origami (Qurator's monday missions)

in Qurator14 days ago (edited)

My post goes for Qurator's Monday Missions.

This week prompt was: "Origami"; and I do have something to share: a little story, and a decent guide, I hope you will not find it too difficult. And no big photo-masterpieces this time.

So, Orirami. The art of folding paper shits into figurines. Funny timekilling job for children, or a serious art? Who knows the answer! Probably, everyone may decide it for himself. Japanese themselves, count it to be serious and very honorable job, so am I. Also, I share their great love and obsession with a good paper.

The little story I wanted to tell you. When I was a teenager, I was a soviet pioneer (that was sort of a soviet analogue for #scouts). On summer vacays, pioneers used to spend time at the leizure camps outside of big cities... doing a lot of intresting teenager activities there, like sports, etc. Once, I do not remember exactly what year it was, I was attracted by the opportunity to learn Origami. For a whole month, or maybe two, I attended the 'lessons' and learned how to create the most easy models.


Нам посчастливилось иметь увлеченного учителя. По окончании курса каждый получил "удостоверение", что он достиг звания "пионера-инструктора" по Оригами. Самодельное, написанное от руки, она выглядело забавным, даже шуточным, особенно спустя несколько лет (теперь пионеров в нашей стране нет!), но я дорожу им и бережно сохраняю в архиве. В одной коробке с удостоверением (бумажная коробка, кстати, тоже сложена по методу Оригами) хранится фигурка морского краба, сделанная нашим учителем. Она оказалась чрезвычайно сложной для меня тогда, я не смог повторить ее, подняться на тот уровень сложности.
We were lucky to have a teacher / instructor who had Origami as his labour of love. And he definitely passed us a part of his love. After 'graduating' that Origami course, I was awarded with a homemade "certificate" giving me a status of "pioneer instructor" in Origami. It looked very funny, maybe even a little comic, especially after several years, especially since there are no pioneers left in Russia. I value that certificate and keep it in my archive. In the same box, along with said certificate (by the way, the paper box itself was made using the Origami technique too!) there is a sea crab figurine, folded by our teacher. It turned out to be extremely difficult for me back then, I could not repeat it and level up myself to that level.
К сожалению, коробка хранится на моей старой квартире и я не могу сделать фотографии, чтобы украсить ими мой пост. Спустя много лет... я забыл почти все, чему выучился тогда. Я помню только 3-4 схемы, те которые периодически повторял (повторение - ключ к успешному запоминанию!) Самолетик, машущий крыльями дракончик, и японский журавлик. Именно его я и собираюсь сегодня вам показать.
Unfortunately, the box is being kept at my mother's apartment, I simply cannot take photos to include them to my post. So... ovver the years I have forgotten almost everything I learned then. I remember only 2-3 folding schemes of the figures that I repeated from time to time (note it, repetition is the key to successful memorization!) An airplane, a dragon flapping its wings, and a Japanese crane. This is what I'm going to show you today.

Japanese crane / Японский журавлик

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Guide / Schema / Пошаговая схема изготовления

The starting point is most often a rectangular piece of paper. Bend the corner diagonally exactly to outline the square. Take scissors and cut off the excess. // Отправной точкой чаще всего является прямоугольный бумажный лист. Ровно сгибаем лист по диагонали, чтобы наметить квадрат. Берем ножницы и отрезаем лишнее.

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Thin paper is easier to bend, so you better do not take a sheet that is too thick. If the paper has a texture, or even a color, it will benefit a lot to the appearance of the finished result. I chose a plain A3 printed sheet of paper. The grey side, after all the operations, will become an inside and will not be visible. // Тонкая бумага лучше сгибается, лучше не брать слишком плотный лист. Если бумага имеет текстуру, или хотя бы цвет, это скажется на внешнем виде вашей фигурки самым положительным образом. Я выбрал простой запечатанный лист бумаги формата А3. Серая сторона, после всех операций, окажется внутри фигурки и не будет видна.

Step 1. Billet. Take the resulting square sheet, bend it diagonally twice, turn it over, and again bend it twice in the middle. // Берем получившийся квадратный лист, два раза сгибаем по диагонали, переворачиваем, и снова два раза сгибаем по середине.

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Step 2. Along the diagonal lines, from each corner, bend the edges of the sheet as shown in the figure - not completely! to the point where the pencil is pointing. // Вдоль диагональных линий, с каждого угла, загибаем края листа так, как показано на рисунке - не до конца! до места, на которое указывает карандаш.

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I.e. you have to make 8 folds. // Вы должны сделать 8 сгибов.

