Paper Mache Ice Dragon – Finished!

Well here it is, with the lights on and off.   I say this everytime and it is especially true with this project, but the photos just don’t capture how really pretty this dragon is in person.   The camera just can’t pick up all the subtlety of the color.

Paper Mache Ice dragon 4

Paper Mache Ice dragon 1

Paper Mache Ice dragon 6

Paper Mache Ice dragon 5

I took time-lapse video of the process.  I’m editing all of that right now.   I’ll have a video to post in a couple of days.

I’m done with the editing of the time-lapse video.  You can watch it here,

This was fun!

P.S.   There are flaws in this design.  I already know them all, just in case you think you need to point them out!  🙂

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63 Responses to Paper Mache Ice Dragon – Finished!

  1. Mona says:

    Wow! I would love to see your work in person some day.This is amazing!

    • Hey Mona. So nice to hear from you, as always! Yes, this project really looks soooo much better in person. It is just so much more subtle in the colors and the lights. But overall I’m pretty happy with how much the photos captured. Hope all is well with you and your art, and your kitty of course!.

  2. Nacho says:

    Astonishing!! The teeth and horns especially are breathtaking. I can’t imagine how gorgeous it must be in person.
    I’m also really jealous. I haven’t found the time or “desire” to create anything in about a year and I’m worried that all the skills I had honed are going to get wasted once I try to create something… between work, family and exercise I just can’t get to it 😦

    ps: you gotta be kidding about people coming and pointing flaws to you, right?

    • Hey Nacho. Yes, Have to say, it really does look a lot better in person. There is so much more subtlety in the color and the way the lights reflect off of the glitter. Thank you as always for your comments!

    • PS. I truly “get” how life can get in the way of art! It really helps to be retired! Don’t worry, you’ll get back into it. And I wasn’t kidding about the flaws. This is from experience!

  3. Ricki says:

    Wow! Just wow!

  4. Lucy says:

    Your posts have absolutely fascinated me. Your working methods are brilliant. The care you take to make each project is amazing. I have enjoyed every minute of these posts. Keep posting.

    • Thank you Lucy! I have to say that I really enjoy the work. I like all aspects of it. It takes me out of myself, if you know what I mean. I’m so glad you enjoyed the posts. I wasn’t sure whether anyone would care about my blabbering in the posts. Take care

  5. Sue says:

    Fabulous — as usual! No one can make a dragon as well as you! NOBODY!

    • Well Sue, you are always the best. Thank you as always for your support and encouragement. The thing is, I enjoy the detail. I get lost in doing labor intensive projects. I think that is why they turn out well. Hope all is well.

  6. Debbie says:

    Flaws? That’s pretty funny. This is a gorgeous ice dragon!! I love the lights behind the ice spikes – blue was a great choice. It makes the dragon look colder. And it also looks good with the lights off, for his daytime look.

    • Thank you Debbie! Glad you like it. I wish I hadn’t drilled holes in the big horns for the lights. I notice that the light was pulled up the smaller horns through the resin when I placed them under the horns. Not sure why. Must have something to do with the structure of the plastic. Still, I’m glad that in some photos the blue light migrated through the horns. It’s what I hoped would happen. Take care

    • Steve Culp says:

      Wow! Flaws? Are you kidding me. It looks great! I wanted to tell of a similar situation that I have run to over the years. I build aerobatic radial engine biplanes. When people come up to me and point out what they consider are flaws I ask them how many airplanes have you built? If yes, do you fly the planes you build in air shows? It usually stops them dead! Love this Ice Dragon! I love all of the things Dan builds! Impressive as usual.

  7. Emily Gareis says:

    How cool!

  8. David White says:

    Looks magnificent Dan and I bet it looks even better in subdued lighting – Well Done.

    • Thanks David! Yes, indeed it does. In person you can see much more detail with the glitter and the lights looks great in lesser room light. Just can’t capture it the way I want, although overall I’m pleased with how the photos came out.

  9. Pamela Steele says:

    Bravo! You have outdone yourself and exceeded even my expectations. This is magnificent!

  10. Candy says:

    This is absolutely gorgeous. Such incredible work. I see no flaws. It looks perfect to me.

  11. Candy says:

    I was looking at your blog and saw your sea dragon. You have a beautiful Abyssinian. I have a red Abyssinian named Meatball. Your bengal is gorgeous as well.

    • Hello Candy. I’m very sorry to say buy my two Abbys and our sweet Bengal have all died. They all had great lives and died peacefully. We got all three because they were “rejects”. They each had flaws that made the owners think they were lesser. Riley had an extra toe. Eddie was the wrong coloring and Max was a marble, the owner wanted the more chic spotted variety. So silly. They had the greatest personalities and were so sweet. The Abyssinian in particular have such great personalities I think. You are so lucky to have one! We have two cats now Abby and Maisie who we adore. Thanks for the nice note!

      • Candy says:

        I am so sorry but thankful you gave them very fulfilling lives. Our Aby was rejected as a show cat from his breeder. I didn’t ask why he was rejected because to me, he is absolutely perfect. He fits so well in my family. He is my first Aby and he has chosen me as his person. Such a beautiful feeling when they choose you.

