MAKING A POSEABLE MIXED MEDIA DRAGON ART DOLL ๐Ÿ‰| St George and the Dragon Polymer Clay Sculpt

MAKING A POSEABLE MIXED MEDIA DRAGON ART DOLL ๐Ÿ‰| St George and the Dragon Polymer Clay Sculpt


– Greetings and welcome
to The Dream Syndicate. Today we’re making a
posable mixed media dragon. Let’s get crafting. (whimsical musical) I’ve my armature
which is constructed of aluminum wire, upholstery
foam, plumber’s epoxy, which you could get
in hardware stores and also a bit of steel wire. What I’m doing right
now is creating a little bit more girth around the aluminum wire for
the dragon’s neck so with this paper tape
here it’s going to make it a little thicker
and when I go to put the dragon’s
head on that’s around the aluminum tube
it’ll fit on snuggly. (whimsical music) These spine spikes
here were also sculpted out of plumber’s epoxy. I’m just giving it a
coat of off white paint. Here I’m taking some
rough measurements for the main form
of the body for this fabric, but as
I work I’m kind of going to refine and
find a better form to fit the body of the dragon so I’ll make a bunch of
little cuts inwards. Cut some holes through
the fabric so that I can put the legs in
like I’m doing right here. If you want to watch
me make the imaginary a reality weekly, don’t
forget to subscribe and hit the bell icon. As I work, you’ll notice
me folding fabric, pinning pieces of fabric,
sometimes tucking pieces of fabric in, and I’ll
keep on doing that until I get shapes and
forms that I’m happy with. Right now the dragon’s
side looks like a loose bag so I’m
making some adjustments that’ll be able to
tighten up the side for him so it’ll look
more substantial. As I work on this
posable dragon, he still needs a name so if you
have any suggestions be sure to put those down
in the comments below. One challenge you’ll find
when making something like this is anything
that has a lot of spiky, protruding
bits or bits of wire sticking out, it’s
really hard to not catch your thread on it
so you’re constantly trying to maneuver your
thread around whatever random bit of the
creature happens to be sticking out of your sewing. Right now our dragon
looks like a Frankenstein of stitches all over his
body, but fortunately we’re planning on
painting the whole thing green and we used green
thread so you’re not really going to
notice that so much. Let’s be sure to remember that
ages old carpenter’s edge. Measure the dragon’s
arm twice, cut once. In much the same way
I was able to use the paper tape to
secure the head onto the body, we’re going
to do the same thing to attach the feet
to each of the legs once they’re cut down to size. To make the dragon’s
legs I’m just going to be making little sleeves
for the appendages. Just measuring it
out, cutting each one, and sewing it on. Now it’s time to give
this dragon some wings. I’m creating the basic
shape in pencil here, but I do end up giving it
an allowance of say an extra quarter
of an inch because I know I’m going to
fold over elements and sew those to the
backside of the wing. I spend some time
here messing around with the wires inside
of the wings, trying to get them to have
a good shape to them. That classic dragon
bat wing shape. Now I’m going to take
some Fabric-Tac and attach the wing frame
to the main body of the wing here. Now we’ll just draw the outline
of the head frill pieces. Again, I’ll use one of
my go-to’s when I need to attach fabric to something
and use some Fabric-Tac. Another material
that I like to use is acrylic matte medium. I use it if I want
fabric to have a bit more density or stiffness or even
a little bit of texture. I’m going back and
forth between using water and the acrylic
matte medium to thin out that matte
medium across the fabric. The acrylic matte medium
usually needs a few hours to dry and depending
on how much wear and tear expected surface
to need to take I will either do two or
three coats of it. I’ll just apply the
same technique I did to the head frill
to the wings here. Now it’s time to pain
this dragon’s body. So I chose this light
blue fabric because I knew it was going
to be complementary to the green and it was
light enough that the shade of green
I was going to mix up was going to
overpower it anyway. I also decided I
wanted to give this little dragon those
little hook-like claws that come out of the
wings so I’m building that onto there right now. I had to poke a hole
in it and I’m sculpting with the plumber’s
epoxy and now taking some of that paper
tape and working that around so it starts to
blend in with the wing. Here I’m painting the
orange of the wing interior and I’ll also use this color
for the neck frills as well. Lastly I decided that
the shade of red orange was too harsh so
I went for a paler tone and I like that
contrast better. And now we’ve completely
finished dragon. What do you think? Thank you for watching. If you want to
join me weekly for making the imaginary a
reality, don’t forget to subscribe and
hit the bell icon. Until next time, make believe.

10 thoughts on “MAKING A POSEABLE MIXED MEDIA DRAGON ART DOLL ๐Ÿ‰| St George and the Dragon Polymer Clay Sculpt

  1. Greetings & welcome and if you're returning, welcome back! You can watch the head get sculpted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ea668xWEGvA&t=2s
    Or you can see it painted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t_kcB_s9pgc

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