A friend in England in 2001 showed me the idea originally. I also found http://youtu.be/FNXmuakUi4M to help refresh my memory, and then made a few of my own changes to make the swan look better and more attractive. I got the inspiration for using seeds as eyes in this video: http://youtu.be/jg6sWO3z0BQ
Project History & More Info:
I remembered someone showing me how to make an apple into a swan while I was in England in 2001. I can't remember who it was though, and I just remember that it was a nice try, and although the wings looked cool, and head and neck were terrible.
I really liked the idea though, so I spent an entire day cutting up apples in different ways to see if I could make it better.
I also saw a video online where someone used apple seeds to make eyes (http://youtu.be/jg6sWO3z0BQ) which was really awesome, so I tried to incorporate that in.
I ended up with this method for making the apple swan, which I think really looks incredible, and we ended up putting them on display for some dinner guests we had that night.