Diana here today with a project featuring one of the many styles of shrines which Joggles has available in the shop. These shrines are laser cut from masonite making them both durable and easy to put together because of the accuracy of the cuts.While there aren’t really 1,000 paper cranes in this project, I hope it’s a healing project for folks who may need it here in the States and around the world.
This project was, at times, about editing ideas. What I mean is that many ideas on how to decorate the shrine came to mind but I kept letting them go. I wanted to keep this very simple and was thinking about yin (the darker side, shadows) and the yang (bright and energetic).
Golden Titan Buff (or DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic Paint – Titan Buff)
Other: Three small stones, 1.75” squares of printer paper; Silver Mirror Cardstock (aluminum foil would work); Black and Silver Marabu Coutour effects paint (or similar); paint brush;
Here is my process:
Assemble the shrine fitting the tabs into the slots and adhering them with a strong glue such as Aleene’s Super Thick Tacky Glue. You can check out this post and video Barb created for more information on assembling the shrines.
Using a paint brush, give the shrine three coats of paint: Dina Wakley Media white, DecoArt Titan Buff and then one more coat of Dina’s white. Repeat with the foot.
Color the printer paper squares with alcohol inks or markers. I used very light colors. When dry, fold the paper cranes. If you are new to origami, I’d start with a 4”-6” piece of paper to practice. The instruction link is at the end of this post.
You can see in the photo above that I used the back and bottom of the shrine to check on the scale for the cranes and stone pile.
I decided to use some reflective silver card stock (or foil) to line the inside of the shrine sides, top, and bottom.
Trim four pieces –
2 pieces @ 1.25” x 4.50”
2 pieces @ 1.25” x 2.50”
Use a strong adhesive tape such as Scor Tape to attach the pieces to the two sides, bottom and top. After some thought, I also added squares of silver card stock to the back of the shrine.
Use a glue gun to create the stone pile and glue it to the bottom, left of the shrine. You can glue it anywhere. I put it there because it just felt right.
Thread a needle with about 8” of gold metallic thread and double knot the end. Pass the threaded needle through the opening at the bottom of the crane and up through the body. Aim for the center of the body so that the cranes will hang straight.
Repeat for each crane.
To position the cranes, use a low tack tape such as washi, masking tape or NexCare Gentle Paper Tape because you can paint over them.
Position the cranes leaving a few inches of thread above and tape them. Gently tug the threads to position the cranes. When they’re in place, burnish the tape down well.
Apply small, torn pieces of tape around the front and outside of the shrine.
Using Silver Marabu paint (I know…silver again but it was on the table :), I painted around the sides of the shrine.
Glue the foot onto the bottom of the shrine and it’s finished. Everything used in this project was carefully thought out. I wanted simple. Elegant. Peaceful. I wanted Yin (the silver), Yang (the shadows). I hope that you feel peaceful when you look at it.
Paper crane instructions link: http://www.origami-fun.com/origami-crane.html