588: (38/360) Sipho Mabona’s “Swallow”

Posted by wonko on February 7, 2017 in 365-2017, bird |

When planning origami models that will be good for permanent display, locks and paper tension matter as a model will try to unfold itself:

This genius design results in a fairly faithful swallow, the body is rounded, beak and head cleverly proportioned, tings and tail streamlined – it looks like it would fly.

The folding process is fairly gently, I have seen a video of Sipho folding where he lightly coats his paper with CMC glue first, then folds while wet, allowing it to dry in the final shape to become more permanent – very clever.

I was surprised that I had not folded this model before. As a fan of Sipho’s work I look for opportunities to try his designs.

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