How To Make a Dragon | Polymer Clay Tutorial

We are going to make a dragon today I was inspired by dragons and beasties onDeviantArtt that determined me wishes to design my very own dragon I’ve determined 2 3D dragons before the second is toothless back in 2014 which I do have a video on compiling it and the second dragon is foxy or pirate inspired dragon back in 2015. Now this is my third age making a dragon and this is a wintertime dragon based on my own design. What’s important in this tutorial is the technique and the thought process that I went through when developing this beast so I don’t want you to follow this video just so that you can recreate the exact same dragon but to exploit this video as a guide on how you can start to design and create your awfully own dragon or other creatures.
I will too show you how I made this wintertime seeming context. First I sketched out roughly on how the dragon would be examined like from my head but I did make changes as I start developing it with clay and oh, I have to apologize for the lighting in this video it was really bright so I had to darken it down and caliber isn’t that good I’m sorry about that. What I’m doing here is i’m exercising aluminium foil as the armature I merely deteriorated the foil into the shape of the Dragon that I have sketched out. The armature is for subscribe and to save clay too abbreviate the force of the Dragon. Then start lending the clay to the armature you can use any shade you miss. Start wrapping the clay on the armature. It’s better to wrap from the bottom up because it is easier to smooth out the seams. When designing a dragon you have to think about what kind of dragon you want to reach, what is the background legend and are there any power the dragon owns and so on. Visualize about the topic to your beast. Mine is a wintertime topic and the dragon is a gatekeeper or a gate guardian that’s why she will have a key.

Some other themes can be those four aspects of ardour, sea, hurricane, and earth. Or you are able to make a hybrid of different animals you like. Dragons are very flexible to design and the likelihoods are interminable. formerly “you think youre” does so with smoothing out the seams, start lending more clay to chassis the head and the neck. this is only the upper organization component. You want to smooth out the surface just as much as possible but if you can’t, you are able to ever make up a design that can envelop up the imperfections.

As you include clay should be considered the percentage and their own bodies organization of this beast, do you want to have a muscular organization build or a skinny one? Likewise compare the size of the head to the body. If “you think youre” making a cute child dragon, the head is usually big than their own bodies. I’m purporting for a adolescent type of a dragon so I miss a skinny and symmetrical organization and facial aspects. formerly the upper organization gapes good, take another pellet of clay and roll it into a cone shape.

This is the tail for the dragon. To connect the upper organization part and the fanny, I use a ball tool to indent the wider dissolve of the fanny first then connect and to smooth out the seams to reach their own bodies into one entire portion instead of 2 fragments. ball tools are available on my etsy patronize if you are looking that, by the way, merely shedding that in. another significant design phase to think about is the color of the dragon or other creatures. The colourings usually depends on the topic, for example, I’m focusing on a wintertime topic and I instantly thoughts about white because of snow, light-colored blue because of the coldness of wintertime. Quite much the characteristics of the topic that you want to create. Then I start to work on the head, I’m starting with the eyes first and I squandered this diamond chassis feline eye’s stone. I have other colourings available on my etsy patronize if you want to use this type of stones for your formations too. Formerly I determined the indentation for the eyes, residence the stone and thrust it into the clay then include the eyelids to cover up the bumpy edges.

For the rest of the head is certainly up to you. is certainly up to you. You can design it in anyway practice you miss. you are able to have cat like ears, include some tusks, spikes, proportions and so on. Have fun in designing your one of a kind beast. As you design, should be considered where it comes from, what type of beast it is, “re coming” with a entire legend for it and open it a name.

Make it personal so I’m not going into every single little steps or details on the designing component for my dragon but impede in judgment that as I was making this I certainly just wanted to incorporate just as much detail as possible so that I could treat up the shortcomings and you are able to not see it on the camera but there are a lot of shortcomings and dirt on my dragon. As a answer, I supplemented a lot of spikes to resemble ice.

I like to add some gemstones and jewelry to this dragon to give it more shade and temperament. So merely decorate it in regardless I miss or any practice you miss for your dragons. here I’m exercising glow in the dark clay for the tusks, there are many different appearances and qualities out there, but I exited with twisting 2 fragments of curls together and open it a fragment of curve. As you can see here I have supplemented some gemstones near the eyes, some spikes around the ears and the neck, also on top of the head. For the spikes on the back I use glow-in-the-dark clay. This is inspired by a toothless and the glow-in-the-dark aspect help to reach this dragon a little bit more magical. If “you think youre” stuck on designing your dragon and don’t know where to start, you can find inspirations from animations, movies, your babies, journals, other artists’ formations, quality and even your dreams.

