One down, 999 to go
Perhaps you’ve heard this ancient Japanese legend: anyone who folds 1000 paper cranes will be granted a wish by a mystical crane, or granted eternal good luck, as some stories say. On page 29, of this week’s Current
magazine, there is a painted square of paper and illustrated instructions to fold your own origami crane (albeit just one).
I tried this out, and well, I’m unlucky when it comes to hand-eye coordination. For the life of me, after several ripped and crumpled pages, I couldn’t get past the eighth step. In times like these, I turn to YouTube. I found an excellent tutorial, thorough and precise (German-made), that helped me pull it together. I battled the crane in the beginning, feathers were ruffled, but by the end, I found a rhythm. After finally perching my first in about 10 minutes (I'm slow), it’s not a stretch to imagine picking up speed and folding 1000. The process is repetitive and meditative, a lot like knitting.
A couple tips: the Current
’s newsprint paper is a fine folding medium. No need to buy origami paper. Cut your square to a manageable size, five inches by five inches is the size on the page. Double creasing each fold in both directions helps, too. (The video illustrates this.)
And of course, patience is key.
Page 29 is available here.
Paper Crane Pattern