Introduction: Modular Origami Dragon by Namer

This will show you step by step, with photos( a million of the dang things) how to fold this dragon I designed. It may look complicated but trust me, if you can fold a crane you can make this easy. It only looks complicated. Due to time I had to assign multiple pictures to each. Sorry to all the non pro members out there. if enough people want it I will do a video tutorial on the dragon. Let me know what you think.If you have any questions let my know,I will try to answer them as best that i can. Cheers!...     I will post another instructable on this that will be easier for the non pro community members to use. Sorry guys, I had to do it this was to get everything done in time for the contest.



Note: THE FOLDING AND ASSEMBLY INSTRUCTIONS ARE IN THE NOTES ON THE PHOTOS! every single photo has notes on it. 

Step 1: Gathering Supplies

  • This is going to be a busy project. To complete it you will need:

1.  Paper
                   -5 or 6 sheets of regular printer paper, (20lb - 24lb weight) 8.5x11 or type A4, it doesnt metter we will be cutting it.
                     The paper can be colored, or you can paint it when we are done :D
2. paper glue.
                  -Elmer makes an amazing craft bond that you can get at any decent art store. if you cannot get any then regular white glue will                       work fine. Wood glue works very well too but the dry time will be much longer.
3. Cutting tools,
                  -if you have a paper cutter then you are in luck, otherwise an exacto knife and a ruler will work. I definately do not recommed                     using scissors for this.
OPTIONAL:
4. Spraypaint or Clearcoat 

Step 2: Lets Get Cutting and Folding!

you are going to need to cut your paper into small rectangles that are twice as wide as they are tall. For the dragon in the picture I used 2 inch by 1 inch rectangles. You will need about 120 of them, so go get cutting! I will be using a much larger piece for the primary demo to make it easier to see what i am doing.

Step 3: Completed Module

Good Job, you have finished your first modular unit. take note of the two flaps and the pocket in the picture below. Now go make about 120 more of them.

Step 4: Assembling Modules.

Assemble the modules by inserting the tabs into the pockets, as we go this will make more sense, but trust me, it is very simple. You add new modules on to what you are building.

Step 5: LETS MAKE a DRAGON!

Ok, so you have your modular units, and you have a mildy confused idea of how they go together. Good. The assembly will start making a whole lot more sense when you start doing it. :D 



 ok, lets start with the neck! Aseemble 9 units into a chain formation like below. The units I am using are left over from other projects, so they are all different colored. plus I think the different colored units makes it easier for you to see what i am doing!

Step 6: Starting the Body.

ok, lets change views and start on the hard part.

Step 7: Continuing the Body

Now we need to make a place to add the spikes while continuing the body construction.

Step 8: Hips and Tail

Now to start on the mounts for the rear legs and the tail.

Step 9: Here We Are So Far.

Your model should look something like this by now.

Step 10: Lets Make Some Legs

Now we are going to make the legs, you will need 26 units for this step.

Step 11: Folding the Feet and Horns.

This step shows you how to modify units to make the feet and horns. you will need 5 units for this step. Remember to save one of the claw units for the horns later!

Step 12: Making the Spike Unit

these are more modified units, i call them the spike units. You will need to make seven of them for this dragon. 4 for the back, 2 for the head, and one for the tip of the tail.

Step 13: Making the Horns and Assembling the Head.


Step 14: Finishing the Tail.

It is time to add a spike to the tail. You will need a claw unit for this. 

Step 15: Adding the Feet and Attaching the Legs and Spikes

Now we are going to add the feet to the legs (see i dint forget) and then attach the whole thing to the body. Remember, the front legs were slightly longer then the back legs. We will also attach the spikes to the back. i recommend using glue in all these steps unless you plan on gluing the ENTIRE model together,(see last step) A single drop on each connection point will do.

Step 16: Here We Are!

