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Black Monarch Butterdragon by HowManyDragons Black Monarch Butterdragon by HowManyDragons
It's been a while since I last posted a monarch butterdragon! After making the Spirit of Love a couple weeks back, I really felt the urge to pull out my monarch butterfly dragon cane and make some more butterfly wings (all clay, no paint!). This little guy is pretty neat because I dusted some copper colored mica powder on his back and he looks really nice when held up to the light. He's got some new antennae too - I like this look more than the older style with the nubs on the ends. This dragon ended up being a little smaller than usual - about 1.75 inches tall instead of the usual 2, but I think that just makes him all the cuter. :]

This dragon has been sold, but you can still see additional photos on Etsy.

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maraomi Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014
I :love: it la in love 
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mlp-lover910 Featured By Owner May 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
would you be so kind....too..... tell me how to make one? or tell me the supplies and how you shape it? 
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HowManyDragons Featured By Owner May 16, 2014
I make my dragons out of colored oven-bake polymer clay. You should be able to find it easily at your local craft store. I like the Premo brand, but I know a lot of people start out with Sculpey III because it's cheaper (heck, it's how I got started too). Other than that, I don't have too many essential supplies - there are a few clay tools that I can't live without, and I prefer to give my dragons tin foil cores, but all of the other gems and rhinestones that I use are optional.

Anyway, the best thing you can do is to get yourself some clay and play around with it! My first dragons were really rough and lumpy - everything I've learned has been through trial and error and lots and lots of practice. The best way to learn is through doing. Also, I sculpt my dragons based on the way I draw them, so you might find it helpful to have some of your drawings on hand as reference.

I hope that helps!
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mlp-lover910 Featured By Owner May 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
also, some of your creations are alittle... shiny!what do you uses to give it shine? and also your dragon has beads in them?(eyes) how do i put them in? do i put them in while baking or after baking?
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HowManyDragons Featured By Owner May 17, 2014
I glaze all of my dragons with a gloss glaze. I paint it on with a brush and let it air dry. If you're just getting started, try getting one of the little bottles of Sculpey clay glaze while you're getting clay at the craft store - it's just a few bucks and there are two types (gloss and satin), so you could try them both out to see what kind you like better.

The beads I use for my dragons' eyes are glass, and I place them before baking. The temperature that clay bakes at is much too low to melt glass. Just don't put anything plastic/acrylic in the oven because odds are that it will melt.
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mlp-lover910 Featured By Owner May 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Where do you get glass? (My last question I promise! XD)
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HowManyDragons Featured By Owner May 18, 2014
I buy various bits and pieces either at the craft store or online. I've picked up lots of random things like marbles and glass gems over the years.
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mlp-lover910 Featured By Owner May 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! But one question... the tinfoil thing, can you do it sloppy? What I mean by that is can their be some air in the tinfoil? Oh, but I really appreciate you telling me this....(I couldn't live without weekends!) Ene (Smile) [V7] 
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HowManyDragons Featured By Owner May 17, 2014
Oh no, air in tin foil is the enemy! D: You should pack it down as tightly as possible because air trapped between the foil and the clay will expand in the oven and might cause bubbles in your sculpture. I've been there, and it's not pretty. -_-
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XWafflekatX Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
OH MY GOSH ITS LITTLE WINGS!!! unicycle bounce Pikachu want it 
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