Bored Panda works better on our iPhone app
Continue in app Continue in browser
BoredPanda Add Post

The Bored Panda iOS app is live! Fight boredom with iPhones and iPads here.

My Hand-Made Dragon Eye Jewelry
52points
User submission
162
5K
Art7 years ago

My Hand-Made Dragon Eye Jewelry

I make dragon eyes from polymer clay, and hang them on thick antique-bronze chains to either wear as pendants, or hang as decorations.

I’ve been working with clay for about a year, so it’s a recent passion. I’ve always loved fantasy mythology, and being Welsh have a particular fondness for dragons – it seemed logical to apply those loves to my work with clay!

More info: EtsyFacebook

Hephaestus Pre-Painting

I start with a “millefiori” clay cane slice for the iris, and set it behind a glass bead. From that, I build up shapes around the central bead to form the dragon’s eye: swirls, scales, spikes, horns – all kinds of shapes. When the basic eye is complete, I bake it to set the clay.

Hephaestus

The next part is adding the colors and decorations. I start with watery acrylics and layer on a few different colors. When that’s dry, I brush on metallic pigment powders in a few different colors around the eye, and then apply several coats of glaze on top, starting with colored opalescent, iridescent glazes and finishing with a couple of coats of plain, clear glaze. When the glaze is dry, I superglue tiny metallic beads into the indentations I’ve made in the clay, to add a finishing intricacy to the eyes.

Sirona Pre-Painting

The base clay shape of Sirona before painting.

Sirona

I attach a metal wire bail to the clay pre-baking (and then glue it in post-baking to make sure it sticks) so the dragons are ready to hang on chains when they’re finished. I give them all names, choosing from the names of deities from various pantheons.

Dellingr

Taranis

Cronus

Hyperion

5Kviews

Share on Facebook
Popular on Bored Panda
Hey pandas, what do you think?
MakenzieSheriff
Community Member
7 years ago

Ooo! We live closer than I thought... I'll definitely be looking at your Etsy page, since I have a love for mythology and dragons too.

MakenzieSheriff
Community Member
7 years ago

Oh, wait I read your , we don't live as close as I thought... Love your work on Etsy though!!

Load More Replies...
JeanneDeaux
Community Member
7 years ago

Very nice! Keep up the good work and show it to us!

Community Member
7 years ago

Thank you Jeanne! ^.^

Load More Replies...
Laura Moore
Community Member
6 years ago

I would love to see you take up metal clay and make your pieces form silver or bronze!

Load More Comments
MakenzieSheriff
Community Member
7 years ago

Ooo! We live closer than I thought... I'll definitely be looking at your Etsy page, since I have a love for mythology and dragons too.

MakenzieSheriff
Community Member
7 years ago

Oh, wait I read your , we don't live as close as I thought... Love your work on Etsy though!!

Load More Replies...
JeanneDeaux
Community Member
7 years ago

Very nice! Keep up the good work and show it to us!

Community Member
7 years ago

Thank you Jeanne! ^.^

Load More Replies...
Laura Moore
Community Member
6 years ago

I would love to see you take up metal clay and make your pieces form silver or bronze!

Load More Comments
Popular on Bored Panda
Popular on Bored Panda
User Submissions
Also on Bored Panda
Also on Bored Panda