Dragon Bangle

In anticipation of the second season of my beloved Game of Thrones series starting this Sunday, I thought I’d share with you a bangle of “dragon scales” I wove last year.

Years ago, when I was just learning all of the different beadweaving techniques, I was a faithful reader of bead magazines. I think that they’re a wonderful resource for learning and inspiration.ย  After awhile though I found myself drawn to create my own designs so I stopped buying the magazines and started following my own voice. A good thing, too, because at that point, the magazines were taking over my studio floor!

That said, about a year ago, I was browsing around our local bookstore, cup of Chai tea in hand, when I spied the latest issue of Super Beadwork magazine. The cover featured this bangle created by Nancy Jones of Tiny Dog Seed Beads in Houston, TX. She was using a kind of bead that I had never seen before – a 4x7mm long magatama bead. To me, each individual bead looks like a tiny shoe but when woven side by side like this, they look just like dragon scales. Or what I imagine dragon scales would look like. I was quite entranced with the design so I purchased the magazine and went to work creating my own bangle.

I used a matte metallic color, antique bronze AB, for the “scales” and the inside beads are a size 8 seed bead called “Green Tea”, one of my favorite colors and the name oh so appropriate for me. I purchased the beads at my LBS but I saw several online sources for them when I googled.

The bangle is created using brick stitch for the length and peyote stitch to zip up the strip into a tube shape. If you’re familiar with these bead stitches, it works up quite easily. The problem I ran into was in the sizing. I made it way too big for my wrist. The challenge with a bangle like this is to make it big enough to fit over your hand yet not be too big for your wrist. I achieved the first challenge yet failed on the second. Oh well, now that the bangle is done, I wonder how I can make it smaller without it being a big production. Any ideas?

The link I found for this issue indicated that they were all sold out of it but I bet if you contacted Nancy Jones directly, you might be able to purchase the pattern from her.

As always, thanks for visiting and happy beadweaving!


9 comments on “Dragon Bangle

  1. Judy Shea says:

    Wow.. what a great looking bangle. They do look like dragon scales a bit. You’re work blows my mind. So glad to see your creations again.

  2. This is an absolute piece of beautiful artwork in my eyes.

    Everyone that knows me knows how I would love to have a piece such as this in my collection. Unfortunately my craft does not lie within beads, wires and stitching.

  3. artandtea says:

    Thanks so much for your kind feedback, Judy and Dreamer! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. acrawley63 says:

    This is a lovely bangle bracelet Karen. I’m sure Danys (I’m sure I spelled that wrong) would adore your dragon inspired bracelet as much as I do ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. artandtea says:

    Thanks Amy! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. I want to buy it! ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. bob says:

    Hi, I tried to make my own dragon bangle but the instructions from the magazine says to use 6′ (which is six feet right?) but i’m only getting about half way done. Am i doing something wrong, I’m pretty sure my stitches are good, or is this a misprint?

    • artandtea says:

      Hi Bob, I’m not exactly sure what you’re referring to but my guess is that you’re talking about the beading thread? If so, you start out with a comfortable length of thread (the author of the article must suggest 6′) and then add a new length of thread when necessary. Good luck!

      • bob says:

        When you were making this, how tight were the beads together? As in before you zipped them together at the end did they basically lay flat or did they curve around?

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