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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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aarrnnoo0123 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.
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Denierim 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.
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aarrnnoo0123 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.
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This is awesome! Good job :iconclapclapplz:
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applejacks1990 Apr 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
holy crap. How long did that take?
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Denierim Apr 18, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is a rather quick one. Folding the pieces (there are over 200 small pieces of paper in this swan) took about 2 hours and the actual assembly about an hour tops. So it's a 3-hour work to make it from beginning to the end. :)
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applejacks1990 Apr 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow. I'm still having trouble making a swan.
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Denierim Apr 18, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
The first ones are the worst... Once you get the first ones made and you get used to folding the pieces, it becomes pretty quick and easy. Depending on the model though, when we go to models with 1000+ pieces, it gets horrible... :D
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applejacks1990 Apr 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I can imagine...
It looks beautiful, either way.
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xArcox Apr 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
OH AMAZING! I wanna try this! :D
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