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The Red Dragon Instructable

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Here, as a follow up to Make A Cardboard Dragon!, I have added this instructable to fill any voids left in aforementioned tutorial. Essentially all the same steps were followed, and have included pictures showing all steps.
 
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Step 1: Gather Materials and Tools

All the usual paper and cardboard working tools are needed. Colored paper, scissors, cardboard, glue, acrylic paint. And time...lots of time.

Step 2: Cut Out Cardboard Parts First

Draw the head and other parts onto cardboard, following the pictured templates. I have shown sizes to make this step easy. I use the bandsaw, but they can be cut with scissors and or a craft knife or scapel.

Step 3: Glue These parts together as Shown

Just follow the picture image notes, and you will have the foundation of the dragon, ready for painting and embellishment(s).

Step 4: Cut Out The Cardboard Circle Now.

I made my circle about 23 inches in diameter. It was easy to cut on the bandsaw. This needs to be primed, and both sides will need to be covered. If done now, paint will be dry when you are ready to put the final coat on towards the end.

Step 6: Paint Primed Cardboard Parts

For this dragon, I chose a bright red paint. Apply so that coverage is total, and allow to dry. Next, paint the scales on the dragon by diluting your base red with a pale yellow. Use a 1/4 inch "scruffy" brush and just dab on in the pattern shown. Practice a little, but the goal is to put just enough color on the dragon to simulate scales. Do not pat them on in a straight line, rather make semi-circular patterns to contour the areas you are working on.

Step 7: Cut out Head "Fins"...

These are the parts that surround the dragon...I guess you would call them "fins"...they're fan fins! Fold the pieces of paper by scoring first, and then alternate with a "valley" fold and a "mountain" fold. Your results should look like those pictured.
starplayer3 years ago
I love this dragon. Seriously. I love your dragons
 any chance of getting some detailed plans of each piece? maybe something printable? I'm fairly artistically challenged, but I really like this project!
tatsuki104 years ago
what would u do if u wanted the dragon to b smaller? like, do u have any suggestions for measurements if the circle is... 26.4cm in diameter?
Creativeman (author)  tatsuki104 years ago
Use ratio and proportion and scale it down! Cman
smilee4 years ago
This is awesome i'm starting this weekend!
DebH574 years ago
This just gets better all the time CMan. 5
Creativeman (author)  DebH574 years ago
Thanks Deb! Cman
kool
Arbitror4 years ago
Great job! The green one also looks awesome!
Creativeman (author)  Arbitror4 years ago
Thanks Shadow Ops. Cman
JellyWoo4 years ago
Very nice!
Creativeman (author)  JellyWoo4 years ago
Thanks JellyWoo. Cman
wenpherd4 years ago
that is so amazingly awsome
Creativeman (author)  wenpherd4 years ago
Thanks wenpherd. Cman
BrindaMS4 years ago
wow. looks great!
Creativeman (author)  BrindaMS4 years ago
Thanks Brinda. Cman
alcurb4 years ago
Here again, beautiful work. Its a nice companion piece for the green one http://www.instructables.com/id/Make-A-Cardboard-Dragon/. I still would like to see a template, but you provide enough pictures that I think it is now easier to to recreate it leaving room for individual creativity. I'm starting mine this week.

I can hardly wait to see what you come up with next.
DebH574 years ago
I have to say CMan this is top of the line, quite a fabulous creation!
Creativeman (author)  DebH574 years ago
Thank you so much Deb. Cman
Kiteman4 years ago
Excellent.

Well worth the Feature flag.
Creativeman (author)  Kiteman4 years ago
Thank you sir! Cman
I thunk trogdor is green not red.
compliment
CrawdadMan4 years ago
I cant resist ..... TROGDOR!
L0ch_n3ss4 years ago
Love it! I'm going to try something like this... Thanks for the inspiration.
Creativeman (author)  L0ch_n3ss4 years ago
You're welcome, and good luck. Cman
noahh4 years ago
Must.. Not... Make... Trogdor... Reference.....
fishhead4554 years ago
FLATULATIONS, FER SHER. Now even we drolls with an IQ three points below plant life can do this. I happy now.
! xD !4 years ago
Not gonna lie, this is really tiiiight. Ive been looking for a project that uses easy-to find materials, but invovles skill to make. Plus, the whole personalization of this one is an added bonus for me, Thanks! Best of luck in the cardboard contest, I'll vote for ya! -xD
klmac34 years ago
Can this be made out of just construction paper and colored card stock for a Junior High art project?
Creativeman (author)  klmac34 years ago
I think so. Cman
nnygamer4 years ago
Another cool one and this time with full instructions, excellent.
Creativeman (author)  nnygamer4 years ago
Thanks nny. Cman