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Dreamcatcher tutorial: Ch. 2 by netherwings Dreamcatcher tutorial: Ch. 2 by netherwings
Here you go, the Dreamcatcher Tutorial - learn how to make a dreamcatcher, Netherwings-style!
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Chapter 1, explaining how to make the ring and net:



I hope you like it, I worked hard! And even more I hope that you will give it a try! Making dreamcatchers is my greatest passion, and I hope that this tutorial will inspire more people to try and, hopefully, love this craft :heart:


Now, I just want to make one thing clear.
It has come to my attention in my internet-lurking for dreamcatchers to stare longingly look at, that many people who make these with one thing in mind: to make them as authentically as possible. That means no glue, no metal rings, no fake leather and so on. I absolutely respect this, but I have a different view.

I use metal rings because they are easier to get hold of here, and because it would take a lot to break it.
I use glue because I want my leather to stay on, my nets to hold and my feathers not to fly away. I do not feel like a sellout for that, it is just the way I do it.
I use fake leather because I don't like using the real thing for several reasons (though I did in the beginning, as I didn't know about Skai leather), and because it's easier to get hold of.
I hope others will respect my opinion on this, as I respect theirs :)

Another thing that laid very heavily on my heart while I was considering selling my dreamcatchers online, is that dreamcatchers originally are a Native American, Ojibwe, tradition. The internet told me that many real descendants of Native Americans are saddened by the fact that cheap dreamcatchers are mass produced and sold by people who claim to be the real thing.
This is not what I do.
Making dreamcatchers is a craft that I fully devote myself to, and each and every one I make is filled with a lot of dedication and love. I have developed my own way of making them, and I sincerely hope that I offend no one by doing this.


..and that's that. :)
If you decide to give dreamcatcher-making a try, please link your result in the comments and I will feature it! :woohoo:

Please enjoy the tutorial, full view or download and all that jazz, I hope you will like it!


Love,
Vilde

:peace: & :heart:
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VoiceOfVirtue Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I've been looking for a good dream catcher tutorial for a while now - thank you so much! :lol:
I'm quite excited about making one. Soon as I gather some stuff, I'll get right to it. :XD:
Great tutorial! Easy to understand and follow and makes everything seem pretty easy and very possible :P
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myks0 Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
heya!
just finished making one for me and one for my friend, here: [link]
fantastic tutorial, thanks!
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Charmed-Ravenclaw Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You have been featured here: [link]
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Titanium-Alex Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012
This sounds great! I have a couple of dreamcatchers but I'd love to make my own ;D
I'm on holiday at the moment, but when I get home I'll give this a go! I'll link back if I do :D
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Minimjush Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Hobbyist
Thank you very much, I'll definitely make one. I don't have all the gears, but I'll try make one in any case. Cant wait!
I'll link the result if I find a camera...
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netherwings Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
Great! Yes, please link, good luck! :)
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Luxurychoccie Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I really love this tutorial, you made the netting so easy to understand!
Im making one for my boyfriend for our 10-month anniversary thingy :3 So I wont post the pic until after it incase he sees, but I will definitely post a pic :D
Taken my own spin on it a little though :) Wrapped several different colours of wool in sections around the metal ring to make it bright and funky looking :D
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netherwings Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
Glad you think so! That sounds lovely, I'd love to see it when you are done! :)
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JRollendz Featured By Owner May 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I really want to make one now! Yours came out so beautiful! Where can you find leather and the rings?
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netherwings Featured By Owner May 19, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
Oh, I am happy to hear that! I get the rings from www.pandurohobby.com, but I guess you can get something like them at your typical crafts store. If not, you can get 2mm thick aluminum wire (at least that's what I've previously used, but I am sure you can use other sturdy wires) and make your own rings! The Skai leather I also found at a crafts store, but if you are unsure of where to get leather you can probably go ask you local shoemaker :) That's what I did!
Good luck finding the supplies then, and please show me when you have finished your very own dreamcatcher! I would love to see it ^__^
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JRollendz Featured By Owner May 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I found a craft store that has the leather, but they don't have the rings. Thank you! :) Im excited. Ive been collecting dream catchers since I was a kid! Cant wait to make one!
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florecitairlanda Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012
so good
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netherwings Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
Thank you! (:
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annefleurhay Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I really like this one, it is very awesome with all the green and black, great job:la:
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netherwings Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
Thaaanks :giggle: Glad you like it!
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la-chatte-noire Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so cool! I respect traditional dreamcatcher makers, too, but these things are so pretty, how can you not try to make one from what you have? I made a few pendant sized dreamcatchers with no leather, real or fake and no feathers and I love them! I'll have to try the flip, I didn't have any instructions the first time. Thank you!
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netherwings Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
Thank you! Glad to hear it, and i totally agree! The flip is great, it really helps you get the middle of the web, well, in the middle. :giggle: Dreamcatcher pendants are wonderful indeed, and so much fun to make!
Thanks for stopping by, I hope my little tutorial was of use :)
(And I apologize for the very late reply, I have been away from dA for a while :) )
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SnowbellSeedrian Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011
Sweet! I want to try to make one!
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netherwings Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
Thanks! If you do, please show me! :)
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jesspotter Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm going to be making one for a class on the brain and dreaming that I'm taking right now. Thanks for the awesome tutorial!
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netherwings Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011  Student Artisan Crafter
How nice to hear! Please show me your result, if you ever post it here on dA :)
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jesspotter Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
My mom took it home with her but as soon as I get home, I'll make sure to take a picture and post it.
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netherwings Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011  Student Artisan Crafter
Ah, then I look forward to seeing it. :)
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jesspotter Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
[link] I got it up!
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:iconnetherwings:
netherwings Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2011  Student Artisan Crafter
Saw it! It is wonderful, I am very glad that you found my tutorial usable :)
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:iconjesspotter:
jesspotter Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! My teacher absolutely loved it!
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netherwings Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011  Student Artisan Crafter
Hehe, good to hear! :)
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Lilseena Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
When my exams are over I will try this out :)
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netherwings Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011  Student Artisan Crafter
Yay! Looking forward to seeing what you come up with ^__^
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Xerces Featured By Owner May 23, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Another awesome tutorial. This is so informative and detailed. well done
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netherwings Featured By Owner May 24, 2011  Student Artisan Crafter
Again, thank you! If you ever give it a try, please do link your result to me if you post it on dA :) :heart:
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Xerces Featured By Owner May 28, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
I would be glad to!
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netherwings Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2011  Student Artisan Crafter
:hug:
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ArcticWolfSpirit Featured By Owner May 20, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
i REALLY want to try this now!!! where do you get the rings, and is there something else I could use for them?
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netherwings Featured By Owner May 21, 2011  Student Artisan Crafter
Yay! Glad to hear it! :la: I get my rings from Panduro: [link] [link] and [link] , but you can also make your own from strong metal wire (I do that if I want a different size from those three) or use any wooden or plastic ring you find. I prefer the metal ones because they are heavy and very durable - it would take a lot to break them and they don't wilt like wood might.

