A couple of years ago, I thought of the idea of making a dragon sculpture for my best friend, who is into fantasy and dragons. I looked up how hard this would turn out to be, and decided I could do it. Here are the steps I undertook in making this sculpture.
It is a real fun thing to do, but it took me way more time than I imagined.
Here is a list of what you'll need (I don't have a picture, sorry!)
- A reference picture (Optional).
- A base. I used an oval-shaped wooden board, and stapled some velt underneath to make it a bit more classy
- Clay. I used fimo clay and puppet clay. The fimo was great, because it came in colors, so I only had to paint the parts I did with the Puppen clay.
- Wire. To strenghten the figure and to have a handy framework during working, it is easy to make a wire 'backbone'.
- Foil. It will serve as a filler, making the figure not too heavy
- Sculpting tools. These don't have to be fancy; you can use old cutlery or throw away stuff like toothpicks as well.
- Bolts. This is optional, but I used two bolts to anker down the body to the board.
- Additional accesoires. I used beads for the eyes, and you can add other things of course.
LET'S DO THIS.
Step 1: #1: Making the frame
The picture might not be very clear, but here is how to make the framework. This step is sort of optional; it only works as to make the figurine more sturdy.
In the board, I drilled four holes:
- two to put the bolts in (the one on the right is still seen)
- one for the wire of the body to disappear into the board
- one for the wire of the tail to disappear into the board
After I attached the two bolts (with plugs on them, to prevent pointy ends from sticking out), I use Fimo Puppen to make the two stones on which the dragon rests. I tried to make them as much as the reference picture as possible, but some changes can be made, of course.
The next step is to make the wire for the body. Roughly see how long it has to be, then double the length and cut the wire. Twisting it around itself makes it more sturdy and helps the foil (or the clay directly) to stick better. Shape it in the form you want it to be, using the image as a reference for size. Stick the ends into one of the holes in the board.