This black dragon has amassed a mighty hoard and isn't about to share. In fact, he's become so obsessed with his stash that he sleeps on top of it, and the gold and jewels are starting to embed themselves between his scales. He definitely needs someone to watch over him and keep his greed in check!
Heh, putting together the gold coins probably look me longer than it took to craft the dragon. The gold clay doesn't like to stick to things, which is super annoying! I think the end result was worth it, though.
Hmm, several hours, at least. The dragon wasn't all that complicated, but it probably took me a couple of hours to create all the coins and then fit them all together. The problem is that the gold clay that I use isn't very sticky, so I had coins falling off constantly while I was working on this.
They don't usually fall over because they tend to be seated, but I've had raised arms sag. I either try to prop them up with wadded lumps of tin foil, or I add a wire support in the arm so that it stays in place.
I used Translucent Liquid Sculpey - it acts like a clay glue that bonds when baked. It works quite well, but as you can imagine, it got all over the place and the gold coins were still trying to fall off, right until the dragon went into the oven.
In general, it works fine to hold things together, but you have to be careful when using it. TLS doesn't really dry before baking, so if you use too much, things will try to slide out of place. Also, once it's been baked, it looks like glue, which I find unsightly (at least it's not very noticeable after glazing). I've had a few joins fail because I tend to err on the side of using too little instead of too much - thank goodness super glue can take care of those mistakes!