They're shiny 'cause they're beads!
Lani's the curious type. She'll follow a stream to its source, then turn right back around and follow it to where it ends. The problem is, she's still small and young, in need of a traveling companion (and a place to rest).
At this point in time, this is what I'm calling a "simple project". Her body was beadwoven, then gently "stuffed" to keep her dimensions (and so you can gently squeeze her while pinning or unpinning without worry about changing her shape). Her wings are handmade paper (that I've had and not made much use of for way too long) over a wire frame, strengthened with several layers of a clear material that leaves a lovely gloss behind. Of course she also sports 10 genuine Swarovski crystals (yes, her eyes are two different colors) and 5 absolutely lovely green goldstone beads. Her wings and body are somewhat flexible, allowing her to move and flex along with her chosen companion, whoever that may be.
Adariel is most certainly independently-minded, truly appreciating the people who know the difference between having a strong will and being pushy or closed off. Even so, she's happy to encourage the uncertain and the timid to find their own voice and sing.
Well. I had something completely different in mind when I started this project. It's all the better for running off in a totally different direction, though. The wings from start to finish were a wince-inducing four-day project, in part due to the several different types of stabilizing and reinforcing necessary to make certain that two points could distribute the weight without problem. (Sure she only weights 0.8 ounces, but I'm thorough.) And after the project shifted dramatically, I was aware that I would probably need more beads only to find... those exact type/color combination were no longer manufactured. Well. That's where the lovely light mint green diamonds on her back and stomach come from. Necessity is the mother of... something. Beads?
Ultimately, she's designed to hang somewhere. Around a neck as a necklace, on a hook somewhere to show off her loveliness; whatever. And with Swarovski crystals for eyes and two swirled green "moonglow" beads as tail accents, there's quite a lot of sparkly loveliness to show off.
His kind have often been referred to as "false fairy dragons" by classifying wizards with absolutely no sensitivity at all. Not that Dustel will hold it against them. He's easy-going and perfectly content to explore at his own pace, or just to lay back and relax while someone else takes him on an expedition. He's an excellent conversationalist, by the way. Dustel also has a thing for breakfast cereal. But don't we all have a thing for breakfast cereal?
This little guy started out as something very different. I was working on a commission for a snake bracelet, having just finished the head and... no, that wasn't a snake head at all. It had ears, for one thing. So I set it aside and started again. Once the commission was done, I returned to this clearly-not-a-snake and figured that it was so eager to be unique that I should help it along. The result is a strange evolution of bead sculpture and bracelet.
I was very conscious of not wanting anything to be "stiff". What I mean is, I wanted every part to be flexible, moveable. Take the legs, for instance; they are reinforced and held securely in place, but the fingers are still easily moveable, and the legs themselves aren't rock-solid but mobility and "squish" to them. The same with his entire body. So he's very wearable and poseable.
Let's talk about the wing and tail material, shall we? No, I'm not going to reveal my "secrets"; I just want to say how thrilled I am that another ridiculously stupid idea worked well beyond my expectations. They are far less delicate than they look, even. Believe me, I know. *cough*
And of course those are two Swarovski crystals on the end of that chain. I mean, come on.
Nienne is a jewel dragon who loves night life in the city. Or rather, he enjoys hanging around city parks and observing all of the interesting people who pass by at night. His very favorite things are fireworks in the summer, but he doesn't mind a little stargazing with is people watching. If you happen to be out for a stroll on a nice evening, and particularly if you have some peanuts to spare, he may just pay you a visit.
Oh, man. I was aiming for "simple". I mean, kind of. Compared to... I'm not sure, exactly; point being, I kind of simplified a little. And wound up deciding that what I really wanted to do was reinforce the little guy's wings so they could be fully extended without problem. I succeeded! ...And in in process managed to work some wire loose in the wings and then had to do things over and there was a little bit of screaming and some cursing I'd rather not repeat, but Nienne was obviously grateful so no harm done. This resulted in stable but still perfectly flexible wings to go with the rest of his fully poseable (legs, toes, neck, waist, tail, and of course wings) form. I quite happily managed to improve the internal structure as well; so while there aren't many poses in these pictures, so many more are possible and easily held. (What can I say; I'm confident in the stability of my work, but I'm still the artist so I'm stupidly careful about it too.)
Ultimately this guy has a full wingspan of 9 inches, is about 5.5 inches from the tip of his nose to his tail, and stands at about 2 inches tall at the shoulder. He was made by hand with love and beads and passion and thread and beads and wire and fabric and beads and hand aches. And some beads.
Oh sure it may not look much like camouflage now, but when Zaida sneaks out after a rainstorm and everything is brilliant, vibrant green, she's barely noticeable. Winter is really "not her thing", but that's what the joy of hibernation is for. She prefers sweet tea with lemon and tea biscuits whenever possible, but fresh fruit is always welcome.
Made on commission as a birthday gift. Due to mail error and the fact that schedules just kept getting changed, she arrived at her destination very late indeed--but she arrived. She is currently being very well taken care of, and that is the truly important thing. Ironically enough, "zaida" means "fortunate one" in Arabic. I sure can pick 'em.
Certainly another experimental piece. And utterly, completely impossible to get a decent picture of. Or even several decent pictures of. But I've already improved with a bit more to go.
Umi is an aquatic dragon, living beneath landscapes of ice. Not needing much in terms of defense, her body is designed more for swimming and digging beneath sand and mud.
Not exactly one to pull back and hide in a crowd, Trema's intentions are generally centered around having fun. Life is but a dream, experience the joy, don't let the bastards grind you down, a little bit of color and shiny is all you need. And the occasional sweet treat.
Another something a little bit different. I guess you could call it "freestyle" but then I don't know what I don't do that couldn't be considered "freestyle", so anyway. ...His tail reminds me of the Hylian Shield.
Tivona's just a young thing, barely old enough to fly, but she's desperately curious about the world. You can see where "jewel dragons" get their name from: those bright, rich colors and the sparkle of what could only be treasure. If you are so lucky as to discover a jewel dragon, don't make the same mistakes our ancestors did, those mistakes that drove the dragons away in the first place; don't cage them, don't treat them as a spectacle. Give them plenty of care and plenty of space and a little dark space to hide every so often. They are so delighted to catch the eye and wonder of humans, but every once in a while they really do just like to nap.
Why must so much beauty come with so much pain? Ah, because I just had to push myself to see if I could do this. And I did. And it hurts. Anyway, Tivona was clearly worth the countless wire scratches/stabs, aching hands, sore wrists, sore neck and a few curses as colorful as she is. The result is pretty spectacular for a test run. Me and my "learning experiences", I swear. Her wings are a synthetic silk-like material that's sheer when held up to the light, glistening deep green on one side and black on the other. It was irresistible with beads that mostly have blue and purple hues, with only occasional greens. Her eyes are tiny Swarovski crystals (naturally), and she's actually remarkably poseable--though caution would be advised as she is also incredibly delicate and would eventually break with too much movement. Think "jewelry with toy properties" rather than "toy with jewelry properties".