It’s my first post of the year so first I’d like to wish you a Happy New Year. I hope you all had a great holiday and are enjoying the first days of 2017.
Today is the reveal for Niky’s Challenge. She chose Dragons as the theme, a Brilliant subject!, and tasked us all with creating something inspired by these wonderful creatures.
I immediately though of one of my favourite films, Spirited Away.
Without giving too much away for anyone who hasn’t seen it, the story follows, a young girl, Chihiro, who is moving with her parents, they stop on the journey to their new home and explore an abandoned theme park. She finds herself in a spirit world and on a mission to rescue her parents. Along the way she meets weird and wonderful creatures including a dragon called Haku. I decided I wanted to have a go at sculpting Japanese dragon bead as I thought a flowing body would look great winding around a pendant.
I decided to colour my version in shades of blue. The pics aren’t great as it’s 8pm and it’s only just cool enough to take out of the kiln…
I think I might add a bit of white in to his eye so it stands out more!
If you haven’t seen the film, I would recommend it to everyone, it’s amazing! It’s an animation by Hayao Miyazaki of Studio Ghibli (with English dubbing) and I didn’t know until just now, but was written for young girls which is awesome, as it isn’t your usual pretty princess story, it’s about growing up, overcoming your fears, and fighting on against the odds. It does have some mild scary bits, but my little girl, 7, (who is scared of everything!) loves it!
My second favourite dragons are from Game of Thrones, but I thought the actual dragons would be a little too ambitious so I thought why not create them before they’d hatched, so for my second design I created dragon’s eggs! I studied the eggs from the film to recreate a mini bead version.
They were painted with underglaze and glaze fired to finish.
I was thrilled to bits with how they turned out and in the excitement, got slightly carried away. They needed a chest, so I dug out a display box, waxed it, and made an insert with foam and silk fabric to hold the eggs.
I don’t usually go in for trends when I’m making, but I couldn’t resist with these. I’m going to make a necklace so the eggs are interchangeable.
It’s the wrong Daenerys, she should be wearing her wedding dress, but I don’t have that one… you get the idea! These ones are for my personal collection 🙂
Thanks to Niky for a brilliant challenge, I’ve had loads of fun creating dragon beads! I hope you’ll join us in the hop to see what dragon themed creations the AE team and guests have dreamed up!
Caroline << You are here.