Soft and squishy dragons, but also shiny. Very important, that.
Andrew's a friendly, quiet young dragon. He's very sweet and very welcoming, likes Doritoes and Oreos, and has been known to appreciate a rainy day. His hobbies include art appreciation, computers, and he has a little bit of a fondness for Final Fantasy 7. He's got brilliant green eyes, a dazzling smile, and roots for the underdog. 'Cause that's the kind of dragon he is.
By the end, I have calculated that only about 1/4 of this guy was machine sewn. Which means... I did the rest by hand. ...That scares me just a little, but I'm quite proud of him. There are already all kinds of lines and notes on his pattern for various alterations to make for the next one... not that I want to think about that just yet. My wrist hurts, my fingers hurt, my whole right arm hurts--but he's so sweet. Everything is mine--pattern, stitching, design--but the eyes. Those are hand-painted acrylic safety eyes from Suncatcher Eyes. They're gorgeous.
Oh, the wings need a paragraph all their own. The wings are 90% sewn by hand. Every. Single. Stitch. Nice and tight and secure. I'd wanted to try all-soft wings the first time around, meaning no wires or internal supports. Why? ...Why not?
Acalyn is a coatl or a winged serpent, really quite content to sing in the highest branches of trees, though given warmth and food and a little doting, she finds human shoulders relatively decent as well. It's said that these songs are sure to drive away nightmares and bring pleasant dreams to all who hear them, so the next time you happen to hear songs in the forest, you may just want to stick around to listen. You may also want to see if you can't lure out a lovely singing coatl with some trail mix. They love the stuff.
I was out to try something different. And this just kind of happened. I do like the idea of creatures that can double as jewelry, and somehow it just sort of evolved. this way. All of the frills are just specially treated fabric so it's not overly stiff and easily flexible, and the fabric paint is the standard type I use for crocheted creatures. Of course there's also so very much shiny with both tiny glass beads and larger fiber optic ones, plus all of the iridescent pigment mixed into the fabric paint. I just can't stay away from that stuff, you know. A large hook and eye finding allow her to clasp shut and turn into a necklace... or a wreath, I suppose. Either way, her internal structure is wire so she's easy to adjust.
Sebian has a deep curiosity about the world. A "hunger", if you like. In fact, he's really very interested in food. Cooking, as well. Or rather, he likes to do the sampling instead of the cooking. Such is rather common of a young bead wing dragon, since they've got an awful lot of growing to do.
Yeah, "bead wing". What else am I gonna call him? The only plans I really had for this one when I started were 1.) the yarn color, and 2.) that he was going to be wyvern-styled. Everything else was kind of just... what happened. I'd planned to do the wings completely differently, too. I really, literally, cannot explain what happened--but I'm not complaining. Even if the wings did take me four days.
Wings. Four days. More beads that I will try to count on a thin, easily flexible and "bouncy" wire base. All very shiny. I feel it is important to note here that anyone considering caring for this young dragon will need to be exceedingly gentle with the wings. Yes, the "feathers" were designed for easy movement and poseability, but that means they're very easy to bend. Gentleness is necessary.
In order to remain stable, Sebian has a reinforced wire spine and double-reinforced legs. That worked out very well, I must say. Some poses still take a little work to strike the right balance between legs and arms, but he'll definitely hold there without problems.
And yes, he is fully poseable, fully flexible, and fully scratch-under-the-chin-able.