I've been so excited about this project. It's been in my head for awhile and I even sketched it out a few times before I started it.
Now to the beginning....
My Mom has been a Faberge egg artist for many years. I grew up watching her work on everything from Finch to Ostrich eggs(we lived on a bird "farm"). I've done some work in the past but never as extensive as this.
The "Dragon's Egg" is actually an Emu egg. They have the most beautiful natural blue color, that's what drew me to it.
The base.. well the base was a thorn in my side for awhile. I couldn't figure out what to use. I spent so much time going to craft stores, thrift stores, dollar stores, driving myself crazy when what I wanted was on my back porch! We had changed out a broken ceiling fan and my son set aside 1 of the glass shades for me in-case I wanted it for a craft project, he knows me so well.
Then I was off and running!
From the base up:
I used liquid polymer play tinted with yellow paint and painted the glass shade.
I made the flames with the skinner blend technique
The egg was hollow already but I cut the base a little wide for the light to come in
Cut out the little opening for the eye
I made the baby dragon's eye with "glow in the dark" polymer clay and a glass pebble that I painted with liquid polymer clay(So the eye glows when it's lit)
Then I had to attach it all together. I made a thick base between the egg and the shade to resemble black rock. I then added some loose stones I had in my craft room.
Liquid polymer clay attached the flames and everything else together. Added some painted flames on the inside of the shade for dimension. Used a light kit I had and viola! The "Dragon's Egg Light"
The humble beginnings: