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Brilliant Origami book cover

Brilliant Origami

by David Brill

Published:
1996 by Japan Publications
Pages:
240
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
ISBN-13:
9780870408960
ISBN-10:
0870408968

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

Skill Level Simple to complex
Clear diagrams? Yes. Hand-drawn
Tinted diagrams (to show 2 sides of paper)? Yes
Photos of completed models? Yes, with some beautiful color spreads
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)? Most are

Overall Impression

There's something for everyone here, action folds, modulars, animals, objects and people.

Some of the models are hard to fold really well, and require wet-folding or foil - but they are worth the effort.

All models are accompanied by black-and-white photographs, and there are some stunning color photos at the beginning of the book. Besides diagrams, the book contains the author's thoughts about the design of the models, and explanations about several techniques.

The diagrams are hand-drawn, but very clear.

There are 79 Origami Designs in Brilliant Origami:

Design Designer Page Details Photo

Show only designs with photos
Emu - head

Toys - Puppets

David Brill24Square

Cute action fold
Origami Emu - head by David Brill on giladorigami.com
Folded by Gilad Ayalon
Exhibitionist

People - Occupations

David Brill26Square

Very nice action fold
Origami Exhibitionist by David Brill on giladorigami.com
Folded by Gilad Ayalon
Book

Objects - Books

David Brill28Square

Also in NOA Magazine 422
Also in Origami 4 by Robert Harbin
Also in Origami El Mundo Nuevo by Kunihiko Kasahara
Also in Quadrato Magico Magazine 75-076

8 page book with color-changed cover
Origami Book by David Brill Folded from a square of Japanese foil by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
Walking man

People

David Brill30Triangle
2 units
Walking man

People

David Brill32Square
Spectacles

Objects

David Brill34Rectangle - 1X2

Also in BOS Convention 1986 Autumn
Also in NOA Magazine 187
Also in Origami - A Complete Step-by-Step Guide by Paul Jackson
Also in The Complete Origami Course by Paul Jackson
Origami Spectacles by David Brill folded by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
Talking fox

Toys - Puppets

David Brill35Square

Puppet
Nut and bolt

Objects

David Brill36Square
2 units

Also in BOS Convention 1986 Spring
Also in Der Falter 8
Also in Quarterly ORU Folding Diagrams - Vol. 1
Also in The Beauty of Origami by Makoto Yamaguchi
Origami Nut and bolt by David Brill folded by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
Pentagonal envelope

Geometric and other shapes

David Brill45Rectangle - A size
Gift box and lid

Boxes and Containers

David Brill46Square
2 units

Also in BOS Convention 1983 Spring
Also in Creative Life with Creative Origami 3 by Toshie Takahama
Also in Le Pli 15

Each from a square
Origami Gift box and lid by David Brill on giladorigami.com
Folded by Gilad Ayalon
Star container

Boxes and Containers

David Brill46Rectangle - A size

A puffy envelope
Bottle

Boxes and Containers

David Brill49Square

Also in NOA Magazine 179
Also in NOA Magazine 426
Also in Origami for the Connoisseur by Kunihiko Kasahara and Toshie Takahama
Also in Origami Journal (Russian) 5 1997 Jan-Feb
Also in Origami Paperfolding for Fun by Eric Kenneway
Origami Bottle by David Brill Cap folded from a square of foil by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
Yacht

Vehicles - Boats

David Brill52Square

Also in BOS Convention 1987 Autumn
Also in Origami - A Complete Step-by-Step Guide by Paul Jackson
Also in Origami - Arte del Piegare la Carta by Renzo Zanoni
Also in The Complete Origami Course by Paul Jackson
Origami Yacht by David Brill on giladorigami.com
Folded by Patrick Bergeot
Box with lid

Boxes and Containers

David Brill54Square

Also in BOS Magazine 201
Also in Origami for the Connoisseur by Kunihiko Kasahara and Toshie Takahama
Also in Origami Paperfolding for Fun by Eric Kenneway

A great box, complete with a lid, from one square
Origami Box with lid by David Brill folded from a square of art paper by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
Cigarette packet

Objects

David Brill58Rectangle - 1X4

Also in BOS Magazine 60
Also in Origami 4 by Robert Harbin
Also in ORU Magazine 12

Fantastic, with cigarettes!
Origami Cigarette packet by David Brill on giladorigami.com
Folded by Gabriel Vong
Matchbox (with matches)

Boxes and Containers

David Brill62Rectangle - 1X3Origami Matchbox (with matches) by David Brill Folded from a rectangle of origami paper by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
Money box

Boxes and Containers

David Brill64Square

Also in BOS Convention 1979 Autumn
Also in BOS Convention 2012 Spring
Origami Money box by David Brill on giladorigami.com
Folded by Francois Ziegler
Honeymoon box

Boxes and Containers

David Brill67Square

Also in BOS Magazine 147
Also in Origami USA Convention 1991

Lidded box
Origami Honeymoon box by David Brill folded by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
Sunken silver cube

