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…..
Here are a few of my Hanging Dragons. So what do you do with a hanging dragon? Well, you hang it. Some of my favorite ideas have been:
Hang one from every ceiling fan in the house.
Hang one from a suction cup on the window next to the bird feeder – to see how the birds react. Nice house guardian, don’t you think?
Wear one as a necklace – I tried that. They make a nice conversation piece.
Of course, I will have to have one dangling from each rear view mirror of the cars.
The point is, these are cool, functional and not limited to being jewelry. And I’ve probably missed a few ideas. So let me know what you would do with one in the comments below, ideas are always welcome!
Thought I’d show you the detail in the larger dragons – Excuse the tags they are necessary for inventory. This lovely twisted dragon has been crocheted with beads around a wire, it’s head and tail are mainly herringbone.
This black and gold beauty may be one of my favorite color combinations, not due to color, although I am partial to black dragons, but because they are very photogenic.
Remember the last post – of the dragon necklace in process? I should have taken more pictures during the process, but well, when I fall into the beading, I’m focused. This is the first time I’ve come up for a bit of air and it’s almost done.
The body of this Dragon Torc is finished. The head is finished – although it gave me a few moments pause. I used Rrkra’s head pattern from memory, so it’s a loose interpretation, and at first it looked more like a snake than a dragon, but I kept at it and now it’s more like a dragon than a snake, it does however have a nice square lower jaw that reminds me of Sigourney Weaver’s jaw – it’s a handsome dragon. It does have elements of Snake mixed with Dragon, but I’m liking the result.
No wings on this one. All my mind can come up with was terribly under developed wings, or massive ones that could turn out to look like a vampire collar .or worse, a bat trying to attack your head. Need to work on a folded wing using ribbon that will collapse between the wing supports.
Should have this done tomorrow sometime, if not today.
If you are interested in learning to bead these dragons,
This is a work in progress, obviously. It’s taken me a while to finally find a center wire that is strong enough to stand up to gentle bending and hold it’s shape. I found it, at the hardware store-Galvanized Steel wire 16-18 gauge. It could be reshaped a bit as well, to the preference or neck size of the new owner.
I’ve got a few more hours work until I’ll need some direction from the dragon. However, I’m getting some images of wings on this one. I know how to get the wires in place at least, ‘fleshing’ them out might be another matter entirely….
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.