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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.

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kbarre1227's avatar
kbarre1227|Professional Artisan Crafter
Fire Dragon by kbarre1227   Water Dragon by kbarre1227   

I love making your dragons <3
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Colours<3
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kbarre1227|Professional Artisan Crafter
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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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Tuptaju|Hobbyist General Artist
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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Tuptaju|Hobbyist General Artist
First of all, thank you so much for replying!
I tried that and it bent in wrong places - is there any way to ensure it bends properly? Should I correct it somehow while beading? Try to tighten it more/less?
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If you want you can note me a photo, maybe i'll be able to say something more if i can see it :D
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Trial and error mostly, in this case :( bead shapes act differently.
Try to bend the tail as you want it to be shaped, before you add the next row of beads, and see if there should be one or two beads in a gap. Might have to add 1-2-1-2 or even 1-1-2-1-1-2.
Or, if you can pick out thinner/thicker beads, can use that difference too for a smoother curve.

Can also try step 12 from Axolotl tutorial if you are ok with brick stitch instead.
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Cat-Fishy|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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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|Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I love this.
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Crystalheart9Edited |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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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|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh you are so kind, thank you for this information:hug:
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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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taria|Hobbyist General Artist
these are so cute, but wow, takes a lot of work to make one. 
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:meow:
Yeah, takes some time to make one.
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taria|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|Professional General Artist
So cute.  I love it.
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