Geometric and other shapes

David Brill74Rectangle - A size
12 units
Sunken silver icosahedron

Geometric and other shapes

David Brill74Rectangle - A size
12 units
Sunken silver star

Geometric and other shapes

David Brill76Rectangle - A size
12 units

With a 30 unit variation
Dimpled silver dodecahedron

Geometric and other shapes

David Brill79Rectangle - A size
30 units
Silver dodecahedra

Geometric and other shapes

David Brill80Rectangle - A size
12 units
Woven strip dodecahedron

Geometric and other shapes

David Brill82Rectangle - A size
30 units
True woven dodecahedron

Geometric and other shapes

David Brill83Rectangle - Long strip
6 units

Also in BOS Convention 1989 Autumn
Origami True woven dodecahedron by David Brill on giladorigami.com
Folded by Patrick Bergeot
Stellated dodecahedron

Geometric and other shapes

David Brill84Square
30 units
Origami Stellated dodecahedron by David Brill on giladorigami.com
Folded by Patrick Bergeot
Stained glass balls

Geometric and other shapes

David Brill85Square
Multiple units

Several variations
Spiky star

Geometric and other shapes

David Brill87Rectangle - A size
24 units
Double cube

Geometric and other shapes

David Brill90Square
12 units

Also in The Encyclopedia of Origami Techniques by Nick Robinson
Origami Double cube by David Brill on giladorigami.com
Folded by Rui Roda
Venetian double cube

Geometric and other shapes

David Brill92Rectangle
12 units
Waterbombic dodecahedron

Geometric and other shapes

David Brill96Rectangle - A size
3 units

Also in BOS Convention 1986 Spring
Also in Bogota Origami Convention 2015
Also in Origami USA Convention 1988
Also in Quadrato Magico Magazine 102
Also in The Best of Annual Collections 1981-1995
Origami Waterbombic dodecahedron by David Brill on giladorigami.com
Folded by Gilad Ayalon
Double Star Flexicube

Toys - Action Models

David Brill98Rectangle - A size
64 units

Also in BOS Convention 1991 Spring
Also in Pajarita Extra 1996 - Mathematics
Also in Pajarita Magazine 80
Also in Quadrato Magico Magazine 22
Origami Double Star Flexicube by David Brill on giladorigami.com
Folded by Eyal Reuveni
Corgi

Mammals - Canidae - Dogs

David Brill106Rectangle - 1X2

Also in BOS Convention 1982 Spring
Also in MFPP 1995 Convention
Origami Corgi by David Brill folded by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
Lamb

Mammals - Bovidae - Sheep, Goats and Bovides

David Brill106Rectangle - 1X2

Also in MFPP 1995 Convention
Origami Lamb by David Brill Folded from a rectangle of Wildflower Seed paper by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
Mouse

Mammals - Rodentia - Rats, Mice and Rodents

David Brill108Square

Also in Origami - A Complete Step-by-Step Guide by Paul Jackson
Also in The Complete Origami Course by Paul Jackson
Origami Mouse by David Brill Folded from a square of
Guinea pig

Mammals - Rodentia - Rats, Mice and Rodents

David Brill110Square

Also in BOS Convention 1982 Autumn
Origami Guinea pig by David Brill folded by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
Rabbit

Mammals - Lagomorpha - Rabbits and Bunnies

David Brill111Square

Also in NOA Magazine 229
Origami Rabbit by David Brill Wet Folded from a square of Canson watercolor paper by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
Goose

Birds - Anseriformes - Ducks and Geese

David Brill114Square

Also in BOS Convention 1989 Spring

Color-change beak and legs
Origami Goose by David Brill Wet-folded from a square of duo mulberry paper by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
Squirrel

Mammals - Rodentia - Squirrels

David Brill119Square

Also in BOS Magazine 122
Also in Zoorigami by Renzo Zanoni
Origami Squirrel by David Brill folded by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
Foxhound

Mammals - Canidae - Dogs

David Brill123Rectangle - 1X2Origami Foxhound by David Brill Folded from a rectangle of Tant paper by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
Fox

Mammals - Canidae - Dog Family

David Brill125Square

Also in Origami in England by Sergei Afonkin
Origami Fox by David Brill Wet folded from a square of cardstock by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
Horseman

Mammals - Equidae - Horses and Donkeys

David Brill128Rectangle - 1X2

Horse and rider from one rectangle
Origami Horseman by David Brill Folded from a rectangle of thin brown wrapping paper by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
Rhinoceros

Mammals - Rhinocerotidae - Rhinoceros

David Brill135Square

Also in Classic Origami by Paul Jackson
Also in Origami El Mundo Nuevo by Kunihiko Kasahara
Also in Origami Masters: David Brill by David Brill
Also in Pajarita Extra 1985 - Museo Imaginario
Origami Rhinoceros by David Brill folded by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
Elephant

