How to make Plastic Swan

swan from platic bottles. something useful. Enjoy watching!

Thus, materials: volume 1 liter bottles, white - 25 pieces - 30;. half-liter - 1 piece, five-liter -. 1pc. The wire length of 3 meters, quite malleable, bends his hands,  wire, fishing line, scotch normal and double-sided stone - heavy, but that was part of pyatilitrovku, buttons with the "leg" to the eye, cork from plastic bottles (this stuff can be replaced, I will explain further). Yet some - the subjects to beak. It shows the cap from the marker and pen on the toothbrush, but in the course of the work came the idea to make the beak of clothespins. Then we talk about alternatives in more detail. Still need a very strong thread, it is advisable - synthetic, that little "springy", but does not stretch, thread need thick enough to keep everything firmly. Color thread ideally - white, but I have a purple, white suitable quality not found, and to MC are better suited - better than the stitches are visible on the photos. The main thing - do not get too dark or bright they can shine through the plastic. And we will hide all the seams. I do not use glue, o we sew. Surprised? Try it, it is a snap, handle each. I will "show" in detail, so that the pictures will turn out much.

Here, perhaps, all is clear. I will specify only that the knife - with a wavy blade , the needle - with a curved tip (if you have one, and generally go any more). Scissors - this is very important, as you can easily cut the plastic, not every pair of scissors. I for this purpose for a long time are the kitchen with blades short and not flooded with plastic. However, can approach and others, the main thing that was comfortable and safe.

Remove the ring from the bottle.

Cut along the planned lines. Pieces 18 -20 bottles, while others leave.

These receive the items.

Making incisions: a neck portion - almost to thread into six parts (by eye). Cone of the incision into 8 pieces, directing the first two sections on casting seams, it helps to first get the two halves, each again divide in half, (I think even in the eyes is not difficult, and the chemist's precision is not required), and then another half each received a quarter.

We round off all corners, pierce holes paired.

Plugs are needed for a tight fit neck elements. Otherwise, it will appear as broken. You can wrap the wire instead of slugging  or synthetic padding, and on top - a strong white thread. If you use the plug, it must be a little hole in them to expand to the wire passed, folded in half. I do it with scissors, I understand, is not the best way. But I will have to prepare ... James 18 - 20 pieces (depending on how long you want the neck)

To not have bothered the previous operation can take his head. Cut the cork half-liter bottle in any convenient way for you. However, if in the end choose not beak out of clothespins, then do not cut. How to make the first version of the beak (of the cap from the marker), I will show shortly in a separate IC, and here and so many pictures. Can be found on my blog.

Incised before the transition to the cylindrical portion of the cone. The first cut - on seam injection, further - on the previous one. Step about 5 mm.

Here's a clothespin seemed like a beak. The idea tossed the man who endures all the hardships of life, when I immerse myself in another creative madness ...

Gently straighten the future shape of the beak ... Just a little bit!

Now is better.

Pierce a pair of top and bottom openings future beak. If you prefer Threads glue, you can not make holes, here it does not matter, but I have my doubts: will firmly hold the glue on very smooth surfaces of the bottle. However, the choice is yours ...

In outline the clothespin and pierce holes and on the head.

Outlines the position of the eye. Glue a small piece of 2-sided adhesive tape to the leg of the buttons, and the method of "spear" we select the right, in our opinion, position. We note this position marker and cut a hole in shape legs buttons. Leg should fully enter into the head, and she button - to remain on top. Symmetrical do everything for the second eye. A thin wire is threaded in one button.

Pulls the wire through the head, put on a second button, hide the wire ends into the head and draws the eye to the head tightly. Need pliers or something like that, a little skill and patience. Then twist the wire ends to the eyes do not "hang out". I foresee a question: Is not it easier to stick? Here, in contrast to the beak, the situation is slightly different. Counter-question: how will strengthen his head so that it does not slip from his neck, if someone drags it? That's right, for the eyes, or rather, the wire, which they are connected. 

Here's a funny mug is obtained.

Well, that's got to the neck. Bend the wire in half, we start it in the head in front, so got a thin wire between the ends of thick wire. "Hooked" In fact, the skewer head, that is, on the neck. While everything hangs freely, but to remove his head from his neck is not so simple. Is that break the button ...

We sew beak. Of course, this operation can be left at the very end of the work, from it does not depend on any other. But I could not wait to see what it looks like a new beak. Each pair of holes are stitched by 2 - 3 times. Ring pegs removed, beak sealed 2-sided tape. The first and last stitch is done so that the ends of the thread were inside his head.

