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Origami to Astonish and Amuse

by Jeremy Shafer

Published:
2001 by St. Martin's Griffin
Pages:
251
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
ISBN:
0312254040

Buy from: Amazon.com
Buy from: Amazon.jp

Skill Level : Simple to complex
Clear diagrams? Yes
Tinted diagrams (to show 2 sides of paper)? Yes
Photos of completed models? Yes. B&W
Is there indication to the model size resulting from size of starting paper? No
Are the models "Pure" origami (From a single square - no cuts)? Mostly

Overall Impression

Jeremy Shafer is one of my favorite creators. His ideas are so original! And the execution is great. This book is a hefty showcase of his work, containing around 80 models.

Scattered throughout the book are "Thoughts behind the fold" segments, containing Jeremy's insights about the design and uses for the model.

The diagrams are excellent (and fun to read!), and there's a B&W photo for every model.

The Models

Model Designer Page Details Photo
Baby bird - action

Toys

Jeremy Shafer32Square

A very cute action model
Exploading envelope

Letters and Envelopes

Jeremy Shafer34Square

An envelope that can be opened in a flash
Blinking eyes

Toys - Puppets

Jeremy Shafer35Square

Cool action fold
Magic flap

Toys

Jeremy Shafer36Square

Also in Origami USA Convention 1999

An illusion
Origami image from www.giladorigami.com
Folded by Gilad Ayalon
Magic cube

Toys

Jeremy Shafer38Square

Also in BOS Magazine 196

An optical illusion
Origami image from www.giladorigami.com
Folded by Gilad Ayalon
Hands - clapping

People - Anatomic parts

Jeremy Shafer39SquareOrigami image from www.giladorigami.com
Folded by Gilad Ayalon
Moon - waxing and waning

Nature

Jeremy Shafer41Square

Excellent - an origami representation of all stages of the moon in one model!
Origami image from www.giladorigami.com
Folded by Gilad Ayalon
Two interlocking rings

Objects

Jeremy Shafer46Square

Also in Origami USA Convention 1996

2 rings from 1 square. With a permanently locked version
Origami image from www.giladorigami.com
Folded by Phillip West
Ant - chocolate covered

Insects

Jeremy Shafer49SquareOrigami image from www.giladorigami.com
Folded by Nicolas Terry
Gremlin

Imaginary beings

Jeremy Shafer51Square

A nice mask with blinking eyes and opening and closing mouth
Origami image from www.giladorigami.com
Folded by Gilad Ayalon
Surfer on a wave

Sports and Athletes

Jeremy Shafer55Square

Also in Awsome Origami - Vol. 2 by J.C. Nolan
Also in MFPP 1996 Convention
Also in Origami Kids by J.C. Nolan
Also in Origami USA Convention 1991
Also in The Best of Annual Collections 1981-1995
Origami Surfer on a wave by Jeremy Shafer folded by Gilad Aharoni on www.giladorigami.com
Glancer

People

Jeremy Shafer60Square

Also in Origami Tanteidan Magazine 051

A mask with moving eyes
Origami image from www.giladorigami.com
Folded by Gabriel Vong
Mr. Smiley

Toys - Puppets

Jeremy Shafer65Square

A storytelling model - about a smiley face that changes
Squishy blob

Toys

Jeremy Shafer75SquareOrigami image from www.giladorigami.com
Folded by Gilad Ayalon
Piano playing pop-up card

Music and Musicians

Jeremy Shafer78Square

It's a hand, and it's playing a piano! Excellent
Tyrannosaurus - yapping, clapping…

Dinosaurs - Tyrannosaurus Rex

Jeremy Shafer83Square

A nice action dinosaur model
Venus flytrap

Flora - Trees and Plants

Jeremy Shafer87Square

A toothy plant that opens and closes
Frog tounge

Toys - Action Models

Jeremy Shafer91Rectangle - Long strip
Heart attack

Hearts

Jeremy Shafer93Rectangle - Long strip
Nail clipper

Objects

Jeremy Shafer96Square

Also in Pajarita Magazine 071
Also in Quarterly ORU Folding Diagrams - Vol. 2

Fantastic, it looks just like a nail clipper, and it moves like one, too
Origami image from www.giladorigami.com
Folded by Gabriel Vong
Swiss army knife

