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Hi, I like to swim by Rrkra Hi, I like to swim by Rrkra
Hai there.
Big picture. I warned.

So yeah, weird sitting pose. Water-dragon this time. Yay for long neck and whiskers!
Chaotic stripes and spots - my favourite kind of pattern. Mostly because I don't have to draw anything beforehand. :fuzzydemon:
He has a very mischievous look (Grab the shiny, run! Can't catch me!), but I don't think I can show that in the photo...

30ish cm (about 12 inches) from nose to tail, about 18cm (7 inches) high. This pose is bad for measuring :XD:


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Peyote, ndebele, bits of right-angle weave and netting.
Time: 2 weeks, about 100 hours.

Materials: Faceted green agate beads, blue goldstone-glass bead, swarovski crystals, blue glass claws, black/blue glass 'daggers', faceted green aventurine bead.
Size 15 TOHO: White (41), Metallic Nebula (82), Black (49), Silver-Lined Peridot (27).
Size 11 TOHO: Emerald-lined (242), Silver-Lined Milky Teal (2104), Silver-Lined Milky White (2100), Black (49), Silver-Lined Milky Lt Peridot (2118).
Some blue drop beads, some white size 15 chezsh beads. Glass balls inside the body, some wire inside whiskers and tail.
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:iconlillywork:
Lillywork Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Awesome x3
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Rrkra Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2015
=D
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Lillywork Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2015  Student Digital Artist
^^
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No-Cool-Artist-Name Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2015
Awesome skills
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:iconrrkra:
Rrkra Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2015
Heh, thanks :)
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Krestia Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Gorgeous! Wish I had the patience. my dragons are not so detailed! 
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Rrkra Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014
Thabks^^
But they are very adorable too =P
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:iconkrestia:
Krestia Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! 
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RomanJones Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Holy shit!!!
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:iconrrkra:
Rrkra Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014
:iconimhappyplz:
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SpyerSecol Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Wow!
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:iconrrkra:
Rrkra Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013
=P
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Dragonstormgirl Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love how the beads look like actual skin. He's beautiful.
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:iconrrkra:
Rrkra Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013
Glad you like=)
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:iconskyking96:
skyking96 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Looks like a water Dragon
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:iconrrkra:
Rrkra Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013
It is ^^
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ChantalIZ Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Student General Artist
Okay, that's just insane. Just look at all those tiny beads! Absolutely beautiful.
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:iconrrkra:
Rrkra Featured By Owner May 22, 2013
Thanks^^
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httpdogs Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Can I order one? If it is for sale, I mean...
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:iconrrkra:
Rrkra Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013
This one isn't for sale, and making a similar sized one won't be cheap, since it takes a lot of time to make=/
You can take a look at my commission info here - [link]
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grannysuz4 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013
Do you do tutorials?? I would love to have a tutorial for this!! gorgeous
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Rrkra Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013
All the tutorials I made are here [link]
I didn't make a tutorial for this one though.
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Jadified Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
HOW did I not see this, before? I could have sworn I made it a point to go through your gallery. That's one of them so awesome things, I'd take with me everywhere, all the time, and probably even sleep with.

I swear, if I looked at this long enough, I'd fall to my knees and weep with joy. And it's just a picture. XD

I really don't know how you guys master beads like this. I've been working, but that's... just so amazing.
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:iconrrkra:
Rrkra Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012
It was probably hiding underwater XD
Beadwork just takes time... and patience...and lots and lots of thread :XD:
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Jadified Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Probably. Silly thing, hiding from someone who would revere it like a boss. LoL.

I hope, that one day, I can do something like this. One day. XD

The old man was really impressed too. He watched me, while I worked on my little baby dragon, for most of it. I called him over like, "Baby, you remember when I made my little red n black dragon?" he was like, "Uh huh" And I say, "You remember how long it took, and how frustrating it was?" - "yep" - "Well come check out this behemoth!" He gets over here, and the expression on his face was epic. XD Next came a slew of good expletives, and the like.

I've been using 8 pound test line for the stuff I've been working on. Is thread easier to use? I've heard it's all preference... But most of my thread that I have, is just general sewing standard stuff.
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Rrkra Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012
It's shy :fuzzydemon:
One day^^ More beadweavers is a good thing =P And maybe one day he will be as amazed by one of your creations=D

Thread, line - it's preference. Just has to be strong - try tearing it with your hands (wear gloves or something - line can leave some cuts otherwise). If you can't tear it, or if it's very hard to tear - it's good thread/line =) I use braided line - it tangles much less than thread or nylon.
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pinkjack19 Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
i am in love!!!!!!! i wish i could make this!!!
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:iconrrkra:
Rrkra Featured By Owner May 31, 2012
You could try >:]
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pinkjack19 Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
it's going to be a wile before i can figer out how to do it :)
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:iconrrkra:
Rrkra Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012
=)
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M-JeeliDesign Featured By Owner May 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
WOW how do you make those?
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:iconrrkra:
Rrkra Featured By Owner May 10, 2012
Lots of beads... And some thread XD
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M-JeeliDesign Featured By Owner May 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
wow
It'd be nice if you could make a tutorial!!
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SN2 Featured By Owner May 8, 2012
i love your dragons, they are my fav creature
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:iconrrkra:
Rrkra Featured By Owner May 9, 2012
Dragons ftw))
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:iconambm:
ambm Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2012
This... this is absolutely amazing. Is there any chance that your next tutorial could be of this? Or at least the basic body?
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Rrkra Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012
Thanks^^
The body is just a longer/thicker version of this one's [link] neck... And then fins and legs sewn onto it. And the rest was fairly chaotic to make, I don't really remember the exact process by now=D
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ambm Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012
Aaaah, I see. Thank you very much! ::heart::

Seriously, your work is so very impressive. How long have you been beading?
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:iconrrkra:
Rrkra Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012
=D
Been beading since I was 10. Only started making big 3D figures a few years ago though=)
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ambm Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012
That is incredibly impressive. Did you do a lot of bracelets and flat peyote work before turning to 3D? (Do tell me if I become too annoying or personal. :) )

Also, I just have to ask, because I've been staing myself blind at it; how did you make that adorable face on the dragon? Triangular peyote stitch?
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Rrkra Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012
I actually started with square stitch, not peyote. Made small dolls and animals. First ones I made were strange and crooked - I had no patterns or directions (and no idea what I was doing, too), was just putting beads together :XD:

This one's face? It's made of two halves. Ndebele strand wrapped around the eye bead, then sewed some beads onto it, then continued with circular peyote (different bead sizes used, for the texture). Those two halves were then sewn together. And then i started the crest, which is a flattened peyote tube with some embroidery on top. <- hope this makes sense :XD:
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ambm Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012
Oooh, daring of you! I only started to try beading when I had found some online tutorials.

I do think it makes sense - it's very hard to describe the beading process. Am I allowed to try and replicate the head? Because I've absolutely fallen in love with his little face. ::heart::
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Rrkra Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012
Especially hard without photos=D
Yeah, sure you can^^ Good luck with that =)
White beads on the face are size 15, green ones - size 11, if that helps.
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Piquipauparro Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
these are amazing! the craft work, the colors, shapes, designs, wonderful! amazing work!
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Rrkra Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012
Thanks=D
Glad you liked it=D
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1ndajone5 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012  Hobbyist
Мой бедный моск вынесен начисто.
Поразительно!
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Rrkra Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012
=))
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SHADOWofDELUSION Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011
fabulous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Rrkra Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011
=D
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ArtificiallyMe Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Now this is just awesome. I'm lovin the frills on the tail and head.
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