The ends of the thread connect 2 to 3 knots, pulling the beak of a good-to-head. Cut the threads are not very short, hide them inside the beak. Now beak little tear, even if you really try. Yes, it can glue easier, but I like to make it possible stronger and more reliable. And I have an allergy, slowly turning into asthma, and all kinds of strong glue - in my opinion, the smell is very strong. So I sew ...

Fills a void in its beak foam. Bypassed marker and cut the desired piece.

Plump insert.

More voids above and below the beak.  You can make the nostrils, but did not want to mess

Insert ...

For the decoration of the beak is necessary to paste over his 2-sided tape. Just wrap tasted - it got rough. We'll have to cut out parts of the tape. cut around the sidewall of the beak paper ...

Trace the contours, making allowance for the middle part of the beak, bend the paper, cut out ..

Repeat with the upper part. Then it is necessary to cut out parts of the tape. And he sticks to the scissors ... We use a simple trick in store: . Save the protective yellow tape every time we use duct tape, . Now take a piece of this film is superimposed on the sticky side of the tape, the top - detail, draw out, cut out. Scissors little stick, even if you cut out the smallest details of their contours are obtained quite crisp. Then - as usual, remove the tape and sticking detail.

Details are ready.

Glue in place, while leaving a protective film.

Remove the tape when we decorate the beak. Of course, I hurried to do so immediately. But then I had to turn the poor swan in every one, When sewing feathers, I thought my entire decor . But no, it has held out, it seems, is quite resistant coating. By the way, the first swan standing on a city bridge, the rain and wind, and his crown is made on the same principle. The third month went as shiny as new ... But, more to the point.

If you do not inspire confidence that it will be shown further, here's an alternative: wind beak suitable yarn can be varnished or more PVA to be sure, but I would venture to try the following:

Pour glitter onto the paper, and carefully rolled in their beaks on all sides. Presses his fingers, fill the gaps, if any. Shake off the excess on a paper. The remaining sequins convenient pour back if the paper has been previously bent. Check the finger strength of the coating. Strew should not. (And there will be, if a normal tape).

Done. The smallest job is finished. After that, everything is simpler and cruder. Do not worry, everything will turn out!

Now close we undertake neck. At the head put a strip of padding polyester, filling it almost to slits, then with the free end of the wire start stringing cork (or winding the wire than - ever, see point 9)

Wearing multiple plugs on top of them to sit down parts of the neck, which was cut in the beginning. The first after slugging best to wear a cut neck 1-liter bottle, and the second and subsequent - we harvested 6-petal details. So it will be more convenient for subsequent manipulation.

The photo shows how a situation will take the first two parts. They needed now to give the head shape. Put denominations gum on his head, prepare a scaffold, where some half a meter or so, it was convenient to tie.

We promote the details of the neck just inside the head, and carefully move the rubber band on the "haircut" so that it covered the concave part of our 6-tab member. In this place will have to be tight, wound several times to engage the line.

That's how it should turn out: The line should be tightened where on the neck of the former bottle thread passes into the cone. The line is quite slippery, it can easily come loose, so do 2 - 3 knots. Node is desirable to position the top, so to speak, closer to the "back of the head" and not under the "chin". And the ends of the fishing line is not cut off, for it will then sew the crown. Adding more elements of the neck. Already it emerges something ...

We put as many elements as we see fit, I have them twenty + neck - the first element (inside each - plug!). Now, looking at the finished swan, I'd removed a couple of elements, but it is already impossible to make out, 

So cut off three bottles.

The incisions in the neck elements.

Ready-made elements. Only in the biggest need to slightly shorten the five petals. Unfortunately, the photo is very hard to see the planned line: never able to select the optimal shooting conditions, and the background changed, and the backlight, it is not very good quality. "Glare", plastic is too light, then vice versa. In general, it is appropriate, perhaps, to remember the bad dancer (sorry). So, adjust the pitch may next photo will clarify.

That's how it should turn out.

Now the neck is ready. Longish, however. But Swan - then we have a fabulous, fancy, so to speak. So permissible slightly exaggerated elements ...

That's up to the "body" made it. We perform in five-liter bottle of two holes, the photo shows where. If you make one hole and miss him a wire (round trip), the neck will rotate and fall. And we all will be stable and durable. This is another reason why we bend the wire in half. First - mounting without glue head (sorry to remind you).