My revelation received from looking at other artists’ formations and I borrowed a bunch of journals on dragons merely to understand more about this mythical beast. I have one large-scale and one small-scale pellet of clay. The large-scale one I’m mold it into a soft margin triangle and this is the big thigh for the dragon and the small one is the foot. Dragons have many kinds of paws and the chassis depends on what you are going for your dragon. Again you are able to should be considered the position that you want your dragon to be in. I selected a sitting position since it’s easier to make for this video’s determination. I like to mix the thigh to the body instead of merely putting side by side. Mixing the clay together will help to secure the fragments stronger. The paunch of the dragon is fairly grime, I know that you can’t really see it on the camera and I didn’t feel like emptying it with rubbing alcohol so I chose to include some light-colored blue color in fragments for defining the belly or the tummy.

Every move you reach is a member ofthe conceive and it certainly cures if there is a legend to go along with the dragon. The legend helps to define or rebut design investigates such why is the paunch in blue instead of orange or why there are spikes and so on. Sometimes I can over decorate this dragon so I had to step back and look at it from afar to choose what needs to be added or taken away. For some reason I appear the head is extremely empty-bellied and cold so I figure I should be add some hair or mane to this dragon. This reminds me of Jack Sparrow’s hairdo.

If the clay doesn’t stick to each other include some TLS or roast and ligament for stronger components and this is how the winter dragon looks like so far. Now I’m working on the fanny and one of the books I’ve speak established several different ideas for the fanny chassis and determined me think what chassis I should give to this dragon. The fanny is actually quite important so don’t skip this part. Since it’s a wintertime dragon, I chose to twist white and light-colored blue shade clay together in accordance with the arrangements of icicle and reach several of this to be attached to fanny so it will look like ice sounding out. I address some TLS for better attachment. You can reach the fanny really simple or make it super detailed.

alright, so here are the 2 arms for the dragon. One weapon I want it to touch the foot and the other to touch the key. The arms are quite simple to reach, I merely roll the clay into teardop appearances and then divide the digits, or the claws, or paws, I don’t know what you call it. but yea the arms look like feline paws, it’s cuter this practice and easier to reach. so one weapon is straight and the other one has a bit of curve to it. Since this dragon is a door Guardian it is appropriate for her to have a key. I got this key from I have the link down below. I initially was just thinking about her bracing the key in both arms  but that didn’t work out so one weapon stroking the key is a simple solution. I affixed one of the arms in this position so that the key will go under the paw or the dragon’s hand.

To treat the shortcomings, I’m going to add a bunch of these little rice like fragments to the arms, the back and the thighs. It’s good to have different sizes and you are able to introduced it pretty much anywhere you miss but I miss to cover up the shortcomings. Moving onto the most exciting and challenging component is compiling the offstages. There are many different types of offstages out there and I want to go for an angel like offstages because when I hear the word trustee, I think about angels.

There is no right or wrong design so don’t be scared to design what you miss for your beast. I know the offstages are going to be quite heavy so I have to use wire to maintain the overall chassis. I’m exercising 22 estimate wire here and blending into the chassis I miss. It’s a bit tricky to get two offstages exactly the same so I eyeballed the chassis and the size. You can check by them by bracing them side by side and look what i found feature methods, up and down to see if they are close in shape and size to each other. Then I positioned it onto the back of the dragon merely to have indentation for the wire. Afer that, take the wire out and start embracing it with clay. Cut out the chassis you necessary and wrap the clay around the wire. This doesn’t have to be excellent because I will more clay to it later on. make sure to leave some wire discovered on the component where it connects to the back of the Dragon. Once the first stage of the offstages are done, put them back to the dragon and you may appear the offstages are wobbly which quarry did so I supplemented more clay on the link point to help strengthen the offstages for moving down on the back.
Formerly the offstages appear strong on the back it is high time to cleaning process any dust particles and fingerprints that are still noticeable. I use this rubbing alcohol and a small graze or you can use a Q tip-off to clean up any dirt molecules. Before putting the dragon within the oven to roast I want to make sure the offstages won’t break-dance during baking because I use a wood stove which has a supporter inside that could place greater pressure on the wing. So here I’m exercising 22 estimate wire for subscribe. Basically I’m bending the wire into a rectangle chassis and draw the 2 deaths apart so that is able to stand. Now is a picture showing where I would place the wire stand for subscribe when I roast this dragon. Now is the time to roast this in the oven for 5 minutes exclusively to let the offstages thicken so that I could include more clay to it.
The purpose of prebaking is aimed at preventing from messing up the constitute of the offstages. This is prebaked and as you can see on the right wing, I have once set more clay on it. That’s pretty much how I miss the offstages to look like and I’m going to show you how I did it. You can look up reference pictures of offstages to get inspirations. I miss the offstages to have the same composition as the hair or the mane so I roll out a bunch of curls and applied some TLS on the wing first before locating the curls on. Unbaked clay doesn’t affix well to the broiled clay that’s why you need some TLS or roast and ligament for compiling sure the fresh clay stay on. I first included the part backstage with the long curls then shorter curls for the second bed. Having different mantles helped to create publication and degree. Now I need to cover up those bumpy rims on the wing so I determined teardrop appearances and drop them into thin pieces then start locating them under the offstages and the bumpy rims. Make sure to have different sizes. I pretty much merely overlap each portion like this.

