FAQ - Frequently Asked QuestionsMy origami creations are all hand made by me, Lisa, so I am not a corporation or sweat shop :) I cannot guarantee a turn-around time until I talk to you about your project and determine if it's for 10 cranes or 1,000. Here are the frequently asked questions I receive about my origami!
Q: How big are your cranes and flowers?
A: The standard size of a piece of origami paper is 6" square. I have an Online Origami Sizing Chart to help you get a sense of how large the cranes and flowers and other items end up being.
Q: How much do your origami cost?
A: Origami is all priced per piece, because folding 1,000 cranes is the same amount of work as folding 1 crane 1,000 times :) I have an Online Origami Pricing Chart complete with built in calculator to help out with the calculations.
Q: How much is shipping and handling?
A: I try to keep shipping and handling as low as I can. It needs to cover my cost for buying the box and packing material, and however we can ship it out to you. If you need it rushed overnight, then that will of course cost extra.
Q: How do you survive, charging such low rates?
I know that many magazines and specialty shops charge $10 (or more!) per origami crane or creation. Maybe they have a high overhead, or maybe they just like to take advantage of people! I don't skimp for my low prices - I buy the highest quality paper, and use high quality beading, hooks, thread in my projects. I even offer gemstones for bead options, at far lower prices than I've seen anywhere else. I fold each crane by hand myself - I do not farm the work out to students. Even so, I try to ensure that my prices are as low as possible, because my aim here is not to make money. My goal is to help ensure that weddings, baby showers, anniversaries and other special events can be decorated with gorgeous origami. I truly love origami and hope to help spread it around the world.
Q: What is your background in origami?
I grew up fascinated with feudal Japanese and medieval English cultures. I loved the simple crafts that these times developed - crafts that involved patience, skill, and natural objects to create great beauty. I have been folding origami since childhood and it became a tradition to send out holiday cards with origami objects tucked into each one. People began asking me to fold origami cranes and flowers for their own decorating projects, and it grew from there!
Q: What is your favorite origami design?
Wow, that's like asking what your favorite child is! Each one is really fun to make depending on the patterns used. I really like the Tortoise design for its simplicity and have that as my background on my computer. It brings a sense of stability and structure. Flowers are great because I can change them with the season and they are always fresh and bright. But I suppose my true favorite is the Origami Mobile which I have by my desk. Its gentle twirling motion is so soothing, it really helps me unwind and relax.
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