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Requesting feedback on a Fire Breathing Dragon test I did in metal wire.

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I did this as a test, so no need to grind my gears about the lack of detail or the unfinished wings. Of course, if you feel passionately about it, feel free to grind my gears good and hard.

I'd still like to know what ya'll think. Go to the link below for much larger pic if the thumb interests you at all...the thumb is almost useless.


Size wise, in its pose, there's just over 8" between wing tips, just over 5" head to tail, the "stream of fire" is about 5" long out of the mouth...the head is only 3/8" long by 3/16" wide. Made it with some stiffer than I'd expect steel wire I got at the dollar store ages ago, it's about half a millimeter wide...so it's around 24/25 AW/SW gauge I guess.

The legs do look a little awkward in the picture, not at all in the hand or other pictures...but I couldn't get them to look right at the viewing angle I wanted to show...so anyway. Imagine it flying overhead burning a village or cooking a cow for dinner.


13 Replies

acozy (author)2014-01-10

This is mine..

murphybedhq (author)2013-11-06

Very nice indeed!

JonnyBGood (author)2013-04-16

Not going to lie, epic...

caitlinsdad (author)2013-02-14

From the size, you could have wound the body around a small battery and put an LED in the mouth to illuminate the flamebreath. I had to turn the monitor sideways to view the image. Yup, just no Fn detail in the wings. You should create a chess set with these soldered onto giant nuts and washers.

Thrasym (author)caitlinsdad2013-02-15

^^Cool stool!

At that size, the LED would be tricky, it's very tight in the head/neck area. At a larger scale though, that LED idea sounds pretty cool. Although, I might have to get creative with making it in such a way that the battery could be replaced. Should be easy enough, might require some threaded tubing or just some magnets, at most.

I like the chess idea, I love chess and those "nuts and bolts" sets always peak my interest. So, I'll certainly think that over. I've already got some ideas in my head! My gosh, I need to grab the sketchpad!

Thanks for the input.

*dust cloud heads towards pen and paper*

Lucky7x7 (author)2013-02-14

soldering on some metal screen in the sections between the wings could be cool. Lengthen the head a little. other than that looks great... well even with that looks great good job.

Thrasym (author)Lucky7x72013-02-15

Usually I do multiple wires but the wire screen might be much easier. I've seen it used similar types of armatures for sculpture. Thanks for the idea and compliment.

bajablue (author)2013-01-20

lol... come to think of it... I do want to "grind your gears".

Pationately is spelled: passionately... but the way you've wriitten it, it actually makes perfect phonetic sense. ;-)

Thrasym (author)bajablue2013-01-20

Doh, thanks, fixed. Weird, passion isn't one of the words I usually have to think about the spelling of.

Kiteman (author)2013-01-20

The head is a little froggy at the moment - can you add teeth, or go for more crocodillian proportions?

What excites me are the flames - if you widen/ flatten them at the end farthest from the dragon, then you could pose the dragon actually in flight, supported by the flame striking the ground.

(And I am jealous of your artistic skills.)

Thrasym (author)Kiteman2013-01-20

Haha. EVERYONE seems to be saying that. I never noticed it at all, then I post it up on a couple sites and it seems nobody misses it. The frog face. At its current size, adding teeth would be a bit difficult. I certainly will add teeth when I do the larger, final piece.

It's funny you say that. I've got 2 other similar test pieces, one is in a dive bomb pose and the other is sort of gliding but the idea was to have both of their flames hitting the ground to support them in flight. The diver with a fiery explosion at the ground and the glider with a trail of flame on the ground and the fire coming out of his mouth sort of arcing and "falling behind" as he soars. If that makes sense. I did this one without the ground explosions or support to figure some things out before playing with the others.

I'm glad you like the flames because that's sort of where this whole thing started for me as well. Looking at flamethrower pictures for some reason I can't recall. They'll be much more involved, moving forward. Probably remain slightly "stylized" for my sanity but more chaotic and random, twisting, etc.

I'm flattered but I can't imagine you should be jealous of me. Cheers, buddy.

bajablue (author)2013-01-20

That's pretty cool, Thrasym.

I especially like the flame and tail... not too crazy about the head, though.

Thrasym (author)bajablue2013-01-20

I was mainly playing around with the fire and the dimensions. Sadly the head ended up being so tiny at that scale I just sort of blocked in the general form. So I'm with you on the disappointment there. Hope to do it larger and fix several issues like that and the flames and a few other details.