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Cranes for Minekura

Per smillaraaq's suggestion, I've raided my wrapping paper stash to make squares for Cranes for Minekura, where we're making a thousand origami cranes to send the Saiyuki mangaka before her next surgery for her bone condition:

I borrowed the Young Lady's paper cutter to make them. I'm not sure all of these will end up as successful cranes. Some wrapping paper has a hard, glazed finish, and I think it will flake off on the tighter, narrower multiple folds on the cranes' heads and tails. I'll just have to see how it goes.

I have lots of blue wrapping paper, mainly because of Hanukkah and because it's the Mr.'s favorite color. All the green paper (except for the solid you see there) was too Christmas-y, and I don't seem to have any purple or yellow at the moment. So - blue, red, white, silver, black, and a few pastels it is.

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lady_ganesh
Sep. 12th, 2010 02:57 am (UTC)
I have the same paper cutter! I'm not sure I have any good paper for cranes myself.
chomiji
Sep. 12th, 2010 03:05 am (UTC)

The Young Lady may have some actual origami paper somewhere - she has lots of craft stuff. I should e-mail her and ask. Proper origami paper has a very fine grain, and the color is sort of saturated into it. But I should be able to get decent cranes out of most of those squares.


smillaraaq
Sep. 12th, 2010 04:49 am (UTC)
Proper origami paper has a very fine grain, and the color is sort of saturated into it.

It can vary a bit depending on the type of origami paper, really! The most typical solid-colored matte stuff, or the foil papers, has the sort of thin, smooth, fine-grain you're talking about; but some of the fancy washi squares are another kettle of fish, thick and textured with an almost fabric-like hand. They handle a bit differently than the thin squares, I don't know if I'd want to do something involving a ton of really tight precise folds in a thicker piece of washi, but they're really a tactile delight to work with.

(And I have the same paper cutter too, hee!)
chomiji
Sep. 12th, 2010 11:53 pm (UTC)

I can't imagine making cranes with thicker paper!

smillaraaq
Sep. 13th, 2010 12:13 am (UTC)
I need to give you a few squares of washi to play with, then! It's really fun stuff -- it doesn't fold quite as sharply as the thinner papers, but it folds well enough to work with, and makes for lovely three-dimensional cranes. And it really is just a pleasure to handle, it's...warmer than regular finegrain woodpulp paper, if that makes sense.
smillaraaq
Sep. 15th, 2010 12:00 am (UTC)
Also forgot to note last time -- Y HALO THAR NEW ICON, don't you look familiar! *chuckles* Did you enjoy the doujinshi? ;)
chomiji
Sep. 15th, 2010 01:16 am (UTC)

Hee, yes, but as usual, I have no idea what's going on!

But you remember, I wanted to make some more cute Hakkai icons.

Do you know which art amai_kaminari used to make all those adorable little chibi ones? The ones where chibi-Hakkai has the wrapping cloth you like so much?

I'm also collecting art to make a batch of "She's Awesome" female character icons. And I keep forgetting to go back to my own icon posts, now that I have room, and pick up some of the ones I made and couldn't fit in.

smillaraaq
Sep. 15th, 2010 04:55 am (UTC)
Heee, I'm pretty sure that's set in the immediate post-Banri, getting-used-to-living-together period: running Treasure's webpage through auto-translate there's some talk of it being six months after Hakkai and Gojyo were reunited, and the haircuts and battered umbrellas all seem to fit the timeline. The first story, with the blankets and laundry, seems to be very much one of those passive-aggressively-cheerful, early-morning-housekeeping when Gojyo is trying to sleep off a late night scenarios so many people have written, and one of the later stories seems to be Hakkai taking a great deal of satisfaction in discarding items like a lace-edged hankie and girly-brand cigarettes that must have been forgotten at the house by some of Gojyo's lady friends...

As for the chibi art including Hakkai with green karakusa furoshiki, those are by the same artist as my chibi-Hakkai in falling snow icon -- Sezuka Ai from the circle A-Inn. You can find some of her color chibis on their website here -- it's the very bottom collection of links on the "Main" section, the one where the links are all little squares instead of numbers. I have a few of her DJ in hard copy, you can find a few more on saiyuki_doujin and otakupink, and I think there have probably been some crossposted to saiyukiyaoi as well. Treasure has some fabulous stuff on their website if you feel like poking around randomly.
smillaraaq
Sep. 12th, 2010 04:58 am (UTC)
Oh, those are going to make some gorgeous little cranes! *hearts*

I love all the bright blues -- that's one thing my current stash is really deficient on: I have a ton of gorgeous indigo-and-white washi, and some of the predictable turquoise/royal/baby blue solids from the usual rainbow-origami assortments, but really hardly anything in the way of brighter blue foils or patterns. That'll make for some very nice variety indeed! :)
chomiji
Sep. 12th, 2010 11:56 pm (UTC)

I'm still worried about how some of it will fold! But most of those blue papers are fairly thin and flexible, so they should be OK. I have to resist the temptation to smooth the creases with a fingernail, as that will probably take the color right off some of it.

smillaraaq
Sep. 13th, 2010 12:08 am (UTC)
*nods* I try not to use my nails on origami because with some delicate papers it really can rough up the surface finish like you're worried about, and if I'm wearing polish and working on light-colored paper with a rougher texture, sometimes the nail polish will leave a visible streak. What works for me is using something small with a rounded edge that fits well in the hand -- tiny bottles of model paint or nail polish, a smooth chrome Zippo, the side of a remote control, etc. -- to squish down the folds.
purpleicicles
Sep. 12th, 2010 01:13 pm (UTC)
Haha, I raided homebase for wallpaper samples for mine! Will be making today :)
chomiji
Sep. 12th, 2010 11:56 pm (UTC)


Oooh, isn't wallpaper pretty thick?

smillaraaq
Sep. 13th, 2010 12:10 am (UTC)
Unless wallpaper has changed drastically in the decades since my mom and I used old sample books to paper my dollhouses, the smooth kinds really aren't any thicker than washi! As long as you don't pick up anything flocked or with a rough grass-cloth sort of texture, or pre-pasted, I bet they'll fold up beautifully. :)
purpleicicles
Sep. 14th, 2010 09:06 pm (UTC)
Yeah, but feature wallpaper isn't too thick - made 4 today! :D
smillaraaq
Sep. 14th, 2010 11:55 pm (UTC)
Hooray! \o/
vom_marlowe
Sep. 12th, 2010 04:11 pm (UTC)
My mom used to mail me colored cranes in theme colors when I was in college. Groups that were falling leaves, or sparkling snow, or green and gray for Portland rains. *happy sigh* I love the colors you have here!
chomiji
Sep. 12th, 2010 11:59 pm (UTC)

I have some snowy paper there! Between the chocolate brown one with the gold stars in red ovals, and the black with the colorful metallic coils, there's a snowflake paper in white and silver!

Huh, I guess I should mail the Young Lady some cranes - what a good idea!

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