The prototype shadowbox (any suggestions or critique is welcome):
(also I might mention there's a shrine swap in sign-ups right now, shameless self-promotion is shameless!)
(also also I don't know that I love the felt, but like I said, prototype... I think I might try paint next time, but I don't know how well I can paint over glue...)
For scale, here's the crane on my fingertip (folded from a 1" square):
Aaaaand, because I want the engineering bonus points from the Summer Nerd Games, here's how I made the nest and eggs (there are tons of tutorials on crane-folding out there!).
The nest is made from twisted newspaper. I pretty much followed the "newspaper yarn" ideas out there, and rolled thin strips:
Then I followed the wire nest pendant idea, wrapping the paper thread around an object...
Then wrapping the paper thread around the coils...
Then, finally, wrapping loosely around the bottom and (because I couldn't weave the paper thread like I do the wire) securing with some thread:
The eggs were made by soaking paper until it looked pulpy and dissolved:
Then rolling it into small balls:
(this was much harder than I though, I made many more than I needed, because as you rolled tighter and tighter to squeeze the water out, a lot of them fell apart)
And let them dry:
And there you have the crane, egg and nest:
(it's sitting on top of a salt shaker there)
The tree is a branch from our oak tree and the bench is make from twisted jewelry wire and mini popsicle sticks.