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S Dragon Tutorial

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So umm yeah.
Dragons.
Dragons everywhere.
I have too many dragon tutorials.
And now I have even more of them.
But I got comments...and notes...and some irl people asking for a tutorial.

And i don't even have a certain way of doing these yet.
(You can probably see that by the look of these charms. All different. )


*Notes that might be useful for making.

Translated to russian here: S Dragon перевод на русский.
- Over 4 rows of similar -sized beads(or, if using one bead size - over 4 rows without increasing the amount of beads in the row) is a bad idea. It will make the dragon look straight instead of an S shape. (Mostly noticeable at the tail.)
- 4mm Swarovski crystals do nicely for the eyes.
-To make a spiral dragon instead of an S-dragon - just make the tail longer. The more different bead sizes are, the more obvious the spiral will be. (Every row a bigger bead size - will make a very good spiral.)
-If you want the tail to become narrow more gradually - one way is to make it in segments (made 1 part - do a brick stitch row with decreaces, make a second, narrower, part - do a row with decreases...).
-Sharp edges on beads are bad. Test beads on a separate thread before using them in the dragon. No fun if the main thread is cut by beads in the middle of making.
-This here: www.liveinternet.ru/users/nata… is a useful tutorial. In russian, but photos make the principle pretty clear.
-If you want the head crest spikes to be longer - do more brick stitch rows before starting the head. Then there will be more space. (Don't use big magatamas/drops in those rows.)
-You don't need many different bead sizes. In fact, it's possible to make with 1 bead size. (In that case, instead of using a big bead - add 2 beads into the gap. Or 1-2-1-2...)

Head pattern, made more clear by Feendrache

DragonHead by Feendrache

Pattern variation (for those who only have one bead size) from ayas-beads 

S-Dragon All on size bead adaptation by ayas-beads

Additional doodle thingys to help understand how it works:

S1 by Rrkra S2 by Rrkra

Process photos:
S-Dragon process photos by Rrkra or sta.sh/21dle5xg1tf5

Hope it makes sense. Sorry for the bad photos.

More tutorials: rrkra.deviantart.com/gallery/2…
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Trying to download pattern and having issues lol

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Might be something with deviantart... have you tried a different browser?

Just found this tutorial and just have to say thank you so much for making it! For my first try, I attached it to a hairstick. I sense a new obsession of mine coming on... :D

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Ooo, shiny!

That's actually a really cool idea :D

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Thank you for the s dragon pattern. I wanna try to make this aswell but i just dont know what size of big bead i should use.

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12mm or bigger is good for the central bead - there isn't really a specific size for it.

This pattern has other/upgraded versions too. They may be helpful, as I'm not always best at explaining things :D


V2 by me:

S-Dragon process photos

Moonlight Meadows:

Moonlight Meadows Art SDragon Kit Tutorial v1.0

Will Try your tut

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Good luck :D

Thank you so much for the S Dragon Tutorial, it gives me a great place to start. These are so much fun and so interesting!

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Good luck!

It's a fairly old guide, so make sure to check the links in description too for the slightly newer one :D

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This is simply adorable! I’m going to make some and donate to our school fundraiser! our mascot is a green dragon! 🐉

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Sounds great :D Good luck!

Rrkra do you have a pattern for dragon I can buy

thank you

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All the patterns i made are downloadable here : rrkra.deviantart.com/gallery/2…
Goldenstar86's avatar
Thank you for sharing this tutorial
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Fire Dragon by kbarre1227   Water Dragon by kbarre1227   

I love making your dragons <3
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Hey! We haven't talked in a long time so I doubt you remember me but I wanted to show you I got another dragon finished last night :) 
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Oooh, nice, a pearl :D Great to see these still being made!
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I've been at it for two days already and can't figure it out - how would you make the tail if you only had one size of beads? I'd be grateful for help!
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Hmmm

Just add two beads instead of a bigger-sized bead in some places, like S2 and th03.deviantart.net/fs70/150/i… same as the body.
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