They're shiny 'cause they're beads!
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.
It's a first attempt at a lot of things... but I think he's kind of a giant leap. I like him. A lot. A damn lot. It's obviously taking quite a bit of what I've learned up to this point and mixing it together to create happy shiny Levi. He is, in fact, a bracelet with the catch hidden a little bit better into the design. The hook isn't so much, but being beneath his jaw, I just plain didn't mind that part.
And for the name... Levi. Three different shades of blue, Levi... Levis... oh nevermind.
No one ever accused him of settling for a little flair. Nope, not an ounce of desire to remain hidden away. There is nothing but bright, vibrant flash and a sweet tooth that could not be described in human tongue. Though he is kind enough to ask if he might have some, first. And if you seem reluctant, only then will he mesmerize with that tail of his.
I definitely wanted something a bit different and dramatic. And I also wanted a tail that didn't look so organized and was more "free form" and "open". Well... I succeeded enough to be happy with him.
She is mine. I found these drop-dead gorgeous blood- cranberry- pomegranate-red beads... it just had to happen. Of course, because I created Sanguine for the express purpose of being my dragon bracelet, she gave me more trouble than any of the others. So much more. I cannot even describe, nor do I want to think about it... but it goes to show how worthwhile this project was. And boy did I learn new techniques quickly.
She is a bit... different than the others in several ways. I am not in the least bit complaining, mind you... it's just a reminder that my intent only means so much. Heh.
It's not uncommon for the most powerful magicians to keep a jeweled snake as a familiar. It's a bit of a status symbol, admittedly--but alchemists are able to make use of the jewels, and certain magicians can keep spells within them. The result is a "living" familiar, something that moves and appears to have a bit of its own consciousness.
Of course, this is not a jeweled serpent but a jeweled dragon, of a different sort of connotation in magic... Whether the dragon created the alchemist or the alchemist created the dragon remains unclear. I suppose you can ask, if you'd really like to.
I love this necklace. I didn't when I was in the middle of making it. This is the culmination of possibly a little over two weeks of work. Many, many hours. Many, many beads, and lots of Swarovski crystals. Depending upon the lighting, you will be able to notice the subtle shift in color of the diamonds along her back. It's a lot more obvious in person, but trying to get bright light on these beads for photographing purposes? No. Just, no.
And just because, yes I view her as a she. ...She just feels like a she. Now I must rest my poor abused wrist. Ow. A worthy ow, but an ow.
While the ocean in her home, the beach is her preferred hunting ground. Or... not so much "hunting ground" as "people-watching hangout", but you know. You do have to act tough when you're from the ocean. Not that she won't go nuts over saltwater taffy.
She's been over half finished for a while now, waiting to hear back from someone... but I couldn't wait any longer. She needed to be finished, so here she is. I kinda splurged on the beads for her tail a while ago, so I'm finally making use of them. And really... they're just gorgeous on her. She's really got a lovely sparkle.
He's a bit of an explorer at heart, really. Already ready to leap into new situations at a moment's notice--so you might need to watch this one. Deep rainbow/purple-centric metallic and lime green beads make up this little guy's coloring.
Note of alarming geekdom: while I was making this little critter, I had the sudden thought, "I hope no one immediately thinks of The Joker when they look at him. He's really more of a Green Goblin kind of guy. And I have to make sure not to name him Remy." Well... what can I say. I have weird thoughts when making things.
Murai always finds himself attracted to lights. The glow of a full moon, a sky full of stars, the sight of a city in the distance. What really draws his attention are colorful, flashing lights used as winter holiday decorations; and, wouldn't you know it, he manages to blend into the decorations just fine.
I'd been wanting to make another jewel dragon like Tivona for a very long time. So I finally did it between commissions, and totally lost track of the days. I'm glad about that, though. I don't really want to know. The wings alone took... a really long time.
Murai represents both streamlining old techniques and trying new things, and I'm really quite happy with him. With a gentle touch, he is fully poseable, constructed in part with wire for that purpose.