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Trials [28 May 2010|09:59pm]

[ mood | optimistic ]

 Hi again guys! It's me again xD

I keep folding until now and have around 200. Amazingly, my box still has much space left. I thought that it couldn't even fit 100, but it exceeded my calculations. I am very surprised now. xD

So, let's get to the main point. I want to share my experiences since I folded these cranes. I have faced many difficult problems. The never-satisfied friends, high-expectation parents, etc. I learned to be a little bit more patient and struggle to get what I want and meet parents' expectations. Sigh, what a difficult life~ But I guess they're all trials and practice to make me a better person. Without trials, I don't know what will happen to humankind.

Ah, also.. Practice makes perfect B-)

And I'm wondering what paper do you use to fold? Firstly I used origami paper and when I thought again, it's a waste of money. Also more papers mean more tree cut and global warming. So I might be using newspaper next. My hands are going to be covered by black ink then. xD

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Count down.. [12 May 2010|03:58pm]

[ mood | calm ]

 Well, I just recently started folding these papers. I have learned how to fold this since grade 4 from my best friend whom I miss very much as now we aren't in the same school. T^T

I think, I have around 80 or 90 now. Lack of papers, lol. I often fold them during class session while my teachers are explaining the lesson *please don't imitate this genius way of folding, lol xD*. But, I really like folding these during those time, why? Of course it causes me to stay awake while listening to my teachers boring explanation. But I hope I still get good scores. *haminah haminah haminah*. Forgive your naughty student, teachers~

And this is the most important part of folding 1000 cranes, the reason. My reason is quite simple, I just use it as a count down clock so when I finish folding these cranes, I will be a better person. That's what I'm aiming for when I'm folding these cranes =w=. It might sound lousy, but I choose this because I fell I have a really, really bad personality. Arrogant, even though people see me as a modest friend and always compliment me. Inside, I feel really satisfied that they compliment me like that and feel boastful because of what I did. Oh my, bad personality =w=

So, I have started to change my attitude and would like to see the changed me later on, when these cranes have hit number 1000. Btw, I store them in a carton box and I think I have to get some more because it doesn't even fit 100 cranes, lol xD.

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New! [05 Aug 2009|11:00am]

Hi!  I'm really excited to try and do this, but I have one question.

Do all the cranes have to be the same size?  I have a ton of origami paper, but its different sizes.  I was thinking I could do strings of each size, and then...display them together when I get to 1000?

Its not gonna be color coordinated or pretty...just lots of paper birdies...all colors and patterns...

I have 20, so far. :P
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[15 Feb 2009|07:44pm]

so i joined today, i acutally tried to find out how to fold butterflies i like cranes better though. so i am going to fold 1000 cranes during all my free time and during my free studies school when i get really bored.  i am making mini cranes and i am storing them all in this jar. its kind of dull right now because there is like nothing in there. but i am hoping that all the colours from the cranes make the jar look really really pretty. so far i have made two. i havnt made cranes in ages and i am really getting into it. so lets hope that tommorrow i make lots.

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[09 Feb 2009|02:49pm]

technically not folded....

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[09 Nov 2008|09:50pm]

crane count: 1000

I think I might do turtles next
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[20 Oct 2008|04:48pm]

experiments in different materials
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Well this is nostalgic... [23 Aug 2008|11:49pm]

I have a bit of an interesting story here...

Back when I was in 8th or 9th grade, I read about the story of Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes online. Someone had posted it on a forum I was active on in relation to one of the members of our community who had taken rather ill. The point was simply to get other forum members to collect images of cranes to send to our sick friend as a form of encouragement, but I was inspired and decided to go all out and fold 1000 cranes. It was so long ago that I hardly remember how long it took me, but with all the free time I had on my hands and the help from a few friends, the folding itself took no longer than a few months.

I never really heard of what became of our friend-- the community fell apart shortly thereafter and there was a lot of speculation about whether or not she was actually sick or just pulling a stunt to get attention. The story does seem rather ridiculous now that I think about it, but the age range on that forum was anywhere from 9 to 30+, with most of us falling in the 13-16 range I guess I really wouldn't be surprised.

So though I didn't get to send the cranes to her as I had planned, they still were put to good use. The cranes had all been folded on plain copy paper (the budget of a 14-year-old couldn't really accommodate 1000 sheets of proper origami paper) so a year or so later I took up another project of drawing, painting on, and otherwise decorating the cranes. Some were strung up from the ceiling for decoration, and over the next several years many of them were given out to friends, family, and random people who just didn't look like they were having a good day.

I'm 21 now, and I can practically fold cranes in my sleep :P I tend to fold them out of anything I can: napkins, business cards, money, anything that can hold a crease really. It's also something I do when feeling particularly sad or restless. You could say crane-folding has become a bit of an addiction for me.

