Paperback: 64 pages
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing; Book and Kit edition (October 10, 2012)
Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1.3 x 7.5 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
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Age Range: 8 and up
Grade Level: 4 and up
The paper is a knockout selection of double-sided, intensely colored and detailed traditional-style designs with contrasting backings. The inks range from flat to gloss to metallic and all papers have a very smooth waxy/semi-gloss finish. Fortunately they do not have the particularly noxious smell that some papers do, but the booklet does emit some odors that may be offensive to the chemically sensitive for close-up work and needs to be aired out. I was shocked by the quality of the paper in a kit targeted for for beginning-to-intermediate folders. That alone has me entirely happy with the purchase. The booklet is a booklet, not a book, and in its brevity condenses steps that would be better shown in a longer series of simpler diagrams into fewer diagrams with numbers for which folds to do in sequence. This would be hard for a beginner to grasp and would be quite discouraging if this were their only source for learning. They would be better off learning the techniques of basic origami from some simple projects easily found for free online or from the library, or even from a small packet of orgami paper that inclues instructions for a few standard models in the packaging, as many do. There are some projects in the booklet that are simple enough for a beginner, but the projects are not presented in order of complexity. The models are nicely diverse, by a variety of good designers, and are likely to offer at least a few that are different even for experienced origamists, who would surely appreciate the papers.
Purchased for my 13 year old who absolutely loves working with any kind, shape, design or thickness of paper. HE LOVES THIS! We have now sat down and had 'Origami-offs'! They have been very fun! I didn't realize what a fun thing it would be for me as well.PROS:The product is extremely well worth the money. The papers are very good quality with beautiful prints on them. The instruction book is well written with fairly easy to read, concise descriptions of how to build origami pieces. The Box is well constructed out of cardboard and will hold onto the contents for a time, not to leave you with a mound of paper and book and no box.CONS:The instructions, in my opinion, could easily have a couple of pieces for smaller and more beginner people. I think they are AWESOME foldables, however, I even had a hard time with a couple of them. I am an adult of a specific age... ;>)Thank you for making such a great product.The picture is the first Koi our family has ever owned! A proud Koi from said 13 year old!
This is a little book with 53 pages of actual origami instructions (17 designs). It arrives nicely and safely packed with 144 sheets of really delightful paper. I generally try out instructions with practice paper before using the ‘good stuff’, and did so with some of these designs, then used the ‘good stuff’, which is actually quite nice to use.I am probably stuck at being a low to mid-intermediate folder in some ways; and I was a bit disappointed with the instructions, some of which I would have had a bit of trouble with if I had not already had Michael LaFosse’s butterfly and geometric origami books (which are well done). Not to say that is Mr. LaFosse’s fault, as Tuttle Publishing did the book and there are other origamists’ designs in there as well. A more advanced origamist would probably not bother with this book at all. Some of the designs you can get just about anywhere – lotus, balloon, masu, crane, frog.So, I was torn between giving this 3 or 4 stars, decided on 3 because of the somewhat inadequate instructions knowing this is aimed at low-intermediate folders (see above). So I can’t really recommend it wholeheartedly. But, the paper is really nice and I am enjoying doing the projects. The cost is low enough so I figure the paper plus the new (not the traditional) instructions are worth it.
Simply stunning. I purchased this origami set simply because I liked the image of the carp and thought it would be fun to make and display. This set impressed me far more upon receipt.The set is housed in a square box containing the instruction booklet and underneath the origami paper. I won't comment too much on the origami instructions. I found them to be easy to follow howevef origami can be tricky and someone else might find them to be difficult.The real reason I rated this set 5 stars is the paper. The designs are exquisite and stunning. The paper is double sided and features gorgeous patterns ranging from flowers, gold leif looking zig zags, to beautiful fan motifs. I will actually order more of these just to get the paper.HIGHLY RECOMMENDED,
The papers are beautiful and there is a generous supply for the money. I find the origami directions a little difficult, however. I actually found simpler directions for making the Japanese crane at another website.
The paper is gorgeous, but the directions are hard to follow. The instructions with regards to certain folds are very difficult.
The paper has a nice thickness and interesting patterns. The instructions are pretty straight forward; however, I would recommend this for someone who already has a bit of experience with origami, but is looking to expand their skill a bit.
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