|Valentine Dragon, b. 8 February 2011|
I don't know much about the Chinese Calendar, but I do know that this is the Year of the Dragon, and it began on 23rd January! So here are a few Quernus dragons to welcome in the New Year.
The first dragon I ever made was this Valentine Dragon for, perhaps unsurprisingly, Valentine's Day! Loosely based on a Welsh dragon, this one is just a little bit more friendly. I tried a new technique for the wings, which I have used many times since - I discovered the joys of Dip It Fantasy Film!
This is amazing stuff, which I remember vaguely from when I was younger, making simple flower shapes out of wire and then dipping it in this magic stuff that hardened and formed a skin to make the petals. So I was delighted to find that you could still buy it (I buy mine from Fred Aldous in Manchester - they do postal orders too), and I have since gathered quite a collection of colours. (If you do buy some, remember to buy the thinner too - it makes it last a lot longer.)
Shaping the first wing was fairly easy. Shaping the second one to match was rather more challenging. Ideally I would have made a small jig to get the shape right, and this is on my to-do list (which seems to be growing longer by the day). In the end, I made up quite a few before I made one that matched.
|Orange Dragon, b. 13 December 2011|
|Sleeping Dragon with Tiger Plush Toy, b.17 January 2012|
|Rainbow Dragonfly, b. 23 September 2011|