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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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CrystalTheWolf1008 Featured By Owner 4 days ago  New member Hobbyist Digital Artist
What kind of clay do you use 
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HowManyDragons Featured By Owner 1 day ago
Colored, oven-bake polymer clay. My favorite brand is Premo. :)
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CrystalTheWolf1008 Featured By Owner 1 day ago  New member Hobbyist Digital 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 1 day ago
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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CrystalTheWolf1008 Featured By Owner 1 day ago  New member Hobbyist Digital 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 1 day ago
I think it's worth paying a little bit more! Clay's pretty inexpensive too, so that's pretty nice.
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CrystalTheWolf1008 Featured By Owner 1 day ago  New member Hobbyist Digital 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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ThePyroPlatypus Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014
WHY ARE YOU SO GOOD AT THIS STUFF?!
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HowManyDragons Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014
I've had a lot of practice? ^^;
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