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Dragonscale Tutorial by zikes Dragonscale Tutorial by zikes
As per ~Droakir's request I have created a tutorial on how to do the chainmaille weave Dragonscale.
I must say I'm quite proud of myself, this came out much better than I expected :)
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Given 2006-10-06
Ever want to create something in chainmaille but felt too intimidated to learn how? Dragonscale Tutorial by =Zikes teaches you all the steps you need to know to create something using the dragonscale weave technique. Simple and easy to follow instructions. ( Featured by bleedsopretty )

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:iconenchantingaccents:
EnchantingAccents Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
awesome tut...can't wait to use it when i get my rings in...thanks for making it...
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tytyvm Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012
OH my head. Pain x.x
Thank you for the tutorial, the I was using made less sense than a cat with a poptart body synced to music.
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tmpst24myst Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2011  Student Writer
I just left a comment on someone else's page telling them how much fun my monster1 will have creating emotes and other creative arts such as this. He's only 6 years old, but he's a very intelligent boy and incredibly detailed for his age. ADHD is also in our lives and I hope he can use these things to learn to teach himself how to focuss and apply himself. If he does create anything using your scripts as reference, I will link you. Who knows? /end life story lol.
Thanks again! Dae and Monster1. :excited:
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macropixels Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2011
mmmmmh great
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:iconjadeddragonri:
JadedDragonRI Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Great tutorial! What gauge wire do you suggest for this?
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:iconzikes:
zikes Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2010  Professional Artist
I use 18 gauge aluminum for mine, it works pretty well =D
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:iconjadeddragonri:
JadedDragonRI Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
TY! =o)
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:iconwulfluva:
wulfluva Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2009  Student General Artist
wow!! now THAT is what I call helpful!!
amazing
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:iconmelifacent:
Melifacent Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Awsome tutorial. Thanks a bunch!!
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:iconfudgeshoe2:
fudgeshoe2 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2009  Student Digital Artist
its perfect ive been lookin all over for a good dragonscale tutorial but i never thought of looking for one on deviant but i love it [link]
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:iconreflectionsbyice:
ReflectionsByIce Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2008
This is awesome! I have got to try this out!
Thank-you for sharing :)
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:iconevanesces:
evanesces Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2008
very awesome piece... defintly going to be using this as a guide for some future projects
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:iconznow-white:
znow-white Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2008
Your wonderful tutorial has been featured here.[link]

Thank you for providing the gallery with such awesome Resources.:heart:
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:iconze-man:
ze-man Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2008
if u can id like u to make a tutorial for a persian 3-1 or a full persian
i havent seen a good tutorial anywhere
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:iconyoru-no-ookami:
Yoru-no-ookami Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2007   Writer
finaly i find a tutorial for this mail yay
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:iconzikes:
zikes Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2007  Professional Artist
Hope it helps!
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:iconyoru-no-ookami:
Yoru-no-ookami Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2007   Writer
yeah, i have found it its harder than it lookst thogh
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:iconzikes:
zikes Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2007  Professional Artist
It's a real pain in the rear to start, but once you have a patch it's pretty easy :nod:
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:iconyoru-no-ookami:
Yoru-no-ookami Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2007   Writer
yeah, i thing for the begin you can better pin down the rows you made to make a better progress
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:iconinezzitah:
inezzitah Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2007  Hobbyist Artist
you deserv a :+fav: for that awsome tutorial =D
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:iconzikes:
zikes Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2007  Professional Artist
Thank you :D
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:icondfour:
DFour Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2007
i agree. fantastic tutorial :clap:
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:iconkingtut98:
kingtut98 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
I've always wanted to see what dragonscale is like to make- and thanks to you I've been able to try. :D Chainmaille tutorials can often be confusing- but this one is crystal clear.

