Rex the Red Dragon

This is a late post. I was meant to post this during the holidays, but it turned out that I also took a long holiday from the online world :)

Before I go any further, let me say Gong Xi Fa Cai! Happy Chinese New Year! May the year of the Horse bring prosperity, good health and happiness!

Now onto this dragon… sometimes before I picked up the materials to make this, I had a sudden urge to sculpt, but at the time I was so busy with work that I didn’t have the time to. So when I did, I made this little guy. I decided to name him Rex since I thought he suits the name. I found the tutorial online, and I hope to make more in the future. The experience was very therapeutic and I love the result :) This was my first attempt to sculpt any creatures, so I did find it a little challenging at first, especially when the clay was much firmer than what I’m used to.

I used polymer clay – Premo Sculpey for this project.

Btw, sorry if some of the photos didn’t come up that good… I used it for progress purposes.

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Phase 1: the body and the head. I used aluminium foil for the skeletal structure of the body

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Phase 2:  The wings and thighs. The wings were half baked before being attached to the body. By this point I’ve added a few more spikes to the spine, and also I was having trouble keeping finger prints and dust off the clay.

Rex2

Phase 3: Add the feet. I’ve also realized I put the thighs on the wrong spot, so I’ve changed it in this shot.

Rex3

Phase 4: add the front legs (I had a bit of trouble with the proportion, but eventually got there), and it’s now ready to bake.

Rex4

Phase 5: Out of the oven. He looked so matted compared to earlier, but that’ll be fixed later. For now I’m leaving him be to cool down.

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Phase 6: Varnishing! I applied two coats, 24 hours apart on this guy, well… three coats if you include the little spaces I’ve missed. And here’s how it looked like just minutes after the varnish went on. Yes, he looked rather wet.

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Phase 7: Final product! Varnish has dried completely and now he’s sitting proudly on his spot :)

Rex7

Clay Basket

Clay basket

Created: July 2000

Method: Paperclay

Materials: Paperclay, water colour, varnish

This was another gift for my home-stay Mother in Napier. The trouble with this one was to keep the flowers and leaves from breaking, due to quality of the clay (I couldn’t find a good quality one where I was then).

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Standing Strong

Standing Strong

Created: sometime in year 1999 (created same time as “At the Top”)

Materials: rice paper, blank Chinese ink

Method: Chinese Brush Painting

This was also given to my home-stay Mother in Napier.

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At the Top

At the Top

Created: sometime in year 1999

Materials: rice paper, blank Chinese ink

Method: Chinese brush painting

A birthday gift for my home-stay Mother when I was staying in Napier.

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Batik Couple

Batik couple

Created: 1997

Method: Traditional Batik

Materials: cloth, special colouring, wax

This piece was actually a replica of the one my teacher once made.

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Batik Cushion Cover

Sarung bantal

Created: 1996

Materials: wax, colouring, cloth

Method:
traditional batik

The little details on the flowers was a challenge but I have to say that making the four flowers look almost the same was the hardest task. But after I saw the final product, I was kinda wishing that I had put other colour in it.

This was my first more complex batik piece, so I had quite a lot of help from my teacher during the making.

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Batik Table Cloth

Taplak gede

Created: pencil drawing was done back in 1997, wax drawing and parts of the colouring was done sometimes in 1999

Method: Traditional batik

Materials: cloth, wax, colouring

Original drawing was done by my teacher, this was my attempt to do it myself. 

This is still a work in progress (haven’t got the time or space to finish it)… I need a much bigger place to finish this piece… as you can see, this table cloth is HUGE… that was me holding it up behind the tablecloth (arms streched up and I was standing on my tip toes)

And, as shown in the picture, there were still many parts that are still white and therefore, when I have the space and time to finish it, I will.

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Batik cloth

Taplak kecil

Created: 1996 (??)

Method: Traditional batik

Materials: cloth, wax, special paints/colouring

This is an experimental piece as practice for Batik method

Can’t remember exactly when this was created.

This was the first attempt on Batik (the completed one)… this wasn’t one of those stamp batik, so it was a mission trying to get it look symetrical.

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Cute Little Ones

Cute Little Ones

Created: 1995 (??)

Materials: paper clay, water colour paint, varnish

The hardest thing about making this one was to keep steady hands due to their size. They’re tiny!

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