An important operating torque. This is our neck at the end. It is clearly seen as a bent wire. It is to "cervical vertebrae under its own weight to the housing is not slid and relied on this" plug "of the wire. The distance between the wire" fork tines "corresponds to the distance between the holes in the housing.

Skip the wire into the hole, and then - in the same hole in the tube . There is another important point: it is necessary to pierce holes in the screwed plug. And besides, in the "project status", that is, clearly imagining the wire will be held, where the top and where the bottom. But precisely insert the wire ends into the hole plugs will not be a big problem. After all, we have already cut through "the window" in the back of our goose (poor it is, the long-suffering). The picture, however, it is almost not visible, except for the blurred contours of the neck can be guessed. Size "vents" must allow unhindered pass our hand to guide the ends of the wire in the clear plug holes, and still in it should get through our counterweight. light bottle 

Regarding counterweight want to say that's probably better to take a couple of dozen small stones than one as big as me. Weight distribution is uniform. And considering that the neck can also be lighter than my goose, if instead of plugs used izolon our swan can, in principle, to swim! This is not a joke, look at all the holes is high. Water get nowhere in particular, to get wet too, especially nothing - so it is quite possible that will float, especially if the neck on back to bed (real swans do). I do not know about you, but I'm going in the summer at the cottage to check. Although it can be at home in the bathroom ... but to ensure the future and calculate the buoyancy necessary right now, until we taped our tape "the window" on the back and pulled on tights goose. (Oh, the horror! The poor bird). Before you do this, put inside the counterweight. Fold the ends of the wire in the form of the tail and also isolate them with a simple tape.

It is our proud profile. Before inserting the counterweight, the wire can be slightly bend the shape of the bottle, so that it does not interfere convenient to arrange our "insides".

We put on a stocking ... If you are prepared thin tights or stockings can be worn just two. For durability. Yes. This is my favorite word. Do not want to be the ones who will get my swan, called me and said that something fell off. I got such a thick stocking, besides, such a dense and large. Former goose I dressed in a solid nylon mesh, used in such vegetables packed up in stores. Now these do not see, but in general - really liked, only "pull the" little had. By the way, our stocking should sit tight, if anything, it is necessary to take in. And then all the feathers hung.

Sculpting the neck, after placing it - something that is slightly rounded sunken "breast". he does not get wet and light. In this photo seen better thread, which I use.

The other end of the stocking is fixed on the tail: buckle and tie.

I apologize for the quality of the photo. This tail feathers to the sidewalls. Home seems clear that they are bent in half, and each have four openings. Do not cut a lot of them, it is better to add a post. Use can be any part of the bottle. I - Cone. Size is also at your discretion. Sew all the feathers will be on the principle that the back - forward.

Blanking of all the ends of our tail. I do not stop at cutting each row of feathers. And sew them we will mainly series, with rare exceptions. This will significantly speed up our work. The shape of the feathers can be given any, it was important for me that they were not sharp and prickly. And as always in the hands of cuts and abrasions ... It is clearly seen that the stitches are very sweeping, but they do often does not make sense.

Each subsequent row overlaps a portion of the previous one. How - you decide, the main thing to hide the stitches. And do them the best way: introducing the needle (I have it with a curved tip, very comfortable), parallel to the edge of a number of feathers. Before us is a couple of holes. Insert the needle from the inside to the second, far from the tip of the needle hole, go there now inserts a needle into the first hole (like stepping back) and right on the underside (under the feather edge) make great stitch capturing once - another cloth stockings. And we find ourselves already in the next couple of holes (starting again with the farthest from the needle). I'm not an expert on names seams, but perhaps it's the seam "forward needle", or vice versa, "back needle"? If not, correct me (if you have enough patience to read my "gum"). But God sees, not for myself I try to ... Tail - piece is flat, so you can successfully sew feathers from two sides, piercing through the fabric taut 

Feathers are quite large and so things are moving fast. It is almost ready to tail, and, once the two sides. Not scary? Well, I promised: handle any! At the bottom of the photo - the final piece of the tail. This will require one. The lower part of it  a stopper and hide protruding remnants of nylon.

Closer ..

So we sew.

Now the tail is ready. At least the rear. Go ahead.

These feathers are cut out of the cone of the bottle: a row - for grasping the base of the tail and a few single feathers to cover some protruding pieces of fabric (if any)

Now the front is all right.

This is the only series of feathers "against the grain". Just because it is more convenient to close the fabric in the narrowing of the bottle.

