A revised, and better version of the wing tut I posted yesterday!
This tut is an addition to the seed bead dragon pattern [link]
that was created by
. Credit for the original stock image of the beads goes to her. This is a pattern for making the wings with wire, as opposed to thread.
The body can also be made with wire by following her original pattern.
IF you choose to use wire to make your dragon, I STRONGLY advise the use of size 6 or 8 beads, and 28 or 32 gauge wire! I use 32G in the wings, and 28G for the body. 32G is very fine, and if you use 32 in the body, it may be too floppy to support the weight of the wings.
32G can snap if it gets stuck, and it kinks easily which can cause tangles. Take your time; don't rush. If you get a kink, GENTLY try to bend it back in the right direction, and NEVER attempt to just "pull through" a kink or tangle, you will only cause the tangle to worsen and the wire to weaken. Weak wire snaps easier.
Cut about 1 yard/3 feet of wire, and start at about 6 inches from one of the ends. You will be working with the long end; all of your weaving is done with the long end.
The membrane beads are in light gray/white; the spine beads are in dark gray; the tine beads are black.
All of the membrane beads are on single strand sections of wire, and none are looped in with other beads, except for in step 5.
The spine beads are all looped together. When you add a new spine beads, loop it with the spine bead in the row below it.
Steps 5 and 7, the areas indicated in red in image 8, are very tricky, even with thread, and are really an "as you go" type thing. The images in this tutorial are a suggestion for steps 5 and 7. Mine almost never come out the same way twice, especially when using non-calibrated beads.
Step 5 has some of what CDF calls "crazy looping" LOL I used three colors to attempt to show the over lap, I hope it's not too hard to understand.....
has a journal entry [link]
with some wonderful tips and tricks for making wired bead dragons, as well as links to some great bead and wire suppliers.