Crochet Baby Dragon with Polymer Clay Dragon Egg
How many works of crochet have you seen that are as extraordinary as this little crochet dragon tucked in its egg?
It’s the creation of Kridah from Norway. Kridah refers to herself as a “hobbyist.” I think she’s an artist. She’s also a free-spirited Pokémon-phile who respects animals and the environment and loves to travel.
But I digress.
Kridah created her crochet dragon organically, without a crochet pattern or – as far as I can ascertain – a precedent to use as a guide.
Many of you have surely found yourselves engrossed in your crochet, knitting, or other crafts and losing track of time, forgetting to count your stitches or neglecting to write down the steps. That’s what happened to Kridah, who commented, “I’m sorry that I don’t have any more WIP pictures than these. I got too eager while working on this so I forgot almost all about taking pictures.”
Thankfully, she did take some excellent photos of key parts of the process…
Before you take on this project or a variation on it, be aware that to create a crochet baby dragon like this one, you’ll have to be proficient in eyeing a crochet piece and recreating it. It helps to buy a toy or knick knack similar in shape to what you want to make to help you get the gauge and shapes you need. Skills you’ll need include increasing, decreasing, crocheting around wire, weaving, joining, etc.
Take a few minutes to look around at existing crochet dragon patterns and tutorials. You may find one that you prefer to this, but at the least you’ll find instructions that may help you with recreating portions of this adorable little guy (or gal).
See more dragon crochet patterns on Etsy.
The egg is pretty easy in comparison, and I’ve written out a tutorial below. Polymer clay is a medium used for crafts and fine arts, yet it can be baked in a toaster oven. No kiln! The catch is, you shouldn’t use anything for food that has been used for polymer clay. There are methods for creating a container that sits within your big oven in which you can safely bake polymer clay, but I think it’s a heck of a lot easier to pick up a used toaster oven at Goodwill or a yard sale and use that for your polymer clay projects.
Or, if you prefer, you can crochet your dragon egg.
Before starting, ensure that you have the materials and equipment that you need.
Materials and Equipment
Crochet Baby Dragon:
- Sewing thread
- Beige (same color as the clay) and
- Red (primary shade)
- Embroidery Floss
- Red (primary)
- Dark brown
- Cotton Yarn (crocheters/knitters/weavers, please help me out and comment to confirm or correct the yarn weight)
- Fine/sport weight (this is my best guess based on the photo)
- Dark brown, dark red, and off-white
- Poly-fil or other material for stuffing
- Dragon Eyes (3-6mm)
- Note: dragon eyes would be easy to make using a combination of regular and liquid polymer clay. Do a Google search to find multiple tutorials like this one.
- One large, hollow, plastic “Easter” egg
- Affiliate link provided above for example purposes. I’m guessing she used a jumbo, 10-inch egg, but I’d recommend finishing the dragon first, then measuring it or taking it with you to your local dollar store or craft store to find the right egg.
- Polymer clay (Sculpey or Fima in a light, neutral color
- Nail polish
- Dark red
- Pigment powder
- Dark brown
- Note: as an inexpensive alternative, try using ground coffee. Grind it into a finer powder using a mortar and pestle
- Acrylic sealer (optional)
- Super glue
- Sandpaper (fine grit)
- Sewing needle
- Embroidery needle
- Crochet hook
- Size B to E (my best guess is D)
- Sculpting wire
- Toaster oven for crafts only. Many polymer clay crafters use conventional ovens by making containers to keep the polymer clay fumes, particles, etc. isolated. Here’s an article about baking polymer clay in a conventional oven, and here’s another.
- Clay roller, a rolling pin dedicated to crafts only, or a straight sided glass or ca
- A clay rolling machine (or pasta machine dedicated to crafts only) or 1/16-1/8 inch, flat sticks or children’s books for rolling clay to a specific thickness
- A clear ruler
- Clay styling/detailing tools
Making the Dragon Egg
Krida used a hollow plastic egg – the kind we use to put jelly beans and such in at Easter – and coated it with polymer clay. She used Fimo polymer clay for this project. Sculpey is another good brand of polymer clay; you can use either for this project. If you’ve never worked with polymer clay before, take heed: you may be in for a new addiction.
There aren’t many specifics regarding how she created the scales, so I’m going to give some tips based on how I would approach parts of this project. Please, for goodness’ sake, if you have some better methods and ideas, comment below and share them with us!
- Make a 1″ clay tube.
- Using beige or other off-white clay (something light that can be painted over), soften the clay by kneading it with your fingers or rolling it over and over until you have a 1-inch, solid round or square tube.
- Flatten the bottom of your tube (if it’s round) and pinch the sides and top into a point, working the clay tube into a long triangle of the width and height you want your scales (about 1/2″ to 3/4″ wide at the base and the same 1/2″ to 3/4″ height from base to point).
- Here’s a tutorial on making polymer clay Easter egg petals that will give you a sense of how to make the scales.
- Now, cut the scales.
- Choose how thick you want your scales to be: about 1-2 mm each is about right.
- Here’s where your clear ruler comes in handy; use it to mark your triangle cane at 1mm (or 2mm) intervals so that you can cut the scales as evenly as possible.
- Prepare the egg
- Very lightly sand the outside of the egg to create tiny scratches in its surface. You just want to roughen up the surface to help the clay adhere to the egg.
- Starting placing the triangles (scales) beginning at the bottom of the egg.
- Use a little super glue or liquid clay on the bottom of each scale to ensure it sticks.
- It’s easier (IMO) to flip the egg upside down so that you can start high and work downward, but choose what’s easiest for you. Either way, lay an even circle of scales in one row, with the tops of the triangles pointing toward the bottom – widest – part of the egg.
- As you place each scale, press the very edges of each one using one of the rounded clay tools (I like this set) so that the scales look beveled (see photo)
- Lay the next row sort of like bricks, placing a triangle between each of the scales on the previous row. And so on until the egg is covered.
- Make an aluminum foil “nest” on which to bake your egg.
- Scrunch up aluminum foil so that you can cradle your egg in it, keeping the shapes of your scales intact.
- Bake the egg following the time and temperature instructions on the package(s) of clay.
- Use nail polish to paint the scales
- Once the scales are dry, use pigment powder to add a bit of speckle to the scales and shading to the beveled edges
- Seal the piece with acrylic sealer and set aside to dry
Making the Crochet Baby Dragon
Starting with the body, use the dark brown yarn to make the sides and top of the body. It looks like she may have done sc in the round, starting at the bottom with perhaps 6-8 sts total at the tail (3 on each side, one on top, one on bottom), increasing up to 21-24 or so sts at its widest near the wings, then reducing again for the neck, and going back and weaving in the white on the chest (about 7 sts across). The face may have been stitched separately then attached.
The mouth is in red embroidery floss, and the teeth may be just loops of floss between sts of the red.
If you’re good at crocheting what you can see, Kridah has done a good job of taking key photos for you to work from. What do you think, are you going to give it a try? Have you already made your own crocheted dragon? Feel free to share yours, comment, etc.!