Meet Petros…AKA, My Adventure with Stripes and Armatures

So this is Petros:

This stone dragon is from the book Jason and the Draconauts, by Paul Smith. It’s here on amazon if you want to check it out.

He was produced over many (4 or 5 I think?) days filled with frustration, experimentation, and occasional difficulties, but he came out so awesome.

This was the image I worked off of. (This image is used with the permission of Mr. Smith. Please ask him before you use it!)

This dragon is probably the biggest creature I’ve made out of clay since I started sculpting five years ago. It’s all thanks to a bit of experimentation.

Petros was the first dragon I’ve used a full armature on. This means he’s got a strong frame, built from tin foil and wire, inside of him as support. It goes throughout his entire body. Unfortunately, I lost most of my progress shots due to an unfortunate technical accident, so you can’t see the actual frame. But by sheer luck, a few work-in-progress pictures actually still exist:

The wings were added after I’d completely covered, smoothed, and shaped the main body.

I made that deep grey from scratch (Fun Fact: The weirdest thing that I’ve found out about using clay is that I’ve come to treasure black, grey, dark brown, and white more than most fun colors like neon green.) If I can recall, I believe I made the brown on him too.

Remember this guy from a little while back? I used the same sand-mixed clay technique for Petros too, to give him that nice stony look.

It’s hard to say what was the most difficult thing to do on this dragon. The smoothing certainly was tedious, and the interiors of Petros’ wings were delicate and finicky. But I’d have to say that it’s a tie between the stripes and the spines.I had to do the tail spines twice, but the stripes required a lot of focus. They involved taking a tiny piece of clay, adding it to the body, and then smearing while trying to control the shape and keep it from smudging too much.

Overall though, he was really fun to make. I’ve had mixed success with my standing dragons in the past (some have failed miserably while others have miraculously stayed standing), so it was nice to find a firm and consistent way to make my dragons stand. Imagine the possibilities for the future!

One more pic, because he’s just SO COOL!

I just love those bright green eyes, don’t you?

Let me know what you guys think, and have a great week!


Sandy Dragons and a Grumpy Tortoise

Sadly, I haven’t been able to make many dragons lately. I finally got to make a small round of critters a little while back, and I am SO happy with the results. I also got to play with some fun new materials, which are now going to become a regular part of my dragon making because I love them so much!

Behold: sand! I acquired some turquoise and grey colored sand, and when I mix it into the clay it produces a cool effect. The first one reminds me of cookies and cream ice cream; because he’s that specked off-white color and he looked great with brown accents.


The little red guy has turquoise sand mixed into his body, and the blue on him is two shades marbled together because I couldn’t decide which one I liked better. I love how playful he is. The spots took a while to do though, and I almost messed up the ones on his legs. (You can’t see the sand as distinctly in this one, as the turquoise sand has a lot more white flecks than expected, and it doesn’t show up as well in the red. But I still think it looks cool.)


I also got an opal-effect clay, which is a translucent white with large chunks of pretty glitter in it. I really like the way it looks with the lilac color I have. Isn’t she pretty? 😀


At the request of my brother, I created what I believe to be the most adorable tortoise I have ever made. He was supposed to look comical, and I thought that a grumpy face would be perfect.  The spots were a good new experience; I’ve never done anything like that before (these spots led to the red dragon’s spots). To make his shell so ridiculously huge, I put wads of tin foil inside it.IMG_9544


A few sea critters were produced too, as well as some mini potted plants. (The snake is a sea krait ( that is common in tropical Pacific waters, and is well-known in New Caledonia. They are really cute, supposedly quite gentle, but also really venomous.)



There was much fun involved in creating a nice array of mini French cheeses, wines, and breads.


And who doesn’t need a mini Batman?


You might’ve noticed: my photos are finally looking better. Yay! With the help of my Dad, I found a way to take pictures that look so much nicer than the ones before. The secret? Knex, white cloth,  and 2 folded pieces of paper. Take it outside into sunlight, and take pictures with a nice camera. I am thrilled with the results.


As a comparison: New (first) and old (second) shots of my two Arrow dragons. The difference is incredible.



That’s all for this round, and all for a while. I hope to restart sales soon, maybe around October or November, hopefully earlier. I’m going to try to finish the Zodiac dragons in time for Christmas.

Have a great day everyone!


Of Potatoes, Portals, Mardi Gras, and Random Things

So I got distracted.

I have 10 other dragons to make to finish my zodiac project and what do I do?

I make a teeny potato.


This is GLaDOS, a character from the games Portal and Portal 2. (The potato is hard to explain. It’s a very long story that make no sense if you haven’t played the games. I have developed a recent obsession with both games, and I highly recommend them. Definitely should be played in the proper order, of course.)

And these are some Portal earrings, also from the Portal and Portal 2 games. ( ) ( )


I also made Mardi Gras the dragon instead of doing any zodiac critters.


Isn’t that little face just adorable? I love the way he came out. Funny enough, his body was actually constructed several days before I added the final details, and on the day I did that, it was Mardi Gras. And I had absolutely no clue that I had made him on the holiday. I just named him Mardi Gras because he reminded me of the colors that they often use in the celebration. The purple is a bit lighter in real life. Sadly, he doesn’t stand on his own without looking slightly messed up, so he’s going to be living on the base.

Another distraction was a recent custom order that I received. Gumby and Pokey! I am very happy with they way they came out.


Also, the rare and wonderful Poshtopuses made an appearance.

Also a teeny random hat, and Bandit, the mini dragon.



Distractions are sometimes REALLY interesting, it seems.

Maybe I’ll actually get back to my big project, eventually.

But for now I think I needed the random.



The Zodiac Project

It’s not as sinister as it sounds, I promise. 🙂

I had an idea about making some dragons. So I’ve embarked on a journey to create all 12 zodiacs in dragon form. So far, I’ve got two done, Gemini and Scorpio.

Gemini was really interesting/difficult/irritating to make, actually. I had to make sure that every single piece was as identical as I could possible make it. Which is why they sat unfinished for three days.

Scorpio came out much smaller than I had indented, but I still think he is pretty cool. His tail is made of several balls of clay skewered onto a long, curved wire.

The pictures don’t show the true colors of these guys. The green is a very bright emerald, and the red has small sparkles in it.

I hope to finish the whole set of 12 at some point in the near future, but who knows. If I do end up finishing it, maybe I can do the Chinese zodiacs as well!


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Hello. Right now, the dragon sales are on pause. If you would like a dragon, you can still message me, and I can get one sent to you, with some time delay. I’ll let you know as soon as I can do more sales. (Sometime in the near future, I hope.)



Welcome to Danielle’s Dragons!


Welcome to Danielle’s Dragons. Here you can find pictures of my work as well as links to ongoing auctions. Currently, at the time I am posting this, I have no auctions running, but my plan is to have them going within the next few days. Keep checking back, as they should be here soon. I’ll be sure to post as soon as I have one up!