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.
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.
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…..
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.
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.
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. 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!
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.
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.
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.
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 around 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.
The next one is bugging me to get started. And I have a purple beast that needs some membranes on her wings. So many dragons…..
Today is the first day of Comicon. I’m excited! Bubonicon was a wonderful venue and I’m looking forward to this event. Also excited about the new Star Wars movie! I have loved Star Wars since the first movie, so this movie, continuing the movie that started it all got me beading my own Light Saber Earrings.
To celebrate, I’m posting a tutorial. Actually, I thought I would print out copies of the tutorial to hand out at Comicon Albuquerque, however, my printer had other ideas….so I’m posting the tutorial here. I figure, it’s a good way to build my blog…..
So, what am I wearing? Well, not the Light Saber Earrings…..While shopping for holiday presents, I ran across a set of space craft that included the Millennium Falcon, so here is what I’m wearing at least today…..Yeah, I’m wearing a dog fight….I believe the Millennium Falcon is winning, but I’m definitely prejudiced in that area. That one Tie Fighter is toast!
This dragon’s eye is much smaller than the 4 inch ones I have made up till now. I found a way to make much smaller eye cabs, thus the dragon’s eye can be much smaller. The cabochon is much simpler, but the nail polish provides colors I can’t recreate with a printed eye.
This is a first for me! When I saw this Triskelle in Bead & Button Magazine last fall. The actual title is Celtic Knot Earrings. I knew I had to make it, so I did the unthinkable, I bought the magazine. Sounds kind of strange, but I don’t buy a lot of magazines. I’m more inclined to surf YouTube for videos to watch. And because I am more visual, my first attempt got me no further than the first couple of rows. So it got set aside until after Yule was over, or so I thought. I actually got around to it about mid-January.
However, I kept going back and reading and re-reading until I could visualize what the words were telling me to do and which pictures to reference. Even when it finally gelled, I was constantly going back pulling out work and re-beading. But I was determined. Persistence pays off, here is the finished item after only a week of trial and error!
The magazine article has these made into earrings, but measuring in at 2 1/2 inches, I think they are a bit large to wear comfortably. However, they could be made smaller or in size 15 seeds instead of size 11. The closure was a bit clumsy – chalk that up to late night beading. I found that it was necessary to tack the joins in the center, or the Triskelle would sag and I bead pretty tight. I have plans to make more and adjust the pattern so that the join is at, or at least closer, to an intersection when assembled. And when I have that down, I will make them in the size 15’s for a pair of earrings!
Who knows, there may be a dragon in the near future holding this lovely gem!
I am dragon obsessed right now. So much so, I’m not posting a lot here. I’d rather be beading….so maybe I should show you what I’m doing rather than talk about it. Well, maybe some description would help.
It started with a video on how to bead around a cabochon. It in no way resembles my dragons, but it did give me the basics for making the eyes. Back stitching with beads and how to start peyote on the beads you back stitch onto the stiff felt.
This green eye was the first, followed shortly by the red.
The cabochons for these pieces were the beginning of the Dragon Eye series. I followed a tutorial for making an opal triplet in acrylic resin.(Which I can not find online now, trust me I didn’t dream it. I’ll keep looking.) I started with a round mold and an oval one. Then I poured a layer and inserted a piece of black twisted paper. Let that layer set and then added a second layer that had mica flakes mixed into the resin. When that set I popped the eyes out, backed the cabochon with classic black electricians tape and what you see is the result.
Well, I was hooked. I found a tutorial on how to make a dragon’s eye on deviant art. Link here: http://www.deviantart.com/art/Dragon-Eye-Tutorial-215949919 Unfortunately it was about how to make them on the computer. I printed out the two dimension eyes and set them in resin. And this was the result….Black dragons really resonate with me, so I claimed this one!
I was thrilled, but also sure that I couldn’t make the all important eye pupil look as real as the black one’s. So I went on Etsy and found some dragon eye graphics for sale so I could make my own graphics. Here’s the shop link: https://www.etsy.com/shop/MegansCreativeDesign
I made some cabochons from these graphics and this is the result.
Every dragon eye, I’m trying something different. Just like the crochet dragons, once I get the basic form finished, I let the dragons tell me what do to next. All the eyes are backed with a poly suede and a pin finding that can also be used as a pendant. Except the white one, it doesn’t have the pendant finding, just trying something different. Each eye takes me 12-20 hours to finish, but it’s a labor of love and I get so excited when it gets almost to the end, I starts to talk to it my precious….
I have plans for making some up as Cloak Pins I have found the Kilt pins and the next eye will be easily attachable to a cloak.
Here’s a new crochet rope dragon just in case you forgot what they looked like.