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Watch this artist fold paper cranes that are as tiny as breadcrumbs

Ontario-based artist David Kawai creates some of the most impressive origami sculptures we’ve ever seen. Although, in order to see it, you might have to squint first!

Kawai started making teeny tiny paper cranes after he joined a crane-making competition at a restaurant in Japan some three years ago.

“If you make a tiny, tiny crane in 10 minutes or less you get to be in their hall of fame,” said David’s wife, Alison. “David decided to do it. He was, like, sweating.”

He also won, by the way. Since then, David has been challenging himself to make smaller and smaller pieces – some of which are only the size of breadcrumbs and sugar grains.

According to David, he only uses his fingernails and the edge of a table as tools to make the cranes. Each piece takes about 45 minutes to finish, and is “an exercise in precision, patience, and frustration.”

Sweet.

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He told Bored Panda: “The most important thing is to be very precise when laying the initial folds. Even half a millimetre of inaccuracy can affect the end result dramatically.

“Also, don’t handle the paper too much, especially with moist or sweaty hands, or the paper will get mushy and the folds won’t react properly. I often let the paper rest and dry for 30 minutes after making the first 16 folds.

“Though it can be exhausting and time-consuming, I find the process meditative, challenging and super satisfying.”

See more of David Kawai’s miniature paper cranes on Instagram.

Essential crane reading.

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The character of each crane starts to take shape within the first folds.

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Coffee break. Sorry little dudes, it's only decaf.

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Via BuzzFeed

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