Step 3: Make the head

This is the hardest step, forming the head.  I've tried several variations and each produced a different 'personality' or expression. 
Basic formation is bending tight loops in the wire, twisting and flattening as needed.  Details are added with smaller gauge wire and seed beads for eyes.

 Head:  You need at least two loops, one for the upper jaw and another for the lower jaw.  You can also start with a single horn or two additional loops for ears.

1.Start with about 1 foot of 20 gauge wire.  With round nose pliers make a small loop about 2 inches (5 cm) from the end of the wire.  Make another small loop parallet to the first loop.  These are your TWO EARS.
2. Bend long end of wire 90 degrees and form a slightly larger loop for the UPPER JAW.  Make a second loop the same size or a little smaller to form the LOWER JAW.
3. Decide on jaw orientation.  The first set of pictures show a dragon head with the wide part of the jaws parallel to the ground.  This results in a dragon with a BLOCKY head (copper body dragon).  Twist the jaws 90 degrees so the loop is visible in side profile and you will have a NARROW headed dragon.
4.Twist wires once under the lower jaw to secure the head loops and form a NECK.

I've been wanting to make a dragon pendant for a long time, but I don't know how to solder. But THIS, I can do. And I have all the materials right here too. Looks like I've got me a late night jewelry project!
This is seriously great, and I can't wait to make one myself! The eyes are so cute.<br><br>Totally voted for you, good luck!
Thank you and Enjoy. Please send me a picture when you make yours - I love to see other dragons!
i have never seem anything so beautiful as this dragon . i want to make it for my bff and bf lol:) thnk u for the idea:P
I made one just now, it only took about an hour or so. I didn't have foil, so I just wrapped the wings. It was a very fun project, thanks for the idea!
Awesome! The wire wings look really good, thanks for the picture :-)
It look really nice! congratulation!
Very cool, where did you learn your technique?
Thank you. I am mostly self taught - I just like to play around with wire (and lots of other stuff). I wanted the wings to be stiff and self-supporting, but did not want to solder the ribs or use glue. Late one night I had a 'eureka' moment and thought 'sewing' with wire could work well to secure the ribs. I think it's called 'couching' if you embroider and use thin thread to secure a heavy thread or string of beads to fabric. Or maybe it's more like 'applique' with wire.<br>

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