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Cute Little Teal Dragon by LitefootsLilBestiary Cute Little Teal Dragon by LitefootsLilBestiary
Another colour combination I tried, I really like this one's pose with him holding his tail. He was made for a market I am going to at the end of the month, I swear I'd keep them all if I could, this one came out very neat - I think I have the wing construction at a point where I am consistently happy with the result and it's 100% structurally sound.

After baking he was selectively glazed with glossy varnish on his horns, eyes and teeth.
Made of polymer clay. He is approximately 4cm in length.

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3rdeye88 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
4Cm in length? So these dragons are really tiny? You photograph them so well and close up its hard to really tell how big or small they are. I like how you shaped and painted his underbelly. Teal and Orange look good together. :nod:
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LitefootsLilBestiary Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
thanks :) yip, I think they're on the smaller side of the ones you find here on dA. I really need to find a way to show scale other than putting my hand in there.
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3rdeye88 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Get a small ruler or measuring tape. The kind that taiilors use to measure fabric so you can lay it nice and flat on the picture, or simply see if you can find an accurate PDF file or something, print one out, and just have a little quick paper ruller with CM and inches on it. Us silly Murikans gotta b awl speshul an uz inches cuz we wanna b diffrunt frum erry1 elz :B  That, and Jimmy Carter failed to get us to switch to metric. :XD:
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LitefootsLilBestiary Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hehehe, I can try do something like that - just don't want it to spoil the photo. Contemplating putting them in a staged background, similarly to how Leslie, creator of Beastlies does it. But yup a ruler is about the most global object I can use, even my hands don't really help as they're tiny themselves >.<
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3rdeye88 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh don't feel bad about that, tiny hands for tiny dragons. Small hands are great for crafts. My hands are big and my fingers are long and thick, so things like sewing or detailed painting and hell I can't even play chords on a guitar well because of that. This I think is why I build lego MOCs and play bass. I'm crafty, but in a bigger way. :lol:

Can you link me to this other person you mentioned? I'm curious to see her work to. :)
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LitefootsLilBestiary Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Best place to look would be here: www.etsy.com/shop/Beastlies/so… I love the little creatures she makes :)
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3rdeye88 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh I see. :lol: Those are indeed cute little buggers. I can see why you two might be friends. She does cute little monster bug eyed thingies, you do adorable dragons.

Yeah I think borrowing her style of having somehting in the photo to relate the piece to in size will help. :)
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LitefootsLilBestiary Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hehe we dont know each other i just found her work on etsy and facebook :)
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Hawleyclan Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
Very fun! Love it! :)
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LitefootsLilBestiary Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
thank you :D
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MyClayWhimsy Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awwwww! I wish I was to that point with my wings- oh well, practice practice practice!
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LitefootsLilBestiary Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yup :) just don't give up. They have been the most frustrating part of my pieces in the past.
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MyClayWhimsy Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
No kidding. Alright, I won't :)
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RaLaJessR Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Nawww look at his little faaccee :D
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LittleFatDragons Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
That teal is one of my favorite shades to use - it looks so pretty! :)
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LitefootsLilBestiary Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
thx :) loving the premo colours
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LittleFatDragons Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
It's such a great clay, I tried using sculpey III for something because I needed a different shade and it was so brittle.  I was able to use it just fine, but I definitely prefer premo!
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MyClayWhimsy Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It's brittle? It might be where you live. It's really hot where I live, and I can hardly sculpt Premo because it's so hard, but Sculpey III I don't have a problem with. I've heard that the clays have different consistencies in different climates; maybe that's it.
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LittleFatDragons Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
that's so funny - yeah where I live it's pretty humid/warm for a good portion of the year.  The sculpey III is very soft and picks up fingerprints like crazy...but once baked it's hard and tends to crack easily if I need to manipulate it at all, whereas the premo is much more tolerant.  
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MyClayWhimsy Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Really? Weird. Maybe my sculpting technique is different or something:)
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LitefootsLilBestiary Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yeah, its consistency is the best I've experienced, now in winter I can use my sculpey III but in our summer climate it's way too soft and hold finger prints horribly
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lizzarddesigns Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
he IS cute!
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crystalcookart Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
He's darling!! :) I love the way he holds his tail. I have been having troubles with wings. Grrrr. . .
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LitefootsLilBestiary Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
:D

For me it was the problem of a toss up between strength and a smooth seam (where I'd baking it in one go). For this one I baked the dragon first, then molded the wings' "base" according to his body - so that the seem between the two is as close as possible and they join together nicely. Baked the wings and then put a dab of glue on the wire that goes into the body. If I don't use any glue the wings aren't as stable as I'd like.
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crystalcookart Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for the tips! I'll try that next. :)
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