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Dragon Strings by LightsShadow0848 Dragon Strings by LightsShadow0848
The woven dragon of thread....

This took me a long time to do, I wish I took a better picture of it...

I started off with sketching the dragon a wood and putting nails in the key points of directional and color change, then began weaving the threads between the nails in layers...
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terhesati Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Your artwork has been submited here stringartandothers.deviantart.… and now waiting for your approval. :) (Smile)
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katanalove15 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
It looks fantastic! I am really into dragons and that sort of stuff. Could I get instructions for this one?
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LightsShadow0848 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I did this years ago, so the exact pattern is lost... But here's the process:

I drew out the line-art to the dragon on a piece of paper, you could also print one out as well. Then mark with a felt tip pen or marker points along the dragon which your strings will attach. This includes gradual curves, directional changes such as wing tips, color changes like the red/yellow switch, and so on. The more points you mark the more difficult it will be, but the better it will turn out.

Tape your paper to a piece of thick wood, then begin hammering nails into the points you marked. Use small but at least 1-1 1/2" long nails with a good "head" so that you string doesn't slip off later. These nails need to be straight up/down and be sure they have at least half an inch sticking up out of the wood still (I often had to pull a nail out because I didn't have enough room for the strings).

To string it, begin with the color that is the "bottom" in my case it was the belly and the underside of the wings, then the red went on top. You will tie the String on one nail and then loop it around a nail opposite it, and return to the first nail to loop again and go to back up to the next nail beside your opposite. Tie off your string on a nail if you run out and tie another string to the same nail. Keep all strings tight!

It is confusing in words but once you get going it is more a trial/error thing... Experience is the best way to figure this out, take your time, and don't be discouraged if you have to 'undo' over half your dragon... I did this twice at least... You will have sore fingers in the end but a fun and amazing project completed once finished!

If you want to practice, the first thing I did was nail some simple shapes, a circle, square, triangle, lightning bolt, and heart to see how they would need strung to achieve the look I wanted. This may be a good starting point for someone new to string art.

As for string choice, I prefer embroidery floss, you can get it at any craft store and many chain stores like Wal-Mart. You need a lot more than you think, so buy extra!

Good luck and happy stringing!
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ladyarah Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I just wanted to let you know that I put this in an art feature in my group :iconrealmsoffantasy-myth: , in the article "Realms of Fantasy and Myth: Week 42 - Wyvern" You can find it here: [link]
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IvyKayCosplay Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2011  Student Artisan Crafter
Wow that's really amazing. Great job :D
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weavedmagic Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
That`s something you don`t see everyday... Looks great!
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LightsShadow0848 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
thanks ^^
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jennyjonas6 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010
i remember when i was little they had nails in boards and we used ruber bands instead of thread
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Veshted Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2010
That is possibly the most awesome thing I've ever seen.
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LightsShadow0848 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you!
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lalaith84 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2009
wow!!! I have no words!! it's really beautiful!!
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LightsShadow0848 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you, and thanks for favoriting it as well! ^^
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Master-Kankuro Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
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Wow!!! That´s pretty cool!!!
And a VERY unique idea indeed!
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LightsShadow0848 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks!
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Master-Kankuro Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
No prob. ^^
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sargentsnarky Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2009
This is awesome and reminds me of the peg boards we used to play with as kids, weaving rubber bands in and out instead of string. Only... obviously /this/ is a million times better.
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LightsShadow0848 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you.
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Mae-Sun Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2009   Photographer
Bravo! I love it!
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LightsShadow0848 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks you, it seems to be a very popular work of mine, I should probably update with a better picture...
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Mae-Sun Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2009   Photographer
:nod: I look forward to it when you do.
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haran-herutsu Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2008
Wow this is amazing
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LightsShadow0848 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
:nod: Thank you!
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haran-herutsu Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2008
no problem its awesome I've tried doing those kind of things before (I gave up) so I admire your skills
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LightsShadow0848 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
thank you
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gummysquid Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2008
That's fabulous!!! :O
That'd be really neat to have in one's room, or something...Wish I had one =D
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LightsShadow0848 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
thanks! i have it hanging in my room now! they're really not difficult to make, just time consuming...
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gummysquid Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2008
I'd imagine so...
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QueenRoadKill Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2008
O.O OMG, i'd never be paitont enough to make any thing even closeto that
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LightsShadow0848 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
glad you like it
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MadMother88 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
HOLY VRAP 0_o
Amazing!!
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candarama Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2008
Love it!! Featured in my current journal [link] !!
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Delectable-Decadence Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
that is really nifty!
Great job :)
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guldfeldt Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
god gracius how beautiful... I just love it
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