Apr 232015
 

Two of the dragons so far have been bracelets, and I decided this next one should be a necklace.

Check out this post on Errol, dragon #1, for the details on why I am making a dragon every week in 2015.

dragon #16 wyatt 1.JPG

Click on any of the photos for a closer look.

hollow lentil beads.JPG

I had a little fun the other day playing with leftover bits of polymer clay cane and the Sculpey Hollow Bead Maker.  The largest lentil bead is 1 3/4-inch in diameter and the smallest is 3/4-inch in diameter.

dragon #16 wyatt 2.JPG

My favorite bead was this blue, green and pearl one from some leftover mokume gane. The little dragon looks happy hanging out there, doesn’t he? Swelligant metal paints and patinas give him the look of an old cast sculpture.

dragon #16 wyatt 3.JPG

The silver wire Beehive and Ball of Yarn links are from Cindy Wimmer’s The Missing Link.

I was so happy to find that two of my old lampwork beads went nicely with this project, the green & white cylinder and the failed green & blue hollow bead. :-)

dragon #16 wyatt 4.JPG

I’m really pleased with how it all came together and think this necklace will get a lot of wear!

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

Apr 162015
 

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.

dragon #15-Ciro 1.JPG

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.

dragon #15-Ciro 2.JPG

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.

dragon #15-Ciro 3.JPG

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!

dragon #15-Ciro 4.JPG

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.

Mar 262015
 

This week’s dragon is a practical little guy.

Click on any of the photos for a closer look.

dragon #12 Virgil 1.JPG

His name is Virgil, can you tell what he’s doing?

Check out this post on Errol, dragon #1, for the details on why I am making a dragon every week.

dragon #12 Virgil 2.JPG

He’s guarding my pen for me! Such a clever fellow.

dragon #12 Virgil 3.JPG

He may look cute and innocent, but just you try to steal it….

dragon #12 Virgil 4.JPG

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

Mar 192015
 

A few weeks ago I made a big dragon (Rosalita) looking at a tiny rose. This week I have for you a tiny dragon inspecting a huge rose.

Why am I making a dragon every week? Check out this post on Errol, dragon #1, for the details.

dragon #11-Priya 1.JPG

Meet Priya, Hindi for “beloved.” (Any Tiger’s Curse fans out there? You’ll recognize one of the nicknames Ren likes to call Kelsey.)

dragon #11-Priya 2.JPG

Click on any of the photos for a closer look.

And just why does her rose appear to be in danger of running away?

dragon #11-Priya 3.JPG

Well, this is a walking pod, a clay inspiration by Christi Friesen. These fun conglomerations of crazy legs and plant life were the class she taught last week over at the Polymer Clay Adventure.

dragon #11-Priya 4.JPG

This little dragon makes me think of a bee, flitting in to check out this bizarre plant life. Is there any nectar in there?

dragon #11-Priya 5.JPG

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.

Mar 122015
 

I was SO happy to be back to sculpting in three dimensions after last week’s “meh” polymer clay painting.

dragon #10 Stuart 1.JPG

Click on any of the photos for a closer look.

Meet Stuart. He’s made with a lot of translucent clay and I love how you can see the depth of his layers.

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

dragon #10 Stuart 2.JPG

Stuart’s body is covered with Snowflake Jade cane from Kim Schlinke and Randee M. Ketzel’s Polymer Clay Gemstones: The Art of Deception.

In the book they show you how to use the quite translucent cane slices over different colors of clay to make bangle bracelets. I love how they look so different when over white, green or gray cores.

dragon #10 Stuart 3.JPG

Stuart’s wings are made from thinned out slices of bits trimmed off the end of the cane. I really liked how those ragged edges looked and wanted to preserve them.

The bottle he is hanging onto is the largest of the Tim Holtz Corked Vials. It’s about  2 3/4 inches high.

dragon #10 Stuart 4.JPG

What’s in the bottle? That remains a mystery, but it looks sort of magical, doesn’t it?

dragon #10 Stuart 5.JPG

Meanwhile, Stuart is living up to his name, stewarding the contents, whatever they may be.

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.

Mar 052015
 

This week’s dragon definitely was out of my comfort zone…

Dragon #9 Cornelia (1).JPG

… as you can probably tell from the results.

Bleah.

I’m definitely sticking to three-dimensional art from now on.

But, it was a fun project and I learned a lot.

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

As I’ve mentioned I’m participating in the Polymer Clay Adventure this year and want to put the classes to good use. This week’s class was by Suzanne Ivester. She’s the Polymer Chef in Polymer Cafe magazine and is also well known for her polymer painting technique, which is what she taught.

Dragon #9 Cornelia (2).JPG

Because of the detail in my composition, I would call mine more “polymer clay marquetry” than “polymer clay painting.”  All those bits & pieces on the castle took forever, but I’m pleased with how it came out.

Dragon #9 Cornelia (4).JPG

The dragon, I’m not so thrilled with, although I really do like the patterning I figured out how to do discovered by mistake. :-)

I was using a blade to shave off bits of the dark lines on the wings and accidentally shaved into the purple part of the wings. Voila, cool texture!

Dragon #9 Cornelia (3).JPG

My favorite part of the process was making the blends, like for the sky and the mountains.

Also, Suzanne had a great technique for adding an overall canvas-like texture. I didn’t have the tool she used, but found a vinyl placemat that worked pretty well. :-)

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.

Happy creating!

Feb 262015
 

This week I’m going from one extreme to another. Since dragon #6, Rosalita, took SO long to make, I decided to go for a much smaller scale this time around.

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

Meet Frodo and Sam.

dragon #7 & #8 Frodo & Sam (1)

Click on any of the photos for a closer look.

