David Kawai, of Ottwa, Ontario, Canada, uses just his fingers to make teeny tiny origami cranes. After a friend taught him how to make full-sized paper cranes, he started making hundreds. As time went on, however, he challenged himself to make them as small as possible.

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Making paper cranes about a tenth the size of a fingernail requires expert precision. Each fold in the paper has to be precise down o a quarter of a millimeter. “Sometimes I use a table when creasing the paper with my fingernails,” says the diligent artist, “I have to use scissors to cut out a tiny square.”

Kawai uses his preferred paper and doesn’t stray into folding other animals. To get the tiny cranes he wants, the initial unfolded square of paper measures between five and six millimeters. Anything too thick makes folding difficult at such a tiny size, but anything too thin could tear.

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Kawai keeps most of his cranes for himself but has given a few away. For now, he’s content to keep folding his tiny paper cranes.

“One day it would be nice to make 1,000 tiny ones. It would feel like a big accomplishment!”—David Kawai

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