This is one design which has been lying unfinished on my table for quite some time. I had trouble on one particular step in the folding process and just couldn’t get past that step.
Luckily for me (and a lot of other folders, as well) Tadashi Mori who is well known for his instructional videos on various designs by different Origami Artists, has created a very detailed and helpful instructional video on H.T.Quyet’s Swan.
Paper to use:
This model requires shaping, so care should be taken as to not to use very thick paper. My rendition is in Tant paper which is duo colored in white. The paper shape to start with is a triangle – and the size of the paper I started out with is approximately 14.5 inches (hypotenuse), and 10.25 inches for the other 2 sides.
How to fold H.T.Quyet’s Origami Swan:
The diagrams to this model can be found in Origami Tanteidan #16. The folding sequence consists of 35 steps and this instructional video explains each and every step in details providing a lot of references when folding. This makes it easier to complete folding the model, too.
You can also check out the instructional video by Tadashi Mori which you can view below:
This is a pretty model, the diagram to which I found on the Internet (freely available). It is designed and diagrammed by Manuel Sirgo in 2003. It requires a bit of shaping in order to give it the ‘feathery’ look.
I used a single side colored foil paper of Aitoh brand which I was lucky enough to find at Michaels (Atlanta area). This was the first time I bought foil paper from Aitoh and I suppose I read somewhere that the quality of their origami paper is pretty good. These papers are imported from Japan and the company specializes in Asian art materials, children’s craft kits and other Japanese paper products.
It comes in paper sizes of 15 cm or 6 inches in size but I found it pretty alright to make a small little swan as a test fold. You would need to start folding with the color side facing upwards (i.e. towards you) in order to get the body of the swan white in color and the beak of a different color.
Diagram of the Swan:
You can find the diagram to this pretty swan on the Internet and it is freely available. This is the link to it – Manuel Sirgo’s Swan diagram
The model is fairly easy to fold, however, the major portion of the effort goes into shaping the swan i.e. forming the wings and curving the neck. It takes around 15 mins to fold this model, and this time includes that spent for shaping the swan.
Paper to use:
For this particular model, I used gold foil paper which I had remaining from an earlier origami project. It measures approx 4.5 to 5 inches in size. Mr. Quyet has used the wrapping paper (gold foil based sheet) found in cigarette boxes to fold his elegant model and I daresay..it’s an ingenious idea and the result is marvelous. I will attempt to fold it using the same paper shortly, but for now, I thought this gold foil origami paper would do 😉
How to fold this model:
The swan is folded in approx 20 steps and this includes the shpaing of the wings and the neck. The steps are really easy to follow. However, pay special attention to steps 8, 9 and 10 which are essentially the main steps for this swan. Notice that the “similar to” petal fold made in step 8 should be done, such a way that, the gold portion of the paper sticks out a bit and a “squarish” look is displayed on the swan’s back (corresponding to that fold). For step 9/10, there is a reverse fold which is quite tricky and a portion of the paper gets folded ‘inwards’ to create the neck.
Update as on 5th May 2010: The site which hosted the diagram to this model has been taken down/removed the diagram. I will update this post when I get a new link to the diagram.
Now, to find someone who is willing to ‘donate’ the inner wrapper of their cigarette pack to me… 😀
I have folded this model of a Swan by following a video on youtube.com. This design is quite different from other Swans as it can be used as a little container or basket for small items such as your jewellery or some other small items.
I have used contruction paper for this, again. It was A4 in size and I have cut it down to a square shape. I didn’t have any trouble with the folds this time around as there were not many intricate folds to begin with!
What you need to Fold this model:
1. Origami paper or craft paper of an appropriate size, such as 6″ to 7″.
2. Felt tip pen (Optional) to color the swan’s beak black in color.
How to fold this model:
Youtube.com once again comes to the rescue. Barbabellaatje’s Video is very helpful and really easy to follow. Tips have been provided in the video itself to guide you through the steps. This is a great Origami Channel and there are a lot of “How To” videos uploaded on many Origami Designs.