How to make a swan from modules?
Watch the video
An unusual technique of making handicrafts from paper modules — modular origami — was invented in China. It is an assembly of various figures from a variety of blanks-modules that are connected by putting them into each other. One of the most beautiful crafts is origami swan from modules.
What will it take to make a swan out of modules?
Before you make a swan out of the modules, you need to prepare in advance everything you need for this work:
- white paper (it should be thick enough, but not cardboard);
- colored paper (of the same quality as white);
- simple pencil;
When the tools and materials are prepared, modules will need to be made. To assemble a white swan, you need to prepare 458 white modules and one orange or yellow (for the beak). Making them is not difficult:
- Sheet A4 should be drawn into 16 identical rectangles, cut them.
- Each rectangle should be folded along the long side in half, then in half again along the short side and unbent back, indicating the vertical axis of symmetry.
- It is necessary to bend the upper corners so that both halves of the upper edge of the rectangle lie on the axis of symmetry.
- Bend the lower corners to the top was a triangle, while leaving a small gap between the base of the triangle and curved corners.
- Bend the bottom of the workpiece so that it lies on the triangle and fold it along the axis of symmetry to an angle of 90 degrees.
Modules are better to do everything at once, so as not to be distracted by their assembly during assembly.
Swan from modules: step by step assembly instructions
Making sure that all modules are ready, you can proceed to the assembly, following the instructions:
- It is necessary to take three modules-triangles and insert the corners of two modules into two pockets of the third. The following two modules should also be attached to the first group.
- As described above, you must perform a ring consisting of two rows: external and internal. In the inner row, the modules will stand on the short side, and in the outer row on the long side. The ring will require 30 modules. They must be assembled by a chain, which the last module will lock into the ring.
- Similarly, to fold the second, third and fourth rows of our ring, putting the modules on each other in a checkerboard pattern.
- Carefully grasp the edges of the resulting ring and make a movement,turning the blank inside out. It should be curved into a shape that resembles a stadium from above.
- Lay out the sixth row in which the modules should be inserted from above (it will also consist of 30 modules). Particular attention should be paid to the location of the modules: it should be the same as in all other rows.
- In order to “lay” the wings of the future swan, you need to choose the side on which its head and two corners (from two adjacent modules) will be located — the neck will be attached here. Then, in both directions from these two corners, lay out on a row of 12 modules. Thus, the seventh row of the structure should consist of twenty-four modules and two gaps.
- When laying out the wings, each successive row must be reduced by one module. So, in the eighth row there should be 22 modules (11 on both sides), in the ninth - 20, in the tenth row -18.
- When 2 modules remain in the eighteenth row, the wings will be ready. They can be shaped: convex at the bottom, and slightly bent up at the top.
- The tail of a swan should be assembled as well as wings (by reducing the row by one module in each row).
- In the manufacture of the swan's neck, modules must be connected so that the two corners of one module fall into two pockets of the other. This design is easy to give the desired bend. At its end you need to attach the beak of the orange module, the corners of which are best glued so that they do not split apart. Then the neck must be planted on the two corners that were left earlier between the wings.
The design should be strong and without the use of glue, but if you want to make it even stronger, each module can be put on glue.
How to make a swan from the modules beautiful
The swan of the modules is an elegant hack too. However, there are ways to make the swan of modules even more beautiful. This can be achieved with the help of colored paper or paints: for example, by making a bright iridescent swan out of coloredpaper. White swan can be unusual to color. For these purposes aerosol enamel is perfect - this paint dries quickly, penetrates into all corners of handicrafts and makes it shine. In addition, a white swan can be decorated with a bow or a ribbon around his neck, a crown of foil, glue his eyes from small beads. As a stand for our swan, it is good to use a round mirror or another reflecting texture - this will effectively imitate a body of water.To decorate the wedding table, you can make the swans of the bride and groom, decorating one of them with a veil, and another with a bow tie.
It is not difficult to make a swan out of modules, it only requires patience and accuracy. The resulting swan origami modules can serve as an excellent element of the decor of the room, or become a toy for the child. And it is possible that this particular craft will open the way for someone to the wonderful world of modular origami.