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Modular Origami - Swan by Usei Modular Origami - Swan by Usei
I learned of this epic variation on origami by seeing ~SophieEkard's crazy-awesome phoenix. She referred me to this YouTube video for starters, and this is what came out~ Used somewhere around 35-37 pieces of 8.5" x 11" printer paper, cut into 16 triangles each to make this white swan. It's a very simple design compared to that phoenix, but hey, it's my first ever. Took me about 8 hours total, I'd say....not counting when I had to rebuild one wing because my two-year-old wanted to play with the birdie. >.>; My fingers hurt, but it was worth it~
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Katie-chatterbox Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
WOW, soo cool! Awesome...
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Usei Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! Glad you like it~ :heart:
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Katie-chatterbox Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Ha, I love it :D
And you're welcome ;)
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Felixuta Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow :omg:
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Usei Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :thanks:
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Felixuta Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
welcomes:)
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Foxtrick Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
wonderful!!!
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Usei Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks. :heart:
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SophieEkard Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! I'm so proud of you! xD It's beautiful, I love it! Well done! :love:
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SophieEkard Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Your pieces are well done, that's great!
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SophieEkard Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
by the way, did you design the bird?
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Usei Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :heart: That means a lot coming from someone who does such beautiful designs. :thanks:

I used to do a lot of origami growing up (almost completed making 1000 paper cranes in high school), so making triangles was easy, albeit time-consuming and a bit painful. :XD:

Yes, I designed it myself for the most part. :D I got the general idea from someone on YouTube who made a GIANT one out of whole pieces of paper in their living room, but ended up deviating after about the 7th or 8th row and doing my own thing~ Also, it's a swan because I own no colored printer paper. :XD: If I may, I'd like to ask how you finish beaks. It was the only thing I had issues with. I chose to just taper off and ended with one triangle at the end.
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SophieEkard Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha, I've been doing single-sheet origamis for years and I discovered 3D origami last April. Now I'm addicted to this one. xD

You know you can color the pieces yourselfs, with ink/paint and a brush. xD What you did with the neck is cool. I would have made it a little longer, so the neck would be more "curved". The way you did your beak is right, you can add a 3 black colored pieces (fit them like you did on the neck) at the end. Some people use a larger piece that covered the last 3 pieces of the neck.
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Usei Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, the neck gave me issues. I was considering making it longer for just that reason, but after making it long enough to curve correctly it dwarfed the already-completed wings, and I didn't want to redo them. :XD: So I went more for the trumpeting-swan look.

For some reason, I didn't even think about coloring the pieces myself. *stares at 6-pack of colored Sharpies sitting on her desk* I will remember that. I might even add the black beak and retake the pictures if I feel like it. It will make it look more finished. And also I might add little black eyes.

Thanks again for your input and awesomeness! :D
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SophieEkard Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I know why, now. xD Neck are usually done with inverted pieces. Look at my peacock and phoenix. The front side of your neck should be "inside".
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Also, your neck might too thick to be curved, that's why you have to do a long neck if you want to curve it. I usually do 2 types of neck:
[link] : This one is easy to curve. The pieces on the side are one-side slotted.

[link] : This one is less easy to curve, but easier than yours I think.

No problem! I really hope you'll enjoy this craft as long as you can. :D
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Usei Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OHHH. THAT MAKES SO MUCH SENSE. :wow:

I didn't even THINK about using the other side of the pieces. *studies your models and takes notes*
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DanKarukami Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Professional General Artist
beautiful *w*
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Usei Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! :thanks:
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