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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Race Point Publishing; First Edition, First edition (26 Sept. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1937994104
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937994105
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 2.5 x 26.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 514,948 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

The models in this book are designed by some of the world’s most talented origami artists from around the world, including four members of the Board of Directors of OrigamiUSA:
Robert Lang
Shuki Kato
Jason Ku
Sebastian Arellano
Won Park
Marc Kirschenbaum
Dan Robinson

 

With diagrams by Marcio Noguchi

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hawk on 31 Dec. 2013
This looks like it could be a good book, however, it's very vague on it's instructions and at times seems to miss whole pieces out.
If you're new to origami, don't get this book. My wife bought me this as an Xmas present and she too thinks it's very poor on instruction.
Shame, it could've been a really good book. :(
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mark on 9 Dec. 2013
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Showing a range of 'bugs', from simple to complex, there is somthing in here for everyone. Diagrams very clear and easy to follow.
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Beutiful book, but I don't think I shall ever be able to make anything out of I but then have only ever made one tiger and a giraffe. : )
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By mr colin e moore on 9 May 2015
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excellent product on time and as described, recommended
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Origami Masters: Bugs Additional Info 27 Sept. 2013
By Shuki Kato - Published on Amazon.com
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Okay, this is weird, I'm reviewing a book which has a few of my own contributions within, is that allowed? Mainly I wanted to disclose a bit more of the contents within the book than was mentioned in Amazon's description. This book has a very brief overview of the history of modern origami (all of 5 pages), a couple pages of symbols and terms and then goes straight into the 12 insect projects. After that there's a short section of full-page crease patterns for just 5 of the models (the ones by Ku, myself, and Lang). There are a couple of intermediate/high intermediate models, but the vast majority are complex and above, so the book is not suitable for beginners. Finally, the diagrams are colored to mostly match the folded subjects and there are multiple color photos of each model.

Here's a list of the models and their assigned step count:

- Won Park
1. Flapping $ Butterfly - 29 steps
2. $ Dragonfly - 29 steps

- Sebastian Arellano
3. Bed Bug - 49 steps
4. Praying Mantis - 85 steps

- Marc Kirshenbaum
5. Mosquito - 65 steps (also diagrammed in Kirschenbaum's "Origami Bugs")
6. Ladybug - 125 steps (also diagrammed in "Origami Bugs")

- Dan Robinson
7. Leaf Insect - 91 steps

- Jason Ku
8. Rhinoceros Beetle - 137 steps
9. Luna Moth - 201 steps

- Shuki Kato
10. Titan Beetle - 144 steps
11. Flying Hercules Beetle- 181 steps

- Robert Lang
12. Yellow Jacket - 75 steps (condensed folding sequence of a very complex model)
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
origami enthusiasts should not let this one pass by. 26 Sept. 2013
By Nick Lafleur - Published on Amazon.com
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The only origami book to even approach this level of complexity will cost you $50 atleast. This is a no brainer. If you love origami, you need this book. It was not published for the money. It feels as though it was a gift to origami enthusiasts everywhere.
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A serious challenge! 19 Sept. 2014
By R. Sherwood - Published on Amazon.com
This is the Origami book to get for somebody who is very good at the art already, or somebody who is very smug and overconfident in their skills, and you want to really challenge them. It does cover the history of origami, and the "bug wars," but only briefly, and therefore is much more of a teaching origami book than a history piece or reading book on the topic.

By and large, I found that these directions were very clear, well illustrated, and allowed me to complete models far more difficult than I ever thought I could when I was simply skimming the book before attempting. Even the easiest models in this Origami Masters book were equal to the hardest ones I had ever done before. However, I personally had trouble with certain steps in certain models. I always find steps that say “collapse the model difficult to do, and therefore could not finish the praying mantis. I couldn't do the lady bug after I was told to “repeat steps on the other side,” because somehow I just can't mentally make that jump sometimes. I never know what the directions mean when I am told to “stretch” some part of a model, and therefore couldn't do the rhino beetle.

