Introduction: Making Paper Dragon - Safira

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Today I'm going to show you how I made a dragon using mostly paper. If you want to see a video instead this instructable here is the link :

Step 1: Step : 1 : Making Skeleton

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Make a skeleton using wire. Because I wanted it to stand straight I put a piece of iron on its tail.

Step 2: Step : 2 : Making the Body

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Take a piece of newspapers and put it on the skeleton and secure it with tape, or you can use more dirty way : take a strip of newspapers dipped in glue and wrap it around.

Step 3: Step : 3 : Making the Tools

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English is not my mother language so I don't know how to call it ... it's a tool that is used to make holes in paper.

First choose some piece of iron plate - I used the one from old computer housing. Now cut a piece about 10 cm long and 3 cm wide. Sharpen one of the ends. Put it with a metal rod to the "clamp" and using a hammer - bend it. Now take it out and put it as shown on the picture. Take the rod and start pulling it up and meanwhile tighten the "clamp" - you might need some help at this point.

Step 4: Step : 4 : Making Scales

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Take the tool you have just made and start making scales from the edge of paper - put it into the position and smash it a few times with a hammer. Take a piece of something and push the scales out...

Step 5: Step : 5 : Gluing Scales

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Now take your scales and using hot glue gun glue it in place. Start from the end of the tail and continue upwards. I left the head and the end of the tail without scales because I wanted to make smaller tool for smaller scales.

Step 6: Step : 6 : Finishing the Scales

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First I made an eye : I drew it on a paper, cover it with a few layers of duct tape, because of shine, and finally I cut it out and glue it to the dragon. Than I finished the head and tail with smaller scales.

Step 7: Step : 7 : Making Wings

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Sorry about that but I first painted it up and after that I made the wings so now forget the painting... First cut out piece of paper in the shape of the wings. Glue them to the wires and cover them up with long scales (by extending the cut lines). Make a few rows on the wings.

Step 8: Step : 8 : Painting

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Now comes the part I'm proud of - painting. First of all paint the dragon with light blue, the belly with lighter blue and the wings with even lighter blue. Now take a white colour and using very dry brush just lightly cover the dragon. This will highlights the ends of scales. Unfortunatelly this step doesn't work on the wings .. Trust me I tried it and I had to paint it again - for the wings take a piece of sponge and manually highlight the ends of each scale on the wing.

Step 9: Step : 9 : Details

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Make horns and claws using some hardening material and the thorns using twisted paper... I didn't use that material because I was scared of breaking. Now just glue it to the dragon and paint it white.
At the really end spray it with a few layers of clear coat and you are done !! Enjoy !!!

Step 10: Some Photos of My Dragon :

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If you like it leave a comment - I really like reading all comments. Thanks for your attention and I hope you liked it. If you want to see a video instead this instructable here is the link :


MariaC217 (author)2016-11-28

This is AWESOME! Thank you so much for posting!!!

bobes360 (author)MariaC2172016-11-28

I thank you for your nice comment ;)

Jean Simnett (author)2015-12-15

Brilliant, will try it over the Christmas Holiday

bobes360 (author)Jean Simnett2015-12-15

Thank you! Be sure to post your pictures!

awesomeavocados (author)2015-10-09

This really helped me out! I have to make a lightweight dragon for a wig- headpiece thing I'm making, and I wasn't sure exactly how but this looks like it would work perfectly! Thanks, mate!! :)

bobes360 (author)awesomeavocados2015-10-10

I am glad that this helped you. Be sure to put here a picture of your finished project once you are done.

dark bow47 (author)2015-09-16

i love dragons :)

f1dd13r (author)2015-08-28

Excellent model. Your English is very good. I could understand all the instructions.

bobes360 (author)f1dd13r2015-08-29

thank you ...

cacerolo (author)2014-04-06

OK, además muy instructivo.

bobes360 (author)cacerolo2014-04-06

Sorry I don't understand and google translator shows me something strange..

it means "also very instructive."

