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A Thousand Cranes

by Florence Temko

2011 by Heian Press

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Skill Level Low-intermediate
Clear diagrams? Yes
Tinted diagrams (to show 2 sides of paper)? Yes
Photos of completed models? Yes
Is there indication to the model size resulting from size of starting paper? No
Are the models "Pure" origami (From a single square - no cuts)? Yes

Overall Impression

This is a small book containing information about the traditional Japanese origami crane, as well as full instructions for making one. The text teaches about the crane's place in Japanese culture, tells the story of Sadako Sasaki, and gives ideas for papers to use and for projects to make with the finished models.

I usually find the crane to be somewhat challenging for beginners, and the instructions are overall good and detailed, although I feel like the do skim-over the reverse-fold for the head.

The book comes with 48 tear-out origami papers. The paper is of good quality, but is unfortunately not precisely square. Also, tearing out the paper leaves one jagged edge, but if you fold the crane this edge will be hidden inside the model.

There are 1 Origami Designs in A Thousand Cranes:

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Birds - Gruiformes - Cranes


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