…or finally getting on track with finishing a long awaited order.
“I love a challenge.” That’s my motto. When it comes to creating jewelry, angels, or anything crafty, I love to challenge myself. So, when a good friend showed me a picture of a dragon, and asked if I could make it, I said I would. That was, a little over a year ago.
I started on it right away by trying to guess the weaves that she used. With no tutorial (1.), I was flying by the seat of my pants. I made the head using two strands of Persian weave and hooked them together by a couple of rings and added a little red to mark the top. Then I continued with the Persian weaves, linking and hooking until I ran into the problem you see in the first picture. How in the world do I make it smaller without making it look dumb? So, the poor thing sat while I thought, and thought, and thought. I went on to other things all the while trying to solve my problem.
Then, many months later, I posted, on this blog, my goals, the dragon being one of them, and low and behold, someone on Tumblr, rubylis, read and sent this tutorial my way: Chainmaille Dragon Keychain Later on, I found this one, which made linking the strands a little easier on my eyes: Chainmaille Dragon Bracelet
I was on my way. Now all I had to do was take the original design apart. I didn’t touch the head. I liked the way it came out. I know. I know. I was probably being stubborn, but I wanted some part of it to say I did it. So, steps 2-5 zipped along at a wonderful pace. I was going to finish this, and then, it happened, step 6. One of the strands was linked in the wrong direction. GAH! Undo, undo, undo, and re-link, re-link, re-link.
Step 7, the European 4-in-1 weave after the fact. I thought it was going to be an even bigger headache then the Half-Persian. It was a breeze, thank goodness. All that is left is linking the head, putting on the scales and making the tail, legs and whiskers.
There will be another post. Hang in there. I wouldn’t show you an unfinished project. 🙂 I promise!
Until next time, God Bless, and be crafty!