This is Ester, an adorable tiny baby jewel dragon prototype. You see, the only way to know if an idea is actually going to work is to build a prototype and test stuff.
Even if you actually should have been resting your hands the whole time, but figure you can get away with this since it was very little work every day for 5 days. Honest.
White thread is the worst thread. It’s been bleached and weakened within an inch of its life. The upside to this is that it’s perfect for testing how thread and beads will interact with each other in a particular way. While I’ve used these extra sparkly beads before, I haven’t used them for this particular purpose. They are murder. Or at least they’re vastly less forgiving than my standard fare; but I’ve learned how to make that work while maintaining strength in the structure and getting the look I wanted. And oh what a lesson that was. My second (and hopefully final) attempt is definitely going to look similar, but build-wise be vastly different. …And look neater. *cough*
What I’m trying to say is that I made a disaster for myself, came out with an adorable little companion and learned how to actually do everything that I wanted to do “the right way”. But geez the process, you know?
(Normally I’d offer a prototype for sale at a drastically reduced price, but… Ester stays here. I invoke artist prototype keeping rights.)
Because look at how shiny. And also holy crap the trial and error in this tiny little critter. She’s sitting on my monitor now.