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The sky's the limit for papercrafters who want to take the next step with their art. Here are thirty-two origami models that really fly! A new spin on an ancient Japanese craft, action origami is simple enough for beginners, yet sophisticated enough to delight experienced folders. Plus, there's no cutting, gluing, or taping required—all you need is paper and a little patience and you're ready for takeoff! For centuries—since paper was first invented in China—people have been using their creativity to fold paper ...
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The sky's the limit for papercrafters who want to take the next step with their art. Here are thirty-two origami models that really fly! A new spin on an ancient Japanese craft, action origami is simple enough for beginners, yet sophisticated enough to delight experienced folders. Plus, there's no cutting, gluing, or taping required—all you need is paper and a little patience and you're ready for takeoff! For centuries—since paper was first invented in China—people have been using their creativity to fold paper into a range of imaginative shapes. Now Stephen Weiss, a world-class origami creator who has exhibited models in England, Tokyo, and New York City, has taken this art form skyward. The clever designs, made by folding squares or rectangles of paper (even dollar bills!), include a Manta Ray, Blackboard Bomber, Mach III Jet, SST, and Flying Nun, plus the more traditional Swooping Hawk, Origami Kite, Gliding Swan, Flying Fish, Seagull, and twenty-two others. Fold them, fly them, gift them, and most of all, have fun with them!
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780486467337
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
  • Publication date: 11/24/2008
  • Series: Dover Origami Papercraft Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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Wings & Things in Origami


By Stephen Weiss

Dover Publications, Inc.

Copyright © 1984 Stephen Weiss
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-0-486-14627-0



INTRODUCTION

Since the first recorded paper airplanes, in the notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci, folding paper to make it fly has become one of the world's most popular pastimes.

Safer than hang gliders, quieter than model airplanes, and requiring less room than flying saucers or boomerangs, paper airplanes are a fingertip expression of the freedom of flight.

Designs for more than thirty origami models that fly are presented in this book. There are airplanes, birds, bats, fish, kites, wings, dollar bill gliders, a pentagon, a tube, a maple seed, and even a flying nun. The great variety of shapes and flight patterns is especially appealing. Most people do not expect to see a tube fly across the room, and are delighted (or annoyed) to see paper birds, bats, and fish do the same. No tape, glue, paste, staples, paper clips, or cutouts are needed, and most of the models are made from square or 8½ × 11" sheets of paper. You will soon find yourself appropriating place mats and advertising fliers for the more sublime purposes of origami.

Paper folding probably originated in China with the invention of paper, but was developed mainly in Japan, over the centuries becoming a part of Japanese culture. The word origami is Japanese, meaning "the folding of paper." In the last fifty years origami has progressed from a traditional pastime to a widely practiced creative art form. Today there are active origami societies in many countries around the world.

If origami is new to you, this book will be a good introduction. In fact, the first model is the traditional "paper airplane" known to virtually everyone. It is origami in its simplest form.

Read the first few pages, "How to Use This Book," and you will soon be folding for flight.


NOTE TO PEOPLE IN EDUCATION AND HEALTH PROFESSIONS

Origami is particularly useful in helping to develop

• manual dexterity and fine motor coordination

• the ability to perceive and visualize three-dimensional images and spacial relations

• the ability to follow a series of visual and verbal directions in a precise manner

• the ability to give complex instructions in an accurate manner

• memory

• a sense of accomplishment from producing a tangible result from a series of steps


The fact that these models can fly gives them particularly high interest.

If someone has trouble following the diagrams and/or text, it is helpful to have another person read the verbal instructions aloud while the folder studies the diagrams. The text can also be recorded on tape and played back step by step.


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Excerpted from Wings & Things in Origami by Stephen Weiss. Copyright © 1984 Stephen Weiss. Excerpted by permission of Dover Publications, Inc..
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
Excerpts are provided by Dial-A-Book Inc. solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.

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Table of Contents


Introduction
How to Use This Book: Following the Instructions, Paper, Adjusting and Flying, Symbols, Reverse Folds, How to Make a Square from a Rectangle
Simple Dart
Blackboard Bomber
Floater
SST
Dollar Bill Glider I
Astro Tube
Space Wing
Sky Cruiser
Flying Bat I
Origami Kite
Bat Kite
Dollar Bill Glider II
Dollar Bill Glider III
Tumble Wing
Flapping Bird
Flying Bird
Soaring Eagle
Manta Ray
Manta Jet
Flying Fish
Swooping Hawk
Flying Nun
Flying Bat II
Penta-Flinger
Arc Wing
Art Deco Wing
Monoplane
Gliding Swan
Seagull
Mach III Jet
Delta Jet (and Stand)
Maple Seed
Bibliography
Sources
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2012

    It's a great one

    I stayed up all night trying to finish all 32 simple but cool paper creations. I like origami a lot and am preaty good at it, but this one by far outranks all my other origami books.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2010

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    An Origami Book you would not want to miss!

    There are thirty over origami that really flies with no cutting, gluing, etc. that are created by world-class origami designer Stephen Weiss(the author) and a few others.

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