Jun 252015
 

This week’s dragon is Lüsèlóng (pronounced loose-a-long.) He’s another one from the Tigers Voyage book, and the third dragon they encounter on their trip.

Click on any of the photos for a closer look.

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I think I have I’ve had the most fun with this dragon so far adding all of the details that the author describes in the book.

If you’d like to keep up with my dragon creations this year, I’ve made a Thursday’s Dragon Pinterest board just for them.

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Here are some of the descriptions from the novel.

  • long sinuous body
  • bearded
  • long tongue
  • four short limbs with taloned feet
  • earth dragon
  • green
  • golden eye
  • camoflagued in trees
  • head is brown and knobby like old driftwood
  • snout is long like a crocodile with pointed teeth
  • large antlers on back of the head
  • moss hanging off the horns in sections
  • golden taloned feet
  • scales resemble green leaves layered over each other
  • brown beard & mane look like rich cocoa waves of corn silk
  • silky hair in a thin patch down its back like a horse’s mane endings in a long bushy tail

The branch that he’s sitting on is a bit of an oak tree that was taken down in our yard a few weeks ago. I think it suits him perfectly.

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He’s described as being a hunter and when the characters in the book first see him they actually can’t find him because he’s camouflaged in the trees. So I tried to make him look like he’s sitting there waiting to pounce on them.

This was a fun project, but all all those scales took a while to do. I do love how they came out though.

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I had to pre-bake him several times. First I baked the body without scales so that the shape would be set, then I added about half the scales and baked it again. That way I could hold onto the set scaled section while I added the remaining scales. All in all rather complex but I’m quite pleased with how he came out.

To learn why I’ve challenged myself to make a dragon every week in 2015 check out this post on Errol, dragon #1.

 

 

Jun 232015
 

Happy What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday everyone!

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On this week’s work desk you can see that I’m working on planning an upcoming jewelry making video for my YouTube channel. I was working on the next dragon, but that’s been shoved aside while the dragon is pre-baking in the oven.

That purple case on the left is my Swarovski crystal case, and I’ve pulled out a rainbow of heart crystals for my next jewelry tutorial.

You can see in the lower center front I’m also trying out different beads, crystals, pearls and even trying leather and silk to see which will work best with what for what I have in mind. Lately I’ve been about a month ahead with the jewelry videos, so if you want to see the final project, check back in four weeks. :-)

In the upper left is yet another kumihimo project. After doing the Kumihimo video series on my YouTube channel, I suddenly can’t stop making them! So far I’m up four bracelets and a necklace with more planned. I’ll post pics on my Instagram when this one is done.

That’s what’s happening this week. Wondering why I’m sharing a photo of my desk? It’s a fun blog hop game we play over at Julia’s called What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday. Join in, all are welcome!

Jun 182015
 

Meet this week’s newest dragon, Sashi.  Like last week’s project, Jaide, she’s sitting on a container for treasures.

Click on any of the photos for a closer look.

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She is atop what is called an inro box. I made this when I took a class over at CraftArtEdu by Donna Kato. Inro boxes have an interesting history as they were used as pockets in Japan because kimono don’t have pockets. If you look up inro boxes on Pinterest you’ll find many beautiful traditional ones as well as many made out of polymer clay.

To learn why I’m making a dragon every week check out this post on Errol, dragon #1, for the details.

dragon #23 Sashi (2)

In the class Donna showed us how to make her wavy cane. I, of course, had to make it more complicated and do mine in two colors but I really like how the white pearl and green work together with the dark purple.

I didn’t intend for Sashi to be faux ivory but the translucent mixed with a little bit of pearl clay after being baked for a long time ended up looking like just that so I went with it. :-)

dragon #23 Sashi (3)

And here is how the box opens. The bead above slides on the cord and will keep it closed.

This was a fun project, not only learning a new technique, but also learning all about a traditional Japanese handcraft.

Check back next week for dragon #24!

If you’d like to keep up with my dragon creations this year, I’ve made a Thursday’s Dragon Pinterest board just for them.

Jun 112015
 

Meet Jaide, Thursday’s Dragon #22.

To learn why I’m making a dragon every week check out this post on Errol, dragon #1, for the details.

dragon #22 Jaide 1

Click on any of the photos for a closer look.

This week’s Dragon project was fun and went rather quickly because many of the components that I used were things that were left over from other projects. The stones were left over from a fairy garden house. The branch was left over from practicing a technique from Christi Friesen’s book, Flourish.  The brown wooden part on the bottom was left over from the castle tiles on Rosalita, Thursday’s Dragon #6.

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Jade’s body is made with translucent clay colored with alcohol inks.

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I love the glass-like, almost semiprecious stone look that I got, hence the name Jaide.

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Jaide has a little secret, though. She is built on a mini Altoids tin. Kinda fun!

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If you’d like to keep up with my dragon creations this year, I’ve made a Thursday’s Dragon Pinterest board just for them.

Jun 052015
 

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In last week’s Friday Findings video I showed you the basics of kumihimo braiding. This week I show you how to add beads to your braided cords.

beaded kumihimo with lampwork heart

This necklace was made with seed beads of different sizes.

ombre kumihimo bracelet

This ombré kumihimo bracelet is an example of what you can do with larger beads.

kumihimo with flowers and leaves

And this piece was done with lucite flowers and leaves. It was tricky to keep the tension even in this one.

I definitely recommend you start with seed beads when you first try beaded kumihimo. Then work up to larger beads and different shapes.

