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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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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.
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).
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
ChimeraDragonfang Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014
Kind of need an e-mail address to send them to, first. Note me.
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? 
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.
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. 
blueaegiswriting Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Oh and thanks for the llama badge! :D
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
ChimeraDragonfang Featured By Owner May 1, 2014
Haha, yes, dragon armies. Dragons everywhere!
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