That such feathers will sheathe the bottleneck of our goose body. They need about 20 units. You can have a little bit - to another.

That's right, "scales", with some calling on the tail to cover all seams, which were still visible. It is more convenient to go to the feathers of the concave side up. Below, you can sew a small piece of a solid as the previous photo. There will not be a pretty sight, if something goes wrong ...

Cooking feathers housing. From the sidewall of the bottle throw, on which there is glue residue. Fortunately, in such bottles he suffered not a very wide strip. I basically do not know what the glue is removed, and did not consider it necessary. But if you do not remove this strip on it nalipnet dirt, and will be our swan places an ugly duckling.

One bottle sidewall get two rows of feathers.

So we will have them. And we begin to sew, of course from the tail, where we completed a number of individual feathers.

That's right, row by row. Just like fish scales. Some - where uneven. Sometimes even the seams peek ... It's okay, because the more parshyut wings. And all the details will hide. But on the way - breast feathers. The first swan I never sewed the stomach, because I knew that he was firmly planted on the "belly", is welded to the metal base of the wire, missing more and across the torso. (Vandalism reception). And here - feathers round. It is understood that in the extreme range overlaps with feathers are where two sections join one row. Therefore, some of the holes in the ranks will have to do on site. However, to explain the longer it will become clear in the course of work. (I still believe that someone wants to repeat my folly).

Immediately camouflage the transition from the cylindrical portion to the bottom of the bottle. Of course, sew so many feathers by cutting a bunch of bottles, you'll be able to decide how best to make these transitions. But the principle is the same: the steeper the "relief", the more single pens.

Here the ranks becoming shorter.

More shorter. And finally, the whole body is encased feathers. The neck stitching was not very comfortable, prevented hanging neck feathers. But production costs ...

Take for wings. That is where there is room for imagination, yes indeed, not just here. The options can be mass of feathers. Even my first swan was dressed almost entirely in feathers of conical parts. Just have accumulated a lot of them at the time.  Throwing glued strip, carve it like this.

Incised obliquely, trying not to cut through.

Other feathers do so: 1 - cut in half along the sidewall; 2 - Cut out the shape of a pair of feathers and committing a "violence" of the natural form of the bottle, namely straighten her fingers prodavlivaya (gloves safer) along the entire length of the pen; 3 - Making cuts.

Putting it in the "bunch" all parts of the wing and start to try them to each other and to the swan. When we find the right position, we envisage and pierce holes, and then sew parts together. Here, of course better to use white thread. but I all the same. I hope to hide the seams under the body plumage.

I got something rollicking - protruding.

We sew, preferably not less than three points in order not to droop. If necessary, add a single feather.

Just do the second wing.

Additional tail feathers for decoration.

Here it is clear that cuts the line near the pen tip is bent, the further they are straightened and slightly changing the angle of inclination.

Here and tail decorated. It is necessary to add carved feathers on his chest.

But it later. A slightly different view ... In principle, it is possible to leave and so. A crown - we will do? Yes? Well then a little more patience ...

So, the final touch - a crown. We draw the pattern, about this size. I must say, from the bottom shortened by half a centimeter. Cut.

According to the pattern to cut a piece of transparent plastic (although any) bottles. But slightly higher millimeters by 6 -8. It is I, "in the course of the play," I came up with to decorate the crown strazikami ... Prepare 2-sided adhesive tape.

Wallpapers plastic on both sides. On one of them draw out the contours of the pattern, and to the ends of beams  circles on the stencil.

The size of the circle, select the size 

Cut the crown, prepare the sequins. Starting from the bottom to unstick an adhesive tape .

But where will rhinestones, tape does not come unstuck, clipped with scissors protective film and the circle remains closed. Half of one side of the crown filled with sequins, proceed to the second ...

With the concave side of the crown circles do not defend. Glued sequins on the whole side. Excess shakes. Lateral projection can generally keep clean.

On this ledge pierce small holes (the needle is not the same), we envisage the same hole on the opposite ledge "side" of the crown and sew fine "invisible" thread, turning the crown inside the convex side. The Rays will take its own position, thanks to the natural curvature of the bottle side cover.

Now we have to sew the crown of the head of a swan. 

That crown is in place!

What are you stuck with me? What you still do not have enough feathers?

-That Such here, carved, or what?

Well, bring another bottle of sour milk, so be it, drink - you are the feathers !!!

And here already and with additional breast feathers ...

coursty -  Svet.Vasilevna