Saturday, 4 February 2012
I’m working on clay dragon scales.¬ My original idea was for a shield-shaped scale that was very simple a la the 1981 film The Dragonslayer¬ (yes, I’m working on a replica of that scale too).¬ ¬ But instead I went with a more intricate design.¬ ¬ I wanted these scales to have a very aggressive look, as well as a natural look.¬ ¬ The scale’s¬ design is recursive like a bird’s feathers.¬ ¬ When finished, these scales¬ will be glazed and painted in all manner of colors.
Here is my original sculpt:
I scanned it using my 3D scanner / mill and shrunk it by about 30%.¬ I then milled it out of renshape and my friend Jane created clay push molds.¬ [Photos coming soon.]
Here are the clay pieces waiting to be bisque fired:
And here are some close-up photos of the scales:
They stack really well (just like real scales!):