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Kusuma - Crystal Ball Forest Dragon by Ilenora Kusuma - Crystal Ball Forest Dragon by Ilenora
Well, it's been a while since I submitted a sculpture. I am really proud of this one though and I think it shows a huge improvement in my skill :heart:

So meet Kusuma, which means "flower" in Indonesian. He was sculpted for my mother as a mother's day present. He proved to be a huge challenge, especially the wings.

More views and detail photos of him here:

His is sculpted from a mix of green, black and gold clay over a tinfoil armature. He was brushed with gold, bronze and a very small dusting of spring green PearlEx powder which gives him a beautiful, sparkling lustre. He was then baked on a temporary tin-foil ball as I couldn't bake the crystal for fear of it cracking or something.... Thankfully he fit onto the real crystal properly after baking.

The wings were tricky. I layered 4 layers of individually made and placed clay feathers over a wire bone - there are over 30 feathers on each wing! They are very heavy. I sculpted the wings separately and glued them into shoulder sockets after baking. This worked okay, but I want to find a better way to do it in the future since they warped a bit during baking and don't fit flush against his body as they should.

He was glazed with satin Sculpey glaze. It's the first time I've glazed a sculpture and I love the look it gives. So shiny and smooth :love: It really brought out the sparkle of the PealEx.

The crystal is glued to the base and the dragon was then glued to the crystal. The weight of his wings has made the sculpture a little off-balance - the stand holding the crystal is a little too small and I would like to replace it with a larger, heavier one to make him properly balanced, so any future crystal ball dragons with have sturdier stands.

But despite some little flaws, I am incredibly proud of him and my mother is too! I am now at a level where I believe I can sell these sculptures, so I am already in the process of making a shop. It may be a while, but be on the lookout in the future if you would like to buy a custom sculpture of your own!


Materials - Sculpey polymer clay, tinfoil, wire, PearlEx powder, Sculpey satin glaze, crystal ball & resin stand
Height - 13.5 cm (5½")
Length - 13 cm (5")
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skyflare10 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2014  New member
It's realy great can you give me some tips on sculpting
Ilenora Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks :)

I would recommend looking at some tutorials:…
I also found this book very helpful:…

Start small and make a few little, simple sculptures. Practice without an armature and then try making simple armatures out of wire. Just keep experimenting with different methods, painting, blending colours, and so on :)
skyflare10 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2014  New member
Ok thanks
Enoa79 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014
Great job. I love it.
Ilenora Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! :dummy:
Enoa79 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014
You're welcome.
roundtower Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
* ¡Fantástico trabajo! Lo hemos destacado dentro de la carpeta "Featured nº5 o Destacados nº 5" en Special-Groups. (Es la carpeta donde se exhiben los mejores trabajos del grupo).
¡Por favor, queremos ver más trabajos tuyos en el grupo! 

:artist: Trophy Emote 2  :create: 

* Fantastic work! Featured in Special-Groups in folder Featured nº 5. (Best works of the group). 
Please, We want to see more works in the group of you!
the self portrait Gold Medal Emote :painting: 
Ilenora Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Wow, thanks so much! I'm glad you liked it so much! :love:
roundtower Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Love Huggle! :happybounce: 
Jeanvieve7 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013
absolutely beautiful
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