This week’s dragon was inspired by the work of Melody Tallon over on Flickr. She has made a wonderful series of goblets, among other things, that just make me smile.
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Her surface techniques include having a textured base layer of clay covered with mica powders. Over that are beautiful squiggles, scrolls and dots of the main color. I found it utterly enchanting and wanted to make something similar in a dragon.
In order to do so Andrea had to be baked quite a few times. First after the initial shaping, texturing & mica powdering. Then I’d add dots & scrolls until I was pretty sure I’d squish something… another baking. More scrolls & dots… another baking, and so on until I felt like she was done.
If you’d like to see my other dragon creations so far, I’ve made a Thursday’s Dragon Pinterest board just for them.
For the wings I sketched out my design, scanned it into the computer and made a horizontally flipped copy. Both copies were placed under glass and I added the thin scrolled snakes over the drawn lines onto the glass.
Then I mixed mica powders with Translucent Liquid Sculpey and filled in various areas of the wings. These were baked right on the glass. While they were still warm out of the oven I used a blade to remove them from the glass and placed them over a bit of rolled up tissue so they’d cool into a slightly curved shape.
Check out this post on Errol, dragon #1, for the details on why I am making a dragon every week in 2015.