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Big Bead Dragon Tutorial

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Published: May 3, 2011
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Took a whole month... No way am I going to do something like this ever again...
Probably :XD:

Will add the finished dragon photo later.
Anyway. Have fun.

Большой бисерный дракон.
Доделала. На мастер-класс, конечно, вряд-ли тянет... Так, описание работы с комментариями.
Почти месяц времени... Чтоб я ещё хоть раз? Бррррр.
На двух языках - английский и русский.

Есть комментарии, дополнения, критика? Делитесь. Не обещаю исправить, но запомню и, наверное, учту.
Ниже в описании - ссылки на полезные сайты - разные техники, хитрости...

A tutorial for a big beaded dragon.

Comments welcome. I need to know how many mistakes I made, after all.

Suggested materials: Size 11 TOHO seed beads, 0.10mm braided fishing line (normal fishing line, thread - should do too), something to use as filling (big beads/plasitc maybe).
If you want to make large wings - thick wire (something like 1mm diameter copper wire). And thin beading needles. I use a size 12 needle.

Chezsh beads will do fine too. Chinese ones - not sure. If they have big holes and colour won't come off. But japanese (TOHO, Miyuki round beads) are best. Use strong thread - make sure you can't tear it with bare hands. For such a big project - better to use most durable quality materials you can find.

*Some links that might be useful:

Beaded bead with brick stitch (In russian, but pictures are pretty understandable. Useful when making the head.)
Peyote stitch basics - in russian (8th picture there = useful for odd-count peyote or when making turns on the neck.)
Peyote stitch increases, decreases - on the sides, in the middle. In russian.
Tubular peyote stitch. In russian.
Brick stitch basics. In russian.
Brick stitch increases, decreases - on the sides, in the middle. In russian.

More info on stitches.
And even more info on stitches.

Different legs.

PDF is in the download >

More tutorials: rrkra.deviantart.com/gallery/2…
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CSherry1958's avatar
This is a gorgeous dragon.  Thank you for the free tutorial.  Is there any chance of getting a list of the colors that you used?  I love how the colors actually make it look like reptile skin.  
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There is luckily a list  of its colours in the description here: rrkra.deviantart.com/art/Hi-I-…
Hopefully that helps =)
CSherry1958's avatar
Thank you very much.  It did.
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AncientDragonessHobbyist General Artist
I can only imagine just how hard you've had to work at building this skill... Unfathomably amazing! :D
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It's fun to do though =D
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AncientDragonessHobbyist General Artist
I bet!
bonelands's avatar
am I the only one who have problems with viewing this?
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Might be a problem with your browser/phone, a few people complained before... Try downloading, or using a different browser =)
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TheStarlightPrincessHobbyist General Artist
Wow! Gorgeous work, looks fantastic!
 I'd like to try, that is the new technique for me. But I don't even know am I able to try something like this. :(
I guess that took a lot of beads to make it (and time of course).
Anyway thanks for the whole pattern! :D
Rrkra's avatar
It can be hard, if you don't have experience with the stitches used. But not too hard, mostly takes long.
tannaauger's avatar
gorgeous.  wish I was that patient.
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sounds wonderful.  Can't wait to try this.
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marimerabi General Artist
Very Beautiful!!
Cпасибо за труд)))
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Рада что понравилось))
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RedmysticangelHobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful work! Thank you for sharing the instructions :) 
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amberjackson1990Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
That is amazing!! I'm hoping some day soon to try making it. Although, I am still yet to makr a beaded animal with this stitch.. fongers crossed I get it worked out. Thanks for posting! :)
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