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Make a chinese dragon head

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Materials used:

wood glue
wood
contact cement
pex tubing for hoops( big box lumber yard has this- 1/2 inch)
cardboard boxes
elastic
roofing foam board insulation( big box lumber yard)
wire
duct tape red white and yellow
2 clementine boxes
wood for the pole box
wood for pole - i used a square pole that I cut to fit the box and hand planed to make it round down below the box
fabric: colors of your choice I used a polyester "china silk for $2.99/ yard. I used 30 yards of yellow, for the body and head.
     I used about 5 yards of orange polyester satin and  3 yards red poly satin. I had some black polar fleece and some lt gray 
     linen scraps for the eyes.
5 feet of 3/4 inch foam
scraps of 1 inch foam for teeth
 Wonder under- this comes from a fabric store. It is an iron on glue.
screws
thread

Tools

drill and bits
scissors
utility knife
rotary cutter
sewing machine
serger
clamps
saw
hand sewing needles
electric hand plane
 
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Step 1: Make the skull and pole box.

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I know you will ask this - it took 31 hours to make the head. I will show how I made the body in another instructable.
Here's the start of my process to make the dragon head.  I needed to make the skull and pole support. I used two clementine boxes,  some wood scraps, and pex tubing to make the skull. Any of the big box lumber yards carry pex tubing. I used 1/2 inch. I  made hoops using the pex tube. I used 1/2 inch dowel cut into 2 1/2 inch lengths to hold the tube in circular shape.

I removed the bottom in one of the clementine boxes. I cut two 1/2 inch plywood scraps to fit inside the box. I glued and screwed the board to the boxes to hold them together.

I chose to make a box to receive the pole. I used a 7 ft square 1/1/2 in board for the pole. I left the pole square where it would fit into the box and planed the board to a round below the box. In the picture where I am gluing up the box, one of the pieces inside the box is just a spacer, which I remove because the pole needs to fit in. The other is glued in to act as a stop for the pole. I glue and screw the pole box to the skull. I put the box at the front of the skull hoping to balance the weight for the person holding her up.

I wired the hoops to the box skull. Note the different size hoops.
That's Really cool! It's not the "Traditional" method, but the results are AWESOME! Well Done!
kcf399 (author)  Dream Dragon1 year ago
Good thing I didn't know the traditional method! Thanks
squee20881 year ago
This is really awesome! I'm a big fan of dragons in general, but this is way cool! I can't tell you how impressed I am! Thank you for posting this!
kcf399 (author)  squee20881 year ago
Thank you so much. My first Instructable. Spelling mistakes and all