I hope you find some you can use, and please show me your finished dreamcatcher! :heart:
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ArcticWolfSpirit Featured By Owner May 21, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
i will, if i ever get time to make one ^-^"
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netherwings Featured By Owner May 22, 2011  Student Artisan Crafter
I hope you do ^___^
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ArcticWolfSpirit Featured By Owner May 22, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
i will try!! ^-^
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Property-of-Gaara Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2011
I think your dream catchers are adorable, I am half native american [candian XD] myself, and although there may be a few things I personally would change, I do adore your work, and applaud that you do respect this tradition the way you do and you do see it as a craft.

thank you :]
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netherwings Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2011  Student Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much! That is wonderful praise indeed, I appreciate it :thanks: It is very important to me that I offend no one by making dreamcatchers the way I do, and it is a relief to hear that you like them. (Could I ask what you'd change? Just curious :P )

No, thank you! :giggle:
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Property-of-Gaara Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011
teehee, personally I would put a shell turned into a bead ad the center piece, or a natural stone or even a piece of leather and do the webbing in between that piece of leather and the outer ring [if that makes sense XD] but over all yours are beautiful! :3 keep up the amazing work!
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netherwings Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2011  Student Artisan Crafter
Ah yes, I've tried that with the leather in the middle, but only once a long time ago so I'll probably be trying it again soon! I'd like to find some real leather first though, the Skai leather that I use has a white backside and isn't very pretty when both sides show. But thanks for the input, I appreciate your thoughts! And thank you for the compliments :heart:
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Property-of-Gaara Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2011
you're welcome :3 I'd love to see it if you do do a leather middle one!
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:iconnetherwings:
netherwings Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2011  Student Artisan Crafter
I'll make sure to post it if I do! ^___^
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Property-of-Gaara Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2011
yay XD :3
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ladyMargolotta Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011
what about the knot in the middle of the net?
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netherwings Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2011  Student Artisan Crafter
Before you put the mid-bead in, you mean? Just a regular, tight knot with a dot of glue on top. Sorry for not mentioning it in the tutorial. :)
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ladyMargolotta Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2011
i mean when u run out of thread (or break it) and u had to add more. im happy u had it on this dreamcatcher so i could ask. is there a trick to kinda hide it?
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netherwings Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011  Student Artisan Crafter
Oh, hide the knot connecting the new thread you mean? I always try to position it (by tightening extra) so that it will be hidden under some beads or in one of the net-knots, if that makes sense. Hope that helps! :)
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ladyMargolotta Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011
yep, thanx!
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