You can tell by this week’s dragon that I’ve been thinking about warmer weather. Meet Ciro, whose name means “sun.” I think it works perfectly with his ocean blue colors, seashell charms and bright golden sparkles. Just like a day at the beach.
If you’d like to see my other dragon creations so far, I’ve made a Thursday’s Dragon Pinterest board just for them.
Click on any of the photos for a closer look.
To get all those lovely crackles the gold leaf is applied to a sheet of polymer clay. The thickness setting on the pasta machine is turned down by one notch and the sheet with the gold is run through, producing crackles that go in one direction.
Then the thickness is turned down another notch and the sheet is run through again, turned 90 degrees. This gives the even, all over crackles.
The dragon is from a mold I made of a dragon cameo I sculpted last year. This time I only molded the body and wings. It was so delicate, though, that I put it in the freezer for 30 minutes before trying to unmold it.
After crackling the gold leaf on the clay I pressed into it with a rubber stamp to add some detail. It was hard to see the impression until after adding the brown paint, and it’s not as deep or consistent as I’d like.
But I do like those little gems dangling from the corners!
What treasures will he be guarding in that little box? I wonder…
Check out this post on Errol, dragon #1, for the details on why I am making a dragon every week in 2015.