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Purple Fairy Dragon by DragonsAndBeasties Purple Fairy Dragon by DragonsAndBeasties
Guys this one sold almost immediately after I listed it! Holy crap! :o

I really like this one. I am trying to figure out new ways to make wings so I can do more fairy dragons. The glass effect on these looks so cool! A shame about that tiny bubble in the middle of the wing! Stupid bubble. She is small enough though it doesn't really stand out.

I'm really enjoying working almost exclusively with colored clay for details instead of painting them on like I have been. The colors are so much more vibrant this way and it's actually a lot less time consuming, surprisingly.

Made from Premo Sculpey clay, about 2 inches tall
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:icontherealtwilightspark:
TheREALTwilightSpark Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
How does glassy wings?!
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:iconlagustiegal:
LaGustieGal Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Looks kind like the shadow dragon in dragonvale!
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Maja1219 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013
Awesome

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Brambleshadow12 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Student Digital Artist
loove it! i love the highlights i her wings
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hophopfire Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is amazing good job! keep it up your talents are so freaking amazing!
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PonyMystic Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
wow! :D
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FreddyFrog3 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
this little dragon is sooo cool! it makes me want to really get back into my polymer clay sculpting :D
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:iconblindseer95:
Blindseer95 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
Frame thin pieces of glass in wire armature and clay and bake?
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DragonsAndBeasties Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
No its just transparency paper :)
-Becca-
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Blindseer95 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012
I was suggesting that as an option :P
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DragonsAndBeasties Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Oh haha I thought you were asking if that is how it was made. And actually this one wasn't transparency paper, it was made with little meltable beads that turn into a small sheet of glass. Messy time consuming process though :XD:
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Blindseer95 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012
I imagine so. Like I said, why not just try a thin sheet of colored, heat tempered glass? You could get a glass cutter and some tongs, that might help.
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sandy-tigerclaw-10 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012
oh my gosh; it's wings!!! so bright! :O
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Mewcario397 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Student General Artist
I know you made a tutorial on how you make your dragons, but how do you do the wings? I haven't watched the whole thing, but I'd really like to know. The membrane part of it is really good.
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DragonsAndBeasties Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
This used a melting glass bead technique that I've not tried again since. Normally I just use clay. There is a wire inside the wing for strength as well :)
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Mewcario397 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Student General Artist
Ah, okay.
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Professor-Evans Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Student General Artist
Atually, the air bubble looks cool. You could try making a sculpture with the entire designed with the glass effect that has bubbles scattered throughout.
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shakes8 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012  Student General Artist
awesome!
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:iconwindsweptspirit:
WindsweptSpirit Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this fairy dragon so much. Did you ever try experimenting with this type of wing after this one?
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1257gf Featured By Owner May 14, 2012
I mean how much is the clay
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:icon1257gf:
1257gf Featured By Owner May 14, 2012
And how much are they
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1257gf Featured By Owner May 14, 2012
So do you glaze them when your done heating them up?
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Draconicat Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012
Very cool!
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Mayeanah Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011
I must admit this is one of my favorite.... jut like most-maybe all- of your creations.
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Kyttibat Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011   General Artist
What kind of glaze do you use? The glaze I was using eventually had a chemical reaction with the clay and became all gummy :(

Also, is there a difference between Premo Sculpey and Original Sculpey? I don't remember which one I used to use. I recently have started working with it again, I bought a big box of original, but its texture seems to be a lot different from how it used to be and dries up much faster now... maybe I was using Premo before? I don't remember... :/
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DragonsAndBeasties Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Oh no! Your glaze is probably oil-based, and that tends to eat polymer clay. You could try putting your pieces back in the oven for about 15 minutes at the clay baking temp. Some people have had success saving their pieces that way. If that doesn't work, then I'm afraid they are toast. Also stay away from any spray glazes. They never work very well either.

You need a water-based glaze. I use a Polyurethane glaze. It's made to use on wood floors and furniture. You can get it at Home Depot or Lowes in the paint section. They usually come in smaller cans which is pretty convenient.

Premo is stronger and a bit stiffer than normal Sculpey. It won't crack as easily, and doesn't hold fingerprints as much. Premo is definitely my favorite to use.

