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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 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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:iconkatanalove15:
It looks fantastic! I am really into dragons and that sort of stuff. Could I get instructions for this one?
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:iconlightsshadow0848:
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 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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Mysticaquawolf1 Oct 2, 2011  Student Artisan Crafter
Wow that's really amazing. Great job :D
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weavedmagic Nov 16, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
That`s something you don`t see everyday... Looks great!
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jennyjonas6 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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:iconveshted:
That is possibly the most awesome thing I've ever seen.
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