How to fold Saotome


What is Saotome?

“早乙女/Saotome” is one model of 49 kinds of “連鶴/Renzuru”.

Renzuru means connected cranes are made of only one paper without glue and tape.

49 kinds of connected-cranes was in the book which is called “秘伝千羽鶴折形/Hiden-Senbazuru-Orikata”.
The book was published in 1797.

Difficulty level

— Total difficulty level —

— By item —
Easy to tear:☆☆・・・
Complexity :☆☆・・・
Hard to fold:☆☆・・・

Completed Saotome

The diagram of Saotome

<reference>『Hiden-Senbazuru-Orikata』- was published in 1797

When you make this model while referencing the diagram, a small crane become big.
I changed the lines on the diagram to make this model looks like the picture, which was in the book – Hiden-Senbazuru-Orikata.

The diagram that I changed the lines.

This is the diagram that I changed the lines.

This diagram is marked with the two triangles.
Make this model while putting the marked square on top of the another marked square.

Preparation of an origami paper


a 17.5×17.5cm paper or it is bigger than 17.5cm.

・Basic origami paper
・Double sided origami paper
・Washi paper

Fold the paper in half.

After making a crease, cut the paper at the yellow line.

Cut the paper like this picture.

Then fold the paper in half vertically and in four horizontally.

After making creases, your paper should look like this picture.

Preparing an origami paper is Completed!

Make creases

Make the basic creases which are the green and blue lines in this picture at each square.

When making this model, make the basic creases at each yellow square in this picture.

This picture is after making the basic creases at each square.

Please make sure whether there are creases which are the green and blue lines in the 2 picture ago at each square.

Cut the paper

Let’s cut your paper after making creases!

The diagram that I changed the lines.
<reference>『Hiden-Senbazuru-Orikata』- was published in 1797

Making this model while folding a paper at dotted line is get harder to make the model.
Cut the paper at the dotted line as well.

Cut the paper while referencing the diagram.

This is the enlarged picture.

I used a 17.5×17.5cm paper.
I left about 3mm for the length at the part of being connected.

Make sure the direction of each crane

Fold each paper so that where be drawn at the yellow line is changed to wings.

After making sure the direction of each crane, next step is making Saotome.

If you try to make the models by yourself, I recommend that you don’t look at next page.

If you look at how to make them, please check next page!

Let’s make Saotome!

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