Hope that helps?
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Kyttibat Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2011   General Artist
Thank you so much! :hug:

Yeah, I had been using a spray on glaze :(

Okay, I think I may have been using either Premo or Sculpey III. The original also melts/fuses to any plastic surface I leave it on... which ever one I used before never did that.
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ArtsieDog Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I can see why it sold so fast!
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ChiJadey Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2011
I wish this one hadn't already sold. I love it.
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DragonsAndBeasties Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Awww thanks! I will be making more fairy dragons, so maybe you can get the next one :D

I also take commissions if you are interested ;)
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nappyfro81 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2011
Cute
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kishna Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2011
I love this!!! what did you use too get the inside of the wings like that? Is that clay too?
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DragonsAndBeasties Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! Its actually these weird melty beads I found in the kid section at the craft store. Very durable, but difficult to melt in the proper shape!
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kishna Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011
is those weird pearler beads? Or the kids beads too make sun catchers?
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DragonsAndBeasties Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yeah the suncatcher ones. You have to buy it in the kit but they are pretty cheap.
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kishna Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011
thanks! >.<
now Im asking a lot of question but id like to know how you melt it so you can use it for the wing.
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DragonsAndBeasties Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
It has instructions with it. You just use your home oven. It needs a frame to melt in, like a wire shape. I'm warning you now they are a terrible pain in the butt and it took a ton of trial and error to get this simple shape to work :O_o: I'm currently looking for alternatives :XD:

You should give them a try though. Maybe they will work better for you than they did for me :D
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kishna Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011
ok one last question >.< did you make the shape for the wings then put them in the dragon while the dragon baked? Or baked them seperatly then glued the wing peice in?
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DragonsAndBeasties Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
I made wire shapes of the wings, melted the stuff in them. Then once they cooled I put clay around the edges and stuck them in the dragon to bake with the dragon. The beads melt at a much higher temperature than the clay so there is no chance they will warp or melt onto the clay. That's what initially intrigued me about them.
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zZane Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2011
omygosh! I love it! :heart:
are those wings translucent btw?
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DragonsAndBeasties Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks! And yes they are :D
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DragonsAndBeasties Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Lol the first one didn't show up for some reason, and I was like, I thought I already answered this one... =P
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DragonsAndBeasties Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks! And yes they are :D
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zZane Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2011
that's cool! ^^
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Sakura-Ikayuro Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
So gorgeous! I want one so badly~
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DragonsAndBeasties Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Aw thanks! I plan to make more of them eventually.

I also take commissions if you are interested :D
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Sakura-Ikayuro Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I just might end up commissioning you sometime for one. Are your commissions always open, or...? And how much would one of these guys cost?
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MaryBunnie Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Whoa Becca shes awesome!!!! =D Are these resin wings?!!!! Awesome! I actually have made wing molds and have been wanting to use them so badly XD but i need to wait until it is about 70 degrees outside everyday so that i am able to pour resin in the garage. It might end up being an experiment because last time I used resin i burned the skin on my fingers from the chemicals and heat it produces, almost ruined a table, and then the resin burnt a hole through the cup i was using and got all over my pants =P And it made my house smell for a whole week and i guess resin also can be nerve damaging if you dont use a face mask while using it, and i basically sat in a house filled with the fumes for hours :XD: I think I might just stick to clay lol. Her design is lovely :)
Great minds think alike! I posted a fairy dragon yesterday or the day before and had already started making more! they are so delicate arent they? i love making them!
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DragonsAndBeasties Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
No they aren't resin. I am afraid to use resin, mostly for all those reasons you listed! Lol! They are actually these melty beads thingies I found in the kids section at the craft store that are used for "stained glass" projects. They are a pain in the butt to use though. They don't always melt right or evenly and it's very difficult to make shapes with. I managed to make these after much trial and error and I'm not sure I want to continue using this stuff. It looks awesome when it works, but man!

I am experimenting with different wing techniques now, trying to find something a bit easier to work with. I have wanted to make fairy dragons for a while now, just didn't have the wings figured out! I'm gonna make some with butterfly wings too, once I figure out how I want to do those as well =P
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MaryBunnie Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
ohhh okay! Oh man ew those sound ridiculous to work with @_@ Probably just as annoying as resin but a lot less dangerous I hope =D They give a lovely effect though, they came out extremely beautiful!
I have been trying to find other wing ideas besides resin because its a pain, hazardous and takes a long time.. I'll def let you know if I figure anything out! This one girl on etsy has cool looking wings but they are thin plastic and wire and would definately melt in the oven, so I can only use those for air drying stuff.
My fairy dragon had clay wings (did I already say that? *forgetful*) but faires are supposed to have clear wings x_x Butterfly wings are a great idea too :) sound even harder than fairy wings though! I think I saw an artist with dragons with clear wings I will try to find her again maybe she would be helpful :)
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