Since Rosalita took over 2 weeks, I was one dragon behind. So I made a pair for you this week.

dragon #7 & #8 Frodo & Sam (2)

The “cabochons” are actually the two halves of a glass bead I  made when I was first learning to lampwork. I let it cool off too quickly and it cracked.

dragon #7 & #8 Frodo & Sam (3)

The original intent was to make a pair of earrings, but they ended up too big. They’re 1 1/4-inches tall and 1-inch across. (Rosalita’s head is bigger than that!) The little dragon’s head’s are only 6mm (1/4-inch) long.

dragon #7 & #8 Frodo & Sam (4)

A dusting of Perfect Pearls gives them their shimmer. I had thought to antique them to bring out the details, but kinda like that you have to look for a moment to realize that they’re dragons. :-)

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.

Feb 212015
 

Sorry folks that I’m over a week late with dragon #6.  But  now she’s done, finally!

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

dragon #6 Rosalita 1

Click on any of the photos for a closer look.

As you can see, Rosalita has climbed up on top of the castle to take a closer look at the first open rose of spring.

dragon #6 Rosalita 2

This project is one that’s been in the back of my mind for a long time. Ever since over a year ago a friend gave us a cylindrical tin of tea bags…

This one, to be exact.

 

…every time I looked at it I pictured a castle turret with a dragon climbing on top.

dragon #6 Rosalita 3

The tin is 2 1/2 inches in diameter and 6 inches tall, but I never imagined the project being SO HUGE.

Well, huge for what I’m used to. The finished sculpture is 14 inches from the base to the top of the flagpole.  (The flagpole is a toothpick, just to give you an idea of scale.)

dragon #6 Rosalita 4

The stone work, windows and turret top alone took a week.

dragon #6 Rosalita 5

Then it was time to start on the dragon.

dragon #6 Rosalita 6

Somewhere in the middle of the project it became “that danged dragon” (or slightly stronger words which I shall not repeat.) 😀

dragon #6 Rosalita 7

I got discouraged along the way, but decided not to give in to the temptation to rush just to get it done. If I did that I knew the outcome would certainly be disappointing.

dragon #6 Rosalita 8

Yesterday (Friday) I finally got to the final details: the base, the door, the wings and the flag.

Yes, I made a rose cane just for the flag. I used an excellent tutorial over at Polymer clay central by Leigh Ross for the rose and the leaves.

dragon #6 Rosalita 9

It was quite a trick figuring out how to make the cane into a flat flag with the cane showing on both sides, but it worked out.

Some things I’ve learned in the past two weeks:

  • Things always take longer in reality than you might think. (Well, I knew that one already, but this really drove it home.)
  • Creativity is sometimes just plain hard work!
  • My favorite parts of sculpting are adding texture and detail, so sticking to a smaller scale would be wise from now on.
  • Baked polymer clay can be heated with a heat tool (like scrapbookers use for heat embossing) for about 15 seconds to soften it. It will then be flexible enough to slightly reposition. This was how I got the dragon’s feet to cling to the tower. That and super glue.

Gosh, there were a lot of other tips and tricks I utilized or figured out, but that’ll do for now.

On to dragon #7, which I can promise you will be a lot smaller!

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.

 

Feb 052015
 

Sorry folks for the late dragon post this week. My youngest son recently moved back home and we now are back to a full house. It’s not a bad thing, but it certainly has messed up my equilibrium. I really need to start on these dragons sometime before Wednesday night!

Click on any of the photos for a closer look.

Dragon #5-Renatta the Red 1

Anyhow, meet Renatta. I’ve had in mind to make a red dragon with red and gold mica powders for some time now. I wanted to name her Renatta, which is a form of the name Renee, a character in a book series by one of my favorite authors, Robin Hardy.

Dragon #5-Renatta the Red 2

I love how the candlelight plays off her wings and her sparkles.  The Interference Red Perfect Pearls have a really pretty iridescent pink/red look in real life.

Dragon #5-Renatta the Red 3

I also like that she works with or without the candle holder.

At some point I want to make her a treasure chest, or something interesting to put in that space where she’s looking.

Dragon #5-Renatta the Red 4

Although they’re not perfect, I do like how the wings came out, especially the translucence.

Dragon #5-Renatta the Red 5

It was fun making a slightly larger sculpture than I usually do, as I got to spend more time on details like the toes and the horns.

Dragon #5-Renatta the Red 6

I also did some different details on the tip of the tail.

Now it’s time to start on #6!

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.

Happy creating all. :-)

Jan 292015
 

Meet Armida, dragon #4 in my year-long series. She’s tiny but tough, and to judge by the state of that cage, she’ll be busting out any time now.

Click on any of the photos for a closer look.

dragon #4-Armida the small armored one (1)

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

This week’s project was less about creativity and more an exercise in architecture. I really should have  built that cage over a form, but the idea in my head seemed like a pretty good one.

dragon #4-Armida the small armored one (2)

You know how that goes. It seems good until you try to make it work. :-\

dragon #4-Armida the small armored one (5)

The dragon was made by building a two-part cast of a dragon charm out of Easymold Silicone Putty. I learned that if you coat the first half of the mold with Vaseline, then the second half won’t stick to it, so you can separate the two parts. Pretty cool! (You can see what I mean and how to do it for yourself in this helpful video.)

Much of the cage is held together with super glue, which now coats my fingers. Thankfully, none of them are stuck together. 😀

dragon #4-Armida the small armored one (4)

So, all that to tell you that making Armida was quite an adventure, but I learned a lot.

I’d thought to make it as a necklace pendant, but it’s really too big and bulky, not to mention fragile, so she’ll just keep company with all the other dragons.

dragon #4-Armida the small armored one (3)

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.

Have any of you made yourself challenges for 2015, creative or otherwise? How’s it going?

Happy creating!