Lew Rozelle began folding paper at the age of nine and has been designing his own origami models since the 1960s. He is also the author of Origami Rockets and Origami in King Arthur's Court.
Origami Ornaments: The Ultimate Kusudama Bookby Lew Rozelle
Origami Ornaments is based on the design of traditional Japanese Kusudama ceremonial spheres. But the Japanese designs regularly require the use of glue to hold several parts together. Lew Rozelle has designed four basic models - base, joiner, clip, and hinge - which can be folded together, hanging in lovely globe or lantern shapes, thus remaining true to/i>… See more details below
Origami Ornaments is based on the design of traditional Japanese Kusudama ceremonial spheres. But the Japanese designs regularly require the use of glue to hold several parts together. Lew Rozelle has designed four basic models - base, joiner, clip, and hinge - which can be folded together, hanging in lovely globe or lantern shapes, thus remaining true to origami purist standards. Folded out of colorful paper, the ornaments can be made small enough to hang on a Christmas tree or large enough to hold aromatic potpourri. As the ornaments rest they will open gently, like flowers, but still not come apart.
Also included are instructions for incorporating string for hanging as well as tassels into the design - a lovely finishing touch. There are no limits to the number of unique ornaments you can make from the four basic models. Try using various wrapping paper patterns and colored paper - the possibilities are endless. Origami Ornaments is the perfect book for holiday crafters and origami enthusiasts alike.
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ProceduresInternational symbols for folding paperSymbols
The symbols used in origami are shown at the left. They are the international language of the origami world.A series of dashes represents a valley fold. Make a concave crease where this line appears.
A series of dots and dashes represents a mountain fold. Make a convex crease wherever this line appears.
A series of dashes with a pair of scissors indicates a cut.
Arrows will show the directions in which you make the fold: left, right, up, down, in front, behind and into. These directions have to do with the page itself. "Fold upward" means "fold toward the top of the page." "Near" is closest to you. "Far" or "behind" is away from you. There are also symbols for turning the model over and for tucking or opening a portion of the model.
There are three important directions given for each step in folding a model.
First, read the written instructions. "Valley-fold" tells you to make a valley fold. "Repeat steps 3-5" gives you instructions which would be difficult to convey in a drawing.
Second, look at the accompanying drawing. The drawing will show you how the model should look as each step in the folding takes place. The arrows will also help you see where to make a fold.
Third, always look ahead to the next drawing. Look to see how the model should look after a fold is made. This will also show you when you have made a mistake. You should go on folding only after you have completed the step successfully.
There are several combinations of folds, which when combined produce a desired effect. "Reverse-fold" is a procedure which has several folding steps. These will be explained in the next few pages, before you begin folding. Remember to make each fold as precise as you can.PaperThe ornaments in this book were designed to be made from Christmas wrapping paper. They can be made from origami paper, but you will enjoy making paper squares from the wide assortment of gift wraps. Here is how to fold and cut the gift wrap into squares that can then be folded into ornaments.ORIGAMI ORNAMENTS. Copyright © 2000 by Lew Rozelle. All rights reserved. No part of this book may be used or reproduced in any manner whatsoever without written permission except in the case of brief quotations embodied in critical articles or reviews. For information, address St. Martin's Press, 175 Fifth Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10010.
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