I will admit I am somewhere between a beginner and intermediate folder, and I have never seen more difficult origami, or models with more steps than these. The shortest amount of time I spent on any of these was 30 min, the longest was over 3 hours. The models that I completed were beautiful, except for my mosquito, which I thought looked like a Lovecraft horror because I didn't follow the leg folding directions properly, and because it was designed to have a much shorter proboscis than a real mosquito has. None of the last four were doable for me. They all looked amazing, of course. It took me 40 min to get to step 21 in one of the last four models, where I made a fatal mistake, and feared to continue on to steps the creator called “not for the faint of heart.” Several of these models in the second half of the book included a note from the creators that these took anywhere from 5-7 hours. For me, I could only imagine how long it would have taken, had I been able to do them.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Not For The Beginner 10 April 2014
By Matt Harnick - Published on Amazon.com
I've been doing origami for more than 40 years and spent part of that time as Co-Editor for the Origami USA Publications Committee evaluating models and accompanying diagrams for the annual convention book. I have also met most of the creators represented in this book and can honestly say that they are some of the most prolific and accomplished creators in the art.
The Bug Wars is remembered as an instigator of discovery of new techniques and gave rise to a whole new generation of ingenius folders and their designs. It was the birth of ultra-complex folding. In the United States, it was really two artists who started the trend of making models which were anatomically correct: Dr. Robert Lang and John Montroll. Montroll made the first breakthrough with his innovative Insect Base. This took things only so far. Dr. Lang improved on this and his results can be seen in his first collection of invertebrates "Origami Insects And Their Kin" which included a pill-bug and a ladybug with spots. until this book, the best insect designs in my opinion were to be found in the collections "Origami Insects I and II" which are only available as Japanese imports. It kept going from there and today there are hundreds of designs for insects which are incredibly realistic.
This book is the latest offering of lifelike origami insects. What must be understood is that most of these models are not just complex but fall under the heading of ultra-complex. Not only to they entail some extremely tough techniques, but they must be attempted from very large, extremely thing and strong paper (which can be obtained from Paper Circle's O-gami Store but is expensive at $15 per sheet and you must be prepared to cut it into squares yourself). Commercially available origami paper, such as Kami, is usually too thick, does not hold creases well enough and is probably too small to use (10 inches is the minimum and even this is small when working with designs like these). This should not stop the avid origamian (an old term for an origami artist which seems to be out of use) from at least practicing the early steps to familiarize him or herself with the techniques. These are not run-of-the-mill models and though they may have some classic folds, many are relatively new and will only be familiar to the intermediate or advanced folder.
One thing to note is that age is not a factor really in choosing this book. As long as a child shows patience and the manual dexterity to perform intricate folds (and believe me I've seen six-year-olds who could fold Dr. Lang's earlier insects very well) this book should be considered as a challenging addition to their pursuit. For some people, this kind of challenge is a lot of fun.
One word of caution. Very few people can fold Dr. Langs more recent designs anywhere near as neatly as he does. The reason for this is that he has access to and makes full use of an industrial laser to pre-score the crease-pattern into the paper - look closely and you can see the perforations on the example photographed for the book. This is not cheating especially since there is no real cutting involved. After all, he not only invented the origami designs, he invented the laser too!
The diagrams are very well done. It's always hard to show a 3-dimensional proceedure in a 2-dimensional medium. And there is no better teacher than experience. Note that there are often How-To videos on YouTube to help with similar models (though I'm not sure that any of these are covered yet).
If you do decide to get this book, good luck and happy folding!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
box pleating! 18 Jan. 2014
By Harry Holloway - Published on Amazon.com
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A wealth of box pleating,but not for an amateur. Of the 12 models I would say 10 are advanced and for the experienced folder. Most use box pleating, something I can struggle with since it requires neat precise folds, which is getting harder for my older eyes and fingers. but, the models are really cool, and can altered to make other insects. specialized papers are important though. Due to the level of difficulty more most folders I might rate it 3. 5 stars. but I think it does a good job for these complex models.
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