Anyways, it made me smile to see a community like this. I wish you all best of luck. :)
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[20 Aug 2008|09:51pm]

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crane count: 866
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[17 Aug 2008|08:36pm]

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[02 Jun 2008|09:41pm]

(This is cut and pasted from my own lj sorry if the history part is a bit "well-duh" for the community)

History: There is a Japanese myth that anyone who folds 1000 cranes will have a wish granted by Crane. The traditional wish being for health as the Crane is said to live for one-thousand years. There is a new trend of wishing for world peace ever since Sadako Sasaki (a resident of Hiroshima) folded a thousand on her deathbed before succumbing to leukemia. One story says that she didn't finish the thousand before dieing but her friends did and buried her with them, another says that she wished for world peace instead of her own health. Once finished the cranes are left to the elements so that the wish can be released as they dissolve.

Hypothesis: When studying up on origami cranes I didn't like how the cranes seem abandoned once finished. They are strung together in a big pile and just left lying around, maybe dropped off at a temple, hung on a wall or put in a box in the closet. Each crane is a religious act, a devotion to Crane, a prayer for life. To just make them and be done with it seemed disrespectful. My second thought was that trying to improve the world through wishing is very superstitions. Superstitious thinking is worthless. Mythic thinking, now that can change the world. Making a thousand prayers wont help anyone, but giving away 1000 prayers will.

Experiment: So I am going to make one thousand paper cranes and give them away to whoever or what ever I think needs a gift. I've already left one on the door of every teachers office on campus with "thank you" written on their wings. My next project will be to make a hundred or so waterproof ones (somehow?) and leave a flock in the campus fountain.

Observations: friends are more inclined than acquaintances to accept a random gift. Strangers are most inclined though. Saying “thank you” when giving away a gift also increases how well it is taken (people don't like to feel indebted? Further research needed).

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I can do this. [01 May 2008|10:28pm]

[ mood | chipper ]

Greetings all!

I just joined today even though I'm about a week and half into my cranes project.   My current crane count is 289.  I'm not quite sure as to the exacty reason why I'm doing this yet.  It just seemed right, like it's something that I need to do and by the time I'm done I'll know as to why I did it.  I'm storing my cranes in a wooden box (I need to find something bigger and soon!) with the cranes paper cliped together in bundles of 5.  I always have paper in my purse and have gained the nickname of Bird Girl at work.  I'm pretty proud of myself at the moment due to the fact that I got 54 cranes done in two days.  Hurray for slow days at the office.  My goal is to do at least 10 a day but I've been averaging somewhere between 15-20 on the days that I fold.  I admit there have been a few where I just havn't had the time/will to do it.

Good luck to everyone in your endeavors!  As my gift to you I give you a website with cheap origami paper!  I will be placing an order as soon as my over priced paper has been used.


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[01 Aug 2007|08:43pm]
I have decided yesterday to fold 1000 paper cranes. Right now, i'm up to 60. I'm stringing them in groups of 10 (so it's easy to keep track of how many i've done) and hanging them from my loft bed. 
I decided to do this because i hurt someone who was very close to me, to the point of driving that person out of my life,  and i realized that i need to change things about my life, and if i can commit to such a long, meditatvie project and see it through, i can also commit to changing myself for the better, and folding the cranes has given me a very positive focus while i try to work out my thoughts, because when i try to think about the situation without folding, i just break down. 
I also like that it gives me a long time to think about what i'm going to wish, which i'm going to write on the 1000th crane. 
My goal is to have 1000 cranes by october 1st, but i would like to have more than half done by september 4th as that's when school starts and i won't have as much time to fold them after that.

Has anyone here finished their 1000 paper cranes? Has their wish come true?
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a wish question [15 Jul 2007|12:53pm]

A few weeks ago I decided to fold 1000 cranes for a friend. In just over a week the 1000 cranes were folded and strung up, with a little help from a few friends. :)

The problem is now the wish, as my recipient wants to know if there is a particular was it is to be done. For example, do they have to hold the cranes while they wish; or do they just have to be looking at them while they wish? All I can find is that you "make a wish". So what is the etiquette when making the wish (if there is any)?

I would appreciate any information as this friend is being pedantic about it because she has terminal cancer.

A photo of the cranes can be found at: http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v302/nafer1/Misc%20Pics/?action=view¤t=P1010505.jpg

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10,000 cranes [25 Jun 2007|10:51am]

[ mood | blank ]

I've been making cranes since I was about five years old, but I only heard of the legend of Sadako and her thousand cranes when I was in grade 7. I've already made 7, 789 cranes, and I am aiming for 10, 000 cranes to give to 松山ケンイチ... I hope I make it in time for next summer...! ^^

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did you do it? [17 May 2007|11:29pm]

if you've made 1000 cranes, post here so i can add you to the profile :)
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