Your dragon is mostly done! you can paint it at this point or you can try to glue him together! To glue him beak him down into sections. i like to do head/neck, upper body, lower body, then tail and all the legs. take each section, disassemble it, add a drop of glue to the points of each unit, then reassemble IN ORDER. it is as tedious as it sounds. I know what you are thinking, why didn't we just glue it along the way? The paper stretched as you assemble the units, if we tried to glue it during the first build the paper would not assemble right, it would tear, and we would get glue everywhere. trust me on this, I have build dozens of these. See the pictures below for help. it may seem tedious but it doesn't take more then an hour. Put on a movie and relax while doing it.

Comments

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SophieZ made it! (author)2015-08-31

Thank you so much for the clear and easy to follow instructions!

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mgarv0638 made it! (author)2015-07-29

this was fun and cookies your feet are upside down

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mgarv0638 made it! (author)2015-07-29

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cookies_171 made it! (author)2012-10-21

I loved this one! :D Take a look at my attempt.. the colouring didn't really go all that good. It's my second attempt at Modular Origami, the first one being a swan.

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toezar00 made it! (author)2012-06-29

holy crap

that is an awesome origami dragon.

and the best tutorial for one.

thank u very much for this.

u r a oragami master. :D

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rasguitos made it! (author)2012-03-06

Great instructable!!!!!!! tried it, and here is my model, I posted it on Deviantart:

http://browse.deviantart.com/?qh=&section=&q=rasguitos#/d4s0m7w

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origami-ak47 made it! (author)2011-11-03

Nice job on the idea but for the neck how many units do ya use u didnt say and how did u paint blak and red without it lookin like the paint cans exploded

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Nameramthgin made it! (author)Nameramthgin2012-01-02

lol thats just a trick of the light. it is just a light coat of red paint, one is a half hearted manner. The color showing through makes it look black in this pick.
As for the number of units...... ummmmmmmm...... a bunch? yeah, that sounds about right. :D

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Pr0pmaster made it! (author)2012-01-02

cutting the papers is easy but when it comes to folding it is so hard but when assembling it all it was SO EASY!!!, by the way thanks for sharing this

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vexangel made it! (author)2011-12-08

This is actually a lot easier to make than it looks. It's not hard just time consuming. Folding all those papers takes a long time! By the time I was done my fingers hurt, but it was so worth it. Your an amazing person for thinking up something as cool as this! ^_^

(As soon as I paint mine I will get a picture posted.)

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jglee1 made it! (author)2011-12-04

omg 120 more how long did this take you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :( :)

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Jsquared24 made it! (author)Jsquared242011-12-06

For me it took about 10 hours to make all up

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pstendahl made it! (author)2011-10-06

You made a typo here saying: "stick on the clay unit. its that easy", nut did you mean to say claw unit?

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Jsquared24 made it! (author)2011-09-16

I am really going to attempt to make this! Good Job!!!!!!!

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Nameramthgin made it! (author)Nameramthgin2011-09-17

Good luck, if you have any questions i will try my best to answer them.

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Jsquared24 made it! (author)Jsquared242011-09-18

Heres my finished attempt. I added some small wings on it. I ended up using 106 little rectangles, 3 sheets of paper, 5 hours and 100 ml of glue. I am also going to spray paint it gold when i get the chance and put eyes on it and maybe some fire coming out of its mouth.

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Jsquared24 made it! (author)Jsquared242011-09-18

[EDIT]
It may have only been 10 ml of glue, not 100!

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Nameramthgin made it! (author)Nameramthgin2011-09-18

well done!

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Jsquared24 made it! (author)Jsquared242011-09-20

And here is the golden version, just by itself at the moment. Will add details at a later date

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Nameramthgin made it! (author)Nameramthgin2011-09-21

SSSSHHHHHHHIIIIIIIIIINNNNNNYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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capricorn made it! (author)2011-09-15

Two thumbs way up! Thank you for sharing this it is impressive!

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scoochmaroo made it! (author)2011-09-14

Oh my goodness, this is incredible. Thank you for sharing this!!