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« on: July 05, 2010 09:46:34 PM »

Birds are such pretty things. They chirp and sing, fly around like fairy folk, perch on your shoulder and make you feel like Snow White. Then of course someone has to come around to offer you a Washington apple. Don't buy apples from strangers. If you must, buy it from a reputable store because you really don't want to contract narcolepsy as it wouldn't benefit your career at all.

So back to birds. They eat horrible creatures such as insects and worms so that your delicate sensibilities would not be offended whenever you step outside of your comfortable home. We should have more birds around. Although, I have one small suggestion. Birds should not be allowed to defecate. Instead they should regurgitate a beautiful jewel every time they are done digesting a disgusting creature. This way everyone will be happier and no one needs a change of clothing.

There are some birds that really don't need to be seen; buzzards, vultures, turkeys, and other hideous ones. I saw a buzzard this evening as I was driving on the highway. It was perched on the railing as I passed by and I guess it wasn't too fond of me either, so it flew off down hill.

Oh yeah I made a clay dragon.








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« Reply #1 on: July 06, 2010 03:02:59 AM »

LOL LOL LOL!!!

you're exactly right about birds!!!


your dragon is FABULOUS!!!!
did you use one colour of clay and paint?
i love the skin texture!!
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« Reply #2 on: July 06, 2010 06:00:23 AM »

hahaha I'm glad you enjoyed my dribble.  I used one colour sculpey... basically that brown/orange looking colour that came in the box.  Then I used metallic aquamarine acrylic paint on it.

As for the skin texture, all I did was run lines with a dental pick.  I have another dragon to post but I don't want to be a spammer so I'll wait a couple of days before posting the next one.

I'm glad you enjoyed the dragon, Nouga.  Thanks for motivating me to make one (or two)! Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: July 06, 2010 08:07:19 AM »

Nice dragon! and like the "base" it's on.  

Will you be trying metallic powders sometime too (like Pearl Ex, e.g., or one of the ones with a binder, or real metal powders though those have to be sealed against later oxidation) as well as the metallic acrylic paints?  
Most of the powders can look different depending on which color clay they're brushed into too, the colors can be mixed (before application or after), and there are even a few "interference colors" that do the light-shifting thing.
 
There are also interesting metallic/pearlescent (thin bodied acrylics) that can look pretty cool too like Lumiere/etc, and actual pearlescent inks like Pinata, and metallic powders can even be turned into paints by mixing them into clear clay-safe finishes/sealers.

As for birds, love 'em.  When I think of bird poop I tend to think of all the interesting seeds and even parasites they act as transportation for, as well as all that good fertilizer since I'm kind of science-oriented as well as animal-lover (I remind myself of these things when cleaning bird decorations off my car every so often...lol).  
I'm even partial to vultures since a friend of mine in college was doing a study she dreamed up using two vultures (she named them Elvira and Virgil). They're actually friendly and fantastic birds once the fact that it has the "bald" head isn't seen as ugly, quite magnificent up close, and intelligent to interact with.

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« Reply #4 on: July 06, 2010 08:19:41 AM »

 Smiley
when i think of bird poop i rather prefer clayman's alternative Smiley

i'm dying to see dragon number 2....Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: July 06, 2010 08:38:44 AM »

I remind myself of these things when cleaning bird decorations off my car every so often...lol

lol when life throws you a lemon, you make a screwdriver out of it.  I like the way you think Diane.

I have used pearlescent acrylics before and it really does have a nice effect.  I think the metallics really worked well on dragon skin.  Almost has an armour like quality about it.

I love watching birds eating off the feeder, so do the cats.  lol I have heard of parasites that come out from bird poop.  I think I saw one such clip about a parasite infested insect eaten by a bird and then the bird started acting crazy as well or something I can't remember. lol@ vulture names.

Do you run out to buy the lottery when a bird craps on you?  Its good luck I've heard.
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« Reply #6 on: July 06, 2010 08:47:55 AM »

i'm dying to see dragon number 2....Smiley

Nouga, as I was making them, I realized that it was so much easier to make dragon heads if I pictured a horse's head with alligator skin and bull horns, and toad warts all over.  I messed up the wings on this one... it looks more terradactyl than anything else lol.  I tried to imagine what a bat's wings looked like and made the 2nd one.
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« Reply #7 on: July 06, 2010 12:03:56 PM »

I love the pterodactyl look of the wings on this one! I do like the look of the paint on the dragon. I was going to ask if you used pearlex, but I agree about the paint. It looks more like skin, probably because it is more like skin. Plus you get much more even coverage with less effort. And you don't have to use clay that will not change the color of the powder.
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« Reply #8 on: July 06, 2010 12:23:36 PM »

aww thank you teapot *smiles*  I really was a little hesitant about the wings... I didn't even think to look up a reference until it was baked, then I thought oh god... ok what do I do now.

Which was why I made a 2nd one.

Yeah paints are great... I don't have to buy a bunch of coloured clay.
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« Reply #9 on: July 16, 2010 06:15:53 AM »



 That dragon is so cute , aw I want one Smiley

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