January 16, 2012 9:05 AM
Posted by Jei D. Marcade
Love folding origami cranes but have no place to put 'em? Itching to drop a truth and beauty bomb but have no idea where to start? You're in luck: one of the coolest people I know is getting married this summer, and has requested that a thousand cranes be in attendance! I've volunteered to fold a few (standard/6"x6"-sized), and you can, too!
Q: Dillema: origami cranes are unable to fly long distances. How will mine reach the awesome Sarahtron in time to witness the grand event?
A: It's true that their wee paper wings tire quickly and are vulnerable to harsh weather. Fret not; the USPS can give them a ride! So if you're in the IC area, feel free to get in touch with me, and I'll mail yours along with mine sometime in the late spring or early summer. Otherwise, you can e-mail me and/or contact Sarah and Joe for the address*.
Q: But Jei, origami cranes are puffy and somewhat ungainly to transport. How can I mail them without causing them injury?
A: Ah, yes, the paper crane's delicate beauty can also be its downfall. However, if you stop just short of the step in which you angle its neck and tail and inflate it, it will be much more amenable to mailing. See:
Q: I should have probably mentioned this earlier, but I'm new to the art of folding things out of other things. Can you show me what to do?
A: Here's how I do it:
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Real A: Well, okay, maybe it's a little more like this:
* This probably goes without saying, but just in case you happen to hail from one of the creepier corners of the Wired: Should you find yourself tempted to abuse this information, pause for a moment to contemplate how much you would regret the rashness of that decision when I skin your face and make you eat it**.
** I hail from a creepy corner, too.