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.

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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.)

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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? 😀

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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

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A few sea critters were produced too, as well as some mini potted plants. (The snake is a sea krait (https://www.google.com/search?q=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.)

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

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And who doesn’t need a mini Batman?

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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.

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

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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!

-Danielle