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Bead Dragon Instructions by ChimeraDragonfang Bead Dragon Instructions 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.

2012-12-16: This has received a lot of attention over the past few days. Where are all you people coming from? :confused: Chim is curious. Apparently the recent waves of faves are the result of this Facebook post.

: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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Check out all the dragons made with Bead Dragon Instructions by =ChimeraDragonfang!! This design resource is like visiting a tiny hatchery of baby dragons, all created with this fabulous pattern. The instructions are included for beading your very own little pet dragon toy. It's free even for commercial purposes as long as you link back to the tutorial and show =ChimeraDragonfang anything you create from her adorable pattern. ( Featured by FantasyStock )

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eb1mom Featured By Owner Edited Jun 28, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
What a delightful little dragon. Sadly I only had one decent needle. I pondered your pattern for a bit and starting at the tail picked up all the beads for the body at once. At the tip of the nose, I turned and I started back thru each row, adding the legs and claws at the appropriate rows. For the wings I picked up all the beads, except the little wing tip beads, turned and went back thru the rows. I added the little tips as I zig zag stitched back thru the "spokes" in the wings to tighten them up. Thanks so much for posting this pattern. Something cute to make with all my leftover beads.
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ChimeraDragonfang Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2015
Everything on one strand in one go? That's impressive. I've done that once or twice for other pieces, and it's not something I'm in any hurry to do again.
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ThinkingHurts13 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2015
absolutely beautiful! I want to make one of these for my wife. Is there any bead size in particular you used? It would be an amazing ring!
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ChimeraDragonfang Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2015
For these I used seed beads (11/o or 9/o, I think; I can't recall exactly what they are), though any size of bead or roundish-thing-with-a-hole-through-it will do the job. Like tennis balls.
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ShinyGarchomp101 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2015  Student Artist
AWW WHAT!?
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Demonrose64 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2015
One of the coolest pieces I have seen online. Totally going to make one for myself and my friends. :D (Big Grin) :D (Big Grin) :D (Big Grin) 
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ChimeraDragonfang Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2015
Awesome. :thumbsup:
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KatSkan4 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2014
If you don't mind me asking, where do you get your seed beads from?  I've recently gotten into 3D beading and I only have some cheap seed beads from a craft store in my town that doesn't have that great of a selection... 
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ChimeraDragonfang Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2014
Bought them all at local craft stores too. :dummy: I used to live places near stores with an absolutely ridiculous selection and I still have a lot of beads from that time. I know Fire Mountain Gems is a popular supply source for beaders, with a reputation for reliable service. eBay can be a good place to get large amounts of beads on the cheap, and Etsy has a section for craft supply sales.
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KatSkan4 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015
Okay, I'll check some of those sites out.  I live in a small town and the craft stores are lacking in variety when it comes to seed beads.  Thanks for your help!  :D
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ChimeraDragonfang Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015
I searched for beading-related Groups to see if any of them maybe had a list of good places to get supplies. Seed-Beaders mentions fusionbeads.com as a good place. Maybe search around for other bead art Groups or bead artisans in the same country as you and ask where they get their supplies.
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benikat Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014
Can I get the pattern please. Thank you.
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ChimeraDragonfang Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014
Are neither of the download buttons working?
dA Download by ChimeraDragonfang  
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AmarillisPena Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2014
would like to make the dragon.  Is it posible to get a tutorial. I am a beginer. Thanks
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ChimeraDragonfang Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2014
dA Download by ChimeraDragonfang Should be a big ol' "Download" button up top.
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Diodati Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Could you please send me the pattern? I'm new at the 3d beading. I recently became disabled and have some extra time on my hand. would love to give this a try. Thank you much.
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ChimeraDragonfang Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014
I'll need your e-mail address to do that. Send it via Note, as posting it in a comment leaves it publicly viewable (unless you don't care who gets your e-mail address).
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mobinrr Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014
Please could you send me the file for these beautiful dragons as cannot get to down load, would really love to have a go at making one. many thanks advance ~Rosemarie
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ChimeraDragonfang Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014
Kind of need an e-mail address to send them to, first. Note me.
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blueaegiswriting Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Definitely going to make a dragon. Your tutorial is great! 
I happen to have extra pony beads. And then I'll probably buy more just to make more dragons! :D

