Step 4: Anatomy of the Triangle and Stacking

Before you stack pieces, you have to understand the anatomy of a triangle. 
A triangle has two pockets and two points. Each point fits inside a pocket.

When you stack, you are building it in one line, so the two points of one piece fit into the two pockets of another piece

When you're building, one point will go into the pocket of one piece, but the other point will go into the pocket of another piece. 

I chose to stack my pieces in increments of 10, but you can do more if you'd like.

As you make the pieces, it's helpful to stack them. This helps to open up the pockets to make the structure stronger, as well as helps you count how many pieces you have. Stacking pieces opens up the pockets, allowing for stronger structures. Though it's technically not necessary, I highly recommend it as it will keep your structure together and give you an easier time building.

To stack, slot the two points of one triangle into the two pockets of another triangle. Keep going for a few pieces, and once they expand in size, take the unopened triangles from the end and add them to the front. This way, you have a stick of fully opened triangles.

To take the triangles out of the stack, simply put your thumb right under the first triangle and push up. Once you've got the hang of it, you can take triangles off in seconds. 
<p>I am teaching an origami/arts&amp;crafts class, this it was we will make as a class, then we shall have a raffle to decide who gets to take it home</p>
<p>nice origami! I think you should make more 3d triangle unit origami.</p>
<p>it took so long but i did it, it was smaller than expected</p>
Its sWan is so beatiful!thx a lot
<p>Very Well.</p>
Hw's it!
<p>I've seen these at my relatives house and always wondered how you make it. It just so happens that I need a idea for my appreciation class. thanks! :)</p>
<p>yay I'm finally done</p>
<p>Thanks for the instructions...I managed to make it in my first try!!! For a beginner that was AMAZING!!!!!</p><p>First, I made the size specified in the instructions, but my sis wanted something bigger for her room. So I experimented and increased the size of the paper I used from 32pieces small pieces/A4 to 4 pieces per A4. I also used colored ends for the neck to give it a finishing touch from your Mini Swan instructions. Using it as a vase now....</p><p>Wondering if I could convert the wings into the one specified in the Mini Swan to give it a more elegant look. Experimenting....Hope it works. </p>
<p>I made it in 4 hours and 42 minutes!</p><p>Not bad for a first try, eh? :-)</p>
Swear I never thought of stacking them before using them. I always have trouble since the pockets weren't open but this helps!
So true that they take a long time. I spent 2 weeks on my first project like this, an owl.
your instructions are extremely clear and so easy to follow! im not exactly the greatest at origami but i tried it and actually made it successfully! thanks so much :D
YES you should make more ibles!<br>
If you're having trouble making the rings, you can put the entire model on a spindle from a case of blank CD's to help maintain the ring-shape. It makes adding the 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th layers WAY easier.
Hi I love the Idea but I was wondering, since A4 paper is different than most american regular printer paper, which one do you mean? I know this sounds dumb because you say A4 paper but you also say printer paper...Thanks!
A4 paper is very very close to American printer paper (only about a 6% difference), and if you make triangles with either size it's fine.
I am in the process of making this and cutting and folding them out for me just dosent work to great so i made some graph paper so it helps me cut faster :D<br>
I love this! But I have a question, using the same concept and steps, could you do the same thing with whole/ half sheets of paper and make a huge swan?
Yes, of course! I've seen it done, it's VERY time consuming, but VERY awesome! If you do it, post pictures!!
Good Work! I am Making this! Please Make More of these!
When I was young, many children waiting for the school bus would take chewing gum wrappers they had saved and fold them in a similar manner and make paper chains. Great attention to details.
Just pointing out, these exact same instructions are on <br>www.origami-resource-center.com<br>And the design for the little paper modules is the same as chasz's Golden Venture folding instructable.
Actually, my instructions differ from the one on your website. I use an entirely different design, with a bottom base stand, different tail design, and different number of pieces for each layer. In addition, their design uses 500 pieces while mine uses 200. <br>There are only so many ways to make the paper modules. It comes as no surprise that my instructions are the same as Chasz's. <br>
Many things have been done by other people already. I'm glad you shared it here as I would have never seen it otherwise. This is always my first stop. Sometimes people will make mention of similar sites ahead of time so then you cover your bases by making a comparison and that you made your design to be easier to make and enjoy. Great Job!
Oh, I see. xD And it's not my site. :P But I see where you're coming from.
i know what I am doing tomorrow!(:
This is AMAZIN!! Great job!!!
Wow, this is amazing. Well done!
um, WOW
This is ABSOLUTELY fantastic! Well done... It's well out of my skill range... but I would *LOVE* to see more!<br><br>High five for you!

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