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Spirit of Water: Aquatic Dragon by HowManyDragons Spirit of Water: Aquatic Dragon by HowManyDragons
The third elemental dragon is the spirit of water! Again, she's been made with the #BuyHandmade Elements contest in mind. I also ran with the theme of 'winter' for her, so she's made out of icy whites and blues. The animal connection is pretty weak - there's a little bit of axlotl, flying fish, and shark in there, but I didn't use any references, and was more interested in messing around with translucent clay. I think a good alternate title for these elemental dragons would be "the translucent series", because I've been going nuts with the translucent clay for all of them. This one is definitely fun to look at in bright light, because of the way light shines through her.

Unfortunately, the translucent clay ended up being really soft, and since I couldn't use my usual foil armature due to the transparency, her head sagged a bit in the oven and now she is studiously staring at the ground. Seriously lame! Also, it made it hard to get decent pictures. -_- I guess you can say she's the introspective sort, lost in contemplation.

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

My other Elemental Dragons
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:iconkoopa90:
Koopa90 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh wow this one looks like glass. Would look great in my bathroom :D (someday maybe)
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RebornAnimalz Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It still looks super soft which is nice 'cause it makes it look more watery. Well done! :3
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HowManyDragons Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014
Thank you! ^o^
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TheMightySaurus Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Still wonderful. It looks like shes taking a wee rest :meow:
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HowManyDragons Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014
Haha, thank you! My water dragons tend to be lazy dragons. =P
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TheMightySaurus Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:meow:
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xNubby-Hornsx Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
What kind of clay do you use 
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HowManyDragons Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014
Colored, oven-bake polymer clay. My favorite brand is Premo. :)
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xNubby-Hornsx Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
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^_^ just wondering cuz I use Sculpey 3 but I heard AWESOME PEOPLE (like you :3) use Premo and I want to try translucent clay but I just cant find it. 
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HowManyDragons Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014
I started off using Sculpey III, but I found it to be really brittle and I got tired of my figures breaking all the time. Premo is nice because it's stronger and has a bit of give to it, so parts are less likely to snap off. I buy my clay at the local Michaels, and they sell white translucent clay next to all the other polymer clays, so it shouldn't be hard to find. I know there are various colored translucents for sale, but they are harder to find, so I tint my translucent clay myself.
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xNubby-Hornsx Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ohhh so that's how you do it!  Thanks!

Yeah some of my sculptures had some wings break off a few times :(  but I'm willing to "pay the price" if its worth having better dragon quality!
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HowManyDragons Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014
I think it's worth paying a little bit more! Clay's pretty inexpensive too, so that's pretty nice.
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:iconxnubby-hornsx:
xNubby-Hornsx Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Well... MOST clay! XP
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UAkimov09 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014
Greatest ! i very like this ! Very nice and light colors ! Congratulations to You ! : )
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:iconthepyroplatypus:
ThePyroPlatypus Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014
WHY ARE YOU SO GOOD AT THIS STUFF?!
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:iconhowmanydragons:
HowManyDragons Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014
I've had a lot of practice? ^^;
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2000milkshake Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014
i just absolutely love this one the most ,i love the colours and the fact that its a water dragon is amazing , i just love everything about it
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HowManyDragons Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2014
Aw, thank you for the kind words!
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Serene-Oxaroo Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, this is beautiful...
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shiory Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
This is my favorite absolutely with out a doubt, my favorite element my favorite colors a beautiful calm graceful dragon
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HowManyDragons Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014
Thank you for your kind words! :heart:
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doodlenoodles144 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014  Student Artist
You are so good at this stuff!
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HowManyDragons Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014
Aw, thank you~
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The-Elven-Artisan Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014   Artisan Crafter
I love the translucency, it really works for a water dragon! And I think that looking contemplative suits her. ^_^
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HowManyDragons Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014
Thank you~ :]
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The-Elven-Artisan Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014   Artisan Crafter
You are welcome! 
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20080585 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014   Artisan Crafter
Beautiful
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kingdom-key12 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Student General Artist
i absolutely love your dragons 
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HowManyDragons Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014
I'm glad to hear it! :heart:
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kingdom-key12 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Student General Artist
:)
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lovebeth12 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Student Artist
ahhh it so cute !!! Broken Fighting Dome (Kawaii Please) 
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Torazola Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014
What a sweetheart! It looks like she's just gone for a quick swim! :D
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HowManyDragons Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014
Thanks! ^^
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:iconusagiimodokii:
Usagiimodokii Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
how did you do that amazing effect? I love it so much, it's beautiful craftin bro ^^
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HowManyDragons Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013
I used translucent clay for this dragon, so light can shine through it. I think it's a pretty neat effect. :]
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:iconusagiimodokii:
Usagiimodokii Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
yea!
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Keldain Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013
Lovely work!  :)
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:iconhowmanydragons:
HowManyDragons Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013
Thanks!
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:icontheawesomeblond:
theawesomeblond Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Oh! Nevermind. I scolled down and saw you already anwsered the question
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:iconhowmanydragons:
HowManyDragons Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013
Hehe, no problem. :)
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:icontheawesomeblond:
theawesomeblond Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
What brand clay did you use? I love how it looks. Did you paint it?
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Cartoon-Heart Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013
It looks like glass! Well done :D
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HowManyDragons Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013
Thanks! ^^
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pyrmappege Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Really beautiful.
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koolkat42o Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
is ones my favorite, I like the glow that it has :D:D:D
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:iconhowmanydragons:
HowManyDragons Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013
Yeah, she looks really awesome when you hold her up to the light. :]
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:iconkoolkat42o:
koolkat42o Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
What did you use to make it?
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HowManyDragons Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013
Colored oven-bake polymer clay, just like I use for all my dragons. This one was made with translucent clay.
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koolkat42o Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
where do you get that, I want to get it as a birthday gift for my friend?
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HowManyDragons Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013
I buy mine at Michaels, but most craft stores should carry it. A sales associate will be able to point you the right way if you ask for 'polymer clay'.
The brand I like to use is called Premo, but they usually carry a few different brands.
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