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Small Colorful Swan (3D Origami) by Denierim Small Colorful Swan (3D Origami) by Denierim
Finished February 5th, 2012

I did not design this origami, nor can I take all the credit for it. I got the instructions from a Japanese 3D origami book. You can find more information about the said book from my journal entry here: [link]

3D origami is basically folding small pieces of paper into triangles that fit together to form this rather strong structure. If you're interested, I suggest you find some beginners tutorials on Youtube. Trust me, there's a lot of them!
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Nryssa7247 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Can you put the instructions on a post like this?…
Just take pictures of the book and upload them?
See, the link you uploaded for the book only works if you're in Japan because you need a Japanese Postal Code. And I'm surprised I actually got that far, considering I don't understand Japanese.
Denierim Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I've actually thought of that, but I don't want to get into trouble with copyrights and everything. But I am planning on making some kind of a tutorial for this design, as it's difficult to find one. I just need a bit of time to decide how to do it (I've never done tutorials before), and then make the pieces for it. So yeah, I hope I can manage that in the near future. :)
Nryssa7247 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
you can use a video camera and post it to youtube like…

or you can make a diagram:…
Denierim Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks for the tips! I've actually planned on making a video tutorial to post on Youtube. But we'll have to see when I have the time first; but it's definitely coming in the near future. :)
Nryssa7247 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Great! Let me know I'll check it out
aarrnnoo0123 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
I just want to make ther blue, black and gren swan so bad! So, could you tell me how big the body is (how many pieces)? and also, how did you attach the wings? with glue? the same goes for the neck, how did you attach it? I should be able to see the pattern, number of pieces in wings and head etc. by just looking at these pictures.
Denierim Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Each row has 14 pieces in it and there are 9 rows on the body, which makes a total of 126 pieces for the body. If you struggle with the pattern or the overall design, I can send you a more detailed description of the building process through a note. Just let me know if you're in trouble with it and I'll be glad to help. :)

And yes, I used glue for the wings and the neck. With any luck (and depending on the quality of the paper) the wings might stick without glue (there's an inverted piece at the base of the wing that's pushed through the body at a certain point). But I usually use glue because it makes them more sturdy; the unglued version is really fragile. And the neck doesn't hold well without glue so I recommend using it with this design.
aarrnnoo0123 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
yeah, I like using glue, it makes them easily movable, and thanks, I think this is everything I need to know! I think the pattern is easy enough to make from this picture, a picture from above would be hand though, if you already have a detailed description laying around, don't wait to send it to me :D but if you'll need to write it all now, there's no need to, I don't want to give you so much work when I have enough pictures to go on ( your green and blue one etc.), the only thing that I'm not sure is how the pattern on the top is.
Janinnka Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012
This is awesome! Good job :iconclapclapplz:
applejacks1990 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
holy crap. How long did that take?
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