3D Origami Swan

This 3D origami swan was made with 400+ sheets of paper each folded into a small triangle. This type of paper folding is called Golden Venture Folding or Chinese Paper Folding.

Fold between 400 and 450 triangular units (instructions here). These can be made while watching TV, while sitting in the bus, or while having coffee/tea with a friend. In a classroom setting, 20 students can easily fold 20 units each to make a total of 400 units.

Note that there are 2 slits which are called "pockets". Units are connected by inserting the pointy parts into the pockets. There are 2 ways to position the triangular units. Position A: the triangle rests on the short edges of the triangle with the pockets still visible. Position B: triangle rests on the broad edge of the triangle: similar to a mountain; pockets are also visible.

Row 1: begin by arranging 30 - 35 triangular units in a row. These units will be Row 1 of the swan. The number of units you use will depend on the thickness of the paper used. In this example, 30 units were used. Row 2: connect Row 1 into a ring by using "connector" triangular units. These connector units will become Row 2 of swan. To do this: - place two Row 1 units side by side in position A; - insert the points into the pockets of a connector unit (also in position A) - this forms a cluster of 3 units

Continue in this manner: - place the cluster made

Row 20 will only have one triangular unit on each side: it is the tip of the swan's wing.this forms a cluster of 5 pieces. Note that the triangular units are now added while in position B.20: continue to add more triangular units row after row. allow the pieces to curve naturally to form a bowl-like shape. Row 3: continue assembling the body of the 3D origami swan by adding more triangular units. Inter-locking the units in this manner will keep the 3D origami swan body together. As you assemble. Bottom right shows 3 layers (= 3 rows) while top left shows 2 layers of units (= only 2 rows assembled). Row 7: Add triangular units to form Row 7 as above. Note how you can identify where the next piece goes by counting the layers.connect them together with another triangular unit. Rows 4 to 6: Continue adding more triangular units until you have completed Rows 4. .above beside another Row-1 unit. Connect the first and last pieces together to form a ring. In each row. Repeat until all Row 1 units have been assembled. use one less triangular unit. Rows 8 . 5. At this point you would have used 30 units for Row 1 and 30 connector units which make up Row 2 of the origami swan. Turn the ring over so it no longer looks like a cone: now it looks more like the bottom of a bowl. Remove 2 triangular units across from one another. Shown: the units at "12 oclock" and "6 oclock" have been removed. . Be sure to insert the points of two different units into one connector unit. Shown: half of Row 3 assembled. . and 6. The 3D origami swan will get more and more narrow forming two triangular wing sections.

Glue is not needed for the body and wings of the swan. Insert the neck at the "6 oclock" position. you may wish to add a drop of glue in each triangular unit of the neck. Position the units in position A and insert one unit into the pockets of a second unit. Tail: simply connect 4 or 5 triangular units in mountain position (position B).Head and Neck: connect approximately 30 triangular units in a linear manner. Insert tail at the "12 o'clock" position. Depending on what the 3D origami swan will be used for. The neck is the most fragile part of the 3D origami swan so glue is good. A question mark shape works well. You can also embellish with googlie eyes. Allow the pieces to curve naturally. Optional: you can fold a black sheet of paper into a triangular unit and use this as the swan's (insert in position B). but other neck shapes are fine. the bill .

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