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Bead Dragons by ChimeraDragonfang Bead Dragons by ChimeraDragonfang
The green one is the first one that I made, and the one that belongs to me. The others were requests from friends: Blue/orange - Jen; black/violet - Lara; black/pale green - Jeff. Each one is about six centimetres long from nose to tail tip, with a wingspan of between four and five centimetres (≈2.25"x2"). The centre photo shows mine perched on a fingertip.

The bodies are the basic lizard pattern that most people are familiar with from those pony-bead critters that were really popular a few years ago. The wings are my own design.

Time spent: Each dragon takes five hours to do, give or take a few minutes. Jeff's black and green took a bit longer because the wings are larger.
Tools and Materials: Seed beads (11/0, I think), smaller beads that I can't remember the name for, plastic monofilament thread, really skinny beading needles, white craft glue.

And check out the gallery of :iconcrazyclur: for some different styles of bead dragons.

:bulletred::bulletred::bulletred:Want to make your own little dragon? I have patterns available for download here.:bulletred::bulletred::bulletred:
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:iconrikkibobbie:
Rikkibobbie Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2016
Hello could I get the pattern for this little guy, thanks
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ChimeraDragonfang Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2016
Link to the pattern is at the bottom of the deviation description.
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DuDoT Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014
Thanks, I want to make my own little dragon and for that I need a pattern. So glad you have offerd it.
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ChimeraDragonfang Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014
You're welcome. :) Let me know if there is anything in the instructions that needs better explanations.
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silverfang241 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013
So adorable, cant wait to try!
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:iconchimeradragonfang:
ChimeraDragonfang Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013
Show me what you make when you do. :la:
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EagleEyes00 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love these
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JenniferMulkerrin Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Professional Photographer
so cute!
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ChimeraDragonfang Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012
Thanks :dummy:
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cowgirllover19 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012
where did you get the patterns?
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:iconchimeradragonfang:
ChimeraDragonfang Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012
Used a standard lizard design for the bodies. The wings I designed myself. There's a link to the wing tutorial I made posted in the Artist's Comments.
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cowgirllover19 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012
okay thanks!
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DRAGONQUEEN101271 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011
thease are wicked!! im making my own version with wire and making earings out of them to sell at a craft fair.
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:iconchimeradragonfang:
ChimeraDragonfang Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011
Cool.:thumbsup: I'd like to see pictures when they're done.
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ChaosSun1976 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
OMG my eyes are gonig to be sooo exhasted when i attempt this...think i'll start with barrel beads
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:iconchimeradragonfang:
ChimeraDragonfang Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011
Nothing says you have to do it all in one sitting.
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:iconchaossun1976:
ChaosSun1976 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I'd still go cross eyed :)
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:iconhanashin:
hanashin Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I think these are so awesome!!!!
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:iconchimeradragonfang:
ChimeraDragonfang Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011
Glad you like 'em. :meow:
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:iconhanashin:
hanashin Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeppers. ^_^
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Nukikubi Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011
wow i use to love to make snakes and lizards never thought of a dragon for some reason this is amazing!
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:iconchimeradragonfang:
ChimeraDragonfang Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011
I was fully into my (ongoing) obsession with dragons, so it seemed a natural progression.:)
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MagicalMsMistoffelia Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow cool!
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Slersk Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2011
Size 11/0 seed beads are called "e" beads, the smaller beads are just called seed beads. Why does it take you so long to make each dragon? My wire designs take me about an hour a dragon and are similar to your dragons only they stand up and are pose-able(a design I made up). Do you think it is the wire vs string as to why it only takes me an hour to your five?
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ChimeraDragonfang Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2011
Probably the wire versus string thing, yeah. :nod: With wire you only have to go through everything once to get it to hold its shape. I spend probably 2/3 - 3/4 of my time weaving the string through over a half-dozen or more times to get everything stiffened and laying flat, since the beads like to bunch up sometimes.
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Slersk Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2011
I had the bunching problem when I first attempted beaded animals with nylon string. That's the main reason why I switched to wire. String can be a pain to work with, always getting tangled up and constantly needing adjustment. Why do you prefer it?
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ChimeraDragonfang Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2011
After almost two decades of working pretty exclusively with various threads for my beadwork, I'm used to it and know how to deal with its little idiosyncrasies. (I'm damn good at untying knots, for starters.) The thin, clear monofilament I use now leaves cleaner, neater edges than wire, and it's a hell of a lot less of a pain in the ass to splice in a new length of string than it is to fix a broken wire. Habit and just personal preference, I suppose.
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Blue-Strawberryy Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
dude id like to make 1 of these :D r there like instructions or something to follow?
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:iconchimeradragonfang:
ChimeraDragonfang Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2010
Yes. They are linked in the Artist's Comments. Or you can click here.
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Blue-Strawberryy Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
awesome ill give it a try :)
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daffnieer Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Could you please email me the instructions por favor?
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ChimeraDragonfang Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2010
They have been sent.
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daffnieer Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much :)
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CrazyChickenWorld Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2010  Professional Photographer
woah! those look insane
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:iconchimeradragonfang:
ChimeraDragonfang Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2010
They're not really too complex as far as beadwork goes.
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:iconmistofthedawn:
MistoftheDawn Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
So cute!^^ I wanna make one *pounces on link*
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Darth-Millenium Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2009
theyre amazing! i luuuuv them! :aww:
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DragoneyeDraco Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2009
WOW that is awesome dud you are cool i might just learn how to that keep it up
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ChimeraDragonfang Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2009
There's a tutorial linked in the Artist's Comments if you want to give it a go.

Thanks for the :+fav:
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:iconvinseph:
VinSeph Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2009
Wow! Those are so cool...you must have a lot of patience and concentration...
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:iconchimeradragonfang:
ChimeraDragonfang Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2009
And copious amounts of free time.
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VinSeph Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2009
lol
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DarkWolfDesign Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2009  Professional General Artist
Very impressive. Do you think you can tell me how to make wings on a bead creature? I used to do bead animals, but I could really do alot. This makes me wana take it up again. For fun tho.
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ChimeraDragonfang Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2009
As a matter of fact, I made a tutorial/set of instructions on these dragons. There's a link to it in the Artist's Comments (or you can click here if you're the sort to skip the Comments). It's for the dragon wings, but if attaching them is all you're looking for, I think the process is pretty similar.
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DarkWolfDesign Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2009  Professional General Artist
YEY! thnx so much!
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silkychicken Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2009  Professional Interface Designer
amazing, beautiful work.
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:iconchimeradragonfang:
ChimeraDragonfang Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2009
Thanks:)
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Klarenden Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2009
Very awesome. If I didn't already own 30 dragons...I'd get something like this lol.
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:iconchimeradragonfang:
ChimeraDragonfang Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2009
I own well over thirty dragon-related things. Hell, I have over fifty dragon necklaces, all of them different. One can never have too many dragons.

Thanks for the :+fav:
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Klarenden Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2009
lol don't tempt me :)
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