Monday, November 24, 2008

Nesting cranes

Today's post shows a variant of origami called renzuru or sembazuru (literally, "one thousand cranes"), which involves cutting a rectangle or square into a series of smaller, connected squares. The completed model, "nesting cranes" depicts two cranes side-by-side, sharing a nest. (They also share a wing, but hey, you have to make sacrifices for the one you love.)

The above model was constructed from a 6"x3" rectangle. A partial cut was made in the rectangle at the midway point, dividing it into two 3" squares. The cut was made only about 2" deep, so the squares shared a connection. Each square was folded into an individual crane, and the whole model posed and finished.