How to Make a Dragon Skull




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I have to do a Dragon body paint next month and I wanted a nice interesting Headpiece. having very little money I thought I would make one.

here's how i made mine. It would probably be possible to make this into a mask too.

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Step 1: The Design and Materials

I found this excellent illustration by McGibs and thought I would try and turn the two dimensional image into a 3 dimensional object.

I used standard A4 card stock (180 gsm)
A printer and computer
Glass-fibre layup resin
Masking tape
Isopon P38 (Bondo)
Sharp knives and scissors
A Dremel

Step 2: Preparing the Design

I used GIMP to remove all the horns and the face and lower jaw, then printed off 2 resized images onto the card stock.

These were then cut out, and I worked out where I wanted to cut and where I wanted to fold.
The two side were then glued together at the nose and the general shape and dimensions were worked out.

I used more card to fill the gaps, sticking them in with masking tape.

Step 3: Stiffening the Basic Structure

Once the basic card assembly was complete, I coated the inside with a layer of resin. Once cured I turned it over and added another layer of resin to the outside.

This was then set aside for a few hours to go solid.

Step 4: Adding the Texture

Once the resin had cured, I began coating it with P38 (Bondo).
I tried to get the thickness's to vary in line with the original drawing.

Once the P38 (Bondo) had hardened off, I used the Dremel with a rough sanding drum to smooth out the contours whilst keeping a slightly rough 'bone like' texture to it.

Finally i made the smaller horns from P38 (Bondo) and stuck them in place.

Step 5: First Paint Job

Since the original drawing is monochrome I had to decide on some colours. I went for yellow, brown and black.

The paint was applied with brush, sponge and airbrush. I sort of added a little of the patterns of the original drawing too.

Step 6: Making the Horns

I used exactly the same process for the main horns. I isolated them in GIMP, printed one off, flipped the images and printed the other.

Again I decided where to cut and where to fold, stuck the sections with masking tape and twisted and pulled until I had a pleasing shape.

I then coated both sides of each horn with resin and allowed to dry.

Step 7: Test Fit and Texture

After test fitting the horns I again coated them in P38 (Bondo) but only where the scales would go.

these were then sanded back to give them more definition.

Step 8: Final Assembly and Painting

The horns were glued into place using the P38 (Bondo) which ensured the gaps were well filled.

A small amount of sanding and then they were painted to match the skull. Some minor brushwork details for the gold bands and the skull is complete.

Step 9: Supplemental

I needed a way of getting this thing on and off my model.
i mounted the skull on an old baseball cap with the brim cut to fit the jaw.

Couldn't get the flight feathers in time so I've used the old tried and tested pipe lagging foam to make a frill. It needs eyes and some final paint touches, but should be OK

Finished now ....

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9 years ago on Introduction

For those of our colonial brethrin who are confused about the resin and filler used here. Go onto your respective ebay sites. For the liquid resin try searching for

glassfiber resin - returned about 170 results in the US - it's a liquid

For the paste filler try searching for

auto body filler - returned LOADS of responses - it's a paste or putty

Both are generally polyester resin based and may even use the same hardener. In the UK the hardener is a red paste allowing a visual check on the colur to ensure an even mix.

Isopon and Bondo are brand names.

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Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

Thank you for these informations
Very useful ! ^_^

your project is simply awesome
hope you do some more of them :D


2 years ago

Hey, I sent you a private message yesterday. I am not sure if it was shipped. I would be glad if you can contact me soon.
Best regards


Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

Oh, I don't think I've ever tried to calculate it.

Two sheets of A4 card - pennies
Half a cup of resin - Less than a pound
Glue - Less than a pound
Bondo / P38 filler - less than 5 pounds
Lagging - 1 pound
Paint - pennies

Materials = 8 pounds

Electric? - 2 pounds

My labour - 6 hours @ £35.00 per hour = £210.00

Total cost to make = £220.00


Reply 2 years ago

why should we buy it for 20$ if we can do it for ourselves for 200$? :-D


4 years ago

Nice work! I especially like the paint job you gave it, really makes it pop. I've been eyeing the same illustration as a prop, except I'm going to make mine out of clay with a silicone mold and cast it with flexible urethane foam.


4 years ago on Introduction

I was just wondering. How did you get the template so it would fit an actual head (I'm currently about to attempt both the top and bottom jaw).

I only just stumbled across this and all I can say is WOW!!!!and I love the fact that you are in the UK sometimes tutorials are a pain when it comes to the materials list! Thanks for such a fantastic tutorial! (kind of glad I bought the hubby a dremel for xmas ;) )


6 years ago

hey man this is pretty cool and i want to try to make this, is there some kind of stencil or something you have to make the right shape


6 years ago on Step 9

what about the jaw or might i ask for a stencil download or something i think this is really cool look to it


7 years ago on Step 2

Would using sheets of colored card stock prove any sort of problem for this? I know it's going to be painted, but I'm looking at the materials I've got now and just wanted to be sure before I jump into this.

Your panting job is phenomenal, by the way.


7 years ago on Introduction

Wow I found this looking at a recently posted instructable and this came up in a related search and I'm so glad it did! This is FANTASTIC! I'm brainstorming now how I can create my own before Halloween. Well done!!


8 years ago on Introduction

I can get the resin no problem as for the bondo... there is bondo "light" bodyfiller for $10 or "gold" for 17... Will there be any difference in the quality?
Also will an x-acto knife (box cutter) be fine?

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Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

As to the Bondo, I have no idea of the differences since I don't use Bondo here in the UK. You'll have to try them and see, but I doubt that there would be much in it if it's marketed as car body filler it should work.

An X-Acto scalpel should do fine, and I'd keep a box cutter handy as well. It will all depend on your skill with a knife, however so make sure that they are SHARP, it's actually less dangerous.


Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

Thanks for the reply. Just wondering but how long did it take you to finish and what would you suggest I use to wear it? Mount it on a hat like you or a headband or?