AJE Component of the month, blog, Blog Hops

AE Theme Challenge Reveal – Dragons.

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!



Shai Williams

Kathy Lindemer

Anita Rao

Kelly Rodgers

Tammy Adams


AE Team








Caroline << You are here.

12 thoughts on “AE Theme Challenge Reveal – Dragons.

  1. The winding dragon bead is beautiful, Caroline! Spirited Away is a wonderful movie, and your bead does remind me of Haku! 🙂
    And gotta love the dragon eggs, especially since they’re in a display case! It would’ve been hard not to get carried away with those, lol…

  2. OMG, Blown away! Your dragon bead is just stunning Caroline and then you think “well you can’t get any better then that” and then you create mini dragon eggs and the perfect display case! Just amazed!!!!

  3. OH WOW!! I do hope you plan to start making the dragon bead to sell. I really WANT one. And those dragon eggs-so perfect in their little box! Can’t wait to see what type necklace you create so that your eggs are interchangeable.

  4. Caroline-Your dragon is wonderful. I love the blue color and the details. The eggs look great too. Congrats on a job well done!

  5. Ill put my name top of the wait list for future dragon beads. I cant even! Wowzah. I love the dragon eggs, and you should be very proud this month – oh Mother of Dragons.

  6. That bead is oh so fabulous. The detail on such a small scale is amazing. I’ll get in line behind Jenny and Cathy for one if you decide to make more for sale. I haven’t watched GoT yet. I wanted to finish the books – which I started before the cable series – but I think I’ve already seen too many adverts for the show to remain uninfluenced about how the characters should look and sound. Those eggs are also spectacular. Love the way the color turned out.

  7. WOW, Caroline, that dragon bead is amazing! So are your eggs, I love the idea of them being interchangeable! And thanks for the info on that movie! How inspiring!

Leave a Reply