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Bead Dragon Instructions

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By ChimeraDragonfang   |   
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I feel this thing is in serious need of an overhaul. In the years since I first put this together, I have tweaked and streamlined and refined my approach entirely, and these steps no longer reflect how I personally make these. But as I already have enough things on the go, redoing this'll just get added to the 'shit I will get around to eventually' pile. So you folks get to deal with this ugly thing until Chimera stops being lazy.

:bulletred::bulletred::bulletred:If the download doesn't work for you, NOTE ME with your e-mail address (unless you want your e-mail address to be visible to everybody) and I'll send you the file.:bulletred::bulletred::bulletred:

A Note on Selling These: Yes, you may, so long as you provide links to this tutorial for other people. Spread the dragony love, people. Spread the dragony love.

The tutorial says not to use wire for these, but it can be done. Sort of. You have to cut out a bunch of the steps to make it work though.

Industrial-Pop has a simplified-for-wire-use wing diagram here.

Line-of-Birds has a journal entry with some information the more inexperienced beadworker might find useful.

Miryl has gone and knocked out a variant design over thisaway which is worth a look-see too for you wire-working folks.

And if, after all that, you decide you want a real challenge, take a gander at this incredible thing by Rrkra

If you find anything screwy with it, or any parts which you don't understand or want clarified, let me know.

2011-03-14: :woohoo: My third DD! :la: I will read every comment and do my best to reply, even if it does take me a while to get around to them all, and I appreciate each and every fave. Much thanks to FantasyStock for the feature.



Other people's dragons can be found here.

Rydiathedragon432 has gone and actually taken up/completed the unofficial challenge to make one out of tennis balls, and I am indeed duly impressed.
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Goldenstar86's avatar
Thank you for sharing I'm going to try and make one.
ChimeraDragonfang's avatar
Awesome. Share the results when you do. :thumbsup:
ALStarbuck-1992's avatar
Thank you for sharing xxx

i u'st to do this as a kid but have recently picked it back up. Im so excited to have a go at this little guy 
ChimeraDragonfang's avatar
No problem. I'm always excited to see what people do with this.
dyinghufflepuff's avatar
Thank you! Been looking for a guide and I can finally start. 
ChimeraDragonfang's avatar
You're welcome!
DonnaDutton's avatar
Started one of these today - broke a crucial bead in  2nd wing right at the end!  Finishing off tomorrow.  Thank you so much for a fantastic pattern.  
ChimeraDragonfang's avatar
Boo to breaking beads. Were you able to salvage it?
DonnaDutton's avatar
No, I started again but that's ok.  Patience is a virtue right?! :)
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Eades-BeadsProfessional Artisan Crafter
Thank you for making this PDF :) I have started making these little dragons, and your PDF has been vary helpful! 
ChimeraDragonfang's avatar
Glad you're enjoying it. Any finished ones yet?
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Eades-BeadsProfessional Artisan Crafter
Yes, I just need to get some photos on here now :)
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EnderPompomHobbyist Artist
Can u send me the file?
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EnderPompomHobbyist Artist
Please 
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EnderPompomHobbyist Artist
Oh wait I got it

I found the download button 
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featherwind2060Hobbyist General Artist
I'm going to make one out of tennis balls! 
ChimeraDragonfang's avatar
Good luck to you. :) So far one other person has done it. I hear the biggest issue is punching holes through all the balls.
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monadot15Student General Artist
Aww so cute ❤
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I haven't made one of these in years after doing near on a dozen for friends and family in a relatively short space of time.  About a month ago, my MIL asked if I was still doing bead stuff and would I make one for her to give as part of a Christmas present.  Having procrastinated, I am now sitting here looking at the size 8s I've retrieved from my stash and trying to remember how many rows there are in the body.
Your little dragonlets are still going strong in the UK ChimeraDragonfang 
ChimeraDragonfang's avatar
Glad to hear it. :la: Been quite a while since I made any myself too; I've been focusing on other types of art the past few years. Should break out my bead stash again...
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Sierra96Hobbyist Artist
I did this with string first. (let me just add that I haven't done any beadwork of this complexity for years.) It took a long time, mostly because I suck at beading in general and I had a little trouble with the weaving in the wings. However, I then tried it with wire, and it worked beautifully! I love this pattern, and you are awesome for posting such a nice PDF and everything!
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Awesome. :la: Do you have any photos of the finished piece(s)? I'd like to see what you made.
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