Objects - Weapons

Jeremy Shafer103Square

Also in BOS Magazine 201

Another fantastic model - with all tools being able to fold inside and out
Origami image from www.giladorigami.com
Folded by Gabriel Vong
Flashers

Toys - Action Models

Jeremy Shafer110Square
Slithering snake skin

Geometric and other shapes

Jeremy Shafer119$ Bill

A pleated form
Preshrunk blue jeans

Clothes

Jeremy Shafer120Square
Kite letterhead

Letters and Envelopes

Jeremy Shafer122Square
Men's suit

Clothes

Jeremy Shafer123Square

Also in Origami USA Convention 1998
Also in Tanteidan 04th convention
Origami image from www.giladorigami.com
Folded by Gilad Ayalon
Swan - Iso area

Birds - Anseriformes - Swans

Jeremy Shafer125SquareOrigami image from www.giladorigami.com
Folded by Shuyunzhu
Wine glass

Food

Jeremy Shafer126Square
Peace sign

Symbols

Jeremy Shafer127Square

Also in Origami USA Convention 1993
Also in BARF 2002 Summer by Jeremy Shafer
Origami image from www.giladorigami.com
Folded by Gabriel Vong
Multiple rippling deltoid

Geometric and other shapes

Jeremy Shafer129Square
Musical notes

Music and Musicians

Jeremy Shafer131SquareOrigami image from www.giladorigami.com
Folded by Gabriel Vong
Dancers

People

Jeremy Shafer135Square

Also in Le Pli 068
Also in The Paper Magazine 056

Can be set to different poses
Origami Dancers by Jeremy Shafer Folded from a square of Japanese foil by Gilad Aharoni on www.giladorigami.com
Dragon

Imaginary beings - Dragons

Jeremy Shafer137Square

A variations of Robert Neale's dragon
Origami image from www.giladorigami.com
Folded by Illya Arcos
Rocking horse

Toys - Rocking Horses

Jeremy Shafer141SquareOrigami Rocking horse by Jeremy Shafer Folded from a square of Kraft origami paper by Gilad Aharoni on www.giladorigami.com
Menorah

Religion and Holidays - Jewish Religion

Jeremy Shafer145Square

A very nice Menorah relief
Crab

Crustaceans

Jeremy Shafer151Square
Yin Yang

Symbols - Yin Yang

Jeremy Shafer155Square

Also in Origami USA Convention 1993

Double sided
Origami Yin Yang by Jeremy Shafer folded by Gilad Aharoni on www.giladorigami.com
Star of David

Religion and Holidays - Jewish Religion

Jeremy Shafer159Square
Spider web

Arachnids - Spiders and Arachnids

Jeremy Shafer162SquareOrigami image from www.giladorigami.com
Folded by Yuval Atlas
Pyramid

Buildings

Jeremy Shafer164$ Bill

Also in Tanteidan 05th convention
Also in Tanteidan 05th convention
Origami image from www.giladorigami.com
Folded by Gilad Ayalon
Eagle - balancing

Birds - Falconiformes - Birds of prey

Jeremy Shafer166$ Bill

Also in Tanteidan 05th convention
Also in Tanteidan 05th convention
Origami image from www.giladorigami.com
Folded by Gilad Ayalon
Cuboid

Geometric and other shapes

Jeremy Shafer170$ Bill

6 connected cubes
Eight interlocking rings

Rings

Jeremy Shafer176Square

All from 1 square! Amazing
Origami image from www.giladorigami.com
Folded by Gabriel Vong
Butterfly heart card

Hearts

Jeremy Shafer180Square
Cubist heart card

Hearts

Jeremy Shafer181Square
Window heart card

Hearts

Jeremy Shafer182Square
Blintz envelope

Letters and Envelopes

Jeremy Shafer183Square
Envelope

Letters and Envelopes

Jeremy Shafer184Square
Off the wallet

Objects - Wallets

Jeremy Shafer186Square

A very useful wallet with many pockets
Bird of peace card

Letters and Envelopes

Jeremy Shafer188Square

Also in BOS Magazine 195
Origami image from www.giladorigami.com
Folded by Gilad Ayalon
Diamond heart ring

Rings

Jeremy Shafer190Square

Also in BOS Magazine 196
Also in Fun Origami World by Makoto Yamaguchi
Also in Origami USA Convention 1993
Also in ORU Magazine 12
Also in The Best of Annual Collections 1981-1995
Origami image from www.giladorigami.com
Folded by Lou Pearson
Peace ring

Rings

Jeremy Shafer192Square

A ring with the peace symbol
Origami image from www.giladorigami.com
Folded by Gilad Ayalon
Crane envelope

Letters and Envelopes

Jeremy Shafer195Square
Beating heart card

Hearts

Jeremy Shafer199SquareOrigami image from www.giladorigami.com
Folded by Gilad Ayalon
Crane star

Geometric and other shapes

Jeremy Shafer202SquareOrigami image from www.giladorigami.com
Folded by Gabriel Vong
Heart rings - interlocking

Rings

Jeremy Shafer204Square
Present box

Boxes and Containers

Jeremy Shafer209Square

A box complete with a ribbon
Transvestite puppet

Toys - Puppets

Jeremy Shafer216Square

A puppet that changes its face
BARF bag

Boxes and Containers

Jeremy Shafer217Square
Unfortunate Bungee jumper

People

Jeremy Shafer218Square
Strobe light

Toys

Jeremy Shafer219Square
Duck - invisible

Birds - Anseriformes - Ducks and Geese

Jeremy Shafer220Square
Jack-O-lantern

Religion and Holidays - Halloween

Jeremy Shafer221Other shape

Folded from a... T-shirt
Upside down heart

Hearts

Jeremy Shafer222Square
Elephant from behind -"Who's staring at my rump?"

Mammals - Elephantidae - Elephants

Jeremy Shafer223SquareOrigami image from www.giladorigami.com
Folded by Fujikura Atsuo
Walking boat

Vehicles - Boats

Jeremy Shafer224Square

The traditional boat... With legs...
Clogged artery

People - Anatomic parts

Jeremy Shafer225Square
Unopenable envelope

Letters and Envelopes

Jeremy Shafer227Square
Folding the blintz base

People - Anatomic parts

Jeremy Shafer228Square

Also in Awsome Origami - Vol. 2 by J.C. Nolan
Also in Origami Kids by J.C. Nolan
Origami image from www.giladorigami.com
Folded by Gilad Ayalon
Folding the preliminary base

People - Anatomic parts

Jeremy Shafer232Square

Also in Awsome Origami - Vol. 2 by J.C. Nolan
Also in Origami Kids by J.C. Nolan
Origami image from www.giladorigami.com
Folded by Gabriel Vong
Folding the flapping bird

People - Anatomic parts

Jeremy Shafer233Square
Man swatter

Objects

Jeremy Shafer234Square

Also in Origami USA Convention 1997

Comes with a magic trick routine
Origami Man swatter by Jeremy Shafer Folded from a square of Japanese foil by Gilad Aharoni on www.giladorigami.com
Unfortunate suitor

Objects

Jeremy Shafer240Square

Fantastic - a person squashed by a lady's shoe...
Carbon atom

Objects

Jeremy Shafer244Square

A very small model
Car - running

Vehicles - Cars

Jeremy Shafer246Square

Also in Origami USA Convention 2001

Gets great reactions
Origami Car - running by Jeremy Shafer Wet-folded from a square of art paper by Gilad Aharoni on www.giladorigami.com
75 models