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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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:iconcat-fishy:
Cat-Fishy Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Pro tip: the head will hold its shape better if you fill it with something. I usually use pillow stuffing but since I'm making a black dragon I didn't like how visible it was. Instead I used a teardrop shaped large bead, although round should work too, since I decided the little bit of extra weight was worth it.
  Wip dragon head by Cat-Fishy
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Rrkra Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2018
Yup, that can be a good idea if it does not hold shape :D
(Also you can use the hole in that bead to attach a metal pin, instead of using a bead loop).
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MooDBeads Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2017  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I love this.
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Rrkra Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2017
:P
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Crystalheart9 Featured By Owner Edited Apr 5, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh I want to make one of these so much but never having beaded before I am having trouble figuring out what the beads are.  I went to Fire Mountain gems and don't even know where to begin! I see you said the Treasures or Delica are Japanese cylinder beads.  Or I can just use one size bead.   I don't understand the cord you use to string the beads, I saw some that was thread type and some like wire some like fishing line.  I would love to make one of these they are so beautiful! 
You are so kind to provide a tutorial and I'm too dumb to figure it out:P
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:iconrrkra:
Rrkra Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2017
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:iconrrkra:
Rrkra Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2017
If you have a craft/bead store nearby, they can show you some of the beads. You could use only one bead size (size 10 or 11 round is easiest), but that will look a bit different and might be trickier. For this pattern, the cord is thread type, anything that acts like normal thread is ok. Fishing line should be fine too, wire won't really work.
This tutorial assumes some prior knowledge, so i didn't explain everything in much detail.

Check this rrkra.deviantart.com/art/S-Dra… other links in the description, might be clearer.
:P
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Crystalheart9 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh you are so kind, thank you for this information:hug:
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ooh-suchlovelybeads Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2016
If anyone needs beads or supplies, go to www.firemountaingems.com.  They are my go-to place when I need something and their shipping is low and the same  no matter how big your order is.  Check it out.  You might like it.
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TAMStextiles Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2016
Love this!
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:iconrrkra:
Rrkra Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2016
=D
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taria Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
these are so cute, but wow, takes a lot of work to make one. 
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:iconrrkra:
Rrkra Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2016
:meow:
Yeah, takes some time to make one.
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:icontaria:
taria Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Ya I guess I don't have the patients for it, plus the time since i have my grand daughter running around touching everything, but I love to see others do this. amazing job. 
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WhichNiche Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2015  Professional General Artist
So cute.  I love it.
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:iconrrkra:
Rrkra Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2015
=D
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BloodFang13 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2015
I'm starting on making one for your s-dragons but only have 11/0 beads to work with and had to add rows to the dragon body, I'm having a really hard time getting the head to work with your pattern layout and the added rows for it can you help? It might be the size bead I'm using for the dragon to wrap around that causing my issue.
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:iconrrkra:
Rrkra Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2015
Hm. It's kinda hard to say anything without seeing it. Try looking at the links/thumbnails in the description, there is a different head pattern, an alternative tutorial rrkra.deviantart.com/art/S-Dra… and some tips for only using size 11s. 
Or you can note me a photo of what you have so far =)
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Old-Catdude Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow! Nice :) I've got to try this. 
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:iconrrkra:
Rrkra Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2015
Hope you can make one =D
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PP-PhantomPhoenix Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2015
I've looked through the directions, but I can't seem to figure out what size 'large bead' you use. Is there one size you generally stick with, or does it vary from dragon to dragon?

Also, these are absolutely gorgeous, especially the Amethyst dragonsnake. The light 'scales' really make the eyes on her stand out.
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:iconrrkra:
Rrkra Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2015
Large/central bead varies from dragon to dragon. I usually take 1 to 1.5cm diameter beads for them, if that helps.
Glad you like=)
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PP-PhantomPhoenix Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2015
Another question for you, about how much thread do you use total?
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:iconrrkra:
Rrkra Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2015
I don't really measure it, but somewhere between 2 and 4 meters.
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PP-PhantomPhoenix Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2015
Thanks.

And what size are the 'Treasures'? I can't tell from the photos. I checked the other set of directions and can't find the sizes there either.
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:iconrrkra:
Rrkra Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2015
Treasures or Delica are Japanese cylinder beads. They fit between size 15 and size 11 if compared to round beads. 
If you can't get them, check the workaround in the description, the dragon can be made with only one bead size too =)
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PP-PhantomPhoenix Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2015
Oh! I've never heard them called 'Treasures' before. So size 11 or 15 Delicas?

Thanks for answering all my questions btw.
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:iconrrkra:
Rrkra Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2015
It's two different companies, but the beads are pretty much the same. You want the more common size 11 Delicas for this.
No problem^^
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PP-PhantomPhoenix Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2015
Awesome, thanks. :)
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ChantelleS87 Featured By Owner May 4, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I just came across this via Pinterest. I love it. I'm going to try beading one, but I have an idea to try doing the body with herringbone and adding 2 hole triangles for the spine. Thanks for finally getting me interested in beading once again!
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:iconrrkra:
Rrkra Featured By Owner May 5, 2015
O, that's an interesting idea=D 
Good luck with it))
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LePelican75 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2015  Hobbyist
Love this little dragon.
Thank you for your tutorial!
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:iconrrkra:
Rrkra Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2015
You're welcome =D
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walkingpureheart Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Thank You!
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:iconrrkra:
Rrkra Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2015
Enjoy =D
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:iconartemis-dianna:
Artemis-Dianna Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2015
Wow I love these! They are amazing! Would you be willing to make a video tutorial on how to make one? Thank you for the insperation!
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:iconrrkra:
Rrkra Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2015
I doubt I'll be making a video tutorial any time soon...
But glad you like the dragons =D
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Artemis-Dianna Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2015
Aww thats a shame but thank you! :)
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:iconrrkra:
Rrkra Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2015
You can always ask me if something is unclear from these two tutorials, though ^^
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Walkirja Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2015
You are so kind and unselfish sharing this... I´ve never made peyote but you make me want to try ^_^
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:iconrrkra:
Rrkra Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2015
It's nice to see people make their own dragons =D
Peyote is fun to do^^
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CalindaDumas Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015
Where can I actually see and download the s dragon tutorial?
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:iconrrkra:
Rrkra Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015
The download button is on the right, it's a PDF file.
It's strange that you don't see the tutorial itself, it should display on this page =O Might be something with your browser.
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CalindaDumas Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2015
Thanks, it's a problem with my phone. I downloaded it to my laptop. 😊
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:iconrrkra:
Rrkra Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2015
=)
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ayas-beads Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015
I've been using your amazing tutorials to make dragon pets for a while now. I've adapted my own patterns for them from your own, and have started adding wings. If you're at all interested, you can see what I've done with your amazing tutorials and inspiration here: ayas-beads.deviantart.com/gall…
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:iconrrkra:
Rrkra Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015
Always good to see new creative uses/adaptations!
Wings sure add a lot to the dragons =P
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ayas-beads Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015
I love making them with wings. They look so awesome with them!
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:iconrrkra:
Rrkra Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2015
Yup, can't argue with that =D
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FightingDarkness Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014
What do you mean by peyote +1? I haven't worked peyote before and the tutorials I look up aren't overly helpful...
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