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Make Your Own Effigy

April 10, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

TLDR: Come and join a livestream workshop to learn and make your own Swan effigy which can then be used as part of the Effigy celebrations the following day.

The livestream workshop will be viewable on the Blazing Swan website at 5pm on Friday. Visit the website at this time to join the workshop.

Alternative stream link: https://www.twitch.tv/jethrohardinge


An ancient Japanese legend promises that anyone who folds a thousand cranes will be granted a wish by the gods.

Perhaps if we fold a thousand swans we will be granted a burn.

This live stream workshop will teach you to create your own swan effigy from just a single piece of paper. You will learn to make a simple swan first and then a couple of more complex versions if you enjoy a challenge.

This workshop is intended to be accessible to everyone, as all you need is a piece of paper, a flat surface and your own two hands. In this way, everyone can have their own swan to burn.

If you wish to get creative and go beyond a paper swan, let your imagination run wild and build any swan or effigy you like. It’s your effigy. It’s your burn. Create what you like with what you have, wherever you are.

The Effigy Burn is scheduled for 6.30pm on Saturday 11th April. The same time we would have burnt our effigy on-site at Blazing Swan.

You are invited to burn your effigy at this time.

Our individual fires will be small, but if we all burn together, the sum of our flames will be as hot and as bright as any effigy could ever be.

In this way, we are again all brought together as a community, unified by the magic of our creative fires.

Build Information
We want to see what wonderful, creative effigies you make. But we also want you to stay safe for your burn.

Suggested materials:
Paper, cardboard, pop sticks, matches, twigs, leaves, small branches… anything small that’s flammable.

Materials to Avoid:
Anything plastic, painted or synthetic, as these will release toxic chemicals when burnt. They also melt, rather than fully combusting to ash.

Keep your build small. Even a small structure will create a large flame. We recommend you don’t go any bigger than 1x1m even if you have a very large backyard. Keep it small. Keep it manageable. Keep it safe.


April 10, 2020
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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