Spacexula to the rescue!

One of only two photos on Flickr that came up with the search term "Spacexula"

One of only two photos on Flickr that came up with the search term “Spacexula”

My friend Spacexula just sent in this AWESOME suggestion on how to display 1000 origami cranes in a durable pleasing way.1 2 I’m going to give you a link to his website and blog, but before you click, know that the top post on his site today is very NSFW.3 Spacexula suggests:

Cast all the cranes into a clear block of resin.

Can be picked up locally for around $20 a gallon.

If you suspend them all on fishing line stringers you could likely fit them all in a single concrete casting tube

I freaking LOVE this idea.  The only thing I would need to test first is whether the resin would stick to the cardboard form creating a cloudy cardboard layer on the outside of the resin tower.  That said, I love love love this idea and feel quite committed to it already.

  1. I should mention, this is not the first time I’ve blogged with the title, “Spacexula to the rescue!“ []
  2. Photo courtesy of John Abella []
  3. Okay, you asked for it…  Don’t blame me. []

One Response to “Spacexula to the rescue!”

  1. Nathan says:

    Hi, I happened on your blog as I was looking for resources to teach myself OpenSCAD. Excellent tutorial, by the way. I ran into a problem with the difference command, but it looks like a problem with my computer or video card.

    Regarding your 1000 cranes project and how to display it. In Japan, brides to be would fold 1000 cranes wishing for a long and prosperous marriage. In Hawaii, where I am from, it became a tradition to fold 1001 cranes for the wedding. I’m not sure why, but it probably has to do with odd numbers being considered lucky and one extra must give even better luck.

    As you mentioned, 1000 cranes would be a dust magnet and one way to display and keep them is to keep them folded and arrange them in a pattern and frame it under glass.

    Another way is to mount the cranes on the backer and paint a design on the glass.

    I haven’t seen this in person, but this company will make the cranes into a box for keepsakes.

    The tradition has morphed in Hawaii. The bride usually gets family and friends to help fold cranes. Some companies will do all the work, including folding the cranes. The presence of the cranes is what brings luck vice the act of folding the cranes themselves.

    If you decide to try casting, a bit of warning. Casting resin builds up a ton of heat and it will crack during curing. I’ve done smaller castings and have put them in a fridge (non-food) to cool them down. For that size, you will also have problems with bubbles. Using a vacuum tank to degass the resin will help minimize the bubbles introduced into the mix but to have a totally clear casting, you need to put it in a pressurized tank during the curing process. I haven’t tried that yet, but what it does is forces any small bubbles into the resin mix and the cured resin locks them into place.

    I love your blog and look forward to seeing what you have planned in the future.