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DRAGON SWAP :-) for DAFFYDILLY (pic heavy)
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maycrestmom
Brush N Grow Pony


Joined: Jun 12, 2010
Posts: 332
Location: Germantown, MD

PostPosted: 0    Post subject: DRAGON SWAP :-) for DAFFYDILLY (pic heavy)

had a blast turning a baity seashell into the momma and then tweaked an already sculpted baby I bought off ebay (Daffydilly feel free to give artist cred as I gave you his enclosed certificate with my work) = so here's pics :-)

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huge thanks again for CSA giving me a chance since this was my first swap = boy did I learn a whole new level of respect for ya'll that customize :-)

huge hugs to everyone that hung in there if they had a slow computer ... hope you enjoyed :-)
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Brightglowpony
Bay Breeze Pony


Joined: Dec 26, 2010
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Location: Georgia, USA

PostPosted: 0    Post subject: Re: DRAGON SWAP :-) for DAFFYDILLY (pic heavy)

That is SUPER cool!! Beautiful colors and sculpting Happy

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EmberBright
Sweet Scoops Pony w/Charm


Joined: Jun 19, 2010
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Location: Nova Scotia, Canada

PostPosted: 0    Post subject: Re: DRAGON SWAP :-) for DAFFYDILLY (pic heavy)

WOW! Incredible!!!

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4Lindy
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Joined: Mar 08, 2007
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Location: Michigan

PostPosted: 0    Post subject: Re: DRAGON SWAP :-) for DAFFYDILLY (pic heavy)

Wow! For a first swap that is one lucky partner! That is just awesome! Big congrats!

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Mana_Mihara
Rockin Beat Pony


Joined: Oct 13, 2010
Posts: 206
Location: Alabama

PostPosted: 0    Post subject: Re: DRAGON SWAP :-) for DAFFYDILLY (pic heavy)

That's stunning! I love the colors. Such a wonderful dragon custom.

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Ren-Ren
Lil Sweetcake Sister Pony


Joined: Jan 02, 2011
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Location: California, USA

PostPosted: 0    Post subject: Re: DRAGON SWAP :-) for DAFFYDILLY (pic heavy)

Oh wow, super awesome!!!!

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Kalavista
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Joined: Aug 17, 2004
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Location: Eastern Iowa

PostPosted: 0    Post subject: Re: DRAGON SWAP :-) for DAFFYDILLY (pic heavy)

WOOOW that is STUNNING!! Absolutely fantastic work!!

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Saja
Mighty Morphin Power Pony


Joined: Nov 11, 2011
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Location: Australia

PostPosted: 0    Post subject: Re: DRAGON SWAP :-) for DAFFYDILLY (pic heavy)

They are gorgeous!! love em! Great work!
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Lavenda
Prom Queen Sweetheart Sister Pony


Joined: Nov 21, 2011
Posts: 282
Location: Newcastle, Australia

PostPosted: 0    Post subject: Re: DRAGON SWAP :-) for DAFFYDILLY (pic heavy)

wow that is fantastic, wonderful colours

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hannaliten
Mommy & Baby Pony


Joined: Jul 26, 2010
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Location: Maple Valley, WA

PostPosted: 0    Post subject: Re: DRAGON SWAP :-) for DAFFYDILLY (pic heavy)

Wow, that is awesome!!!

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Griffin
G3 Prototype Pony


Joined: May 25, 2009
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Location: Turku, Finland

PostPosted: 0    Post subject: Re: DRAGON SWAP :-) for DAFFYDILLY (pic heavy)

Omg sculpting that must've taken you AGES! Drunk I love the mommy dragon's pose (the tail! <3 ) and the wings are gorgeous. And the hatching baby dragon is so cute!

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maycrestmom
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Joined: Jun 12, 2010
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Location: Germantown, MD

PostPosted: 0    Post subject: Re: DRAGON SWAP :-) for DAFFYDILLY (pic heavy)

yah, thank goodness I enjoy sculpting :-)

I forgot to mention to those that may try their hand, I mostly used sculpey clay and then some apoxie sculpt.

I used just the regular white for the base over the pony with tinfoil armature (I extended the head/neck and of course in the tail). I used the colored sculpey (I think it's III? I got at Michael's) for all the scale work save attaching the wings. I find the newer sculpey has a better consistency when warmed and won't get all dry and crumbly like the regular = although the colored version doesn't necessarily mean you have less painting on a project and I still need to watch out for leaving fingerprints behind...

I was inspired way back by CSA using an old mermaid tail from a barbie doll, to rethink what gets thrown out when its "broken"... so when the kids broke a music box, I saved the dragon's wings and they went perfectly for this pose.

I used apoxie sculpt - which I am still very new to so very shy about how to use save for detail work - to attach the wings to the pony and to do all the scales that would create the structure so that it really looks like her back sprouted those extra "arms" .

I used folk art acrylic paint = again, from Michael's = glitter and metalic set and value pack. Oh, and then fine point Deco-color paint pens to outline the scales and add some depth and such.

I used mod podge to seal the whole piece, and then triple gloss varnish on the eyes to bring in a bit of depth and shine.

I was really happy finding out that you can re-bake sculpey if needed so baked the white to get the hard understructure/frame first and then baked the colored and apoxie-d wings = only went to 210 and so just baked for longer time (I think you can go up to 275 and 15 minutes, but I wasn't sure about fumes from apoxie and the resin from the wings at higher temperatures so didn't go over boiling water temps)

I dunno if I maybe risked a fire in the oven (always a fun thought when creating :-/ !!) but it all just seemed to work out and come together.

My kids of course now all want their dragons to be mommas so I've gotten additional practice at making stone "nests" :-) so that's been a fun continuation of this project :-)

totally thrilled she is a loved swap pony...er dragon :-)

and thanks to all for kind comments = it's really a boost as I know I want to make more customs come 2012
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Colorscapesart
Customs Mod


Joined: May 18, 2008
Posts: 5137
Location: Small Town, OK

PostPosted: 0    Post subject: Re: DRAGON SWAP :-) for DAFFYDILLY (pic heavy)

Lovely work! I love the wide range of colors and textures. Those wings look fab, I would have never guessed they were repurposed Wink

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xkelpiex
Target Exclusive Winter Pony


Joined: Jun 21, 2011
Posts: 574


PostPosted: 0    Post subject: Re: DRAGON SWAP :-) for DAFFYDILLY (pic heavy)

OMG THAT IS AMAAAAAAZING
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JoshsPonyPrincess
G3 Prototype Pony


Joined: Aug 12, 2009
Posts: 2543
Location: Fresno, CA

PostPosted: 0    Post subject: Re: DRAGON SWAP :-) for DAFFYDILLY (pic heavy)

Beautiful work!
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