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The result should look like this. Your sheet, along the folds made, shapes "a shallow plate".// Результат должен выглядеть таким образом. Ваш лист, по сделанным сгибам, сам собой выгибается "в виде неглубокой тарелки".

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We help and strengthen this form. Next, turn the sheet over. This is how the outer side of the sheet looks like - it will be the outer surface of my future figurine.
// Помогаем ему, усиливаем эту форму. Далее переворачиваем лист. Так выглядит наружняя сторона листа - она же, внешняя поверхность будущей фигурки.

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Step 3. Now a bit tricky part. During step 2, we got the "stiffeners", the guide lines, which now we shall use. Using your fingers, help the figure to fold along those guides in the manner shown at the photo below.
// Теперь немного сложная часть. Во время шага 2, мы получили "ребра жесткости", направляющие линии, которыми сейчас и воспользуемся. Пальцами помогаем фигурке сложиться по тем направляющим таким образом, как на фото ниже.

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Step 4. We got this shape.

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Raise and bend two elements by 180 degrees, those will become the wings. (The two elements that remain below are the future neck and tail).
// Подними и загни на 180 градусов два будущих крыла. (Два элемента, которые остались внизу - будущие шея и хвост).

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Step 5.

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Place the billett on the table, smooth the folds neatly and firmly. (At the foto , head and tail are on the left, wings elements are on the right).
// Положи заготовку на стол, аккуратно и сильно разгладь сгибы. (Слева - голова и хвост, справа - крылья)

Bend the billet four times as at the photo below. This is an important step. Your crane figurine will have a beautiful, accurate head and tail -- depending on how neatly you will make these four folds.
// Четыре раза загибаем заготовку так, как показано на фото ниже. Это важный шаг. От того, насколько аккуратно вы сделаете эти четыре сгиба, зависит насколько красивые, аккуратные голову и хвост будет иметь ваш журавлик.

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Step 6. Bend the head and the tail in different directions to the angle greater than 90 degrees ... you will understand yourself empirically, by trying, what angle these elements need.

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At this step, you should get this shape.
// На этом шаге, должна получиться такая заготовка.

Step 7 is easy as a pie!

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Fold crane's head. Press firmly and strengthen the final folds for the head and tail elements. At the photo below, I just gently outlined the shape of the future head, the fold is not final.
// Делайте журавлю голову. Крепко проминайте, разглаживайте, укрепляйте получившиеся сгибы головы и хвоста. На фото ниже, я лишь мягко наметил форму будущей головы, это неокончательный сгиб.

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Now your figurine has a little hole, it will be used at next step 'to inflate' the body. Yes, inflating it up with your mouth would really help to shape it.

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I made final fold for the head.

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I strengthen the fold for the tail.

Step 8 can be a bit tricky if you do it for the 1st time, but actually, there is nothing difficult with it.

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Crane's body is empty inside. To give it the desired shape, you need to spread the wings (pull the wings to the left and right, as in the photo above), put on the body with air through the hole, and press the folds with your fingers as in the photo below.
// Тело журавлика пустое. Чтобы придать ему нужную форму, нужно расправить крылья (тянем крылья влево и вправо, как на фото выше), надеваем тело воздухом через дырочку, и проминаем пальцами складки как на фото ниже.

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This is what you have to get finally. Voyla! We have finished.
// Вуаля! Вотчто должно получиться на выходе. Осталось только сфотографировать результат, и радоваться!

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I hope you enjoyed this little guide. Sorry for the picture's quality -- had to capture this with smartphone, instead of camera as always. If you have any questions, ask away! And I'd be more than happy if you make your own Japanese Crane, at least once.. or better twice. See, this is not a useless time-killing as one may think. It is actually a meditation. That cleans your thoughts and gives you a better mood. Simple as that!

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this is great work! congratulations my dear friend

thank you. but the photos are 3rd grade, hehe. I still have to build a set up for making good guide videos, probably that would be better then a pile of bad photos.

but the crane itself is beautiful thingie, I cannot but agree with you!

таки...видео в студию! ))
хорошее занятие для нервной системы и моторики, но воспроизвести по фото...ммм . Сложновасто будет)

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I find this so beautiful! I'm also profoundly interested in Origami, although I don't practice it much. Thank you for the detailed explanation and the great pictures! I'll try and reproduce this as soon as I get the chance!

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@drrune, its a pleasure to hear for me!
do try, I would be very intrested to see if this guide worked well, or there are moments that left "uncovered" and you cant go further.

I am not learning Origami and not practicing it (alas), but this certain figure, is a 'remnant from my past', I create quite often. it is an extremely noble and pleasurable meditation for a mind, believe me. I wish you well. if there will be questions, please feel free to ask!

once again, thank you. its a pure a pleasure to receive such a warm feedback.