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MADE IN JAPAN  The 2

“Origami”

Vol.1 "Tsuru"

 
 

Origami is a form of art or amusement of folding a piece of paper into some figure.
It also points to the finished piece of work made in such way.

The artcraft is made of Chiyogami, a perfect square sheet of paper with rich colors and patterns.

Usually, origami is done with a single sheet of paper without using any scissors (i.e., no cutting, just folding), but there are some shapes in which you need two or more sheets such as shuriken (an old weapon) and others which you put in small cuts.

By folding carefully and using every bit of the paper and space, the paper transforms into a 3-dimensional figure.

Because you keep on folding, the finished product may sometimes become much smaller as compared to the original size of the paper.

Some famous origami figures include swans, balloons, airplanes, shuriken, kabuto (warrior's helmet) and yakko (footman).

For the first edition of origami, let's try making the most famous and typical figure, the Japanese swan since it's the beginning of a new year and swans are considered to be fortunate birds.

Just to let you know, this is a bit harder than beginner's level !!

 
< How to make "Tsuru" >

1, Fold it into half at the dotted line into a rectangle and open it.
Do the same for the other side and make sure that you have two creases like the picture.

2,

Then fold it into half at the dotted line this time into a triangle, and open it.
Again, make sure you have a crease.

3,

Fold it as the arrow shows in the picture so that the two star marks match.

4,

Fold both ends at the dotted line towards the center, and do the same for the other side.

5,

Fold the upper part at the dotted line as the arrow shows.
(looks like this after step 5)

6,

Open up the inner side, and press down so that it becomes flat.

7,

It will look like this after step 6.
Do the same for the opposite side as well.
8, Fold the upper part at the dotted line towards the center as the arrow shows, and fold it likewise on the other side.

9,

Fold both sides as the arrow shows, as if folding the sharp ends (bottom half) in between the wings (upper half).
10, Step 9 in progress - it will look like this after step 9.
11, Fold is as the arrow shows at the dotted line and form the head.
In doing this, you flatten the neck part and fold in the head so that the section forms a "v".
12, Open up the wings carefully and now you have a swan !!
If you want to get some of these pretty chiyogami, you can order them below at Amazon.com

 

Click here for the 2nd Edition of Origami "Shuriken"

 

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