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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!

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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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:iconloveyheart007:
Loveyheart007 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2015
Nice , it's visualy cute and origanal , I would just like to see a little more detail. Besides that , EPIC job :D
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:iconilenora:
Ilenora Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much! :la:
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skyflare10 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2014   Digital Artist
It's realy great can you give me some tips on sculpting
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:iconilenora:
Ilenora Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks :)

I would recommend looking at some tutorials: www.deviantart.com/browse/all/…
I also found this book very helpful: www.amazon.com/Fairies-Gnomes-…

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 :)
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skyflare10 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2014   Digital Artist
Ok thanks
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Enoa79 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014
Great job. I love it.
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:iconilenora:
Ilenora Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! :dummy:
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:iconenoa79:
Enoa79 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014
You're welcome.
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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: 
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:iconilenora:
Ilenora Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Wow, thanks so much! I'm glad you liked it so much! :love:
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:iconroundtower:
roundtower Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Love Huggle! :happybounce: 
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Jeanvieve7 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013
absolutely beautiful
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:iconilenora:
Ilenora Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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LadyWinter Featured By Owner May 22, 2013
This looks fantastic! Definitely something to be proud of. The wings look amazing and I love the design around the face as well. Great contour w/ the body. Wonderfully done!! :heart:
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:iconilenora:
Ilenora Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Oops, super late reply, I'm so sorry T_T Thanks so much though! I really appreciate the kind words :iconcuteplz:
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:iconladywinter:
LadyWinter Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013
No worries you are so welcome!!
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Sovriin Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
Oh he is gorgeous! Really very lovely, and so nice and shimmery :iconlovesplz:
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:iconilenora:
Ilenora Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Wow, thank you! Glad you like it :D
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Dolphingrl1331 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is beautiful, excellent work and great imagination! I would love one that is an Ocean Dragon inspired one with blues, greens and purples... :-) Great craftsmanship, looking forward to your future creations!
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:iconilenora:
Ilenora Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much! :iconreallycuteplz: I really appreciate the comment! You're right, one is that colour scheme sounds really beautiful... :heart:
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SnowyOwlAdopts Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
it is truly beautiful :O
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:iconilenora:
Ilenora Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :heart:
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TigerOtter7 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
how absolutely wonderful!
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:iconilenora:
Ilenora Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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seirenwinter Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You make so many beautiful sculptures, that it's hard to pick a favorite, but I think this is it. :giggle: I just love the forest theme, and the fact that he's lying on a crystal orb. He's enchanting. :love:
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EliteLady975 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
It's absolutely beautiful! I love it!
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:iconilenora:
Ilenora Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! Glad you like it :D
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:iconjavavenos:
javavenos Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I wish you sold these!
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:iconilenora:
Ilenora Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I'm going to be opening an Etsy shop very soon where you'll be able to buy similar sculptures!
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javavenos Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
i cant wait!
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:iconthedieingflame:
TheDieingFlame Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
adorable <3
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:iconilenora:
Ilenora Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! :heart:
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caughtinthehurricane Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
omgosh, simply gorgeous!
tutorial on how you sculpt?
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:iconilenora:
Ilenora Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! :iconiloveitmoreplz:
Haha, no tutorial at this point :XD: I've only been sculpting for like a year and a half. But I may make one in the future!
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caughtinthehurricane Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
oh i would just love to try sculpting! please do:)
it looks so much fun
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:iconilenora:
Ilenora Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
It is so much fun! :happybounce: I learned everything through extensive browsing of tutorials, forums and a few books.
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caughtinthehurricane Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
recommend any good tutorials?:)
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:iconilenora:
Ilenora Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I'll gather some up and send them to you in a note :D There's quite a few good ones that I use.
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caughtinthehurricane Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
Thanks so much:)
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BrianaDragon Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Love it! I'd kill for one of these in blue. I love dragons!
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:iconilenora:
Ilenora Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! :la: Glad you like it!
I'm going to be opening a shop soon and selling similar things to this, and I do take commissions if you are very interested :)
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raulmejia Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012   Digital Artist
This could be a real mystical object of the Dragon Ball Z serie.
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:iconilenora:
Ilenora Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I don't know much about Dragon Ball Z, sorry ^^; But I guess I can see what you mean.
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thewolftroll Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
SO PRETTY
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:iconilenora:
Ilenora Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! :meow:
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thewolftroll Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
no problem!
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WorthlessName Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012
AWW! GIVE ME GIVE ME GIVE MEEE! IT'S SOOOO CUUTE! :P
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:iconilenora:
Ilenora Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Hehe, thank you! :love:
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krishna76 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012   Traditional Artist
the wings look really good i like how he is wrapped around the Chrystal
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:iconilenora:
Ilenora Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you, I'm really glad you like him! :la:
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