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Big Bead Dragon Tutorial by Rrkra Big Bead Dragon Tutorial by Rrkra

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Took a whole month... No way am I going to do something like this ever again...
Probably :XD:

Will add the finished dragon photo later.
Anyway. Have fun.

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Большой бисерный дракон.
Доделала. На мастер-класс, конечно, вряд-ли тянет... Так, описание работы с комментариями.
Почти месяц времени... Чтоб я ещё хоть раз? Бррррр.
На двух языках - английский и русский.

Есть комментарии, дополнения, критика? Делитесь. Не обещаю исправить, но запомню и, наверное, учту.
Ниже в описании - ссылки на полезные сайты - разные техники, хитрости...
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A tutorial for a big beaded dragon.

Comments welcome. I need to know how many mistakes I did, after all.

Suggested materials: Size 11 TOHO seed beads, 0.10mm braided fishing line (normal fishing line, thread - should do too), something to use as filling (big beads/plasitc maybe).
If you want to make large wings - thick wire (something like 1mm diameter copper wire). And thin beading needles. I use a size 12 needle.

Chezsh beads will do fine too. Chinese ones - not sure. If they have big holes and colour won't come off. But japanese (TOHO, Miyuki round beads) are best. Use strong thread - make sure you can't tear it with bare hands. For such a big project - better to use most durable quality materials you can find.

*Some links that might be useful:

Beaded bead with brick stitch (In russian, but pictures are pretty understandable. Useful when making the head.)
Peyote stitch basics - in russian (8th picture there = useful for odd-count peyote or when making turns on the neck.)
Peyote stitch increases, decreases - on the sides, in the middle. In russian.
Tubular peyote stitch. In russian.
Brick stitch basics. In russian.
Brick stitch increases, decreases - on the sides, in the middle. In russian.

More info on stitches.
And even more info on stitches.

Different legs.

PDF is in the download >


More tutorials: rrkra.deviantart.com/gallery/2…
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:iconthestarlightprincess:
TheStarlightPrincess Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! Gorgeous work, looks fantastic!
 I'd like to try, that is the new technique for me. But I don't even know am I able to try something like this. :(
I guess that took a lot of beads to make it (and time of course).
Anyway thanks for the whole pattern! :D
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:iconrrkra:
Rrkra Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014
Thanks^^
It can be hard, if you don't have experience with the stitches used. But not too hard, mostly takes long.
=P
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tannaauger Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014
gorgeous.  wish I was that patient.
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:iconrrkra:
Rrkra Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014
Hehe =D
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:icontannaauger:
tannaauger Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014
sounds wonderful.  Can't wait to try this.
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:iconrrkra:
Rrkra Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014
Good luck=)
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:iconmarimerabi:
marimerabi Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013   General Artist
Very Beautiful!!
Cпасибо за труд)))
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:iconrrkra:
Rrkra Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013
=)
Рада что понравилось))
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:iconredmysticangel:
Redmysticangel Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful work! Thank you for sharing the instructions :) 
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:iconrrkra:
Rrkra Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013
You're welcome=D
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:iconamberjackson1990:
amberjackson1990 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
That is amazing!! I'm hoping some day soon to try making it. Although, I am still yet to makr a beaded animal with this stitch.. fongers crossed I get it worked out. Thanks for posting! :)
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:iconrrkra:
Rrkra Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013
Ooh, good luck when you do=D
Maybe practice a bit with the stitches first^^
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:iconamberjackson1990:
amberjackson1990 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks! There will definately be alot of practice before I attempt this. I have made lots of animals with the french beading technique but peyote seems to be alot harder to pick up. Keep up the good work. :-)
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:iconrrkra:
Rrkra Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013
Yeah, it's fairly different from working with wire=)
But not too hard=)
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SkyeRyder1 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013
WOW
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:iconrrkra:
Rrkra Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013
Hehe=D
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:icontheblindbeader:
Theblindbeader Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi again, I have started a dragon but the power went out and I was up to the closing of the mouth to make the snout /nose part and so I just did what ever but make the bottom of the mouth / lower jaw part with your pattern it took me a bit to figure out as I can't see very well at all but I got something like it. I am doing mine in size 5 triangle beads and size 6 seed beads as the base. I TOTALLY LOVE the triangles for texture. Mine will be rather boring in that I don't think I can add the pattern like you did in the scales I can't visualize and make happen like that with patterns I once tried to brick stitch a galaxy around a blue goldstone bead in black and light blue but failed to get the arms of the spiral galaxy to go right. So I thought I will do my first one with no pattern but chose blue c/l amber (sort of iris blue or blue ab in colour) They look lovely. I want to do wings in tila beads for membrane and herringbone for the wingbones but large enough to fit the armature inside. I have 20mm dragon eye cabs that I peyote stitched around and make some herringbone ropes with size 15 and size 8 beads to be eyelids. I am adding gums and shell teeth to my mouth and I flat herringboned the tongue. So I think it will be different to your dragons and made with less skill as yours but I do my best and it will take me a LONG time already been about 3 weeks and just getting the last row of teeth on the mouth then I have to put the two halves together and stuff it with I am thinking bubble wrap and armature in the top of the mouth to hold it up and bring the armature down the head and neck. It is fun to think of how I will do each bit and I know I have your pattern to fall back on if I need to. Thank you for having done what I wanted to do for a long time. Now I have hope I can do it. Kind Regards The Blind Beader.
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:iconrrkra:
Rrkra Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013
Yay, more dragons))
I have to agree, triangles give an awesome texture.
Iris blue looks good by itself, it'll look even better than many patterns... And I love how the rest of your plan looks, too. Experimenting ftw - there's not so much fun in strictly following the instructions.
Takes ages to complete, but it's a project to be proud of =D

