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Posable Pearl Dragon by BeeZee-Art Posable Pearl Dragon by BeeZee-Art
It's hard to describe a creature as lovely as the Pearl Dragon. Pearl Dragons are medium to small creatures who live in the lush foliage around bodies of water. They spend most of their time on land, but are capable swimmers. Their bodies naturally create pearls which harden over time to form their stunning, unique scales.

Pearl dragons have been known to decorate their own hides by attaching found objects such as wire, gems, and small stones to themselves. Over time, the objects are covered in their pearl coating and incorporated into their scales.

This particular dragon is a subspecies of the pearl dragon family. These furred pearl dragons live in the colder climates of the far north and high in the mountains. Like their more aquatic ancestors, they still grow characteristic pearl scales, but only on their extremities. The rest of their body is covered in long, thick fur. It is assumed this fur is produced in much the same manner as their pearls, but this sub-species is so rare it has yet to be confirmed.

One odd behavior of the pearl dragon is the act of creating accessories from their own shed scales. It is believed this behavior beautifies the dragon and helps attract mates, but again, this has not been proven.

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Oh my gosh, I can't even... zomg. This doll was so difficult on many levels. I looked at a lot of tutorials. And did a lot of "winging it" and hoping for the best. It turned out both better and worse than I expected.

I expected it to fall apart and fail so that was a plus.

But it's also nothing like how I pictured it would look when I started out. It's almost like it sort of gained a life of its own while I was working. And because it's my art, I can find a lot of flaws in it.

I did learn a lot of valuable things.

- Duct tape well melt in the oven. But not horribly.
- You can cover clay in eye shadow and then bake it to make it shimmery and pretty.
- Xacto knives are amazing for cutting fur. Scissors are NOT.
- Trimming hair (or fake fur) is not as easy as it looks.
- Real white feathers, not actually that white.

I'm also really enjoying my "pearl dragon" species and my obsession will probably last at least until I use up this tube of pearl paint. I'm planning on making pearl snake dragons. Basically a snake body with a dragon head designed to wrap around the wrist, bed post, bottle of vodka sitting on your shelf, whatever. These would be smaller and more affordable and I could just sculpt heads all day which is my favorite part of any sculpture.

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As much as I want to keep her (sooo so badly), I need to make back her material cost so she is FOR SALE: [link]

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hannahelizabethh Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Student General Artist
sweet one!!
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CMWyvern Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
Just reading about what you discovered while making this.. Don't use duck tape, use epoxy or epoxy putty, after baking, to adhere the sculpted sections to the armature.
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BeeZee-Art Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
I didn't use duct tape for that part lol, it was wrapped around the armature wires which were all twisted together. Also this was uploaded about a year ago, I don't use many of the same methods at all anymore. XD
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Pyrefox Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013
I feel bad that I got here so late. This one is amazing!
Also, I sent you a message in Etsy xD
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Neffertity Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Could you possibly make a tutorial on how you rig up the posable armature? I'm having great difficulty with my dolls and it mainly lies on their armature. :/
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BeeZee-Art Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
There's already a lot of great armature tutorials out there, here is one for a human type armature, but it could easily be modified for any other animal: [link]
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Neffertity Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you. ^_^
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SorbetBerry Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Hobbyist
so beautiful! the species is cool too!
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BeeZee-Art Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you ^_^
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SorbetBerry Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Hobbyist
you're welcome!
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