How to Make Dragon Eggs

We’re hard at work over here prepping for RCCC 2016 and I thought it was only fair to share the love on how to make dragon eggs. So here we go!

You will need:

  • 1- 4″ foam egg (I order them from Amazon)2016-07-10 08.47.19
  • 200- aluminum scales, 7/8″ (You can buy them here.)
  • 1- large key ring
  • 1- 2.5×2.5″ square of cloth
  • low temperature hot glue gun & extra sticks of glue

You are welcome to use different size foam cores and scales, obviously. And feel free to mix and match scale colors. Or even paint silver scales with nail polish. One very important note is that it’s vital to use a low temperature hot glue gun. The glue should be cool enough that when you apply the scale you won’t get burned. If the glue it hot enough, it might react and melt with the foam. So please don’t do that.


 

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Glue three scales to the top of the egg, covering the center hole. Tip: When attaching the scale, press near the rear of the scale where the hole is. Otherwise the scale will stick out and the rest of the scales won’t be flush with the egg.

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Attach three more scales to fill the gaps of the first three scales.

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Now you have a ring of six scales around the top of the egg. Attach six more scales in the gaps so that they overlap.

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Add another ring of six scales to fill the gaps made by the previous row (see the pattern here?)

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This is the trickiest part. The egg is going to be too wide at this point to stick with six scales in each ring. So you’ll need to transition to 12 scales per row. The easiest way is to place two scales in the gap from the previous row, then in the next row, place six more scales, then twelve. By that point you should have an egg that looks like this.

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Now you’ll be placing twelve scales in each row.

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Wash, rinse, repeat. Twelve scales in each row. Overlap, overlap, overlap. Covering the holes is the hardest part for this whole process. I wish I could find scales without the holes, but I would need or order several thousand in a special color and we’re just not ready to do that yet.

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When you near the bottom of the egg, the scales will flair out a little, and that’s ok. Keep going until you’re just about at the bottom.

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When you get to the bottom of the egg, this will all depend on how you spaced the scales. Each egg will be slightly different. This blue egg had six scales on the very bottom. I did others using eight or ten scales on the very bottom ring. That part’s really up to you. Next we’ll work on the base.

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Ok next we need to take the keyring and the material. I use crushed velvet for these, but you’re welcome to use whatever material you would like. This is hokey, but it will make a nice base for the egg. It covers the bottom of the egg, and provides a nice soft surface for the egg to rest on.

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Glue the corners of the material to cover the keyring.

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Glue the other corners to form a square.

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Glue the corners to round out the shape. This part doesn’t have to be perfect, this will be under the egg.

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Glue the ring to the bottom of the egg and you’re ready to go!

2016-07-08 16.03.04-2Happy egging!

How to Make Dragon Eggs

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