Counting Down to Albuquerque’s Reconnaissance Fair! And More….

April 29th atunnamed (2).jpg the Balloon Museum, mommysmoon & bellbookndragon will be vending this event. Come visit if you make it! Maybe  go home with a dragon!IMG_4052

 

There is also a contest Through Bead & Button that I’ve entered my dragons into. The theme is Myth & Folklore. Dragons are folklore and they are  supposedly Mythical. I know better.

I have two entries – One is a pair of the Dragon Earrings I just published a tutorial on, the other is a rather unusual Dragon Eye. Voting starts Monday   May 17th, 2017- I would be appreciative of any votes you can gift me, but if something speaks to you vote for it. You IMG_3559can probably vote for more than one item!

This is the facet website. You shouldn’t miss this – they have posted a lot of seasonal patterns and some to get you interested in their contest for this month. I’ve saved most of the ones for stitching! Check out the Facet website:

 

Contest:

http://www.facetjewelry.com/news-and-views/inspiration/2017/04/announcing-the-april-design-challenge-myth-and-folklore

Free Patterns: http://www.facetjewelry.com/stitching

To Vote for the dragons!(or what you like.): http://jewelrycontests.secondstreetapp.com/MYTHOLOGY-AND-FOLKLORE-The-April-Design-Challenge/gallery/

Don’t forget I’m vending at Bubonicon in August (25-27th) as well! Bubonicon is Albuquerque’s Own Homegrown Sci-fi Convention. Gotta love a convention that has rats as mascots!

 

 

New Dragon Earrings! And a Tutorial!

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I finally made a dragon earring that doesn’t have droopy wings! I’ve been busily making lots of these lovely creatures (OK, beauty is in the eye of the beholder), and a friend asked me to make a tutorial. So new listings on Etsy for the earrings and one for a tutorial.

 

 

Here  is the link to the dragon earrings:

https://www.etsy.com/shop/bellbookndragon?section_id=18148687

Here is the link to the tutorial:

https://www.etsy.com/shop/bellbookndragon?section_id=21113511

This tutorial took me way longer than I thought it would. And I learned a lot and am still learning more about  creating a tutorial. I created my graphics in Powerpoint, and have discovered Inkscape. When I’ve learned how to use it, it will make the graphics easier to create and they will look so much clearer! I’ve started on the Dragon Eye Tutorial, so there will be more to come. New Dragon Eyes and finally a Dragon Eye Tutorial, so stay tuned.

 

New Listing on BellBooknDragon

Here’s the newest listing on BellBooknDragon. She’s one of my hanging dragons, if you buy her you have the option of putting her on a chain, or just purchasing the dragon.

About the same time I listed her I got an e-mail from Facet – the new site for Bead & Button Magazine. In the e-mail was a monthly contest, no cash prize, but due recognition if your item is chosen and they are picking three.  The theme is Ascend – of course, I had to enter a dragon. So look for my listing,  Soar on Dragon Wings…..

Here is the link to the page:

http://jewelrycontests.upickem.net/engine/Welcome.aspx?contestid=281823

There are some very lovely and interesting submissions, many different techniques, all are lovely. However, each of them looks lonely somehow…..

As of today, there are only 21 submissions, and not one of the items has a comment made.  So if you are of a mind to…visit and comment on a couple of the submissions. It won’t take long to browse through the submissions. I’m heading there as soon as I post this to comment on a couple. I know it’s been crazy this fall with the insane politics and Christmas coming – but really….

If you have any thing you would like to submit they are taking submissions through November 30th.

Look for Me at the Octofair Oct.29th!

Albuquerque has some interesting shops downtown. One of them is the Octopus and the Fox. It’s a cute little shop that show cases local artists. The Facebook page
will give you an idea of what they sell.

http://octofoxshop.com/

Take a look at some of the interesting items for sale. It’s a fun shop and I enjoy visiting, because I always see something different every time I visit.

Octofair, the name is just fun, and it’s my first time there – so we will see what happens.    So, if you are in town, drop by and see what’s new.

I don’t have details, I always seem to miss the Octofair, but this year, I’ll be there! The fair will be on the street and parking lots in the area, I’ll be finding out where I’ll be, when I show up to vend. Will have the items in the previous post finished by then and maybe a few more.

Here’s a look at the Phoenix Dragon, it’s coming along slowly. I’ve been going through inventory, but haven’t had much inspiration on the dragon yet. Got the tail to finish, and one more wing before I have to worry much about the head.img_3352    I confess, I dislike making fringe and that’s probably why it’s taking so long.

But next week my nose goes to the grindstone (ouch). I’ve got a handful of dragons to get ready for Octofair!

 

 

Copper Dragon is Adopted by Rachel Caine!

She says, it looks like the dragon on the cover of her new book – Paper & Fire. Which I went out and purchased as soon as she left the table at Bubonicon. I’m still reading it, but I’m enjoying every chapter. I read a while, bead awhile, and read another chapter when inspiration wanes. I’ll have to get the first Book in the Series, but I’m hooked on this one…  I usually do my series in order, but occasionally, I start somewhere else! This one is an easy read even though I’ve started in the middle.august-28-2016-at-1051am

I’m going to have to check out her Morganville Vampire Series as well and it looks like I’ll be reading a lot from this lovely lady! She writes in my favorite genre. Check out her website here:  http://www.rachelcaine.com

I’m hoping the dragon will take time to whisper in her ear about a new book idea….on Dragons! And that the dragon’s eye she took home will glare at her until it happens!

Rachel, thanks for adopting/buying the dragon and the dragon eye. I know they got a good home!

