Introduction: Clay Dragon Eyes

About: Hey there! My name is Ping the Crafty Dragon. I love love love making things and making people smile!

Being the crafty dragon means actually posting plenty of dragon themed crafts. Therefore, here is the first of the two promised tutorials. These are the clay dragon eyes. You can use them for several different things, the first being LARP. That is what I originally made them for. I am going to use them as charms in my upcoming game. The second is necklaces. I don't know a whole lot about jewelry but I do know there are some tools you can use to make a loop to thread it through. The last thing I can think of is going to show up in my next instructable. So I'm going to keep that a secret until I post it. :) Without further ado, please be patient with my awful photography and enjoy the tutorial.

Step 1: Supplies

For this project you will need:

Half marbles

Acrylic paint

Oven bake sculpey clay

Imagination :)

I included the extra photos to show you the different styles of eye you can paint. The red one I did two white eyeshine spots and combined gold and black. The brown one I painted a larger pupil and did color around that. I'm going to show you a totally different style than these two.

Step 2: Paint!

First, paint the pupil with black. You may need two coats depending on the paint brand. Make sure the pupil doesn't cover too much space width wise or height wise. Then paint whatever colors you want around it. MAKE SURE YOU LET THIS DRY BEFORE MOVING ON.

Step 3: The Clay!

First make a circle of clay and smoosh it flat. Place the half marble in and fold the clay around it in the shape of a candy wrapper. (see the photos. It's kinda hard to explain in words.) Cut off the excess clay with some scissors. Take a lighter color clay and make tiny little circles and smoosh these into the clay around the eyes. I did smaller scales on the bottom and larger scales on the top.

Step 4: Bake, Display, and Imagine!

Bake for 15 min on 275 degrees. I say 15 minutes because I spread my clay pretty thin if you have a bigger clay eye or if it measures 1/2 inch thick, then bake for 30 minutes. Then display your dragon eye and when anyone asks, make up an incredible story about how you met a dragon, killed it, stole it's treasure and left with it's eyeball! :P

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Thanks for reading!

Fangs and fire,

Crafty Dragon

and her adorable, wonderful sidekick


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