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  • Publisher: Stackpole Books
  • Edition: BC Paperback
  • Publication: 29 April 2015
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9780811714563
  • Stock: 22 in stock
  • Size: 216x280 mm
  • Illustrations: 0
  • Pages: 96
  • RRP: £11.99
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Folded Paper German Stars

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Creative Papercrafting Ideas Inspired by Friedrich Fröbel by Armin Taubner

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Paper folding crafts are fun for all ages! You’ll be amazed at what you can create with pretty paper and a few strategic folds. Colorful Fröebel stars can be used as ornaments, table decorations, candle holders, and more, and a variety of other shapes make festive gift toppers, toys, mobiles, and garlands. Step-by-step, illustrated instructions show you how to make more than 30 different designs. Projects range from simple to complex, so there is something for everyone. Paper crafts build creativity, basic mathematical principles, and fine motor skills.

About the Author

About Armin Taubner

Armin Täubner is the author of more than 25 books on origami and other paper crafts.

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The Papercraft Post Blog

July 2015

 

 

Fröbel star rating: ***

 

I zoomed in on this title because it celebrates the work of Friedrich Fröbel. Fröbel was a 19th century German educationalist and papercraft guru.

He brainstormed the concept of kindergarten. He - wait-for it - re-introduced the craft of origami to Japanese schoolchildren. And his papercraft legacy lives

on in the celestial contribution of his famous 3-D woven stars a trad Christmas decoration and in his folded paper shapes. (The big idea is that paper folding

teaches creativity, logical thinking, and improves motor co-ordination.)

 

Back to the review. This is a reprint of German edition. Armin Täubner is a prolific papercraft author, whose delightful Floragami, I have reviewed on this blog.

 

The book begins with a collection of folded modular shapes - kind of the origami equivalent of paper snowflakes. Slight permutations, no two alike.

Lots of geek appeal. The moves are indicated with step-by-step folding diagrams + text. A winning idea is to fold the shapes in translucent paper

to make window decorations. After the basic folded shapes are shown, the author moves on to 3-D constructions. This section is not for origami purists because

shock horror glue is involved. The resulting spheres are very attractive and are cheats kusudama. The gluing enables an openwork appearance, which is extremely

appealing.

 

As you would expect, the Fröbel star section kick-starts with detailed, illustrated how-tos on how to weave the eponymous stars out of strips of paper.

The steps are pretty clear but, if you are like me you may zone out when things get to about step 28 (and I like learning from books).

My suggestion: check out a You Tube video and use it in conjunction with the book. And always bear in mind that the paper weaving steps are repetitive

so there are fewer folding operations than the number of steps. Super-symmetry. Everything is done in quad! When you master the star, you will be very proud of yourself,

and you will have added a life-long papercraft skill and party trick- to your repertoire.

 

The Fröbel star projects are mostly slight permutations but, hey - you would not be reading this book if you were not a papercraft geek. The comet is a fun idea.

Most of the variations involve trimming the tails in some way, or varying the colours of the paper folding strips. A bit obvious.

 

So this title is a pleasant tribute to the papercraft innovations of Friedrich Fröbel. It is suitable for entry level to intermediate papercrafters.

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