Money Origami Instruction Book
Won Park has taken the ancient art of origami to a whole new level. Using American currency, Park transforms dollar bills into creative works of art. He relies on the fibrous quality of the paper to fold, bend and twist hundreds of times per model without tearing. With no cutting and no pasting, Park is able to incorporate the details on the bills into his model designs. His signature koi fish is folded in such a way that the patterns on the dollar bill become the scales on the fish, and even the facial features fall in exactly the right place. His designs include a wide array of vehicles, animals, and mythical creatures. In this book, step-by-step instructions are provided for 20 distinct models that are bound to challenge even the most proficient folders. The challenge includes a Formula 1 race car, a toilet, a butterfly, a koi fish, a scorpion, a sea turtle, a fox, an ox, a marlin, a car, a praying mantis, a dragon, a spider, a stag beetle, a stegosaurus, a bat, Pegasus, a fighter jet, a battle tank, and a pig. All models can be made with either one or two dollar bills. Why worry about the declining value of the U.S. dollar? Follow the instructions in this book, and you can transform your dollars into works of art!
- Race Point Publishing Books-Extreme Origami
Top ReviewsGenius art ... but the instructions are VERY lacking!!
by Rand Whitney (3 out of 5 stars)
June 20, 2019
I have been doing dollar bill origami for several years now and have done just about everything on YouTube and have gotten pretty good. It took me more than 12 hours to do the Pegasus. The pic I loaded shows 2 steps of the instructions for THE MOST COMPLICATED FOLDS in the whole thing and it is not at all intuitive. He tends to combine too many movements into only one instructional step and with inadequate illustration. Seems pictures might do better? Or both?
The book is impressive but I would have much rather had a cheesy paper back with way more detailed instructions than this fancy hardback with minimal instructions. Won has been doing this for 30+ years and I am sure it make perfect sense to him - it needs to be written for those of us that haven't been doing it that long.
I do enjoy these projects so I was willing to push through yet I do these to relax and the Pegasus was anything but relaxing at that juncture. If you enjoy puzzles this is the book for you.
Unless you have lots of time, patience and a good amount of origami experience then you might want to pass this one by.
If you do decide to give it a try DO what Won recommends by cutting out some paper to size proportional to a dollar bill. The dimensions of a bill are 15.6cm wide and 6.7cm tall. 8x11.5' paper can yield a x1.75 size. Legal paper could get you out to x2 size. Trust me, you will be able to see how the folds work much better with bigger sizes. Try to use paper about the same weight as the dollar but any will ultimately do fine.
Extreme Origami is Excellent
by Sci (5 out of 5 stars)
January 7, 2013
I was glad Won Park got this published since many of these models have been floating around the internet for awhile. I am happy to buy the book to support my fellow origamists. I bought this for $16.50 on Amazon. The price changes over time so in the future you might be buying this for more or less.
For the editors, for future editions, Dragon, page 125 instruction 42 a and b are switched around so this may cause confusion in some. I have not folded every model so there may be other errors but I will update this if I find more.
I do not regret buying it so I would recommend it. It's a nice hardback book with a beautiful cover design. The diagrams are beautifully done but due to the complexity of some models, obviously not everything can be diagrammed clearly.
The models are complex and for advance folders and turned out very nice.
by Sharon Uram (5 out of 5 stars)
June 29, 2018
The book is well made, and good quality. The cover is embossed, the scorpion is raised and has a nice texture. This book is great for more advanced origami. The instructions were clear and I had a good understanding of what to do. There are 20 different designs to complete. The instructions work with a dollar bill, and regular paper as long as you cut it to scale. Overall, I was really happy with the book.
by Rodney Varfley (5 out of 5 stars)
September 29, 2012
First and foremost, for me to understand any origami diagram, you gotta have some pretty nice photos or something to grab my interests. I'm not an architect so I'm all set with trying to read dead blueprints. That said, this book is pretty! The cover and the 20 finished models are all cool color photos.