Do you advise wire or string to make them?
Im new to beading and I've seen both string and wire used. What do you suggest? 
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ChimeraDragonfang Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014
I work almost exclusively with thread for my beadwork, and these patterns are written with thread use in mind. Some people have created variations for wire use, with streamlined and modified steps, and they're linked in the Artist's Comments. I don't much like working with wire for this type of beadwork -- the few times I tried, it all looked like shit -- but other people use wire almost exclusively. It all comes down to personal preference, really. I like clear monofilament because of how many times I can weave it through a piece and how low-profile it is. Working with pony beads will give you a lot more leeway in string/wire choice, given the size of the beads. For a first-timer using pony beads I would tentatively suggest something like embroidery floss and some large-ish sewing needles, if you plan to follow the pattern steps exactly the first time you try this.

I really do need to redo these patterns one day. There is a lot of room for simplification.
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blueaegiswriting Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks so much! 
I did a small lizard the other day with pony beads and I was using thick string to do it and I quite liked using the string.
Maybe I'll also try wire to see which material I like best. 
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blueaegiswriting Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Oh and thanks for the llama badge! :D
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sora-bubble Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014
i am going to spend many hundreds of hours making armies of these.... i need these in my life <3
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ChimeraDragonfang Featured By Owner May 1, 2014
Haha, yes, dragon armies. Dragons everywhere!
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sora-bubble Featured By Owner May 1, 2014
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:icondisneyjonesy:
Disneyjonesy Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I tried to make this but I got stuck on the wings lol
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ChimeraDragonfang Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014
...Are you wanting clarification on parts of it, then? That "lol" at the end there has me confused.
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kokyoo Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014
love it
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ChimeraDragonfang Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014
Thanks :)
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wolfheart2350 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013   Traditional Artist
I <3 these!
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Teledice Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013
These are so cute!!
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ChimeraDragonfang Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013
Thanks :la:
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YummiButta Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Student General Artist
Hey ChimeraDragonfang! Can i has the wing bit and the wing attachment bit clarified? Also (sorry!!) the spade tipped tail attachment bit because i sorta don't get your myriad of lines going in and out of the beads.... im sorry for all this clarification!!! I'm new to beading, but i would LOVE to give it a go!!!
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ChimeraDragonfang Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013
I can try to draw up some less shitty sketches showing it, if you're okay with waiting about a week or so. I'm away this weekend and have a lot of things going on, so it'll take me a little while to get things all sorted out.
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YummiButta Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Student General Artist
sure! Im getting my beads next week and ill start off with making a lizard base so yeah.... happy weekend!!!!!!
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ChimeraDragonfang Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013
Bleah, so sorry, but it might still be a while until I can get around to this. :saddummy: These next two months are just crazy with things going on.
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YummiButta Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013  Student General Artist
its ok! Take ur time!
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CyanSheWolf Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Oh my gosh! I love this. I made one for my mom for mother's day and she loves it. A dragon is her black belt animal and she hasn't stopped talking about it.:D (Big Grin)
 
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Herr Llama Emperor I'm on fire! Herr Llama Emperor 
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ChimeraDragonfang Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013
Awesome. :la: Going to post photos? I'd like to see it.
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CyanSheWolf Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
I'll see if I can get some good ones of the new one. The original one broke. Sad Angel 
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YummiButta Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013  Student General Artist
Oh wait.. dont worry.. teh instructions popped up after ur image... im good!!  =D
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:iconyummibutta:
YummiButta Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013  Student General Artist
Hi I really wanna make a bead dragon but I can't find the download link!!! Oh no!!!
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LonelyPoete Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013
Really учудутею but as a experienced bead weeder i'd advise you to make the body and the snout longer, as the body of this dragon belongs to the oldest bead animal there is, a gecko.
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EmMakesStuff Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi there! I've featured this tutorial in this blog entry with full credit to you and a link back to this page.

If you'd like me to provide a different link, like to a shop of yours or different page, or if you'd like me to take it down, please let me know, and I'll make the changes.

Beautiful work!
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ChimeraDragonfang Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013
Ha, awesome, thanks! :dummy:

How you have it set up now is fine. :thumbsup:
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EmMakesStuff Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome! :)
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Redmysticangel Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Brilliant! These are simply adorable! Thanks so much for sharing, have saved & bookmarked to give them a try some day . . . 
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