Thank you for your patience. As usual, I’ve been very busy. I don’t know how I ever held a regular job. I left off with Drogon’s jaws. Drogon has lots of little, white teeth. In this case I used “special effect” Fimo. When you turn off the lights you can see the “effect”. I don’t really care that they glow in the dark. It’s just that the color is perfect for teeth. It’s a little bit creamy, not stark white.
This is a great time to add the tongue and create a jaws assembly. You can always add the jaws onto the neck separately. But most of the time it is easier to put the jaws together in advance. I cut a hole just under the paper mache shell (in between the paper mache and the cloth mache inside the mouth). I bent the tongue into a “U” shape at the base. Then I pushed it into the hole.
I added tape where I inserted the jaws and then taped the jaws together in the back. Meanwhile I needed to attach the neck to the plaque. First I cut open the base of the neck. It’s a bit tricky to cut this at just the right angle. I pulled out the wads of paper that I originally used to construct the neck. This left a big paper mache shell.
I taped this shell to the plaque and hung it just to make sure that everything was positioned the way I wanted. This looked good. I cut off the other end of the paper mache shell so that I could add the jaws. But first, I wanted to add some cloth mache to give additional strength to the neck. To protect the beautiful wood of my plaque I covered it with masking tape. Note that I added more tape between the neck and the plaque as well.
I drilled holes around the neck through the wood. Then I inserted straightened clothes hangers through them. I bent the hangers on the back side of the plaque so they wouldn’t pull through. Then I taped the hangers to the neck. I probably used too many hangers here. But this neck is long so I didn’t want to take any chances. I added a few layers of the cloth mache over all of this. It took over a week for this to dry completely. So what did I do while it was drying? I started a couple more projects! ADHD art.
I’ll stop here. I promise I’ll get back soon with the next installment. I will. Thank you for stopping by.