Sunday, January 25, 2009

Day 25 - 4th string finished - 160 cranes total

I had a headache on Friday evening and didn't feel inclined to do homework.

Instead, I watched videos and folded 40 cranes, finishing shortly after midnight. I threaded them and hung them on Saturday morning before starting in on homework.

Speaking of which, I'm currently working on my Masters in Math. I'm taking six graduate level credits while working 30 hours per week, which doesn't leave time for much else. I look forward to folding cranes as it means I'm taking the time to relax.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Day 18 - 2nd & 3rd string finished - 120 cranes total

I actually folded 24 cranes last weekend, but didn't take the time to create a post.

And instead of devoting the entire day yesterday to homework, I watched movies and folded cranes. After finishing 16 and threading a second string of 40, I decided that I'd fold another 40 so that I'd have 3 strings completed altogether. By the time I was done, I'd folded a total of 64 cranes over a period of 5-6 hours and was definitely tired of folding for the day.

The bright side is, the 3 strings of cranes look nice hanging in the corner of my bedroom.

By the time I'm finished with 1000 cranes, I'll have another 22 strings, which will be quite voluminous. But there's room for them, so it's not a problem.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Day 4 - First string finished - 40 cranes total

I finished folding an additional 8 cranes last night to complete the first set of 40, then I strung them and hung them up.

The string has the same color gradient as the rainbow: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet. There are a few shades of each color, 20 shades total, which makes the rainbow gradient smoother. There are 2 cranes for each shade.

Over the past weekend, I folded cranes while listening to old episodes of the British sitcom 'Allo 'Allo! and I estimate that each crane takes about 5 minutes to fold, though I've not been timing myself.

I'm going to be working on homework today to get a head start on the term, which means that I won't be folding nearly as many cranes as I have over the past couple days.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Day 3 - Starting over - 32 cranes total

Yesterday I was happy to find that there are kits made specifically for those interested in folding 1000 cranes. Luckily, a local art shop had one of the kits available for just under $15.

The kit came complete with 1,020 3" squares of origami paper in 20 different bright colors, as well as string and beads for hanging together the cranes. The kit is designed to produce 25 strings of 40 cranes in a rainbow gradient. The extra 20 sheets, presumably, are to allow for mistakes.

Despite having already made 12 paper cranes from blank scrap paper, I decided to set them aside and start over with the brightly colored paper from the kit. I folded 16 cranes yesterday and another 16 today. I plan on folding another 8 tomorrow which will allow me to string the first group of 40 cranes.

3" cranes are rather small and, according to the kit instructions, a single string of cranes is supposed to be 3 feet long. As each string is created, the bulk of the overall group will increase, though it shouldn't take up too much room.

My crane folding pace will slow to the projected 3 crane per day rate after classes begin on Monday.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Day 1 - Happy New Year! - 12 cranes total

There is an ancient Japanese legend that says that a crane will grant the wish of anyone who folds 1000 origami cranes.

This blog is an account of my attempt to fold 1000 cranes during the year 2009. If I average 3 cranes per day, I'll easily reach my goal. While I don't have a particular wish in mind, perhaps I'll figure it out along the way.

Today, using two blank pages from an old computer book, I cut out 12 3" square sheets of paper and folded 12 cranes. They're fairly small and the most challenging part was making precise folds with my large fingers. While the first couple were a little tricky, I soon had the hang of it and the last few were rather easy to make. Some are definitely nicer than others.

I'll be looking into a better quality of paper and possibly colored paper.