As you might have seen from my last article, the Origami Crane Tatou, I am on an Crane model “streak”. In the coming articles I will show you several different Origami Crane wreaths, which all have been designed by Mrs. Tomoko Fuse. They are all kind of unique, as I have not seen many pictures of any of them on the internet. The diagram to this Crane Wreath can be found in the Book of Cranes by Tomoko Fuse (published in 2002). This book is currently out of print, but there are other Origami crane books, like the NOA Crane Book, which you can get on Amazon.
Today’s model is put together by 8 modules, which have been folded from square shaped paper. It is best if your paper is not too thick, as you might have problems when the model folds into several layers thick.
Tomoko Fuse shows a genius way of how to fold in very simple steps the basic crane, from which this model starts out from. There is suddenly almost no problem doing the first reverse folds. They suddenly come out very clean and precise.
In a later step (just before the end), arises a different problem: If you have folded the basic traditional crane before, you will know that there is a certain difficulty when shaping the neck or tail, as the paper from both sides might be overlapping. This model is not too different in that aspect, as the paper easily overlaps, thus making the finished piece it a bit less perfect. I found that if I fold the paper a bit less to the middle line (stopping a millimeter or so before) during the step before, it will make it easier pushing the neck up and reversing the fold. When you fold this model, you will know what I mean.
Besides this little issue, this model is quite simple to fold. The steps are only a few, which makes it easy to be remembered. The modules connect properly and won’t come apart too easily. Also be sure to press it flat for a few hours underneath some heavy books, so it gets more flat.
After folding (or looking) at this first crane wreath, you might like the second one in this series: Origami Crane Wreath Nr. 2.