I can't fathom the difficulty in trying to produce instructions for minute finishing details on advanced models so that everyone can understand. I didn't expect the book to have presented every step to cater to me, but instead having good reference points that I could use to perhaps discuss with friends or compare with Youtube vids. (I got to step 35 of 63 of the koi fish and met with the origami folder's wall of impassability, lol). It has done a good job at documenting some very advanced models.
Looks like Won Park teamed up with the dynamic duo over at the Origamido Studio to actually get paid for his work. Good job!
Constantly looking for crispy dollar bills now!
by 100+ Wedding Games author (5 out of 5 stars)
June 12, 2013
This is the most intricate dollar origami book in print. If you're detail oriented, you'll love the results. The designs are very pleasing to look at and can be given as gifts. The results make people go WOW.
I am not an advanced origami folder. The most complicated thing I ever folded before picking up this book was the flapping crane. I just fell in love with the projects after seeing pictures of Won Park's work on the internet and decided to give it a go. That I can fold these amazing creations with little experience--by simply following the book--speaks to the quality of the illustrated instructions.
It does require patience, following instructions closely, and the ability to make very small, sharp folds. Precision is key to making sure the prefolds perform as they're supposed to. I find that some of the pleats are so small that if you don't get it right on the first attempt, the paper loses integrity making it difficult to complete the detail or obliterates the decorative detail itself.
Also, some folds have to be mirrored but are not illustrated--in other words the instructions will show you how to go through a series of folds on one side of the bill, and then the book will tell you to simply repeat the same on the other side. This means you have to figure out how to flip the instructions in your head to repeat the folds on the other side of the bill. This part can give your spatial orientation skills a workout.
I've folded the ox (but I like to think of it as a bull) and scorpion so far. It took me an average of 6 to 8 hours off and on to complete each project. But I do fold two or three of the same model simultaneously in case the folding on one bill doesn't come together right and I can just continue with one of the backups. The finished projects are totally worth the time (AND worth the little bit of teeth gnashing while trying to figure out the orientation of a fold AND worth the necessary scrubbing of hands afterwards).
Would love to see more intricate dry fold dollar origami projects from Won Park!
Beautiful book... some difficult folds
by Joel Sindelar (5 out of 5 stars)
August 21, 2013
As a kid, I (like Won Park but to a lesser degree) was obsessed with origami and spent hours in the library looking for books by Robert Harbin, etc. So I'm 42 now and have only folded occasionally as an adult- but my nephew got into folding dollar bills, and I was once again bitten by the bug. Surfing youtube I found some examples of Won Park's work and had to try some of them. This book is beautiful- great paper, etc. I've tried three models so far- Turtle, Ox and Koi Fish- and was stuck for a while on certain steps of all of them. However in the end I was successful and they are beautiful and look like the diagrams. Note: Won Park filmed a youtube series clarifying instructions for the Koi Fish, which were greatly helpful- I recommend watching- shortens the process and clarifies some mistakes in the diagrams.
Excellent book, great projects
by Garp (5 out of 5 stars)
January 10, 2015
Excellent book, great projects. .. be forewarned these projects are not for the meek. These are challenging and hard to do and require a lot of patience. Occasionally had some difficulty with instructions but mostly because I am do not do a lot of origami and not clear on all the standard instructions. The instructions are explained but sometimes you actually need to see the bend to get the instructions...tough.
Great book for experienced Origami fans
by Eric (4 out of 5 stars)
August 28, 2017
This book is not for kids or those easily frustrated. It is a Great Origami book overall, instruction could be a little more thorough but these are intermediate-advanced creations. If don properly, they come out beautiful, my favorite so far has been the Koi fish.
Great gift for origami artist
by Amazon Customer (5 out of 5 stars)
May 18, 2019
I purchased this as a gift and it was well received. There are a lot of more advanced forms in the book and the recipient was happy to see that.
Great ideas, beautifully published book, well worth the price!
by Speach60 (5 out of 5 stars)
February 16, 2013
First, let me say this book is high-quality published; you don't see too many books published so well these days. That alone makes it a keepsake.
Won Park has some very creative and clever ideas. I've only had time to try the spider since purchasing the book - it is very creative but takes time to master. Be patient and practice, don't be discouraged if your project doesn't turn out right the first time.
Great book, wonderful ideas
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