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Unfurling the Wings of your Paper Crane

In order to give a visual aid in how to open your paper crane in what I call it's "full expression", I made a fun little video.

Currently, I imagine you have your crane in your hand, after gently opening your cellophane package, and you're not quite sure what to do next.

So here's what you do:

First of all, unfurling the wings of your paper crane does require a bit of gentleness, though I'm always amazed at how well my paper cranes endure the playfulness of my children - they get my "inadequate" paper cranes, and put them through any number of scenarios - the become the driver of their cars, doorstops in their toy houses, mashed and crammed into strange places...and still, they remain intact. So long as they are not intentionally trying to rip the paper, or pulling excessively on the wings, they withstand so much!

Once you have pulled your paper crane/paper crane chain from its bag, gently hold the base (bottom) of the crane with your thumb and index finger - if you have a paper crane chain, you'll hold it just above the charm.

From there, with your other hand, extend the wings downwards, towards your fingers holding the base. Because there are creases already established when I originally folded the crane, this should happen easily, though, you make need to give it an extra downwards push. You want to ensure that you go as far as the wings will go without any kind of force. You should not need to make "new" folds in the wings - if this is the case, then something isn't quite right! Just assess and look again, see what's going on.

If you have any questions, please contact me.

Here's the video:

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