This weeks origami tutorial is the Origami Heart with Cranes model, designed by Andrey Lukyanov. This model was on my to fold list for a long time. And I am even more excited that I got permission by Andrey to teach this model to you in my YouTube tutorial. It is not a beginner model, so be prepared to spend some time folding it and getting to know this beautiful model.

Some of you might recognize this model from the 2013 IOIO, the International Origami Internet Olympiad. This was the starting model of 12 required tasks to compete in that year. You can find the diagram in the Olympiad 2013 book on page 5.

Origami Heart with Cranes Tutorial

The name Andrey Lukyanov is well associated in the origami community with heart models. Besides the Origami Heart with Cranes model, you should check out some of the other models Andrey created. You find an extensive collection on his website:  loveorigami.info and can get in contact with him via Flickr, Facebook and YouTube

Origami Heart with Cranes Tutorial

What do I need to fold the Origami Heart with Cranes model?

This is a one-sheet origami model, which is folded from a square piece of paper. You also will need a ruler and a pencil (you can do without them, if you don’t like to use tools in origami). First time folding time about one hour

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Origami Heart with Cranes Tutorial

The author recommends a starting paper size of 30 cm. It will seem quite big to you at the beginning, but you will realize once you are creasing the crane elements that this size is not big at all. I folded the Heart with Cranes model with paper the size of 15 cm up to 40 cm. Actually every size is do able, it just depends on your abilities. I for myself figured out that I fold it better when using smaller paper, but that might not be the case with you.

Origami Heart with Cranes Tutorial

If you are interested, the red Origami Heart with Cranes series was folded with 15 cm, 20 cm, and 25 cm paper. The best Kami you can find that is really crisp and reverse folds spring back with ease is my absolute favorite Japanese Kami.

Origami Heart with Cranes Tutorial

I used regular Kami paper to fold this model. I have seen spectacular versions of the Heart with Cranes model that use specialty paper like tissue, foil and rice paper combinations. These papers most of the time need to be hand made. If you are interested in the process, there is a great article by Robert Lang on that subject. If you would rather buy paper like that, have a look here for red and white tissue foil paper.

Origami Heart with Cranes Tutorial

If you follow my video tutorial along side the diagram (step 30 and 33), you will realize that I inside reverse fold the neck and tail only after I sink fold the heart corners. I figured out by folding this model well over 8 times in preparation for this tutorial, that the paper unfolds much less if you do it my way. 

Origami Heart with Cranes Tutorial

If you know a bit about my origami likes, you know that I love unusual crane origami models. This particular design, the origami Heart with Cranes model falls exactly into that category. It always amazes me how the designer came up with a folding sequence that results in something so unique and beautiful. 

Origami Heart with Cranes Tutorial

If you are interested in another one-sheet unusual origami crane model, have a look at the Origami Crane Pouch Tutorial, that I presented you with last week. And if you are looking for another one of Andrey Lukyanov’s heart models, then be sure to check out the Heart with Butterfly Tutorial.

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