To get started in kumihimo braiding you will need:

I’d love to see any kumihimo braiding/beading you try!

Enjoy the video and happy creating. :-)

You can watch the Friday Findings-Beaded Kumihimo video over at YouTube.

Jun 042015
 

For this week’s dragon I decided to try something I’ve been avoiding for a while:  applied scales.

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Click on any of the photos for a closer look.

I was avoiding it because it was hard to picture how to handle things like the arm & leg joints, how far to go onto the face, how to taper down to the tail, etc.

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Once I decided to go for it, things were just figured out as aI went along (my usual modus operandi.)

If you’d like to see my other dragon creations so far, I’ve made a Thursday’s Dragon Pinterest board just for them.

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Instead of solid colored scales I used use this extruder tutorial to make colorful scales. It was a good way to use some of a cane that I’ve never been thrilled with.

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The wings were a fun experiment that I think came out well. I can totally picture these in white clay with colored mica powders for a magical look

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What do you think? Which areas work and which do you think I could have done differently?

To learn why I’ve challenged myself to make a dragon every week in 2015 check out this post on Errol, dragon #1.

May 282015
 

Hello and welcome to the 20th in my year-long series of polymer clay dragons.

Click on any of the photos for a closer look.

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This week’s dragon is Gwenda, which means “white wave.” She’s a pretty girl, with her pink, green & silver swirls, and she likes pretty things. As you can see she’s found this pink heart shaped stone.

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If I were you, I would not try to take it from her. In fact, I’d suggest you not even look at it. Just in case. You wouldn’t want to lose a finger.

faux leopardskin jasper beads

Gwenda was made using the faux leopardskin jasper technique from Kim Schlinke and Ranee Ketzel’s book Polymer Clay Gemstones: The Art of Deception. These are some beads I made in the same way.

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I think I like the swirly pattern better than the spotted. Also, I’d like this better in different colors. It was a fun technique to play with and I’m looking forward to experimenting with bolder shades and different shapes.

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“Mine. All mine.”

To learn why I’ve challenged myself to make a dragon every week in 2015 check out this post on Errol, dragon #1.

May 212015
 

Hello and welcome to the 19th in my year-long series of polymer clay dragons!

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Meet Qīnglóng (pronounced “chíng-long”) the second dragon encountered in Tiger’s Voyage.

Click on any of the photos for a closer look.

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He is an ocean dragon and has a rather unpleasant attitude, which I hope I conveyed by his expression. He is described as being perched atop a castle ruin on a rocky island jutting out of the ocean, so I had some fun creating that.

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To keep him from being top heavy I buried a lead fishing weight in the front narrow part of the island. Tricky, eh?

dragon #19 Qinglong 4

The book gives quite a detailed picture:

  •  bearded, with a long sinuous body
  • water dragon
  • scaly skin is brilliant blue
  • yellow eyes, purple tongue
  • head is longer, narrowing more at the nose
  • fleshy, fat & lazy
  • grouchy, irritable
  • cheeks and brow covered with feathers that sweep away from its face and shimmer like fish scales in brilliant blues and purples
  • similar feathers flow down the spine of its back and fan out at its tail and limbs like the hair around a Clydesdale horse’s hooves
  • sharp golden talons
  • when annoyed feathers along the back & top of the head stand up like crested cockatoo

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I’m starting to understand what movie-makers are talking about when they adapt a book and say they feel they need to change things and not do them exactly as described on the pages.  There were details that seemed important for the character, and other details that just didn’t translate well from page to visual.

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Anyhow, I kinda like Qīnglóng and his grouchy attitude. :-)

To learn why I’ve challenged myself to make a dragon every week in 2015 check out this post on Errol, dragon #1.

May 192015
 

Happy What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday once again.

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Today I’m working on prep for an upcoming video tutorial on kumihimo braiding with beads. I first gave this technique a try over a year ago and decided it was time to add a couple tutorials to my YouTube channel.  Be watching for the series on kumihimo in a few weeks.

On my mp3 player this week are the podcasts by the producer of the Outlander series telling all the interesting behind-the-scenes bits about each episode. Fascinating! Are any of you watching? What did you think of the last episode?

That’s all I’ve got for this week. If you wonder why I’m sharing a photo of my desk, it’s this fun little blog hop game we play over at Julia’s called What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday. Join in, all are welcome!

May 142015
 

My dragon for this week is a character in a favorite book series of mine. Meet Lóngūn, the star dragon. (His name is pronounced “long-gín.”)

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.

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Click on any of the photos for a closer look.

If you’ve read the third book in the Tiger’s Curse series, Tiger’s Voyage, you’ll remember he is the first one encountered on the voyage.

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Here are the descriptions from the book:

  • looks more like a Chinese serpent with a long sinuous body
  • four short limbs with taloned feet
  • red, black underbelly, top is streaked with vermilion
  • seems to glow with red light
  • long black and red tendrils trailing from black bearded cheeks
  • shiny scales
  • long lashed eyes, red irises & black pupils
  • long red tongue
  • pointed black tufted ears
  • two reddish black spikes, more like horns protruding from back of the head
  • spikes are covered with black velvet like new antlers and are soft & rounded at the tips
  • coming through the sky like a sidewinder

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It was kind of fun making a sculpture to match a particular description. I also tried to show some of Lóngūn’s personality, although he’s got the least strong personality of all five of the dragons. I’m looking forward to doing some of the others even more.

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If you’d like to see my other dragon creations so far, I’ve made a Thursday’s Dragon Pinterest board just for them.