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Dragon Sculpting Tutorial by ByToothAndClaw Dragon Sculpting Tutorial by ByToothAndClaw
I have been meaning to do this for quite a while, so here it is finally: a tutorial for my dragons! Sorry about the varied lighting, I just snapped pictures as I went along. Because I couldn't fit a lot of text into the tutorial, I have a couple of things to say:
1. blending the clay together is kind of a "petting" motion. The goal is to make it seamless and fingerprint free!
2. I suggest using an X-Acto blade to cut the clay. It works quite well.
3. In case you didn't know, Sculpey Premo Clay gets baked at 275 fahrenheit for 30 minutes.
4. I used Sculpey Gloss to make him shiny.
5. Using rubbing alcohol on a Q-tip is a great way to remove any dirt on the clay. But only use it when the sculpture is done, as it ruins the clay's ability to blend. (I suggest 91% rubbing alchohol).
6. Don't feel bad if you don't like your sculptures at first! It takes time and practice to get better.
7. As for tools, I mostly use my X-Acto blade, a dental pick, and my fingers.
If you use this tutorial to make a dragon, I would love to see it! Enjoy!
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KelsMcQuillen Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
When you placed the eyes and spikes and arms on the dragon, did you do any blending or just stuck em on? I'm not familiar with glossy clay, so just looking at it it looks like the pieces would fall off without blending it together.
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DragonMaster59 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'd love to try this sometime!
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CrankyBird Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2015
Have you thought of using some beads in your dragons?
They have dragon scale beads now
They are brand new on the market.

There are also dentelle rhinestones (look like the diamond in an engagement ring), or rivoli crystals.
Dentelles come as small as 1 mm and the rivolis are usually about 6 mm or larger.

Spike beads or dagger beads might work as well.

Dragons do love gem stones, so they are good for around their feet or to hold in their claws.
Some people make dragons entirely out of beads.

I love looking at yours, so I thought I'd leave you a note about checking this out.
Please keep sculpting and posting your tutorials they are very, very, very inspiring.
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ByToothAndClaw Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Dragon scale beads? I have to look in to that! Sorry for the (very) late response; I kind of forgot about Deviantart for a month. Whoops! College will do that to you. Thank you for all the suggestions! I love using beads and props for my dragons, and I'll definitely check out all of these. :)
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Schattensterndrache Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your tutorial is very helpful, but I have two questions: how long or large must the aluminum foil?
Do you have to install the chains of the key holder before or after baking in the figure, you know?


I hope you understand my english!^^"
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ByToothAndClaw Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks for the questions! The aluminum foil can be whatever size you want it to be, but mine are usually about 3" long. And for key chains, you just have to put in the eyepin before baking, though you can also include the chain if you'd like; the metal will be fine in the oven. I hope this helps!
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Schattensterndrache Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
All right, and my thanks go back, thank you for your explanation!
See you soon!^^
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ClaySculpts Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
is soo cute! I was make this dragon!
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ByToothAndClaw Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you!
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Jackledusty Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
What kind of clay do you use? That's never really mentioned.
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ByToothAndClaw Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I use Scupey Premo Clay, I mentioned it's baking time on point 3. Sculpey is my favorite polymer brand. Thanks for asking! :)
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Jackledusty Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Thanks! I've been wanting to get into sculpting dragons and other mythical creatures.
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ByToothAndClaw Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
That's awesome! Go for it!
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Dawnkeeper Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014
Thank you!
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ByToothAndClaw Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You're welcome! :D
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Stargazer1300 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013  Student General Artist
La la la la :happybounce: 
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silverfan118 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013
this is extreeaaamly helpful, thank you very much for making this, i had been wanting to create my own dragon figures for a while, but out of clay, i thought sculpters just...made it without any base what so ever, i thought they just....sculpted it, and once again, thank you for making this! I will certainly try it out! I don't think it will be as awesome as the dragon's you make, but i can't wait to try!
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ByToothAndClaw Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! I'm glad you find this so helpful. The tin foil base definitely helps a lot. I can't wait to see your dragon! :D
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silverfan118 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013
i finished it (kind of, i am going to add little gems tommorow c: then paint it o3o i always had trouble of where to put the eyes, somehow you get them to fit should i say, or would you need to make a scrape outline for the eye? or just sculpt it. the little dragon looks a little like dragonite due to it's head c: but hopefully the clay wouldn't be too dry tommorow, because if it is, it would be tough to add the gems D: i tried a the first attempt of a dragon, (didn't have the foil spine and just pictured it) and the legs were rather squashed together, so i think the one i just did does look better :3

sorry for the long paragraph ^^ i have been wanting to create models for a while, now i will practice and practice until i get better :3

