Animal Origami for the Enthusiast: Step-by-step Instructions in Over 900 Diagrams ; 25 Original Models

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Courier Corporation, 1985 - Crafts & Hobbies - 119 pages
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The centuries-old art of origami ? Japanese paper folding ? produces remarkable paper creations that exhibit extraordinary realism and delicate beauty. Enthusiasts if this wonderful craft will welcome this challenging new collection of paper sculptures designed by John Montroll, renowned origami expert.
Twenty-five intricately detailed paperfolding projects feature strikingly lifelike animals from land, seas, and air: angelfish; seal; walrus; starfish; crane; swan; eagle; owl; snake; turtle; frog; frog with toes; bear; kangaroo; giraffe; fox; elephant; antelope; spider; crab; lobster; tyrannosaurus; brontosaurus; ornament; and star.
Fully illustrated step-by-step instructions and hundreds of diagrams explain how to fashion each of these intriguing sculptures. Beginning with symbols and basic folds, patterns progress from the simple angelfish to the complex and fascinating lobster.
Papercrafters who have mastered the basic folds of origami will find hours of enjoyment and personal satisfaction creating this parade of charming paper models. Animal Origami for the Enthusiast will inspire every dedicated origamian, while offering ample opportunity to hone papercrafting skills.

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A challenging book, but the results are beautiful and lifelike. The book is organized as a course - the simpler, earlier models help lay the technical foundations for the later, more complex ones. Suitable for adults or for older children who already have some experience with origami, although I would only expect more patient and/or spatially gifted children (and adults, for that matter) not to want occasional guidance.
Others have mentioned that larger paper is easier for these models. They're right. Using origami paper, it's possible to work with a smaller sheet for some of the models - I've done the fox, frog, and turtle with 5"x5" (13cm x 13cm) origami paper with good results - but some of the more complex models would be very difficult at that scale.

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Took me two weeks to learn how to fold the lobster...but it was worth it. Use a large a sheet of paper that you can find to fold it. Takes me about 2 to 3 hours to make one, but it's a masterpiece when you're done. Kudo's to John Montroll and his incredibly inventive mind.

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About the author (1985)

Internationally renowned author John Montroll has significantly increased the origami repertoire with his original designs. Best known as the inspiration behind the single-square, no-cuts, no-glue approach, the American origami master offers readers meticulously developed folding sequences that allow them to create better models with fewer steps.

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