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Butterflies in Origami

Butterflies in Origami

by Nick Robinson


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Origami master Nick Robinson presents 20 delightful butterfly models for folders at every level of experience. In this easy-to-follow guide, he offers fold-by-fold instructions that are fully illustrated with color photos and diagrams.
Models include such real-life species as the Maniola jurtina, or meadow brown. You'll also find a butterfly bursting from its cocoon, a caterpillar, an envelope with a butterfly, and other imaginative possibilities. Each project is graded according to difficulty.

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ISBN-13: 9780486828770
Publisher: Dover Publications
Publication date: 10/17/2018
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 730,690
Product dimensions: 8.30(w) x 10.50(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Professional origami artist Nick Robinson has been folding paper for four decades and has written more than 35 books on the subject. A longtime member of the British Origami Society, he has created hundreds of origami designs and has taught the craft in schools, art centers, and many other venues.

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Butterflies are insects that have been on the planet for the last 56 million years. Well-known for their large, colored wings and erratic flight, they are enchanting creatures that fill your heart with delight. They have a four-stage life cycle, starting as an egg, which hatches into a caterpillar. This in turn pupates into a chrysalis, a process known as metamorphosis. When this is complete, the pupa splits and the adult insect emerges. Butterflies are closely related to moths but generally have thin antennae with small clubs at the end. Moth antennae can be quite varied in appearance, but in general do not have a club at the end.

It is important that we don't take these beautiful creatures for granted. Very few butterflies are as common as they once were and their habitat is under constant threat from development and industrialization. Hedges are torn out, along with all the wildflowers that grow beneath them. Open woodland is replaced by conifers, beneath which little can survive. Wetlands are drained and used for agriculture. The plants that provide food for the butterfly larva are often classed as "weeds" and sprayed with poisons that destroy both plant and butterfly.

Origami models of butterflies and moths vary from very simple to relatively complex. In this book we focus mainly on the simpler end of the spectrum, although there are some designs that will prove a challenge to master. Unless you are an experienced folder, you should try the projects in the general order they are presented in. Beautiful results won't happen without practice, and you should fold each design several times in order to understand how each fold works and to fold the model sensitively so it is attractive to look at.

Remember that origami is a creative process and that designs can often be adapted to develop different types and patterns of butterflies. Look at the folding sequences carefully to see how you can change angles and distances to vary the results. Don't be afraid to experiment!


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Table of Contents

Introduction, 8,
Foreword, 9,
How to fold - Choosing paper, 10,
Techniques, 12,
9-Fold Butterfly, 16,
Pinwheel Butterfly, 20,
Emerging Butterfly, 24,
Butterfly Envelope, 30,
Sunbathing Butterfly, 34,
Yoshizawa's Butterfly, 40,
Australian Butterfly, 46,
Donahue's Butterfly, 52,
Meadow Brown, 56,
Moth Silhouette, 60,
Daisy Butterfly, 66,
Snyder Butterfly, 72,
Spotted Butterfly, 76,
Butterfly Card, 80,
Gigandet Butterfly, 86,
Loving Butterflies, 92,
Donachie Butterfly, 100,
Caterpillar, 106,
Butterfly for Nick Robinson, 112,
Crowding Butterflies, 120,

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