Elomar Xavier (author)2015-03-20

It looks like Saphira from Eragon, a dragon with feathers all over the wings

bobes360 (author)Elomar Xavier2015-03-21

Yeah it should :D

croberto2 (author)2015-02-19


Thats really cool (author)2014-08-01

That is really cool

Thank you .. !

poofrabbit (author)2014-07-31

Love the detail on this dragon very nice work!

bobes360 (author)poofrabbit2014-08-01

Thank you !

JuicyFartCakes1000 (author)2014-07-02

That's so cool!

Thank you !

zazu_247 (author)2014-05-30

Sorry for being late; no, Chris won't go after you for using the name. Only if you start selling them tagged with the name.

vromayev (author)2014-05-21

very nice. if u'll do some other project like that post it please!!! and such a good painting quality. congratz man

bobes360 (author)vromayev2014-05-21

Thank you .. I have started working on the Thorn but I still cannot get the right sizes so I'll wait some time before continuing.

darthvadersbro (author)2014-04-15

Cool. I look forward to it

darthvadersbro (author)2014-04-15

This is awesome. I would really like more instructables on them

bobes360 (author)darthvadersbro2014-04-15

I'm studying the Thorn looking I think I'm going to make him in some time :)

Kiteman (author)2014-03-31

Simply amazing. Make sure you enter it into the laser cutter contest!

How big is the finished model?

bobes360 (author)Kiteman2014-04-01

I do not know if they would accept it because I did not use laser .. And it is about 30 cm long and 25cm tall (to the end of wings).

Kiteman (author)bobes3602014-04-01

The contest is to *win* a laser cutter, not use one.

bobes360 (author)Kiteman2014-04-10

Sorry, my mistake ..

Kiteman (author)bobes3602014-04-10

Not a problem!

nfreeman4 (author)2014-04-08

i like it .You got talent.

bobes360 (author)nfreeman42014-04-08

Thank you .. :)

texagon (author)2014-04-05

awesome idea, top quality painting

bobes360 (author)texagon2014-04-06

Thank you ...

THE MAD HATTER13 (author)2014-04-05

I love dragons unfortunately I am to young to make this but this is awsome I absolutely love it <3

First of all thank you... And I think that everyone can do it... If you need some help just ask me and I will try to answer. And even if you think you can't do it just try it! It's not expensive at all so feel free and try it...

unclelar (author)2014-04-04

Great Job!! Paint job is very cool.As far as your English,I know 40 year old people in the states that couldn't do any where near as well as you did.Sorry you missed the contest,I think this would have done very well in it.If you make any more paper projects make sure to post them.

bobes360 (author)unclelar2014-04-04

Thank you very much ... After the success with this instructable I definately post another paper project I'll do... but it takes a long time to make one ...

Inoy (author)2014-04-02

Oh, it`s so pretty!! Mi-mi-mi-mi-mi... =)

bobes360 (author)Inoy2014-04-03

Thank you...

Dkenne24 (author)2014-03-31

This is wonderful, what kind of paint did you use?

bobes360 (author)Dkenne242014-04-01

I used normal water-soluble paint on paper that use children in school. In my country it is sold in tubes.

Dkenne24 (author)bobes3602014-04-01

I know the stuff you mean. we call it poster paint in the uk. thanks foing this instructable, I have begun work on my own dragon

bobes360 (author)Dkenne242014-04-02

I would be incredibly happy if you post images of your dragon .. so please after you finish give me know .

Dkenne24 (author)bobes3602014-04-02

I will do, I can't promuse it will be as good as yours though

tasn1003 (author)2014-04-02

nice! try Thorn and Glaedr.

bobes360 (author)tasn10032014-04-02

Good idea but this dragon took me about 4 months to complete - It's about 20 hours of "pure time ".

hhj1 (author)2014-04-01

I'm working on an android app project and this tutorial helped me very very nice!!

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