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Polyhedron Origami for Beginners (Origami Classroom) Paperback – September 6, 2002


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Product Details

  • Series: Origami Classroom
  • Paperback: 99 pages
  • Publisher: Japan Publications Trading (September 6, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 4889960856
  • ISBN-13: 978-4889960853
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 0.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #639,326 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Miyuki Kawamura is a Kodansha International author.

Customer Reviews

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Instructions are clearly written with good drawings.
Jamowa
The grandchildren really enjoyed experimenting with the designs in this book, which encourages dexterity as well as creativity.
Bonnie Calvin
I started from the beginning and made every single project in the book.
Aprile

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 3, 2004
Format: Paperback
This is hands down the best book about making modular origami polyhedron I have ever encountered (I own about 6 or so books on the topic). The text does an excellent job of presenting three different ways (solid, skeletal, and outline) to make each of the five platonic solids. Towards the end there are also sections about how to make some stellated polyhedron and polygon tiles. Two things make this text wonderful for the beginning folder. Each fold is lucidly diagrammed and includes a well written explanation. The full color text is an added bonus. If you're interested in getting started as a polyhedron folder, this is the best place to begin. Happy folding. :)
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Agnes Tomorrow on May 12, 2006
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I'm not really an origami fundamentalist, but I prefer modulars that hold together without glue. Miyuki's models are wonderful, but many of them do require glue. I've overcome my aversion and enjoyed them greatly, but you should be aware of the fact that it takes a little more than simple folding for these!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sarah S. Mueller on May 7, 2008
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We have used many origami books but this is the first that has consistently stayed on the kitchen counter for weeks at a time. We have origami tetrahedrons, dodecahedrons, and tetrahedral skeletons all over the house! My 8 year old son has gone origami crazy, all because of this book. The photos are gorgeous - colorful and full of inspiration. The illustrations are excellent - easy to understand, although some of the more complicated figures did take more than one try. Now we need a good source for bulk origami paper.

My son has tried using different size papers, experimented with variations on the instructions, and deconstructed the tetrahedron to see what folds it creates on the paper. He has discovered that the dodecahedron has 20 sides - it can be made with 10 tetrahedrons, each showing 2 sides out (I think - I haven't spent nearly as much time as he has on this stuff). He is still an early reader and has been able to do many of the designs just by following the illustrations and ignoring the written instructions.

Hands down, a wonderful book. Highly recommended!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DS for a Reason on May 21, 2008
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The directions in this book are very clear! It is an exceptional origami pattern book/instruction manual.
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By bj on December 15, 2009
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I just folded the regular tetrahedron. The instructions were perfectly clear. I've been looking everywhere for clear instructions on how to fold the regular platonic solids, and this book has it, well illustrated, and easy to follow.

BTW, for those looking for things to do with "simple" models, like the regular polyhedra, they make great jewelry, if folded with small pieces of paper. I plan to make them for my favorite mathematicians. My next step is going to be to figure out how to print pascal's triangle on pieces of paper, so that they can be folded into Pascal's triangle/tetrahedral earrings.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. Mapleson on November 8, 2007
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I was a bit disappointed with this book. I feel that many of the models are "simple looking" and therefore, couldn't figure out what to do with them once I'd folded them. They seemed too simple to put on display anywhere I do, however, really like the star section of the book.

As normal with modular origami, be prepared to fold many units!

If you are not a beginner folder, I recommend Tomoko Fuse's Unit Origami: Multidimensional Transformations over this book.
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