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In Essential Origami, paper-folding experts Steve and Megumi Biddle reveal a remarkably comprehensive and easy-to-use technique to create dozens of dazzling models. The key to this unique approach is mastering just 10 easy base folds: the Bird Base, the Blintz Base, the Fish Base, the Frog Base, the Kite/Diamond Base, the Nappy Fold, the Pig Base, the Preliminary Fold, the Waterbomb Base, and the Windmill Base. Building on these base folds allows for countless creative inventions-from koala bears, Scottish ...

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Overview

In Essential Origami, paper-folding experts Steve and Megumi Biddle reveal a remarkably comprehensive and easy-to-use technique to create dozens of dazzling models. The key to this unique approach is mastering just 10 easy base folds: the Bird Base, the Blintz Base, the Fish Base, the Frog Base, the Kite/Diamond Base, the Nappy Fold, the Pig Base, the Preliminary Fold, the Waterbomb Base, and the Windmill Base. Building on these base folds allows for countless creative inventions-from koala bears, Scottish terriers, antelopes, dragons, pandas, and planes with propellers, to multi-unit spheres, octagonal boxes, and other exquisite geometrical designs.

In addition to more than 1,000 step-by-step illustrations, Essential Origami contains helpful paper-folding tips, note-worthy trivia, and fascinating explanations that illuminate the worlds of both ancient and contemporary origami. A compendium to delight the novice and the expert alike, Essential Origami puts centuries of noteworthy techniques at everyone's fingertips.

This book contains more than 1,000 step-by-step diagrams for origami projects ranging from traditional Japanese designs to contemporary American innovations. Emphasizing ten basic folds, each of which can be expanded to create dozens of more complex designs, this compendium also includes tips on paperfolding, trivia, and insights into the symbolism of origami.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312057169
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 5/15/1991
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 7.70 (w) x 9.54 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Meet the Author

Steve and Megumi Biddle are the authors of several books on origami. They live in England.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2009

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    Excellent instructions

    I went from rank beginner to, well, less rank beginner using this book. For starters, it explains the standard language and graphic terminology that is used to give origami instructions. The illustrations are very specific, including how to use your hands to fold the paper. In addition to traditional models, it includes models by individual origami esperts, so you can identify the work of people you like. And I liked the encouragement it provided, when you get stuck.<BR/><BR/>Of the hundreds of origami books out there, this is a very good one. I plan to continue to work with books by Steve and Megumi Biddle.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2001

    Best Origami book I've found.

    The majority of origam books I have seen have confusing directions where you have to figure out half of the folds yourself. This book is not one of those. The pictures and directions are very clear and easy to understand. It's a perfect book for a beginner or an expert.

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