One last question, how would you go about making markings with clay? as in scraping markings in it, as when i do it it usually has clay inside of the marking i made. (i can give a little picture of what i mean if you do not understand, my explaining of things can be terrible.) Thank you so much for making this ^^
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ByToothAndClaw Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yay! I can't wait to see it! For the eyes, I make little indents and then put the eyes in. Are you using air dry clay? I used polymer clay in the tutorial, so I'm not sure how you would go about scraping markings in. I would just use a sharp blade or pick, carve in the detail and then use compressed air to blow out all the scrapings. :D
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silverfan118 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013

Yep, i am using air dry clay to make the model, i hope once i have added the details today it would look awesome c: i do not have any actual "gem stones" though, maybe theres a way to make the clay once painted to look crystal like? I dunked the dragon underwater this morning, so that it wouldn't dry up when i get back, hopefully i can still model with it.

 

hmm, like make a small carving so the eye goes in a little, then make the eye itself? sounds like a good idea :3 i'm sure we would have some toothpicks of some sort, or a sharp knife, as for compressed air, i may need to buy some when i get the chance, or make my own if that is possible.

You're dragon's look simply adorable! Oh one last question, my brushes which i use to paint with, they aren't very good with adding veery small detail, as the bristles kinda ruin the way i wish to paint it, would you reccomend using something else? (terribly sorry about all the questions) :happybounce:

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ByToothAndClaw Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
That's awesome! No need to apologize, I love chatting with fellow artists. Hmm... For tiny details, I either use a precision brush (only a few bristles on it), a toothpick or a sharp tool. Thank you!
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silverfan118 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013
alright ^^ i will try using a toothpick, luckily i haven't quite started with the editing yet, i am not sure where to put the gems X3 *goes to take a quick photo of it and le uploads to stash* sta.sh/0z53bxa0ucz The wing that is shown which has the marking on, doesn't have it on the other, hopefully i can still add it on when i go to make some changes :3

this is what it looks like so far, back legs are rather squished, but hey, you learn from your mistakes :3 i still wanna add gems coming from the tail and a tail end, that looks like crystals are coming from it. I had it resting in water so the model wouldn't dry up which is why it's very shiny :3


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ByToothAndClaw Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I love it, the pose is so cute! Gems would definitely look awesome. I can't wait to see it finished. Rock on!
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werewolves-fan Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013  Student Digital Artist
thank you! -run to the shop to buy some clay and try this out-
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ByToothAndClaw Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Haha! You're welcome! :hug:
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LostGryphin Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
<3
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Jamisepic333 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Student General Artist
I just did this and gave it to my mom.
she loved it!
I didn't use colored clay I just painted it.
Thanks!
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ByToothAndClaw Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
That's awesome! Could you post a pic? I would love to see it. :)
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Jamisepic333 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Student General Artist
sure! I just have to wait a few days for it to dry.

I lovfe your art!

Check out *DragonsAndBeasties
They do a lot of art like you!
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ByToothAndClaw Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Awesome! Thank you! I love DragonsAndBeasties! She's an amazing sculptor!
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Willy-B-1997 Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I might have to try this. :D
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ByToothAndClaw Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Please do! I'd love to see it. :)
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Igbythesnail Featured By Owner May 1, 2013  Student Artist
This is really great, thanks
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ByToothAndClaw Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! I'm glad I could help. :)
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Ultralee0 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Student General Artist
This is very helpful thank you :3
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ByToothAndClaw Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You're welcome! :D
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Syntheses Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Must.... make.... adorable... dragon... sculpture....
But I don't have colored clay. I'll have to buy some when I have money.
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ByToothAndClaw Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Haha! I hope you have fun! :D
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Syntheses Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I probably will. It'll probably have cogs on it or something, because I always wanted a steampunk dragon. :D
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ByToothAndClaw Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
That woud be adorable!
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tcdcat Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013
Cool.
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ByToothAndClaw Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Awesome! When you're done let me see, I love seeing other people's dragons. :D
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Enike91 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
omg im going to try this out now :D :hug:
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Enike91 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
THANK YOU!THANK YOU! THANK YOU! :heart: :llama:
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