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Get out your craft supplies! I am excited to announce that the dragons have gone very experimental and have decided we will be making a mixed media dragon ear cuff together during the festival! First off you will need a basic polymer clay sculpting tool set. Use what you are comfortable with, pictured below are the basic tools I regularly use. You'll also need some jewelry tools that will work for a little bit of wire work, just wire cutters, pliers, and round nosed pliers. You can get away without the round nosed ones if you need to.
And now the fun part, all the shiny stuff! You can make any color of dragon ear cuff you want, I chose blue. Choose your clay and sparkly stuff colors to coordinate! You will need:
* Fancy Yarn
* Polymer Clay
* Pearl-Ex pigment powders
The glitters and pearl-ex are optional. They add some punch to your dragon but if you are on a budget they are not totally necessary to completing the piece.
You'll need two different kinds of wire for the frame of the ear cuff. Aluminum armature of florist wire. This is a very soft wire that will stand up to posing and moving again and again without getting brittle. it is also of a larger diameter and will be more comfortable on your ear. The other wire is just basic metal wire The Sharpie I find is the perfect size for forming the cuff, any pen around the same size will do.
* 18 gauge aluminum wire (pictured silver)
* approximately 22 gauge craft wire (pictured gold on the spool)
* Fantasy Film
* White florist tape
* E-6000 glue
Finally, you will need a very dark color of acrylic paint and an optional coordinating color to highlight parts of your dragon. The Fimo Decorating Gel will be used for wings. You an also use Translucent Liquid Sculpey as it is more widely available. I use the Fimo gel because it cures more clear. Choose any water based glaze for your clear coat.
* acrylic paint
* liquid polymer clay
* water based clear glaze
That's it! I am excited to share this idea with you. I'll post the first step Friday April 24. We'll see what comes of this experiment!
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