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  • Copyright: 2005-10-01
  • Publisher: Firefly Books Ltd
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Step-by-step guide to 50 miniature origami projects.Minigami is packed with great new origami designs using all the popular new forms of miniature origami such as tea-bag folding and Iris folding.These unique modular forms can be used as: Home accents Decorative display pieces Greeting cards Gift tags Decorations.The book includes practical advice for choosing the right paper and also explains the standard folding symbols.The projects range from those for absolute beginners to pieces for intermediate and advanced artists. Step-by-step instructions illustrated in color enable artists of any skill level to create almost any miniature design.Minigami is a fascinating craft that will challenge traditional origami enthusiasts.

Author Biography

Gay Merrill Gross is an expert in origami and the related skill of napkin folding. She is the author of Origami: The Art of Paperfolding, The Art of Napkin Folding, Folding Napkins, Napkin Folds for Special Occasions and three introductory books on origami. She lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 6
Materials and Techniquesp. 8
Greeting Cardsp. 18
Envelopes and Letterfoldsp. 32
Models for Cardsp. 42
Modular Decorationsp. 86
Tatos and Paper Pocketsp. 106
Folded Cardsp. 122
Picture Index and Resourcesp. 140
Acknowledgmentsp. 144
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Introduction If you are new to origami, welcome to a wonderful world of clever paper creations, made from simple materials and the most basic of tools -- your own two hands! The transformation of a sheet of plain paper into fanciful form is truly magical. Origami is probably a lot easier to do than you might have imagined. As with learning anything new, a little patience and perseverance will serve you well. Here are some additional things to keep in mind when folding; even experienced folders may find useful tips here. Learn the basics Take a few moments to study and become familiar with the origami symbols, terms and techniques at the beginning of the book. Start simple! Each model is rated according to its level of difficulty for a beginner: Simple Low Intermediate Intermediate Challenging If you are a beginner, start with the simplest models and work your way toward those that are a little more difficult. If you are an experienced folder, you should have no trouble with any of the designs, even those rated as challenging. Practice paper The first time you fold a model, think of it as practice. Usually your second and third attempts will come out much better. Use practice paper when learning a model; packaged origami paper, colored on one side and white on the reverse (see page 8), is excellent. Point to point, line to line Line up all edges am corners as carefully and precisely as you can. Make a soft fold to start with, check your alignment, make a slight adjustment if necessary then set your crease sharply. Good lighting is the key to folding neatly and precisely. Sharp, flat folds The flat surface of your fingernail is a great folding aid, even better for making neat folds than the edge of your nail. If you prefer to use a folding tool to sharpen your folds, you can purchase a bone folder, or use a less expensive alternative such as a tongue depressor or an old credit card. Colorful contrast It is a good idea to work on a smooth, dean, flat surface, especially when you are first learning origami. The color of the folding surface is also important. It is easier to line up edges and corners if the color of the folding surface contrasts with the color of both sides of the paper. Look ahead to get ahead When following origami diagrams, always look ahead to the next drawing; it will show you what you should be aiming for in the step you are working on. Mountains are better guides Mountain creases are easier to see, making them better guidelines than valley creases (see page 11). Take a break Perseverance and patience are very important when learning a new model, but if you get stuck on a step, frustration may hinder your progress. Take a break and come back to the model later. A fresh mind will often make the learning process a lot easier. Practice! Your first attempt at a model may go slowly as you work your way through the step-by-step instructions. If you repeat the same model right away, you will notice how much easier it is, and by your third try, you may be able to fold with little or no help from the instructions, plus your finished model will probably be a lot neater! Note to readers Important information on each model is provided on the colored side bars and at the end of each project. The creator of the origami fold has been provided unless it has a more complicated history, in which case "various" has been given. Information on the origin of each fold, whether from a traditional or more contemporary source, has been added when appropriate. Unless otherwise specified in a caption, all card designs are by the author.

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