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Origami Boxes Paperback – September 15, 1989


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Japan Publications Trading (September 15, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0870408216
  • ISBN-13: 978-0870408212
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 0.3 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #375,351 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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TOMOKO FUSE is a respected member of Origami USA, The British Origami Association, and the Japan Origami Association. She is the author of the best-selling origami books ORIGAMI BOXES, UNIT ORIGAMI, QUICK & EASY ORIGAMI BOXES and JOYFUL ORIBAMI BOXES.

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Customer Reviews

They make wonderful gifts, small jewelry boxes, etc.
Mary Jo Sminkey
Putting the boxes together can sometimes be tricky, but if you examine the drawings you will almost always be able to complete the box without becoming too frustrated.
Tamara
Tomoko Fuse is the queen of modular origami, and this book is a reason why!
Seven Kitties

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Gillian Buchanan on September 28, 2005
Format: Paperback
This lovely book is a reprint of the material found in some of Ms Fuse's Japanese origami boxes books and contains a compilation of models from some of her earlier books. The boxes are a delight to make though they do require care and accuracy in the folding and must be made from accurately cut sheets of paper. All of the pieces displayed in the book produce attractive results though some do take more time than others.

I find that Tomoko Fuse boxes once made are excellent for display as well as being great for practical purposes. I currently have several of these boxes on my desk at work acting as receptacles for doctors' dictation tapes and paper clips (what's more they have been there for several years and are still in good shape), and they make great gifts as well.

This is a lovely book which will suit the folder who has mastered the basics of origami and is ready to move into intermediate level work. I still come back to it occasionally even several years after having purchased my copy and always enjoy folding the pieces in it.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Mary Jo Sminkey VINE VOICE on September 21, 2000
Format: Paperback
Tomoko is certainly the premier box folder in origami, and it's wonderful to have a lot of her designs in English now. I love her work so much I bought a lot of her Japanese books and would just work them out from the diagrams. This book has a lot of my favorite boxes, most are what I would consider Intermediate to Advanced to fold. Boxes are a lot of fun to do, each piece will not take that long to fold, but doing all the modules and then fitting them together will take you about an hour! They make wonderful gifts, small jewelry boxes, etc.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Tamara on August 24, 2005
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This is a great book for origami and box lovers alike. The pictures, although black and white, are very clear and simple. At every step, there's a picture along with symbols, and sometimes a written instruction or two. Putting the boxes together can sometimes be tricky, but if you examine the drawings you will almost always be able to complete the box without becoming too frustrated. Only one of the designs I have not been able to decipher, a wonderful fan-like patterned box....Overall this is a great book with very varied boxes, from square ones with simple designs to octagonal boxes with complicated tops. But whichever one you choose to make, they are always beautiful! Got to get back to my folding!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 19, 1999
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I would recommend this book to anyone who likes to make the sqaure origami boxes. It has square, triangular, and hexagonal boxes in it. You would think that it would take 8 pieces of paper to make the hexegonal one but it's actually only takes 4. This book is good for the people who don't like to read the directions, but follow the pictures. I'm 12 and enjoy making origami of all kinds not just boxes and for a project in school I sell the ones I make so this book came in handy.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By S. VanCott on May 23, 2006
Format: Paperback
I got this book for Christmas last year. I've enjoyed using its helpful diagrams to make boxes for myself and for gifts. I was able to easily follow the diagrams and produce some beautiful boxes. I'd recommend this book to anyone who has some origami background and is looking for some fun new diagrams to try!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Atheen on November 16, 2000
Format: Paperback
If I could I'd give this a 10. I've had a fascination with boxes most of my life. As a kid I even collected shoe boxes and cigar boxes! I also enjoy origami and one of the first things I learned to make was a folded paper bag-container when I was in kindergarten in Honolulu. I can still fold them, and it's been a long time since I was 6! This book is fabulous. Some of the designs are a little tricky, and some are time consuming, but they are clever. My favorites are the triangle box, which I used as a gift box for homemade candy, and the hexagonal box, which I used to package a variety of cookies, candies and mixed nuts by using the triangles as dividers. I've used both the hexagonal and octagonal boxes in heavy weight oversized paper and wrapping paper to make storage boxes for yarn, sweaters and other things in my closet. Changing the starting size of the paper by as small amount easily makes a box top with the same pattern folds. Though some of the patterns may be a little beyond a very young child, some of them would be doable by the school aged child, especially with an adult demonstrating each fold and with a finished product with which to visualize and to encourage their persistance. For the educator, the boxes might help students visualize geometric shapes and spacial relationships. Definately a fun way to spend a quiet wintery or rainy afternoon.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Seven Kitties on February 17, 2004
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Some reviewers have commented on the instructions: let me say from my experience with origami instructions and illustrations, this book is definitely on the easy-to-understand end of the spectrum! I would consider myself an advanced beginner folder, and I have had absolutely NO problems making any of these boxes, which should be sufficient testament to the ease of instruction. If you're new to modular folding, do what I did to practice, and cut down some regular copy paper to 8 1/2 inch squares--your pieces will be nice and big and you can see what's going on. I just dig up a pile from the recycling bin at work before I head home.... You will be pleasantly surprised at the range of boxes you can make with this book. And that's really the joy of unit origami! One warning: it's ADDICTIVE AS HECK! Tomoko Fuse is the queen of modular origami, and this book is a reason why!
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