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Pearls and Seaweed Dragon

The fun with inks continues! I've made a lot of ink dragons with white or translucent clay as the base, but I was sitting at my desk and staring at my white pearl clay and started thinking, "Hm, I haven't tried that one yet..."

I ended up going with cool colors on white pearl clay and I just love the result! The colors are bright and vibrant, as I'd expect, but there's a gorgeous pearly shine underneath. This is one of those pieces that I just can't stop picking up and admiring. It's so pretty and shimmery in the light.

The blues and purples made me want to go with an aquatic theme, so I turned this into a seaweed dragon. Hints of gold shimmer among the green accents, and iridescent bubbles nestle among the fronds that make up the horns, wings and tail. A pale green pearl rounds out the look. 

Crafted from polymer clay, alcohol ink, gold foil and iridescent microbeads. Glass bead eyes, Swarovski crystal pearl. Stands about 2 inches tall.

Alcohol inks on different base colors

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1/40 second
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60 mm
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Date Taken
Mar 4, 2018, 3:00:36 PM
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JamieLynWeigt's avatar
Hiya Lindy!  I just wanted to let you know that I've featured your work yet again in a post called June Birthstone Dragons by Various Artists on my dragon artwork blog (with proper attribution and links back, of course).  Pearl is one of the June birthstones.  I love this piece and the new ink designs, so pretty!  You can find me as always at Writing Dragons, and this feature here.  Keep up the great work!

Domino2442's avatar
ooooooooooooooooooooooo its so cute and beautiful
powder-sugar's avatar
Your stuff is always so cute!! ^^
I wish I was able to visit your table at AB this year...

I had to rush around and the AA was really crowded so I wasn't really able to @.@
HowManyDragons's avatar
Aw, too bad. We'll have to try again next year! ;P
powder-sugar's avatar
Candle-stic's avatar
Such a smooth colouring that really compliments the aquatic them :). I love the little details you gave him with the fin-like tail, wings and horns :).
Dusk-Kniade's avatar
Aaa wonderful colours as always! It really does look like it came from the sea!
Novasao's avatar
This is so cool!! I love it so much!!
dDarknezZ's avatar
very nice colors! :D
shadeon13's avatar
Yet another question: where do you purchase Swarovski crystals, and which types do you use when sculpting?
HowManyDragons's avatar
I buy from a few different places online. Fire Mountain has a good selection to get you started. I generally use flat backed rhinestones because I can get them in multiple sizes and colors, but I love the depth found in point backed rhinestones, which is why I use rivolis as the larger gems that my dragons hold.
shadeon13's avatar
Thanks for all the tips! I’ll see if I can find them at my local Michael’s before searching online (though I’m pretty sure prices are better online).
HowManyDragons's avatar
Michaels usually has a small selection of Swarovski, but their markup is ridiculous. It's a good place to go to see what the colors look like in person, but I definitely recommend buying online.
shadeon13's avatar
Thanks for the tip. I had a hunch that it might be something like that...
Again, thanks for answering so many of my questions!
GaiaGallade's avatar
I really like the colors of this one. :)
HeyImAmethyst's avatar
I wanna take this home with me. IT'S SO AWESOME!!!!!
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