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Black Opal Dragon - Version 2 by HowManyDragons Black Opal Dragon - Version 2 by HowManyDragons
I took what I learned from making the Experimental Black Opal Dragon in order to make a second version that was more in line with what I'd originally imagined. It's not 100% perfect, but I've definitely gotten closer to the look that I wanted!

This dragon's gray accents are what you get when you mix Premo's black and opal clays together - it's a semi-translucent gray that did not give the impression of black opal at all. The solution was to layer opal clay on top of a black base, but the opal layer has to be really thin or the transparent effect is lost (you can see I had some trouble on the face and neck). I really, really love the look of the translucent opal clay on black. I could look at it all day. *u*

Crafted out of Premo brand polymer clay, glass beads, and Swarovski crystal rhinestones. This dragon has been sold, but you can still see additional photos through his Etsy listing.

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:iconbenapproves:
benapproves Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, so you mixed the clay yourself? The effect is really cool!
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:iconhowmanydragons:
HowManyDragons Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2017
Two layers of differently colored clay, so... not quite a mix. =P
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:iconbenapproves:
benapproves Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Looks good nonetheless :D
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:iconkatsanddragons:
KatsandDragons Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I adore all of ur designs they are just so amazing 😄
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:iconwolfpackforever:
Wolfpackforever Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2016  Student Artisan Crafter
I wish there was video to how to make these guys man i make so many becuz there so cute
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:iconhowmanydragons:
HowManyDragons Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2016
Yeah, sorry, I'm not really set up to take videos.
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:iconwolfpackforever:
Wolfpackforever Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2016  Student Artisan Crafter
ok thx for responding and how much for custom made dragons
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:iconhowmanydragons:
HowManyDragons Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2016
You can find general pricing information in my Commission Information journal.
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:iconwolfpackforever:
Wolfpackforever Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2016  Student Artisan Crafter
thx for the great help
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:iconfnafdrawingworld:
FnafDrawingWorld Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2016  Student Digital Artist
*-*WoW*-*
This is amazing
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:iconhowmanydragons:
HowManyDragons Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2016
Thank you~ :hug:
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:icondark-violets:
Dark-Violets Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, I wish I could buy your beauties!
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:iconryescop:
RyeScop Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2016
Cool! Opals are my favorite mineraloid. ;D
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:iconwildaction:
Wildaction Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2016
So cute and shiny
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:iconlaenigmadama:
LaEnigmaDama Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2016
A CRYSTAL GEEMMMMMMMMMM... This is even better then the last one!!!
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:iconhowmanydragons:
HowManyDragons Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2016
Thanks! I thought so too. :)
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:iconlaenigmadama:
LaEnigmaDama Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2016
Your Welcome:floating: !!
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:iconwickedandenchanted:
WickedandEnchanted Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2016  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Holy crap!!! This is better than the last one!!! I love how the black turned into a deep navy, it makes him look very regal.
I think the opal clay looks there are fish scales stuck in his skin...
may I use this idea, of the colored clay under some opal clay?
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:icongrecian-girl:
Grecian-Girl Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Gorgeous!
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:iconcandle-stic:
Candle-stic Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Again, I love the opal clay. The glitter effect is so pretty :). It's cool how you got the black and opal to work together and I love the complimenting colours of the wings and horns. Really brings out the stoney/gem look I think you were going for.
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:icontessthetopato:
Tessthetopato Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2016  Student
Fabulous!
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:iconkidariko:
Kidariko Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Very pretty!
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:iconhowmanydragons:
HowManyDragons Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2016
Thank you!
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:iconvonborowsky:
vonBorowsky Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2016  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
AHHAUHAGAGHSBDJEND IT IS SO FRIGGIN COOL!
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:iconhowmanydragons:
HowManyDragons Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2016
Hahaha, thank you! :D
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:iconvonborowsky:
vonBorowsky Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2016  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You are welcome! <33
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:iconzookiedragon:
ZookieDragon Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2016  Professional Artist
Love the effect of this :)
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:iconbabonga:
Babonga Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Great!
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:iconwuliwudesigns:
WuliwuDesigns Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2016  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Looks great.
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:iconbluefirewolfstar:
BlueFireWolfStar Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice! :D
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:icongirghgh:
GIRGHGH Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
This aught to be worth more than it's volume in gold. Diamond even. It's so completely beautiful!
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:iconhowmanydragons:
HowManyDragons Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2016
Hahaha, thank you. :)
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:iconmelixheartx101:
MelixHeartX101 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is SO cute!:happybounce:I just love the glitter!LoveExcellent work and keep it up!Clap La la la la 
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:iconhowmanydragons:
HowManyDragons Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2016
Aww, thank you for the kind words! :heart:
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:iconshazzz999:
shazzz999 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2016
Sweet and pretty. S
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:iconendstarstudios:
EndstarStudios Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So freaking cute! I just wanna steal it. :)
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:iconmelodisketch:
MelodiSketch Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
pretty! You should make a night themed one with like little crystal stars all over his wings and back:3
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:iconkenyastarflight:
kenyastarflight Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
And this guy is beautiful as well!  You make me want to get my hands on that opal clay...
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:iconhowmanydragons:
HowManyDragons Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2016
You should give it a try, it's so much fun to work with. ^^
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:iconbunbun65730:
BunBun65730 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
Wow! Is like see the sky on night~!! It's awesome~!!!
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:iconhowmanydragons:
HowManyDragons Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2016
Thanks, glad you like! :]
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:iconbunbun65730:
BunBun65730 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
Can I draw him too? I mean, the two opal dragons?
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:iconhowmanydragons:
HowManyDragons Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2016
Sure, go for it! And then send me a link when you finish so I can see. :)
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:iconfallenoak99:
FallenOak99 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
It's like a starry night sky.
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:iconhowmanydragons:
HowManyDragons Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2016
Yeah, I love that look. *u*
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:iconanimeangel554:
animeangel554 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very beautiful, it uses the sparkles brilliantly, it just works
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:iconhowmanydragons:
HowManyDragons Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2016
Thank you! :heart:
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:iconanimeangel554:
animeangel554 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No worries
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:iconsparkleeze:
Sparkleeze Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2016  Student General Artist
Very cool.
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