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Kusudama Origami Paperback – September 13, 2002
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That said, the models are, as one has come to expect from Tomoko Fuse, lovely and interesting variations on traditional patterns and amazing innovations, and I recommend this book enthusiastically! If you understand in advance that this is not strictly modular origami like her other books, you'll be spared the modicum of disappointment I felt.
For some reason, I think Fuse has the pictures of the ugliest models on the front cover of this book! Inside are some really beautiful models.
The models are easy enough for new folders, who are determined (You have to fold a lot of the same thing, and then join them together using needle and thread, so you don't see results until the very end).
All in all, a great book.
These are some of the best, most accurate, and well explained instructions for origami that I have come across. At first glance, the book's instruction pages are rather boring, with all the pictures done in a single plain colour. However, the clarity of the instructions more than makes up for this.
The book also includes several glossy pages of colour photographs of 'finished products', so that you can see what your origami is going to turn out like. This also helps to give you an idea about what coloured papers might look good.
As well as the instructions for a large number of origami designs, the book also includes quite a few small variations on each design, so that you can customise your origami to your liking. These variations are also well explained, and are summarised in a useful table towards the end of the book, so that you can scan all the variations at once, and pick and choose which ones you like.
This is a great book, and I've found it to be very addictive - I want to try out all the different designs, and all the variations on those designs as well.
True, some of the models require some glue. However, there are several that hold together using Fuse-san's tab-and-pocket designs. (While we're on the subject, I can recommend using paperclips to hold some of the units together during assembly.)
These unit and assembly instructions are VERY easy to follow. For weeks after learning the Lantern, I was making them from memory out of restaurant placemats. Several small versions of this and other models have ended up in Christmas trees throughout my circle of friends and my family.