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Unit Polyhedron Origami Paperback – September 15, 2006

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TOMOKO FUSE is a respected member of Origami USA, the British Origami Association and the Japan Origami Association. She is also the author of some of JPT's bestselling origami books, including Fabulous Origami Boxes, Quick & Easy Origami Boxes, and Origami Boxes.
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  • Paperback: 99 pages
  • Publisher: Japan Publications Trading (September 15, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 4889962050
  • ISBN-13: 978-4889962055
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 0.4 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #951,885 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By M. Mukerji on January 23, 2007
Format: Paperback
This is a beautifully presented book with wonderful models and photos. But a lot of the units are repeats if you already own Fuse's all time best book Unit Origami - Multidimensional Transforms. About a third of the book is materials from her Unit Origami book. Additionally there are a few beautiful dodecahedra and several other units. Overall it is a must-have if you are a modular origami lover.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Yorch on January 15, 2007
Format: Paperback
Really, I believe this is one of Tomoko Fuse best books I've ever seen. Great pictures fully and well explained, English is not my native language but it results pretty easy to understand it.

The book's design is so cool, I just can't wait to do any of the projects inside... I encourage every one who like Origami to buy it.

Even, each project it's labeled with a difficulty level category starting at one star to three stars. But all the proyects are so well explained that if you have a little folding experience you will find easy to build them.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Aimee Cowles on April 15, 2008
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This book is easy to follow with simple, clearly stated directions for building polyhedron models ranging from simple to complex. The instructions nicely couple easy-to-read diagrams with large, colorful images of the finished products that help me to visualize my end products as I fold.

I am currently working my way through all of the models in this book, and I am really enjoying the gradual way that Tomoko Fuse introduces new models. She groups obvious types together in the book's sections, and methodically explains (by text, diagram and picture) each unit from simple to complex variation. Instructions include the type/name of the structure, level of difficulty, size of the paper needed, number of each type of paper unit required, a three-dimensional diagram of the polyhedral structure (for more complex structures) and assembly diagrams that show how the pieces fit together. All of the instructional images are in color so it is easy to differentiate between front and back of each paper unit, and to tell the difference between units in the assembly diagrams.

This book presents reusable paper unit types that are creatively put to use in the models in a number of different ways. For instance, I like the way I can create colorful joints that add to the overall presentation of each piece. I especially like the "Various Methods of Assembling Double-Sided Hexagonal Rings" section where Fuse explains how to take the traditional polyhedral structures she has taught and extend their shapes creatively in order make new designs. In general, there are enough variations of each type in all sections that I do not feel like I am working through the drudgery of the same projects over and over as I have with some other books.

Overall, this is an excellent addition to the library of anyone interested in exploring polyhedron models with origami.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Robert L. Hudson on September 30, 2007
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If you're into making geometric solids then this book is a necessary compendium. You must own this!

I especially enjoyed the linked cubes-- the structures are quite solid and well put-together.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Demian B. Bertozzi on December 7, 2007
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What can be said about a book from the so-called "queen of modular origami"? It's awesome. It's original. It has various models on how to build all the regular polyhedra and most of the semi-regular (Archimedean solids). Plenty of diagrams, of all difficult levels. If it weren't enough, this compilation is BEAUTIFUL, with excellent pictures of most of the models, perfectly build in nice paper and with an aesthetically well-chosen combination of colors. It's the best book on the modular origami subject I've ever seen. Tomoko rlz!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Patrique on November 27, 2010
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I have always been a fan of origami. But there was something about the regular ones (animals, houses, boats, etc). When I discovered the modular origami (or unit origami, or kusudama, you pick one), I found myself. They are like puzzles, only you have to make the pieces yourself! Is that geeky or what?

I bought this book completely blindly, I had absolutely no reference, and I loved it. The pictures are great, the diagrams are very well drawn and easy to follow. Also, there's a very good amount and variety of origamis that you can make.

This is the only book by Tomoko Fuse I own, but I heard that her other books are great too. My next origamy book will surely be one of hers!
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If you enjoy modular origami (or think you might), I would suggest you start with this book, as it will easily serve as a great jumping off point into modular construction. The book itself is beautiful, for a paperback, and is organized based on the modular piece of interest. Each modular piece is then explored, with numerous examples of different possible polyhedrons as well as the addition of other modular pieces to change the look of the piece. The book also includes a polyhedron "cheat sheet" in the back of the book which includes the general construction of a large number of complex polyhedrons, so, if desired, you can explore on your own.

The modular pieces are relatively simple to fold. While the construction of such complex polyhedrons may seem a bit daunting at first, the inclusion of models containing relatively few pieces, (ranging from 12-30) are particularly instructive (and beautiful when complete).

A word to the wary folder: while these modules are easy to fold, modular origami often requires the inclusion of large numbers of individual pieces to create the beautiful works in the book. If you aren't particularly excited about folding a minimum of 30 pieces (and more often over 60), you may want to look into something else.

That being said, this is a GREAT book on modular origami construction.
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