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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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Disneyjonesy Jan 26, 2014  New member Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I tried to make this but I got stuck on the wings lol
...Are you wanting clarification on parts of it, then? That "lol" at the end there has me confused.
wolfheart2350 Nov 12, 2013   Traditional Artist
I <3 these!
These are so cute!!
YummiButta Sep 18, 2013  Hobbyist 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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