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Big dragon head

I made this a couple of years ago, but I ran out of materials, vacillated about how best to do the wings, and still haven't finished it.

 

At around 6" high (15cm) it's almost the only sculpture I've made in a good few years that's more than a few inches high, but less than a few feet.

 

I built it around a cylindrical chocolate box - one of these - so that I could easily take the hollow head on and off. It's made mostly of epoxy putty, though the back legs are covered in polymer clay, the tail and the limbs are all built on a plastic-covered garden-wire armature, and the eyes are sea-glass that I found on the beach at Helensburgh on the same day I found the wood that would become my staff, which I have just blogged about.

 

Inside the head is a string of orange LEDs powered by a couple of AA batteries.

 

The wings are made of garden-wire wrapped in muslin. I'll probably coat them in PVA mixed with red powder paint, I think.

 

At the bottom is the tripod thread from an old dead camera, so that I can mount it on the top of my staff.

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Taken on January 18, 2011