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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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:iconhannahelizabethh:
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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:iconbeezee-art:
BeeZee-Art Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you ^_^
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:iconsorbetberry:
SorbetBerry Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Hobbyist
you're welcome!
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:iconechowish:
EchoWish Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
She's very beautiful. <3
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Dragonwolf2000 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
wow and beyond...
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OpalSkye Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Absolutely beautiful and the back-story is a lovely touch :) Hope to see more of these (beyond your first bottle of pearl paint :D)

:heart:
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:iconbeezee-art:
BeeZee-Art Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you :D I plan on making more if I can.
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CraftyFlareon Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
<3
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ElreniaGreenleaf Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh she's BEAUTIFUL! I really love the feathers and thanks for the heads up on the eyeshadow trick - I'll need to try that one out...
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:iconbeezee-art:
BeeZee-Art Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! And I was super pleased with the eyeshadow, I never expected it!
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ElreniaGreenleaf Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Does it work if you've painted the clay first or would that kinda melt it all into a big lump of fail? XD
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:iconbeezee-art:
BeeZee-Art Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
I don't know honestly I haven't tried it. I'm not sure it would stick to paint
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magpie89 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Wow! Thats really awesome! :heart:
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:icondebyvip:
Debyvip Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Student
so fluffy! <3
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:iconbeezee-art:
BeeZee-Art Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
The fluffier the better!
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:iconpufferzsola:
Pufferzsola Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012
lovely! :)
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:iconbeezee-art:
BeeZee-Art Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
ty ^_^
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:iconlost-in-the-day:
Lost-in-the-day Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012  Professional General Artist
Very pretty!
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Slersk Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012
I agree with vonBorowsky, I love the way you used the feathers as ears.
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:iconbeezee-art:
BeeZee-Art Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks <3
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Slersk Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012
Yer welcome! :)
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RandomDragon0412 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
*huggle*
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pahein Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Student General Artist
You- you wouldn't happen to want to trade for something of equal or more value needlefelt, would you...? ;u;

This is so beautiful but all I can offer is my time. |D I make cool things like life-sized Momos? [link] And life-size Mews. [link] [link]

The one on the swing I would trade you right now for that, though. ah haaaa, it's so adorable.
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BeeZee-Art Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Sorry, but I can't afford to trade my art right now. I need to make back the materials costs
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:iconpahein:
pahein Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Student General Artist
Awww, darn. It was worth a shot, though.
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:iconvonborowsky:
vonBorowsky Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
The feathers as "ears" looks really nice n.n
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:iconbeezee-art:
BeeZee-Art Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you ^_^

I wasn't sure how they'd turn out, I added them to give the head more volume, I'm glad you like them!
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vonBorowsky Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
It work very fine!
Your most welcome!
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MeoAgcat Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Nicely done! :clap:
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:iconbeezee-art:
BeeZee-Art Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
ty ^_^
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Eviecats Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012
She is so delicate and beautiful!!! I hope you don't mind me adding some "pearls" of wisdom onto your learned portion: if you can get away with it start fur cutting with a small cut and then tear it, no fur is shed and flying everywhere that way! Warning: monitor the tear closely it might not go "straight" when tearing is too large scale for your needs I like to flip the fur over to the fabric side and cut it very close to the fabric slowly with a small scissors, this will give you a lot more control over how many hairs are severed from the fabric pelt/ hairs are cut some weird length other than what you intended. Xacto sounds fun but sadly i have no carpets or rubs in my home and a 1 year odl so that might get a tad dangerous for me ^_^;
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BeeZee-Art Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
That's some good advice, thanks! I did a bit of that towards the end when my blade got dull. It actually worked quite well, all things considered. Though there's only so much I could do to reduce the hair, especially after I had to trim the body hair to be shorter in areas. I'll be finding this stuff for weeks! But so worth it.
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Eviecats Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012
Yeah it really gets everywhere doesn't it lol ^_^ I always shake the crap out of it outdoors when I can, but seems like I always end up triming fur in the middle of the night working in bed watching tv, my husband hates it lol!
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AlzirrSwanheartStock Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Absolutely magical. :heart:
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Kantama Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012
...I love the feetz.
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Keira-Jade Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Student General Artist
This is fantastic. As an avid sculptor myself, I can only imagine what you went through! I do wonder how you got the fur to stay on and congratulate you for finishing!
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BeeZee-Art Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Lots and lots of hot glue... lol
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:iconkeira-jade:
Keira-Jade Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Student General Artist
Haha the secret weapon! Fantastic :) It really is lovely!
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:iconaevix:
Aevix Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh wow, really lovely work here <3 Such an adorable dragon *does want*
But yes, nice job!
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BeeZee-Art Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks ^-^ I appreciate your compliments!
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ShinyCation Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ooh my gosh. Feathers. FEATHERS EVERYWHERRE. ;_; /want
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:iconbeezee-art:
BeeZee-Art Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
It's actually mostly fur. SO MUCH FUR EVERYWHERE!
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ShinyCation Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, I noticed after I posted. xD SO MUCH FUR EVERYWHERE! I want her. ;w; But I can't afford her. /has to save up for college laptop
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