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Dragon in Flight (Design by Charles Esseltine)

Dragon in Flight (Design by Charles Esseltine)

by Ancella on September 27, 2009

in Dinosaurs & Dragons

Dragon in Flight (Design by Charles Esseltine)

Dragon in Flight (Design by Charles Esseltine)

Dragon in Flight (Design by Charles Esseltine)

Dragon in Flight (Design by Charles Esseltine)

This weekend, I thought I’d try making homemade tissue foil paper for a change. Along with this, I thought I’d give Charles Esseltine’s Dragon In Flight a try, too. This particular dragon design is something which has been on my ‘To Do’ list for quite sometime, but the intricate folds in certain steps always got me thinking twice. This time however, I thought I’d give it a shot, for sure. I first started with making tissue foil in order to fold the dragon. This was done using the common kitchen aluminium foil and tissue paper which you get in your local gift stores which is used for gift wrapping.

How to make Tissue foil:

Sara Adams, once again has recorded a great video on this paper making process. 🙂 It is very easy to follow and most of the items required can be bought from your usual hardware store or craft shop. I myself used liquid glue used for common crafts and to spread the glue around the foil, I used a cotton ball; and these worked out fine for me.

You can view the YouTube video here – Making Tissue Foil

The most tricky part is placing the tissue paper over the foil (after spreading the glue) so as to not have any “air bubbles” between the layers. I did have to ‘undo’ some portions of the tissue foil and re-stick them. All in all, it takes a bit of patience in sticking the sheets and you got to be careful. My final tissue foil did have some air bubbles between the layers, but I used the final sheet anyway! 😀

How to fold the ‘Dragon In Flight’:

I used a square sheet of tissue foil paper measuring approx 12 inches in size. This was prepared with red tissue on both sides of the foil. I had come across this Dragon in Flight PDF diagram sometime ago and had included it in my Diagrams list which I have updated recently. Do take a peek at that page.

I also found this YouTube instructional video which shows how to fold this dragon. Its pretty easy to follow and if you use the PDF diagram along with this video, it becomes quite easy.

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Manshu September 27, 2009 at 6:57 PM

This looks fantastic and I’d be curious to know what would happen if you just used ordinary paper instead of foil paper? Wouldn’t you be able to make the dragon at all?

Ancella October 9, 2009 at 5:37 PM

Well ordinary or common origami paper would still work, but I would have to wet fold it a bit in order to shape the dragon; especially the wings. Using tissue foil paper makes shaping easier 😉

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