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« on: October 20, 2009 06:33:59 AM »

So I decided to try making something with Sculpey and these are the results. There are lots of fingerprints and nothing is perfect but I don't think they're bad for the first time. The dragon took me awhile to do because I wanted it to be as perfect as I could get it. I was going to do wings but could not figure out how exactly to attach them. ^.^;

The dragon has not been glossed and I have yet to seal it, but I'm not too worried about it.

The black and white swirly thing was made from my first time at a cane. I think it looks spiffy but not sure what I'd use the charm on but added the loop just in case. The white things on the left that are a bit blurry are skull beads ^.^;
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« Reply #1 on: October 20, 2009 06:43:38 AM »

Did you use a wire and foil armature?  If so you could maybe drill through the clay, glue in a piece of wire for the wings, and build them around that.  In case you're not familiar with what I'm talking about, an armature is a frame that you use to shape your piece and reduce bulk.  For example, you could make a wire "skeleton" around which you put pieces of clay like the legs and tail, but for areas like the head and abdomen you can put squished-up aluminum foil to use less clay.  That might not make any sense

I have heard that Sculpey is very brittle so be careful, especially if you make the wings thin!
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« Reply #2 on: October 20, 2009 06:50:09 AM »

No I did not use any kind of support, it's solid clay. For my next one I will be using wire and foil since it will also save me some clay too. I have not had any problems with the Sculpey being brittle though *knocks on wood*

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« Reply #3 on: October 20, 2009 01:02:43 PM »

Awww, he's adorable! 

Er, uh, scary!  He's ferocious!! 

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« Reply #4 on: October 21, 2009 05:18:41 AM »

Adorable is fine, he's very friendly ^.^

« Reply #5 on: November 06, 2009 02:18:55 AM »

That is the cutest dragon i've ever seen!! Cheesy

« Reply #6 on: November 18, 2009 12:31:20 AM »

So cute! Great job for your first attempt Grin
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« Reply #7 on: November 18, 2009 08:44:40 AM »

Nice job!  Would like to have seen the black-and-white-swirly-thing up closer though...it does look interesting (why wouldn't you just use it as a pendant?).

There are loads of ways to add wings to polymer clay sculpts though so you'd have a lot of choice if you decide to do that.  Check out this particular page at my site for lots of possibilties and tips:
(....click on Wings, though ways to make some of the wing patterns/etc suggested may be covered on other pages at the site)
If you're interested in some tips on avoiding or getting rid of fingerprints/etc too, also check out this page:
(....click on Fingerprints, Smoothing, Etc)

P.S.  You may not have had trouble with Sculpey yet, but 3 of the clays put out by Polyform are definitely brittle after baking in any places where they're thin or projecting, and will break if stressed too much (rounded, solid shapes are inherently strong no matter what they're made from).... those would be Sculpey III and SuperSculpey (flesh-boxed), and the even-more-brittle original Sculpey (boxed).  Those also get fingerprints and distortion more easily because they are sooo soft.  (Most of the other lines of polymer clay will be stronger after baking even in thin areas and should only bend if stressed rather than snapping).
If you want to read about the characteristics of the various brands and lines of polymer clay, there's a lot of info on this page:
...as well as the Sculpting-Gen page linked to above--under the Polymer Clays for Sculpting category.
And for info on using permanent armatures under sculpts, check out this page for tips:

Diane B.
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