Mammals - Elephantidae - Elephants

David Brill140Square

Also in A Arte dos Mestres de Origami by Mari Kanegae
Also in BOS Magazine 93
Also in Origami Masters: David Brill by David Brill
Also in Origami Without Borders
Origami Elephant by David Brill folded by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
Lioness

Mammals - Felidae - Lions

David Brill150Triangle

Also in BOS Convention 1980 Autumn
Also in Origami Masters: David Brill by David Brill
Origami Lioness by David Brill on giladorigami.com
Folded by BOS 2003 convention exhibitor
Lion

Mammals - Felidae - Lions

David Brill159Triangle

Also in Origami Masters: David Brill by David Brill
Also in The Beauty of Origami by Makoto Yamaguchi
Also in Zoorigami by Renzo Zanoni
Origami Lion by David Brill folded by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
Lion cub

Mammals - Felidae - Lions

David Brill163SquareOrigami Lion cub by David Brill Wet folded from a square of Canson art paper by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
Horse

Mammals - Equidae - Horses and Donkeys

David Brill168Triangle

Also in AEP convention 2011
Also in Bogota Origami Convention 2015
Also in BOS Convention 1979 Spring
Also in BOS Magazine 100
Also in BOS Magazine 200
Also in Encyclopedia of Origami for Children and Adults by Sergei Afonkin and Elena Afonkina
and in other sources...
Origami Horse by David Brill folded by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
Dragon

Imaginary beings - Dragons

David Brill172Square

Also in BOS Magazine 101
Also in Origami Masters: David Brill by David Brill
Origami Dragon by David Brill Folded from a square of duo origami paper by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
Mask

People

David Brill181Square

Also in BOS Magazine 107
Origami Mask by David Brill on giladorigami.com
Folded by Gilad Ayalon
Girl (fairy)

People

David Brill183Triangle
Crown

Clothes - Hats

David Brill187Square
Wand

Objects

David Brill188Rectangle - 1X2
Santa Claus with sack

Religion and Holidays - Christmas and Santa Claus

David Brill191Rectangle - 1X2

Also in Das Diagramm 29
Origami Santa Claus with sack by David Brill Folded from a rectangle of origami paper by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
Santa Claus

Religion and Holidays - Christmas and Santa Claus

David Brill193Rectangle - 1X2Origami Santa Claus by David Brill Folded from a rectangle of origami paper by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
Basic fold for figures

Origami bases and methods

David Brill197Square
Oarsman

Sports and Athletes

David Brill198SquareOrigami Oarsman by David Brill on giladorigami.com
Folded by Eyal Reuveni
Seat and rowlock

Sports and Athletes

David Brill199SquareOrigami Seat and rowlock by David Brill on giladorigami.com
Folded by Eyal Reuveni
Boat

Vehicles - Boats

David Brill200Rectangle - 1X4Origami Boat by David Brill on giladorigami.com
Folded by Eyal Reuveni
Oar

Sports and Athletes

David Brill200Rectangle - Long stripOrigami Oar by David Brill on giladorigami.com
Folded by Eyal Reuveni
Cox

Sports and Athletes

David Brill201SquareOrigami Cox by David Brill on giladorigami.com
Folded by Eyal Reuveni
Wise man 1

People - Occupations - Witches and Wizards

David Brill206Square

Also in BOS Magazine 109
Origami Wise man 1 by David Brill and the hat from another small holographic square by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
Wise man 2

People

David Brill207Square
Wise man 3

People

David Brill209Square
Witch

People - Occupations - Witches and Wizards

David Brill210Square
3 units
Origami Witch by David Brill Folded from 3 squares of origami paper by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
Witch's hat

Clothes - Hats

David Brill210Square
Broomstick

Objects

David Brill211Square
Showjumper

Sports and Athletes

David Brill212Square
St. George

People - Ethnicities

David Brill214Square
Shield

Objects - Weapons

David Brill215Square
Spear

Objects - Weapons

David Brill215Rectangle - 1X4
Geppetto

Media and Culture

David Brill216Rectangle - 1X2
Pinocchio

Media and Culture

David Brill220Rectangle - 1X2
Book

Objects - Books

David Brill224Square

Also in BOS Convention 1981 Spring
Also in NOA Magazine 330
Also in Origami El Mundo Nuevo by Kunihiko Kasahara
Origami Book by David Brill folded by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
Ashtray

Objects

David Brill226Square

Also in BOS Convention 1985 Spring
Origami Ashtray by David Brill Folded from a square of origami foil by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
Reindeer

Mammals - Cervidae - Deer and Moose

David Brill228SquareOrigami Reindeer by David Brill on giladorigami.com
Folded by Eyal Reuveni
Sleigh

Vehicles

David Brill230Rectangle - 1X2Origami Sleigh by David Brill on giladorigami.com
Folded by Eyal Reuveni
Square silver star

Geometric and other shapes

David Brill232Square
12 units
Origami Square silver star by David Brill on giladorigami.com
Folded by Patrick Bergeot
Cube

Geometric and other shapes

David Brill234Square
6 units