Hi everyone! Sorry I missed last Thursday’s Dragon last week, but I was SO sick. I’m much better now, and trying to get caught up. One of these weeks we’ll have two dragons to make it up.
Check out this post on Errol, dragon #1, for the details on why I’ve challenged myself to make a dragon every week in 2015.
Meet Tymon, dragon #17 in my year-long series. He is done with a faux raku pottery technique I’ve been wanting to try for a long time.
Click on any of the photos for a closer look.
I saw Tim Holtz demonstrate the technique about 10 years ago, in his DVD The Journey Continues. The raw clay is painted with Micaceous Iron Oxide and then baked. After it’s baked mica powders are applied and then rubbed in, which gives that glow of different colors.
Tymon is a form of the name “Timothy,” which seemed to fit.
The glass-like dots on his wings are done with UV resin, Magic Glos. After the holes were cut out and the wings baked, I applied packing tape to the backs of the wings and then added dots of the resin. Then it went into the sun to cure. The packing tape peeled right off, leaving the clear resin in the holes.
The resin can be baked, but it did turn a bit amber in the oven. That was fine for this project, but if I want it to stay clear I’ll have to remember to save the resin as a final step in future.
The faux raku pottery is a fun and simple technique and I’m looking forward to using it on other projects.
If you’d like to see my other dragon creations so far, I’ve made a Thursday’s Dragon Pinterest board just for them.