GOT Dragon Mobile
March 21, 2014

Game of Thrones dragon mobile

Last January when I was at the Alt Summit in Salt Lake City, I met my kindred spirit, Asia Rau Vinton, of Sparrow Soirées. I mentioned to her that one night at the conference I just went back to my room at the hotel and snuggled up in bed to watch a few episodes of HBO’s Game of Thrones. She gasped as she also loves that show. Our meeting was destiny.

We immediately concocted a plan to rendezvous back in Seattle to do a GOT Craft day. Was there such a place where our nerd-geek love of fantasy/sci-fi meets crafting? If so, we wanted to be there. Who wouldn’t want to wear a pipe-cleaner crown and make dragon mobiles? I’m sure Daenerys Targaryan would approve.

This mobile was inspired by a 1964 book by the name of Christmas Magic written by Margaret Perry. I bought the book off Etsy and immediately fell in love with the retro mobiles featured in the book. I love them so much I’m sure you will be seeing more of them in months to come. So for now instead of angels and Christmas balls, you will be getting dragons. :)

Christmas Magic

MATERIALS

  • Silhouette Cameo with Connect software
  • Dragon template (PDF)
  • Black text weight paper
  • Glue stick
  • X-acto knife
  • 18 gauge dark annealed wire
  • Round needle nosed pliers
  • Wire cutters

Dragon mobile materials

INSTRUCTIONS

Step 1:

Download the PDF template and open in Adobe Illustrator. Open through the Connect software and cut out 3 sets of dragons. (1 body and 2 wings each)

Step 2:

Glue on one wing to each side of the body, with the curved edges closest to the head.

Glue wings

Step 3:

Now measure and cut your wire in the following pieces:
2 – 7″ pieces
1 – 5″ piece
3 – 3″ pieces

Use your needle nose pliers to create a small loop at each end of the pieces.

Wire

Step 4:

Now make a kink in the middle of one of the 7″ pieces.

Wire kink

Step 5:

Make a small hole right in front of the wings using your x-acto knife. This is where you will thread a 3″ piece of wire through. Do this step to all 3 dragons.

Thread wire

Step 6:

Hang on one on each end of the kinked wire.

Hang dragons

Step 7:

Take the other 7″ piece and connect it onto the kinked loop. Then hang the last dragon onto the opposite end.

Take your index finger and try and balance the wire on your finger. Find the sweet spot where it’s even and kink that wire with your pliers.

Balance

Step 8:

Take your 5″ piece of wire and connect it to that kinked wire.

Top piece

You can hang it directly from that top piece or thread some string or fishing line through the loop to hang.

Dragon Mobile

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10 Responses

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  2. oddncurious says:

    That book looks very cool!! I’d wager I did a few of those crafts in elementary school–it was the same (ahem, cough, cough) time frame that I was in elementary school!

    But what, if you please, is “annealed wire??” I don’t have A Hound to guide me through the wilderness to retrieve such a treasure, so I hope I can find it at Lowes!!

    lol….

    • Annealed wire is a heating process used to make the wire more bendable, and over time it doesn’t harden like other wires. I also think the process is what gives it that darkish color. I would assume they have it at Lowes. I got mine at Dick Blick art store, they might sell it online.

  3. oddncurious says:

    Oh, p.s.

    Love, love the dragon mobile…fabulous!!

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  5. Larakathy says:

    Great website and amazing ideas for stocking stuffers. Merry Christmas to you & your family.

   

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