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Gold foil origami cranes are used here to mimic the brush strokes of Japanese calligraphy, and forms the kanji symbol "Chikara" meaning "Strength." It is mounted on a background of black velvet which measures the standard ACEO size of 2-1/2 x 3-1/2 inches (approximately 6.35cm x 8.89cm), but it is not flat, and may be best suited to a shadowbox display rather than a plastic sleeve. ACEO stands for Art Cards, Editions and Originals, and are essentially artist trading cards that are offered for sale instead of for trading.

This is not a one of a kind piece, but each will have slight differences in the placement/shape of the elements as I don't work from patterns. It is signed and dated on the back.

The technique used to create this kanji piece was inspired by the larger art pieces of "1001 cranes," that are often displayed at Japanese-American weddings in Hawaii. It takes 26 steps to fold each square of foiled paper into an origami crane, then a total of 23 gold cranes are joined together to form this character.

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This piece will be boxed (for extra protection in transit) and shipped via First Class Mail in the U.S. International shipping is done with First Class International. If you prefer a different shipping method, please contact me before purchase and I will be happy to work with you.

I accept both Google Checkout and PayPal. To use Google, please select "other" as your payment method at checkout, then wait for me to send you an invoice.

Strength Kanji Calligraphy ACEO Japanese Gold Origami Cranes on Black Velvet


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  • Handmade item
  • Materials: paper, foil, velvet
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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