I am going to show you another beautiful Origami Crane Wreath, as I promised a little while ago. This is going to be the 4th one in my Series of Origami Crane Wreaths. You can find my other Origami crane wreaths here: Crane Wreath Nr. 1, Nr. 2 & Origami Crane Wreath Tutorial (icon on Origami Tutorials). This particular model is called 8 Cranes (in Japanese ８つる) and was designed by Francis Ow. You can find the diagram in the NOA Book Series – Paper Cranes, p. 78 – 79. And you can get this book through Amazon or CDJapan.
CDJapan is most of the time cheaper when ordering Japanese Books, especially when ordering several books at once. For example each time I order 3 Japanese Origami books, I pay less than $60 for all three including shipping. So that works out less than $20 (incl. shipping) per book. Yet if I order the same book through Amazon, (if they even have these books – as they only carry a small selection of original Japanese Origami books in the first place), each book (regardless of quantity ordered) costs me at least $35 or more including shipping. Most of the times they charge the same amount for the shipping as is the cost of the book. So now you see why I order all my Japanese books from CDJapan. I think you can see by my folded models, that I am in love with Japanese designers! 😉
Paper, Ratio & Measuring for Crane Wreath
My first (smaller) Origami Crane Wreath was folded from 5 cm x 10 cm / 2 in x 4 in Kami paper. As you can see the paper ratio for this design is 1:2. In my opinion, this was a bit to small to fold really accurately. This design requires some steps that don’t always work out as you would like it – and this obviously gets more difficult to accomplish the smaller size paper you use. My second version (bigger) Origami Crane Wreath was folded from 7.5 cm x 15 cm / 3 in x 6 in Duo Colored Origami paper. Not only was it slightly easier to stay more accurately, but it also gives you slightly more room to play with more colors in your design. So my advice for this model is to use reasonably sized paper (better 7.5 cm x 15 cm / 3 in x 6 in) and try to use Duo Colored Origami paper for more color variation.
There are 24 steps in the diagram from beginning until end. The Origami Crane Wreath is fairly easy to fold – even with the steps being in Japanese. I guess it can only help you if you know how to fold the regular traditional Origami crane. As it is with it’s close relative, there are certain steps that need absolute precision to yield a perfect fold. But even with a lot of experience it will not always be 100% satisfactory. I think step 16 kind of always messes up the upper wing tip of the crane. But as I said earlier, if you use bigger paper, your mistakes seem to be less – and your precision higher.
Overall, the model locks in very nicely with all the 8 modules, but you still need to be careful to hold the middle tight when adding units. If you let go of the center during the assembly, all your units might shift and the finial crane wreath will not be symmetrical. Also from my experience folding this Origami Crane Wreath, I would advise you to pre-crease step 3 of the assembly before you put your units together. So when you add your units and hold them tight in the center, you don’t need to fold down the bulky folds – as they are already pre-creased. I folded all wings down once my whole model was assembled.
Once you finished the assembly of the Crane Wreath, you will notice that the front wings kind of stick out. You might like that – or not. I did not like the wings sticking out like that, so I pressed the whole Origami Crane Wreath underneath some heavy books for a day or more. You will see that the model will be nice and flat and symmetrical.