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Simple instructions to make origami a little more permanent. This project will teach you how to create rubber coated origami crane ornaments.
 
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Step 1: Materials and Tools

Originally, I made these as ornaments for my sad little Charlie Brown Christmas tree.

Recently I have become some what addicted to dipping things in Plasti Dip www.plastidip.com. The stuff is originally intended to create rubber tool handles. But you'd be surprised how much fun it is to play with.

Materials
- Printer Paper 5 inch by 5 inch
- thin gauge wire
- Plasti Dip
- scrap piece of wood, about two feet long
- ribbon or string

Tools
- wire cutters
- 2 spring clamps

Step 2: Fold an origami crane

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I'm assuming you know how to make a simple origami crane (don't worry, it's not too difficult). I used this site to learn how www.sadako.com/fold/folding.html.

I started with 5 inch by 5 inch plain white printer paper. Anywhere from 4 to 6 inch paper squares should get the job done.

I recommend folding 5 cranes to start.

Step 3: Cutting the wire

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Cut some thin gauge wire into about 5 to 8 inch lengths (it doesn't have to be exact). I used 19 gauge stainless steel wire. I recommend a thinner gauge; it will be easier on your fingers. Cut the wire at an angle, creating a sharp point.

Step 4: Forming and setting the wire

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Bend the dull end of the wire into a short "J".

Poke the sharp end of the wire through the bottom of the crane and pierce the back.

Fish the wire all the way through, setting the "J" in the hind quarters of the crane.

Make sure the wire is secure. Pinch the wire if you need to.
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Keith-Kid6 years ago
This would be great for ornaments! Excellent!!!!!!!! I love it!!!!!!
Miqel6 years ago
Anyone tried doing a cheap version of this with candle wax, in my case that would come from old melted candle stubs? I´ll try this before the christmas season, might solve all my gift propblems.
willtanclan7 years ago
Hello my name is Will Tan and i'm 13. great idea this is. I live in Melbourne Australia can you tell me where to buy Plasti Dip. thanks
Plasti dip is available in Australia through the Australian Distributors Plastic Dips & Coatings. Local distributors can be found on www.plastidip.net.au "FIND A DISTRIBUTOR". If there is not a distributor in your area you can buy on line at www.plastidipaustralia.com Hope this helps.
blightdesign (author)  willtanclan7 years ago
I got mine from this site
Quilter's Husband
adidame7 years ago
I love your photo of the cranes flying in your window. I can't wait to try this with other projects!
whiteoakart7 years ago
GREAT! I linked to this from the Joe Bendy Plasti-dip instructable:
Make Your Own Bendy Toy

I have been using Plasti-Dip since I was in Design School in 1985!!! I love it!
This is really neat! Can you add color to the Plasti Dip? What is the paper like after it has been coated? Can you flap the wings, or do they get rigid or brittle? I've been curious about Plasti Dip for a while. Thanks for posting this neat instructable.
blightdesign (author)  Joe Lombardo7 years ago
Plasti Dip comes in black, white, yellow, blue, red and clear. And you can mix the colors as well (but I haven't tried that yet). The paper ends up feeling like rubber. The wings have a little give, but the whole crane is pretty rigid.
I'd be interested to see how the clear looks with a patterned paper. If anyone tries it, please post and tell us how it looks. Great idea!
canida7 years ago
What a beautifully simple solution! I love the idea of using a clear coat over snazzy paper.
joru7 years ago
If the plasti dip behaves anything like paint you can add just a little blue into the white and that may reduce any yellowing effect.
lemonie7 years ago
They've got a nice finish! (are they not supposed to be 'flappable' in the pure-paper state? L
This model is the traditional crane which is not an action model (i.e. it doesn't flap). A slight modification to the instructions and you can get the traditional flapping bird.

http://www.geocities.com/Rachel_Katz/folding/flapping_bird.htm

Jezza Bear7 years ago
What an absolutely brilliant idea. I have a couple of models that I have made and this idea would be a brilliant idea to preserve them. I love simple solutions..thanks for sharing
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