The paper dragon is an interesting craft that can decorate any apartment and also become a good toy for the kid. In addition, for its creation, you can have a great time with the children, especially if you coincide with the holiday: for example, the year of the dragon, and make several copies at once. Technician used to create a dragon out of paper, a lot, and among them everyone will find an option for the soul.
How to make a dragon from paper: video and schemes
For the smallest fans of paper dragons, 3D modeling is ideal when a pre-prepared template is cut, bent along certain lines and glued together. There is little work, and the product comes out as colorful as possible, and often dragons, which are characters of cartoons, take on this form. Such figures are often put together for the purpose of collecting, so the cost of creating them is usually minimized.
Far more experience and time is required by various origami techniques: a paper dragon can be folded for 3 minutes, but only a silhouette will remind of a primitive lizard. And you can spend up to 30 minutes. And get a more real figure. In addition, if the classical origami crafts often have to be engaged in decorating parts, eyebrows, drawing scales, then modular origami is more self-sufficient. However, it is much more difficult for newcomers to cope with it, so it is recommended to try your hand at classical schemes before moving on to more time-consuming tasks.
The easiest way to make a paper dragon, which is hung on a Christmas tree as a toy. For this purpose, it is necessary to make a stencil and cut it out of thick cardboard. To make the figure even, you can use a ready-made drawing, translated through tracing paper onto cardboard, or you can sketch a dragon sketch by hand. It makes no sense to create a complex image - just draw the silhouette. After that, you need to arm yourself with corrugated paper, glue (the option is recommended in the stick, it deforms the paper less), as well as thin tapes or pieces of foil, velvet paper and felt-tip pens.
Corrugated paper is laid out on the surface, a cardboard template is placed on it. On the outside, it is processed with glue, after which the paper is smoothed and its excess parts are cut off. Preferably the entire cardboard blank wrap corrugated. The side on which the stitches from the edges of the paper appear will be on the front: further actions will take place on it. However, it is recommended to place the template so that all the “seams” are on the bottom of the silhouette, where the dragon's abdomen is located. To create it, a part is cut out of foil or the same corrugated paper, which sits on the glue. With a felt-tip pen, skin segments are marked on it, or they can be made by placing thin threads of foil on the abdomen.
For the dragon to have wings, a square is cut out of the paper, tightened down below with a thread. Thus, it will be folded into a semicircular open fan, which is glued to the body. If there are doubts about the reliability of such an attachment, you can even sew a piece with a pair of stitches to the craft: the needle and thread will go through the cardboard with ease. In addition, these holes may be needed if the paper dragon subsequently settles on the tree. It will be necessary only to make a comb on the corrugation, which is a “fence” of triangles, which you shouldn’t stretch too much with the vertices, and also draw on a velvet flesh-colored paper and cut the little muzzle.
We master the origami technique: master class
- In the classical technique of origami, there are also several paper dragon schemes. They are not easy to divide by the level of complexity - each requires a thoughtful study of the algorithm and hard training. It is recommended to begin with the following: a square of paper is prepared in advance, whose size will be no less than 24 by 24 cm. It must be folded, turning into an equilateral rhombus. To do this, all the corners are bent inward and their vertices are found at a central point.
- Now the workpiece is turned over so that the seams are under the paper, and from the side corners with a pencil, with a ruler, mark the rays having a point of intersection 1.5-2 cm below the top. These lines will become auxiliary: they need to bend, and extending the tip of the folded product to the right and left, creating a dragon "beak".
- Again, it is necessary to build auxiliary lines: draw a diagonal from the side corners, which is at the same time the transverse axis for the rhombus, then divide each of the sides in half and release rays from these points ending on the opposite face of the rhombus. According to the lines obtained, the paper is folded so that the opposite corners meet, and the final rhombus with the elongated bottom part becomes bulky.
- The point, which has been central until now, will look up. In the next step, that part of the rhombus, which ends in a "beak" and is in front of you, bends upward, and the whole figure in the manner of an accordion stretches, opening outwards. Repeat the same steps for the opposite (back) side.
- After basting new auxiliary lines and turning the diamond half open sideways, a silhouette of a dragon is formed, whose wings are lowered down. The part of the product, on which the "beak" is already present, should be bent obliquely to mark the bowed head. The opposite zone - the "tail" - is reduced in thickness by 2 times by bending.
- Then follow the triangle rising above the "wings" and "back" and inward, for which it is worthwhile, first of all, to draw the reverse fold line along it with the reverse side of the scissors blade. The elongated diamonds of the wings rise upwards, the thin triangles seen from beneath them bend, forming “paws”. The final step will be notches of the same back side of the blade, held on the wings and allowing to deform, putting the zones overlapping each other. The same applies to the tail.
We collect dragon from modules
The most difficult is the assembly of paper dragon modules. The difficulty is the need to make many identical modules from small pieces of paper. Since modules often require more than 1000 pieces, it is best to work on the dragon with the whole family or in any other large company in order to minimize the time needed to manufacture the figure. The modules themselves are prepared simply: a rectangular paper sheet is folded along a transverse line, then along a vertical axis, and then combined with the sides, bending over diagonals extending from one point. The resulting triangle turns upside down, changing the front side to the wrong side, the protruding strips bend upwards, and then the outer ends are turned back along the diagonals. In the end you only need to bend the lower part, forming pockets, and also fold the figure in half along the vertical axis.
If we consider in detail the various figures of dragons from the modules, we can come to the conclusion that there is no definite scheme for their assembly. Each author is guided by his own vision, but several points can be mentioned. First of all, it is easiest to get inspired by someone else’s work and to take it as a basis if you still don’t understand how to properly connect all the details into such a product. It will not help to count the number of modules, but it will considerably simplify the task.
Both the rear and front paws of the dragon are most often attached to the body with a glue gun, since other methods are not suitable here. If it is not, you can put the elements on the usual glue-moment and carefully press, fixing for a few hours. The remaining parts are quite simply sealed by simply inserting the modules into each other, as well as processing the place of their joints with glue. This will improve the adhesion of the elements, especially if a load is created on them: for example, in places of bends, or in areas such as a thin neck that holds a massive head.
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The most attractive thing is a paper dragon, assembled from modules of different colors, and supplemented with details made of foil or other decorative paper: it is good to make small nuances from it, such as long whiskers, comb, patterns on scales. Such design methods are characteristic of Chinese ribbon dragons: they are fairly simple to assemble, since they represent a large curving strip, having paws, short weak wings and a large head with an open maw. It is with such a dragon that it is recommended to begin work in modular origami.