Good luck, I'd love to see the dragon once it's made.
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:iconponcamom:
poncamom Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012
Found your work while looking for something like this to try. Love it. Started the work but am using 15s since they are all I had on hand. The tutorial is super easy to follow. Thanks for posting it.
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:iconrrkra:
Rrkra Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012
Good luck with it=D
Size 15s can be tricky to deal with, but they give a great texture=D
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:iconponcamom:
poncamom Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013
I started it with the 15s yes the texture is amazing! It will be smaller then the one you show but a bit bigger then I originally thought. I would love to try it with 22s or even 24s. But that would require shrinking the pattern a bit as they are hard to come by.
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:iconrrkra:
Rrkra Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013
I had a pack of 22s, never seen 24s O_o
That would also require a reeeally thin needle...

I'd love to see it when it's done=D
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:iconponcamom:
poncamom Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013
Oh definitely, It's your pattern and design so you get the credit for it. I just have a really awesome reason to bead. My 24s were my great grandmother's from around a 100 years or so ago lol. Until I saw your tutorial I had no idea what to use them for I just knew it had to be super special.
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Almaoscurecida Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
¡¡Madre mía!! Y, dime... ¿cuánto midió el dragon una vez terminado?
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:iconrrkra:
Rrkra Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
Size - about 35cm (13.8 inches) long, wingspan about 45 cm (17.7 inches).
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:iconel4203008:
el4203008 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012
Speechless...so coll all u work,just want do this dragon,hope i will ,but its takes a lot of time.Thanks for giving amazing inspiration.And all the best in u fantastic works
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:iconrrkra:
Rrkra Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012
Thanks^^
Good luck if you try=D
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:iconjewelsofdaxx:
jewelsofdaxx Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks a bunches!!!!
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:iconrrkra:
Rrkra Featured By Owner May 24, 2012
=D
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:iconsombra33:
sombra33 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You are a big beaded artist. Thanks a lot for making this fantastic tutorial :)
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:iconrrkra:
Rrkra Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012
^^
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:iconbeadg1rl:
beadg1rl Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012
This is unbelievable! Amazing!! :)
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:iconrrkra:
Rrkra Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012
Was worth the effort =D
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:iconcybelemoon:
cybelemoon Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Even with all that... there is no way I'm even remotely talented enough to create something so amazing. All your work just baffles me.
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:iconrrkra:
Rrkra Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011
You could try=D
It might turn out easier than it seems :fuzzydemon:
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:iconcybelemoon:
cybelemoon Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Doubtful but who knows, maybe someday I'll try making a frog. LOL Would be kewl to see a frog with butterfly wings or something like that! (I have a thing for frogs tho... LOL) I just LOVE your dragons!
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:iconrrkra:
Rrkra Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011
Fairy frog! =P
^^
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:iconcybelemoon:
cybelemoon Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
EXACTLY!
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:iconellygator:
Ellygator Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is super-impressive! Wow!
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:iconrrkra:
Rrkra Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011
Thanks^^
I've wanted to do something like this for quite a while... Most work I've ever put into a tutorial =D
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:iconmeariku:
Meariku Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Великолепный дракон! Крылья будто настоящие)
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:iconrrkra:
Rrkra Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2011
Спасибо=)
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:iconbonesbleachedbare:
BonesBleachedBare Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011
This is ridiculously awesome.
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:icontheblindbeader:
Theblindbeader Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! A side view of this next to the other picture would really show it off more. Love it! Very much like the idea I had to design a big dragon. Thank you for sharing!
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:iconrrkra:
Rrkra Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2011
Yeah, I'll be changing the preview when I get better photos^^
Thanks=)
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:iconmarzez:
MarzEz Featured By Owner May 26, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Whoa... If I ever have a few days spare and lots of tiny glass beads...
But I do intend to find a few spare days (or weeks) at some point to do this.
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:iconrrkra:
Rrkra Featured By Owner May 26, 2011
:w00t!:
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:iconkerya-alexis:
Kerya-Alexis Featured By Owner May 25, 2011
Thank you! He is wonderful!
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:iconrrkra:
Rrkra Featured By Owner May 26, 2011
^^
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:iconcrystal-rain-fox:
crystal-rain-fox Featured By Owner May 25, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
holly sh- (pause) cow.
wow this is just beyond words, it is truely amazing. and i like toho beads, they have virtually no waste beads
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