It's a nice weave- though I'm using different sizes of wire. I've got nothing the right diameter for rings of the same wire thickness. Seems to work well enough. :-)
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chaosbahamut89 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2007
where can you get the material to make dragon scale ?? because it would be cool to have a chain mail suit custom made ^.^
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:iconthehitwoman:
TheHitwoman Featured By Owner May 9, 2007
Very nice! Wonderfully illustrated and easy to understand, I've been wondering how to choose the correct ring sizes. Great job!
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:iconspiritedfin:
SpiritedFin Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2007
this is tight
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:iconfreespirit2moon:
FreeSpirit2Moon Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2007   Photographer
What an amaizing tutorial. I can't wate to try this out. Thank you so much for such a wonderrful job!
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:iconpatteee:
Patteee Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2007
WOW your tutorial is FANTASTIC!!! Great visual and step by step! I get so confused by the thrid step ~ try and try again~
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the-moof Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2006  Professional Photographer
ooh i acutally did this with a bit of wire. its so fun. looks cool. but if you let it slip, you really are screwed. i can't untangle it hahahaha.
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Sketchy-Stories Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2006  Professional Artisan Crafter
Wow! This is very cool. I've been working with chain mail for a few years now making everything from dice bags to a full out shirt, but have never attempted this weave. Very nice tutorial.
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:iconzikes:
zikes Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2006  Professional Artist
Thanks! I hope you give dragonscale a shot, it's a fun weave and really not much harder than 4-1 or 6-1 once you get the hang of it :D
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sweet-shadow91 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2006
ahhhh my comment got deleted halfway through typing it!!!!!!HOW IS THIS POSSIBLE!??!!?!??
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sweet-shadow91 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2006
awesome tutorial dude.....i have an unrelated question for all who see this, WHY IS EVERYONE ON THIS SITE LIKE 18-25?!?!?
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FrogPond Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2006
I'm 41. But there are a lot of younger people. I suppose by my age most have lost touch with the dream. I'm just childish I guess.
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jackofallsiutes Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2006
kool now how do u make the rings?
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:iconzikes:
zikes Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2006  Professional Artist
Starting with a single piece of long wire (I tend to use welding wire or fencing wire) you wrap it around a metal rod to form a tight coil, or spring. Once you have that you can cut rings from it.

There are a few techniques for getting the wire coiled around the rod. The one I use is I drill a hole perpendicularly through the rod about 1.5-2 inches from one end, then stick that end of the rod into a variable speed electric hand drill so that the hole is just outside of the drill. Then I thread the wire through that hole in the rod and slowly power up the drill, using one (gloved!) hand to guide the wire along and press it firmly against the rod as it turns.
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:iconblrose:
blrose Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2006
...what is this for? Is this a program...or a game...:XD: I'm confused.
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:iconzikes:
zikes Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2006  Professional Artist
:giggle: It's instructions for creating a pattern of rings in real life, such as that used in my chainmaille vest :)
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:iconblrose:
blrose Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2006
:jawdrop: Wow...amazing.
:D Thanks for answering my question.
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:icondrocan:
Drocan Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2006  Student General Artist
It's for reality. A guide for crafting real chainmail using real metal. The dragonscale style is but one of the many methods of mail creation, and this was desined for armorers or jewlers who wish to learn it.
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:iconblrose:
blrose Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2006
Oh...wow...that's a lot of work.
Thanks for replying. :D
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:iconcrescent-pallas:
Crescent-Pallas Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2006  Hobbyist Photographer
I luff tutorials!! they always help me!!^__^ Thank you!!
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:iconzikes:
zikes Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2006  Professional Artist
No problem! Be sure and post a photo if you make anything so I can see! :excited:
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:iconcrescent-pallas:
Crescent-Pallas Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2006  Hobbyist Photographer
will do!!^__^
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:icongendoikari87:
Gendoikari87 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2006
Nice tutorial, but If you have Autodesk inventor 10 you already have a chain mail template.
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:iconzikes:
zikes Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2006  Professional Artist
Good to know :)
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:iconcodeclassified:
CodeClassified Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah, ive tried chainmaille before and just failed, but didnt have the heart to trash all my tiny little circlets i had made -_- so it sits deformed in my closet, this may just inspire me to try again ^^
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:iconzikes:
zikes Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2006  Professional Artist
I hope you do! Chainmaille's a great hobby, and can even be used to make jewelry. If you're having problems with a weave you can find more tutorials here: [link] :)
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:iconcodeclassified:
CodeClassified Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you so much ^_^
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:iconcommandercarpool:
CommanderCarpool Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2006
where do you get the rings from? earlier you said about silver and aluminum and such, but do you buy the metal in rings or do you buy it in strands and turn the strands into rings yourself?
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