Introduction: DIY Polymer Clay Dragon Tutorial

This is a detailed dragon sculpting tutorial and it covers every aspect of a dragon's creation in polymer clay. Here in the video description find a tool and supply list, suggested support videos, clay baking instructions and other important information. Please comment, share, rate the video and subscribe to my channel with much related content and frequent new uploads here: http://YouTube.com/user/TheJakeFolger - Shop my art creations at http://JakeCreates.Etsy.com

Tool and Supply List

Sculpey 3 polymer clay in black or equivalent Pearl Ex Pigments in Reflex Violet, Antique Bronze with a touch of gold mixed in A stone 18 gauge steel wire 70 - 90% Isopropyl (Rubbing) Alcohol Wire cutters Pliers Assorted sculpting tools Small paint brush

Sculpey 3 Polymer Clay Baking Instructions

Preheat your household oven to 275 degrees. Place your dragon and stone on a plate and in the oven. Your household oven at this baking temperature will not get hot enough to harm the stone. Bake the sculpture for 15 minutes per quarter inch of thickness of clay. (measure the thickest part of the dragon's clay to get the proper time) When the sculpture is done baking, turn off the oven and open the door - Do not move the dragon until it and the stone are completely cool. Please Note: The stone will take a long time to cool.

Sealing The Stone To Take The Clay

The stone should be sealed so that it is less porous - it will receive the clay much better. You can use a number of products to seal it: polyurethane, varnish, lacquer, acrylic. One coat of any of these products should be adequate. Related spray products are also good and tend to dry faster.

Stone Friendly Polymer Clay

Some types of polymer clay do not adhere well to stones. It is best to test the clay on a stone if you are not using the recommended Sculpey 3.

Polymer Clay Smoothing Video Links

https://youtu.be/0vQduuTQ-iY https://youtu.be/HaQljoG56jM

Comments

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Annette MarieS made it! (author)2017-07-26

hi sculpey make so many clays. I was using one for dolls but it seems brittle. Due to my physical challenges I'm atrying present using a hologen oven and a thermometer to check temp erasure is hot enough but not too hot. It's a steep learning curve for someone of a certain age?. Thanks for this tute it's really helpful

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jakecreates made it! (author)jakecreates2017-07-26

Hi Annette,

I wasn't sure if there was a question for me in your comment. If so, please shoot it at me again. As far as a decent clay for sculpture goes, I use Sculpey 3 - I have not however used it for dolls. I don't follow doll making so I can't offer advice on that right now. As for your makeshift oven goes - I have heard of people baking polymer clay inside their cars in the summertime. I have never done that but I think there might be some "play" with the whole baking time and temperature thing. Best of luck to you in your creations and with your struggles. If I can be of any help to you - let me know. - Jacob