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Maleficent Dragon Form Plush by intelligent-zombie Maleficent Dragon Form Plush by intelligent-zombie
Holy friggin' crap, this image is 2 MB in size. D: I saved it as a .PNG so the details would stay, but...sorry in advance.

I will say something--I LOVE old-school Disney. Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Fantasia--it was all the stuff that sparked my imagination and creativity as a kid. The animation and its principles were so far ahead considering the time, and the movies were utmost enjoyable. Out of all of them, however, the one that stands out most in my mind is "Sleeping Beauty", mainly because of its colorful cast of characters. I LOVED Flora, Fauna and Merriweather, but hands-down the biggest badass in the movie was Maleficent, the villainess.

So I was talking with someone and Maleficent was brought up in the discussion--namely, her dragon form, which she uses to try and ward off Prince Phillip in the movie. I LOVED her dragon form as a kid, and I was sad when Phillip killed her, but that scene is one of the most memorable Disney scenes ever to me. A badass, beautiful, FEMALE dragon--very, very rare for that time, trust me. So we were having some fun and suddenly, my friend mentions it was his dream to own a Maleficent dragon-form plush. I thought it over, and I figured, "You know what, I'm going to try and tackle that." Being that I love dragon-Maleficent myself, it naturally gave me a lot of motivation.

At first I didn't think I could do it when I started drafting the pattern for the head, but over time I gained confidence, and worked my fingers to the bone for three days straight. What you're looking at now is the final result of my hard work--a full-fledged Maleficent-dragon plushie, my biggest work to date, and quite possibly my best.

The finished plush, overall, from the tip of the tail to the neck, is 33 inches long, and is about 18 inches high. She is made entirely out of minky, with felt details. She has crafting wire sewn into her neck and tail, which makes them poseable. The wing and frill membranes were made using a transparent purple silk I managed to find for a good bargain price at Jo-Ann Fabrics ;3 The head details were hand-painted, and I don't know if you can see it in the pictures, but her mouth does open.

Really, these pictures do not do the actual thing justice...she looks AMAZING in real life. I am just so proud of her, from her body to her little felt claws. :heart: I also couldn't find a good place to photograph her; the couch was too small...so now you can see what a friggin' mess my apartment is. XD

SHE IS NOT FOR SALE. Not now, not ever. She is going to a very special someone whom I hold close to my heart :heart: I also highly doubt I'm going to make one like her again, even though I did save the pattern for future reference. So far though, she is one-of-a-kind and I guess I'm going to keep it that way for now.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy these pictures anyway, and thanks for looking!


Maleficent's dragon form is owned by Disney
Plush pattern and details are entirely my own
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:icongresildaofshadow:
GresildaOfShadow Dec 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're a really good plush maker <3
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Drachefrau Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Wonderful dragon! The internet needs more dragon plushes of this quality!
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intelligent-zombie Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! ^^ I'm glad you like her. I hope my BF likes her too~
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:iconohpeng:
This is awesome!

I'm actually looking to make one like this myself. Is there anyway I could get the pattern you used?
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intelligent-zombie Jul 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you =) I would really love to post the pattern, but it is a BIG pattern and my scanner only fits 8.5 x 11 inch pictures. D: However, if I figure out a way, I'll be sure to put it up.
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:iconohpeng:
That'd be awesome. And I'd even take it piece by piece if that's the only way you could :D
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intelligent-zombie Jul 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay, I'll see what I can do =) It'll take a long time to retrace the pattern and scan all those bits, but hopefully it will be worth it.

I'd upload a tutorial too, but honestly, I worked three days straight on her and I have no idea what I did step-by-step...and I don't have pictures either. D: I just have some WIPs of the cut-out pieces and the head.
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:iconohpeng:
On a side note, while I'm planning my own, how did you get the wire to stick/what did you do with it?

I figure I need to make a frame of sorts, but I can't quite get how to get all the material around it.
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intelligent-zombie Aug 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh? I didn't use a frame for mine. The only wires I used were crafting wire in the neck and tail. Everything else was just stuffed or glued to look that way.
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Midori250 Jul 18, 2012  Student Filmographer
wow! this is really good!
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