Paper Mache Ice Dragon – Final Assembly

Ice Dragon – Details

Happy New Year to you all!

I know I haven’t posted for a while, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been working. There are parts of this project that just take a lot of time. For example, I left you last time having just finished adding all of the horns. There were a lot of them. I added cloth mache in between all of those horns.

Cloth mache around horns

Cloth mache around horns

I had to be more careful than usual because I didn’t want to get too much glue on the resin horns. It was difficult cleaning the glue off the horns once I was finished. This took a few days.

I added two rows of “frills” (not sure what else to call them…sort of a webbed mane I guess) on the top of the neck. I twisted some newspaper around pieces of wire clothes hanger and wrapped them with masking tape to make the spines.

Paper mache Ice dragon -make spikes Paper mache Ice dragon -add spikes

After arranging them on the neck I draped wet cloth between them.

drape cloth

After the cloth dried I trimmed them using scissors and an Exacto knife. I added some holes to give a more “dead-like” appearance.

trim frills

Paper mache Ice dragon -frills on top of neck

Maisie wanted to see what I was doing so I moved her cat post close to the action.


I also wanted some tattered shreds of skin (or something) under the chin and neck.    I just cut some shapes out of the cloth.  I painted them before hot gluing them under the neck.  

Paper mache Ice dragon -frills under neck cut

Paper mache Ice dragon -frills under neck painted

Paper mache Ice dragon -frills for under neck

Paper mache Ice dragon -frills under neck

Paper mache Ice dragon -frills under neck

I decided rather than using the triangular scales I usually make to just add some plate-like shapes on the neck and head. I did this using “paper clay”. There are many recipes for paper clay online. I just mix some toilet paper, Elmer’s glue, and commercial “Celluclay” together into a kind of thick dough.

Paper mache Ice dragon -paper clay

Paper mache Ice dragon -add scales on face

Then I tear off blobs of the clay and press them onto the dragon.

Paper mache Ice dragon -add scales on neck

With that I have finished the sculpting.  I think I’m happy with the result.   Here are photos of the project with the lights off …

Paper mache Ice dragon -finished assembly lights off

…and with them on.  

Paper mache Ice dragon -finished assembly lights on

Next….painting!   Thanks for stopping by!



About danmonsterman

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35 Responses to Paper Mache Ice Dragon – Final Assembly

  1. Mona says:

    You sure do put your heart and soul into your work Dan.Very impressive!

  2. Sue says:

    A real work of art!!!

  3. CRAIG N JAMESON says:


  4. HowlingCorgi says:


  5. Cath Oram says:

    That’s pretty amazing, can’t wait to see the painting.

  6. kathyscrafts1 says:

    SERIOUSLY WAY COOL!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. Wanda Wright says:


  8. Barbara Sutton says:

    WOW! just WOW!!!

  9. Michael Murphy says:

    A … MAzing!! I’m so looking forward to seeing it complete.

  10. Stella says:

    Nice! The clay scales look great, and I really love how, when you turn on the LEDs, you get those spots of light which diffuse out through the resin horns and teeth.

    • Hey Stella. Happy New Year! I’m liking the lights more and more. I hope I can capture it with photos. I notice that the eyes just get blasted out so that you can’t see the irises.

  11. juan g Alvarez says:

    Wow! Im speechless!!!! This thing is just amazing!!! Congratulations man!!!! What a well executed project! It just seems that you outdo yourself with every new piece!!!!

  12. helen glasscoe says:

    I just love watching you create these masterpieces. The Ice Dragon is wonderful. Cannot wait t see him finished.

  13. Wildspyce says:

    I love your work, and I have purchased your book and am trying to make a dragon of my own. I’m wondering g if you could give me your clay recipe? I have the ingredients, just no idea of the ratios of each involved. Also do you wet the toilet paper or incorporate it dry? I haven’t been able to find a recipe online with the three ingredients you use. Could you help me?

    • Sorry just now seeing this question. I first tear up toilet paper, add white glue and mash it with a fork until as much of the fiber is broken as I can get. Then I had commercial “Celluclay” kneading it in until it is like dough, not too sticky to work with, but not too dry so it still spreads well. So I can’t offer exact amounts of anything. I hope that is clear enough. Good luck!

  14. Eric Van Vugt says:

    Awesome Dan.

  15. Sonnet Murray says:

    ART THEFT! This website is using your images and word to sell fake knockoffs: they’re advertising on facebook

    • Sorry Sonnet. Just now seeing your message. Thank you very much for taking the time to write to me about this! I did track down where the websites were hosted and I filed copyright complaints. And when I checked yesterday both websites were taken down. That makes me very happy. I’m just sorry that people sent them money before the sites were removed. Take care

      • Sonnet Murray says:

        I’m glad you took action and they were removed from the internet. It really irritates me to see these kind of websites pop up and take advantage of people!

      • I give credit to people like you who alerted me to the sites. I would have never known. It was not easy tracking them down. And I was lucky this time that the sites were on the Amazon servers and they took action. There are other servers out there who are less likely to investigate copyright complaints. Thank you again Sonnet!

      • Sonnet Murray says:

        No problem 👍🏻 I really admire your work btw. I can tell you pour a lot of time and effort into every piece.

  16. Beatriz says:

    Hi! I am not sure if you are still posting but my 8 year old son and I recently came across your work online. He was so into it that I started making a dragon based on some of your designs. And i am loving why we are making so far! I am curious about the “spit wad” technique. I know you shared the ingredients (celluclay, tp, and glue), did you find that it molds? I read a few reviews that mentioned this and I live in Florida (very humid). Any thoughts or suggestions(only if you have time of course!)

    • Hello Beatriz. Sorry, I am just now seeing your comment. Glad you are enjoying this medium! Mold is a function of water. It only lives if something is holding water. So to eliminate mold, or the possibility of mold, you just need to make sure that everything has a chance to dry thoroughly. There is no organic material in that mixture. Celluclay is just paper fiber, as is toilet paper. When they are impregnated with white glue that also keeps it from holding moisture. Good luck to you!

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