I’ve been working on more dragon designs and maybe it’s the cover of this book, but I really strayed from my usual dragon colors.

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The tail is a bit large, but I’m working a shaggy fringe for the back ridge.  Yes, there are beads strung on the fireline and there is a needle on it to keep the beads from falling off.  I took this straight from the beading table and it will go right back. I really like the red in this and wonder how it would look fading to purple.

The wing that is finished is the second version. I beaded the tail while watching TV and I usually come up with a random pattern. Imagine my surprise, when I got most of the wing done and it was done in yellow & red diamonds. Might have kept it on a larger dragon, but not on one this size! This is what happens when you let the dragon have it’s way!

I’ll get back to finishing this Dragon after Pagan Pride Day September 25. Speaking of…..I need to get back to tagging the items not already tagged….it’s always something.

 

 

Works in Process….

These are on the beading board…..soon to be more dragons….the imagination is working over time on these. I finally got a red one started and there is another one that didn’t make it into the picture that is going to be a Phoenix type dragimg_3215on; red, orange and yellow colors. Got some beads for a purple dragon and considering a red to purple mix as well.

The long black rope  is going to be a hat band, as soon as I figure out what size hat bands are supposed to be…..

The little guy hiding the in corner is the first one I’ve added super duos to the tail.

Here you go a closer pic of the hat band.img_3256

And Here She is….

in All Her Glory!

This design is more flexible. Easier to wear, more versatile. You can remove the beaded rope and wear the dragon on a cloak, on a Medieval Wedding dress, add it to your LARP armor – should rate you IMG_3059around a +3 to your AC. And not least, if you have trouble fastening your own necklace, this one fastens in the front.

As you can see, she looks good from the front or the back. I decided against back ridges, for comfort.

This necklace is comfortable to wear. Has enough weight to weigh your cloak down in a pretty brisk cold wind and like all my dragon jewelry, will stop people in their tracks.

IMG_3067The next one is bugging me to get started. And I have a purple beast that needs some membranes on her wings. So many dragons…..

 

Interested? Here’s the link to the listing on Etsy.  https://www.etsy.com/listing/463757013/mother-of-dragons-necklace-20-inch-light

New Dragon Necklace Design

I came up with a new necklace design, hope you all like it. I do, because it’s versatile. I love jewelry you can wear more than one way. Not quite finished with it, but here it is almost done. When it’s finished, you will be able to completely disconnect the dragon. If you are curious, read on.

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The Renn Faire this spring was a mixed bag of weather, blustery cold winds mixed with spattering of equally chilling rain. I was glad I wore my cloak. It wasn’t until a lady said something to me about the dragon I pinned to the cloak I realized, I’d been walking around for a couple of hours without choking at all. I usually adjust my cloak multiple times when I wear it, what was different? Surely it was the weight of the Dragon!

I had a dragon that was destined to become a necklace, and as an after thought I attached the lovely dragon pictured. On my navy blue cloak, it popped and people noticed it. Which was what I was after, and the lovely lady who mentioned it asked for details. It made me happy to make a connection with someone like that, but it wasn’t until I got home the brain kicked in…. Actually, the dragon whispered, you’ve been making the necklaces all wrong….And of course the dragon is always right… and I took that thought and ran with it.

This dragon has sat for a couple of months waiting for a necklace and I couldn’t decide if I wanted to go with a chain, or a beaded rope of some sort. I could make the dragons just for cloaks, neat idea, but what if I wanted to wear it when I wasn’t cloaked? The answer was simple, I needed to make the rope removable. A clasp on the top bend of the wings would create a completely transformable dragon. I’ll post the finished item in a future post.

 

Dragon Eggs…..

I finally got bit by the Dragon Egg bug. Not sure that this is going to be a constant thing, but I’ve spend the spring energyIMG_2481 focusing on Dragon Eggs. In February, I bought half a dozen eggs in various materials, including a couple of Glass eggs. Those I’m planning on beading around. I still have a LARGE egg to cover with scales not sure about the method, but it will have to be metallic and another about the size of the large black egg in the pictures.

The picture of the black egg is the only large one I have finished. It was a paper mache egg and honestly, it was really a chore to poke holes in the surface, but the work was worth it.  A lot of the dragon eggs I have seen are so precise, they don’t look organic. The dragon eggs I have seen, that I liked were not so perfect.  Honestly the thumbtacks helped. I bought them at the Dollar Tree and they were not exactly uniform. When arranging the scales, they looked more like dragon skin, this is what I was aiming at. I was so pleased with the effect, I wanted to try more colors….so I found smaller eggs and created the Faerie Dragon size. This large one took me about a week to finish. I could do a  smaller chicken sized egg in an evening while watching TV.

I made smaller ones in black, gold, green, blue, copper and (oops!)  how did the Phoenix egg get in therIMG_2652e?  All these eggs are made on an egg form and I base coat the egg with nail polish and then add thumbtacks that are painted to match the egg color. I don’t have a pattern, in fact, I try to avoid a set pattern and leave a bit of space between some of the scales and some I overlap. Check out Wal-Mart especially now after Easter, they have dye-able eggs and chalkboard eggs (yes, they are black) at reduced prices!

My thought process when making these dragon eggs….these eggs are probably easier for the Dragon to lay and I can even imagine that they are somewhat soft, and as they dry, they harden. The more regimented version might as well, but just a bit of chaos makes it look more flexible to me, like dragon skin….and yes I know that is totally subjective. Maybe the dragons are whispering into my head, they often do.

I still need to spray all of them with sealer, but this is an outside activity and it’s wind season here. Hopefully April will calm down, so I can get them finished. Hopefully in the coming week.