Formerly I get to the edges I wrap the clay from under up then include the rest of the details on the areas I miss. I supplemented a great deal on the back to help support the offstages and to cover up the seams. the last fragment of detail is to add some pearlx gunpowder on the wing. I use several different colourings to appreciate which ones came out better.

A slight hint of amber is neat to the offstages. I too supplemented some blue for more of cold feel. Formerly I’m done powdering it’s time to roast this dragon again. But this time I broiled it for 20 hours. I use polymer clay which is oven bake clay but if you use breeze cool clay, then you don’t need to roast it. This is all baked and oled down, I’m referring some gloss to the offstages to close up the pearlx gunpowder because because it can come off if you don’t glaze it. I have this specific gloss may be consulted in my etsy if you need it. We are not completely done more, well, this part is optional so you can choose to make it or not. I want to make a scene or cornerstone for this wintertime dragon to sit on so let’s begin by making the quartzs which I meant to be ice.

First shape or form the white shade pipe cleaners into the chassis that you miss for the quartzs. I’m making large-scale and small-scale ones merely to have some variants and affix fibres to them. The main ingredients for organizing those lustrous quartzs is Borax and you too necessary hot water. I got Borax at Target at the clean segment. So what the hell are you need to do is crowd the large-scale jar with hot roasting sea, yes it has to be with boiling sea or else it won’t work.
Then include Borax to the sea and arouse, I’m just exercising a plastic spoon for this you have to add enough borax in order to grow quartzs so merely impede lending it until the sea becomes cloudy and that it cannot view anymore borax. Then I place some into small-scale flasks and I include blue food coloring to both flasks and arouse. Then confines the string to the pipe cleaner onto a graze or you can use pokes and make the pipe cleaner hang in the pot overnight so I do recommend you do this before you go to sleep.

It takes about eight hours to appreciate a good extent of quartzs growing on the pipe cleaners. Now I’m taking the quartzs out and to bake them I just let them sit on the newspaper towel for a couple of hours. meanwhile I’m going to paint this wooden cornerstone with white acrylic covers. Yeah I did place too much make-up on it. Urgh. Let the make-up cool first before keep moving formerly everything possible must dried I use hot adhesive handgun to glue the quartzs onto the wooden cornerstone. I already took out the fibres on the quartzs. After that I use cotton chunks to cover the rest of the wooden cornerstone and it helps to cover up the hot adhesive handgun on the quartzs. The cotton ball is meant to look like snow but it does look like cloud. I use regular Elmer’s glue to glue the cottons on. Now I’m lending a blue gemstone on key since it has a place for it I’m exercising super adhesive to glue the stone onto the key then situates the dragon onto the cornerstone and standing the key so that the dragon looks like she’s touching it.

Now we are DONE with this dragon. This is my first time going to such an give for a polymer clay assignment although I did have numerou all nighters for structure in college. Man that was such a battle back then. This whole situation made me about three periods to complete I’m very happy on how it turned out and learned a lot on making this. I hope you find this helpful and tag artzierush if you happen to make a dragon or a beast of your own. I currently have polymer clay starter’s kit available amongst other substances I used in this video on my Etsy shop, connect is down below if you are interested. Thank you so much for watching and I hope you experience this video if you do, give me a thumb’s up so I know.

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