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Hi, I glow in the dark by Rrkra Hi, I glow in the dark by Rrkra

Making eyes from rivoli, again. 

Those of you watching my scraps folder have probably seen WIPs of this, and me complaining about polyester. Now you can see why. Short story: was walking around a craft store, saw glow-in-the-dark thread. Glow-in-the-dark polyester embroidery thread. For cross-stitch. It's hard to find a thread less suitable for beadwork. It tangled, refused to go through a needle and clung to everything. But... it glowed
And that was the main reason I made this.
Polyester thread is pure evil. 
But it glows.
I like shiny glowy things.

I don't want to know, how long it took me. I just don't. *Looks at the first WIP's date* oh my. No way. 

Also, that green cloth was the only thing big enough to be used as a background. Couldn't use white because feathers.

My camera is a toaster, so that's the best picture of the glow I could take. In person it looks much better than this pixelated mess, but oh well.

Critique on, because why not =D

Wip thing by Rrkra  Wip thing 3 by Rrkra  Wip thing 4 by Rrkra 
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~75 cm (29.5 inches) long, ~57 cm (22.4 inches) wingspan.

Beads used:
Toho size 11: 1, 7b, 24b, 36, 84, 27f, 2024f, 25b, 5b, 12, 30b.
Toho size 15: 27, 27b, 1, 5c.
Toho size 8: 24, 1.
Also some white Tila beads, Twin, Magatamas of varying shapes and sizes, dagger beads, claw beads, cube beads, some size 6 beads, Swarovski crystals and rivoli, transparent copper-lined Delica, transparent czech rocailles, red string, and a lot of steel wire.
The glowing thread is DMC E940 embroidery thread.

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:w00t!: Omg, a DD? Really? Thanks <3 :w00t!:
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Hi, I glow in the dark by *Rrkra ( Suggested by Rebeccannoying and Featured by cakecrumbs )

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Ithlini 5 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm taking her home! T^T
AWESOME! :nuu:
Cerise357 Apr 8, 2014  New member Professional Artisan Crafter
That turned out really great!
Ooooh! if only we could have glow in the dark 11/0, 15/0 beads.... I've only seen glow in the dark beads in large sizes, never smaller than 6/0 (4mm?). And more colors too! Hey... Toho.... 
I love the glow stuff too! I was playing with glow in the dark powder in acrylic powder, made some simple flower rings and found out how hard it is to get a good photo of glow... esp with my ancient 3.2 megapixel camera... it looks great to my eyes in the dark but to the camera it looks less impressive....

Your winged dragon is Magnificent! I think someone needs to write a fantasy book around your beaded characters... 
I have size 11 that glows under black light, but not in the dark =( If Toho had glowing size 15, it'd be so awesome...
My camera is a toaster too (I like it, but it is a toaster) XD Someone in the comments here advised to use a black light lamp to photograph the glow, will need to try when I get one. But the glow will always look much nicer in person.
Hessanite Apr 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is amazing! I need to find that thread. I've been wanting to make a beaded dragon with transparent beaded wings, and it'd be even cooler if it glowed in the dark. Just not polyester, synthetic itchy rash-maker.
That should look cool =D
I'm not sure if there are non-polyester glowing threads, though... All the ones I've seen are synthetic.
Hessanite Apr 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Dang. I'm going to search online. I won't be able to use polyester thread, I'm allergic.
Other idea that comes to mind is glow-in-the-dark beads. But those are usually a bigger size, and not so easy to find...
Or glowing fabric dye + any other thread...
Hessanite Apr 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I've found some thread online, but I don't have any way to get it for almost two weeks. So I'll just have to be patient and as annoying as possible once the time comes to get my thread.
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