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Chinese Dragon
Chinese Dragon
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Chinese Dragon

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This 3D Chinese Dragon is fun to create with Perler beads. Change the colors for an entirely different dragon!

Step: 1

Bead Colors Needed:

  • White - 84
  • Black - 10
  • Yellow - 43
  • Red - 47
  • Orange - 14
  • Green - 88
  • Dark Green - 42
  • Fire Stripe - 60
  • Cucumber Stripe - 218

See the Supply List for beads and tools you can purchase here. You will also need:

  • Quick-drying adhesive
Step: 2

Download the PDF for the Chinese Dragon Project Pattern. You will use the large heart pegboard to create your project. Place your beads following the pattern.

Step: 3

Ask an adult to fuse your designs. Place your pegboard on a flat, heat-safe surface. Set a household iron to the medium setting. Place ironing paper over the pegboard. In a circular motion, begin to iron the project. When ironed properly, the beads will still have open centers. DO NOT OVER-IRON as this will cause the beads to close and can make assembly of your project more challenging. Let the design cool.

Step: 4

Remove the paper and bead design from the pegboard. Flip the design over to expose the non-fused side. Repeat the fusing. Let cool completely. Once the design is cool, peel off the ironing paper. Your pegboards and ironing paper are reusable.

Note: Beads need heat for about 10-20 seconds per side to fuse evenly. Lift the paper occasionally to see how the beads are fusing. Additional heating time may be required.

Step: 5

ASSEMBLY: Connect the dragon’s body and backside together using the spacers—insert them between the front and back pieces at the positions marked by the blue Xs.

Step: 6

Glue the tail to the dragon’s backside.

Step: 7

Place the tongue into mouth as follows. Work from the front of the head fitting the plus shape end through to the back. To wiggle the tongue, simply press the tongue on the back of the head.