symbols and Terminology
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I have a quite vast amount of origami books, but this is the best one I have bought so far. If you are looking for some advanced folding projects, then you should definately buy this one. Some of the models that I found epecially fun and challenging was the cicada, the Tarantella (spider), the plane and the cocoo-clock
If you want to learn to read standardized origami instructions and actually do what they're telling you, this is a good book. However, you have to go through all the projects one at a time and pay close attention. The author assumes you have mastered the material is each project before going on. There is no recap and no quick way to look up something you're forgotten.
This is not a "complete book of origami" it is a handbook for advanced students. A complete book would include the classic bases and traditional models. This book contains only original models and these models are not easy. Lang issues several warnings at the beginning: you must read the instructions as well as look at the pictures; you must start at the beginning and work your way up to the harder models.Lang warns the reader that he does not repeat detailed instructions. If he told you once he won't tell you again. Unless you are very skilled already, don't try any model until you have *mastered* all the previous models.Lang adheres to the standard of using a single piece of paper for each model and not using any cuts or slits. But he uses several different shapes of paper. He gives ratios for rectangles such as 1:1.294 (8.5"x11) and and 1:2.360 (a dollar bill). But he doesn't give recommended sizes. Some of these models should be attempted with larger sheets than others but he gives no clue as to recommended sheet size.Most of these models are three dimensional and will not fold flat without being crushed and destroyed. They are also more rounded and smooshed than traditional Japanese origami. Sometimes the instruction is just to pull on a part and "form new creases as necessary". Lang prefers the more "realistic" rounded shapes characteristic of Western origami to the sharper crisper patterns of Japanese models.There is a mistake on page 12, in the Swan pattern. Illustrations 15 and 16 should be switched.This is not a book for beginners or casual paper folders. This is a book for serious hobbyists who want to improve their skills.
I think that origami is a fun way for kids to understand the ancient art of origami because its fun to do.
This was my first origami book, which I received when I was about 9. It's so good that I'm ordering another copy because mine is falling apart (I am now 25). Most other books that I've picked up or have been given seem aimed at children, in which advanced models are still doable in a few minutes. The tarantula I did when I was 12 and it took me 2 hours. Be aware that occasionally there may be some typos but if you have some experience you can figure out what is suppost to be going on by looking at the next picture or the supporting text.
The directions are way 2 unclear. i barely could understand anything.
I would think that some of the models in this book are really a challenge, so those of you who want a challenge, get this book