I had originally made an origami leaf tree necklace way, way back when I started making origami jewellery and had just moved on from folding more than cranes. Since then my skills and knowledge have increased (read: I’m better at making leaves more precisely and better glued); so I decided I wanted to upgrade the leaves on the necklace so it will be worn more and not waste the reusable elements.
The art of folding paper. From Japanese おり ‘fold’ and がみ ‘paper’.
Make origami. Make it small. Make it wearable. Do it:
Cut straight and square when making smaller paper out of larger sheets. Smaller errors looks bigger in small origami.
Fold carefully and fold once, because trying to rearrange a tiny fold is just not fun.
Glue layers flat together to look neater. Use a paper glue that drys flexible and is acid-free (folding is still easier while it’s drying rather than waiting) . A tiny tip applicator, such as those used for quilling, makes it easy to get small amounts of glue into little areas.
Attach to findings with wire or thread or just glue. Use the design to incorporate the finding. Use strong glue to secure.
Coat to protect it from discolouration, liquid and to harden (depending on finish used, such as resin, spray, decoupage).
Sometimes there’s scrap fabric lying around just asking to be treated with the same origami love that the paper is (i.e. make it small, cute and wearable). So here’s how I made a little fabric origami crane that’s currently being considered as a future brooch.
It’s simple and easy (hardest part is folding fabric when use to really thin paper). The only special material needed is fabric stiffener – available from Lincraft and Spotlight for less than $10.
The crane (a bird) is a traditional and beautiful origami. The pattern is often included in origami paper packs. There are a few variations, such as the flapping bird; however I like the design linked below because it gives the crane some body and delicate, thin tail and neck.