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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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:iconderpywolfmuffins:
derpywolfmuffins Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
BUTTER DRAGON!!! OMG WE NEED A MUFFIN DRAGON!!!! (ok ill make it) SQUEE! :3
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HowManyDragons Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2014
Haha, I bet they'd be best friends. :3
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derpywolfmuffins Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
ya I bet. I think Ill actually try to make one! :3
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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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:iconhowmanydragons:
HowManyDragons Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014
:XD:
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:iconxwafflekatx:
XWafflekatX Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
SO CUUUTTEE! DX
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SakuraDrawingPencil Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Those wings are lovely
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:iconhowmanydragons:
HowManyDragons Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014
Thanks! They're made entirely out of clay. :)
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SakuraDrawingPencil Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Really? Wow!
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LoVerAcE96 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
this is beautiful!!
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:iconhowmanydragons:
HowManyDragons Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014
Thank you! :hug:
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:iconxaran-alamas:
Xaran-Alamas Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh that is lovely!
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HowManyDragons Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014
Thank you! :3
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:iconimbecamiel:
Imbecamiel Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Awwww. This is lovely.
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:iconhowmanydragons:
HowManyDragons Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014
Thanks, I'm glad you like him! ^^
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bitsandbaubles Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I love the wings! So beautiful~ And I agree, these antennae are nicer than the other ones. They're more elegant, the nubby ones are more cutesy.
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HowManyDragons Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014
Hehe, I guess they both have their place, but these are way easier to make! xD
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:iconbitsandbaubles:
bitsandbaubles Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Haha I bet!
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ArtemisIceheartt Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Student
Aw! That's so cute!
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:iconhowmanydragons:
HowManyDragons Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014
Thank you~ ^^
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Raax-theIceWarrior Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014
Oooh! Such lovely wings, it's such a beautiful design for a dragon, and I love the little bits of bronze on his body as well.
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HowManyDragons Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014
Thanks!
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LadyAriessTemptra Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014   Artisan Crafter
I LOVE him, so pretty, awesome butterfly cane!
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:iconsakurasculpture:
SakuraSculpture Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
hes truly amazing!
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LitefootsLilBestiary Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
He's really beautiful! Love that mica powder shimmer. Those wings are impressive! I wouldn't even know where to start. Never even tried caning on this side - but it may be my low resources.
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HowManyDragons Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014
Haha, caning drives me a little nuts, because it feels so wasteful to me. It's not terribly so, but a little waste is more than none and I have no use for scrap clay. Definitely not the sort of thing to get into if you're stretched for materials.
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ocenflower Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
ahahahha fallen in love wit this already sooooooo well thaught out and verry well doneBroken Fighting Dome (Ohohohohohoho) 
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SweetMayDreams Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Awe love this one!!! Especially the wings and mica powder effect! Beautiful!!!
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HowManyDragons Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014
Thank you very much! :D
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NocturnalMoonWolf Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014   Digital Artist
Gorgeous! This is definitely a favorite!
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:iconhowmanydragons:
HowManyDragons Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014
Thanks, I'm glad you like him!
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:iconniceratops:
Niceratops Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Loveley colouring on the body, nice finishing touch to the little fella! I love his little ears they are just too cute haha x 
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HowManyDragons Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014
I don't know why, but faerie dragons just need little frilly ears! xD
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twilanthe Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014
This is beautiful! I love the colors.  And when I get my tax returns I'm definitely going to get something from your shop!
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HowManyDragons Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014
Thank you!
And I'll be looking forward to hearing from you. :heart:
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:iconfantasma-x:
Fantasma-X Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That's so cool! I love the wings! :)
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omfgitsbutter Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014
Oh the wings came out very nice :)
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Draconic-Angel Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I love the effect the mica powder gave this!
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:iconhowmanydragons:
HowManyDragons Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014
Thanks! I love the look of mica powder on black so much. :3
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Gemmilou Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Student General Artist
Beautiful! Love 
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HowManyDragons Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014
Thank you! ^^
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