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Fabulous Origami Boxes Paperback – July 13, 1998
"Rebound" by Kwame Alexander
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About the Author
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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1. Practice folding each box with paper that is a different color on the back to make following the directions easier. Otherwise, be prepared for some pretty funny-looking results, and a corner of the room full of crumpled paper frustrations, or CPF. CPF rating 0=none (boring), to 5=steam coming out of the ears, but giving a huge sense of accomplishment if you live through it. Origami Paper Bright 6" 49 Sheets,Origami Hanging Paper Bright 5" 48 Sheets (Origami Paper Packs)
2. To make the lily box, the author recommends "larger" paper, but does not say how large is large. I found that heavy 8.25 in. paper worked well, Origami Paper Kimono Patterns Large 8 1/4 but heavy 7 in. paper made quite a bit harder to fold the layers of the lily. I can't even imagine making it even as small as 6 in. unless one has very thin paper, or a teeny-tiny vise or itsy-bitsy pliers to press in the folds. ...I suggest curling the petals around something smooth, such as the end of a crochet hook. A stick pen's barrel was just a little too large, but it did work. Curl the petals before doing any other "primping" and the lily will look crisp and nice, otherwise, it may turn into paper mache. Lily Box CPF 4, but worth it.
3. Box bottoms, named "body" by the author: My favorite is Body 3 on page 43, as it goes together very quickly and is very firmly locked together when completed. Size 2 (page 47) worked the best, as size 1 was too tight a fit. Learning to put Body 3 together earns it a CPF 4, but now that I know how to do it, I can hardly remember how difficult it was to do the first couple of times.
Body 2 on page 72 is good because it can be made deeper than the other bodies, but it is really diabolical to assemble. Figuring it out added the most to the pile in the corner of the room. CPF 5. It is easier to make with heavier paper that is not too slippery, or by using paper clips to hold it together before collapsing the spiral folds that form the bottom. Paper clips might leave marks that you won't like, though.
4. Some CPF ratings: Iris-2 (if you've ever made a crane), Bovardia-4, Hydrangea-3, Box with a Tab-4, Party plates-0, Rabbit and Butterfly-3 (don't skip step 4 of Rabbit or he has one large ear and turns his back to you!)
5. If anyone figures out why we do Step 6 on page 64, please leave a comment to tell me why. I skipped it a couple of times, and it didn't seem to make any difference in the final product. Now I do it because, as a good girl, I follow instructions. Still wonder why, though.
6. I thought the Octagon Boxes were interesting, and the Hexagon Box was sort of boring. The Lamp-Shaped Bowl doesn't stay together very well, as when breathing on it. Triangle Box is interesting, too, because of the unique shape. But once I learned how to do them, I didn't go back to them.
I've made most of the items in the book. Some I can hardly imagine I would ever do more than once, for example the Party Plates. Others, such as the Lily Box and Vortex, are good friends, giving a sense of accomplishment and pride. One certainly can't ask anything more from a how-to book than that, eh?