Yamaguchi’s “Linked Cranes”

...needed a lot of them, one for each wedding place-setting...

…needed a lot of them, one for each wedding place-setting…

By: YAMAGUCHI Makoto

From: Joyful Life with Origami, Yamaguchi Makoto, ISBN 4791600851 (in Japanese)

Why:

A friend is getting married, and we’re using these to hold the namecards on the tables at the reception.

This fold is a variation of the classic “linked cranes” models, originally published in 1797 in the Hiden Senbazuru Orikata (scanned and published on the web by JOAS at Hiden Senbazuru Orikata). The model is set up so that you can insert a card in between the two cranes, and then the cranes will hold the card upright once their wings are spread out. And it’s made to be done with duo paper, so each crane comes out a different color. Nifty, no?

closeup, holding a placecard

closeup, holding a placecard

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