Good Luck Crane – day 5

The muscle memory in my fingers recognizes the  Good Luck Crane folds now.  But, I still had to stop the YouTube instructional video a few times to check the plumage folding steps.

I learned to really look at the crane model this morning.  It is so three-dimensional yet I have only studied the item from a single view before today.  Here are various angles of the bird.

The last photograph of the square paper with folds is called a “crease pattern.”

Yes, I destroyed the Good Luck Crane by opening it up and examining all the folds in the paper just to look at the crease pattern.  What a discovery!

Here is an eye-opening article on “Crease Patterns as Art” by the famous Origami artist/composer Robert J. Lang:



    1. First of all – well done for folding this! I hope you’re pleased with your progress – you should be. This one is a lot better than the attempt on Day 1. Your precision has improved a lot.

      You’ve inspired me to start a series of blogs and videos in the new year aimed at the beginner – improving folding accuracy, how to do certain folding manoeuvres. I hope you find some of them useful.

      It’s a good idea to unfold a model and take a look at the crease pattern and this is something I’d recommend doing with every model you do. This will help you learn how origami models are constructed, why some creases are where they are. As you start to think about complex models (or even designing your own), you’ll be able to recognise simple fold constructs and crease patterns as modules in a more complicated model.

      Here’s a couple to get you started:

      Take a look at the crease pattern for a Waterbomb Base and a Preliminary Base. See how similar they are?

      Take a look at the crease pattern for a Bird Base. Memorise it – you’ll see it again and again in other, more complicated designs. Now see if you can fold the individual creases on another sheet of paper without going through the folding sequence. It’s the most accurate way of folding a Bird Base.



      1. Thanks Russell. Your blog-tutorials for the beginner would be most welcome. I often feel like I am stumbling around learning Origami – like how I “discovered” crease patterns. Looking forward to trying your suggestions!


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