  12. Lesley Armstrong says:

    Really like him Dan, and I think he looks great without the lights too, fantastic colour. Thanks again for sharing your techniques with us. Lesley from Australia.

    • Glad you like this one Lesley! It actually looks a lot colder with the lights off. In person you see the sparkle a lot more. It looks frosty. And of course most of the time it will sit with lights off, so it had to look good without them.

  13. Lorraine says:

    Stunning, both lit and unlit. Thanks so much for tutelage and sharing.

  14. kathyscrafts1 says:

    SUPER GREAT JOB!!!!!!!!! WAY COOL!!!!!!!!!!!

  15. Claire says:

    This project turned out amazing! Thanks for sharing your process, your talents and your cats with all your posts! It’s been fun watching how this one evolved.

  16. Martina says:

    As per usual Dan, you have created another fabulous dragon!! Thanks so much for sharing all of your dragons and your amazing talent with us.

  17. Tim Parton says:

    Flaws? I don’t think so!

  18. Gautam Shrestha says:

    Hello Sir,I am from Nepal. love your PAPER MACHED Dragons very much. I also like to try these dragons. Could you please tell me what kind of materials do I need.?please help me sir.

    • I use flour and water paste and newspaper strips, masking tape, cloth (bed sheets) and white glue. I buy eyes from taxidermy companies and make teeth and claws using Fimo. I paint with all-purpose paints. Good luck

  19. Stella says:

    Wow! It looks stunning both with and without the LEDs. You’ve done an amazing job here!

    • Thank you as always Stella! Yes, this was a bit of an experiment with the ice horns and teeth. I think it turned out pretty well. Of course it can’t match the digital version of Viserion on Game of Thrones. Hope all is well with you and that you are making your great art!

  20. Chatrin says:

    That looks amazing!!! And no, I don’t see any flaws 🙂
    Thank you for all the inspiration. I truly love your videos, your techniques and your amazing crafts. I’ve learned so much through your blog and the videos.
    Hope you are well and I look forward to see your future projects.

    • Thank you very much for the nice note Chatrin! I really appreciate the kind words. Glad you like this project. I’m happy to know that you like the blog. I haven’t posted much recently. I should have something to show soon.
      Take care

  21. Надежда says:

    Работа потрясающая,сказочная!!!!!где можно посмотреть подробные уроки вашего мастерства?

    • Спасибо! Я счастлив, что вам нравятся мои художественные работы. Весь мой блог о том, как я делаю свое искусство. У меня также есть веб-сайт и много покадровых видео на Youtube, показывающих мои методы.

  22. javier nunez contreras says:

    Mr Dan. Un placer saludar, soy Javo de Chile he visto varios de sus trabajos y me oarecen increibles y muy bellos, estoy trabajando en un proyecto de dragón, sin embargo me gustaria saber el nombre correcto de la tela blanca que usa, he tratado de buscarla en tiendas y no he tenido éxito, estoy usanso un pañel reutilizable, he avanzado en mi proyecto, donde puedo enviarle fotos. Mucjas gracias Dan,

    • Hola javo ¡Es un placer conocerte también! Después de esculpir con piezas de papel maché, agrego una “piel” de tela sumergida en pegamento blanco para todo uso. La tela que uso es sábanas viejas. Dado que la mayoría de las personas duerme en sábanas si le preguntas por ahí, probablemente encuentres a alguien que te dé una vieja. Cuanto más vieja y desgastada esté la sábana, mejor funcionará. El clotha y el pegamento permiten un gran detalle y aumentan la fuerza del proyecto. Tenga en cuenta que uso sábanas blancas solo porque funciona bien cuando grabo un video. Pero cualquier color funcionará ya que luego agregará pintura. Me encantaría publicar fotos terminadas de tu dragón. Simplemente envíe las fotos a ¡Buena suerte!

      • javier nunez contreras says:

        Muchas gracias amigo DAN por tu respuesta, seguiré trabajando en mi proyecto de dragón y por supuesto que enviaré fotos a su dirección de correo, muchas gracias por los consejos.
        Atte JAVO

  23. Judy Gale says:

    I would love to see you work in person I would love to buy one beautiful work I’m the artist too and I’ve never seen anything so awesome keep up the good work can’t wait to see more

    • Thank you Adam. Yes, this and another site and two Facebook pages are doing this. I don’t know what makes me angrier, the completely fraudulent use of my images or that they are selling the pretend lamps for $40. IIt is really hard to get this taken down. I have alerted Facebook, which of course offers no relief at all. They present a menu of issues on their complaint form that doesn’t cover this kind of fraud. I have filed copyright complains to the host of the websites, Amazon Web Services, and the registrar of the domains, Alibaba. So far they have not acted. So this person is getting credit card information from people who will have money stolen. Such a bummer. Thank you for taking the time to write to me about this.

      • Chloe Mason says:

        I had one of the scam sites on my list of future purchases, when it suddenly struck me how undervalued it would be if was truly $56. I’m glad I googled one of the phrases and found this original blog post. While I’m here, let me just say the work here is stunning and I can’t wait to get home and look at your other projects!

      • Hey Chloe,
        So glad you didn’t get scammed by those people. I have tried my best to get rid of those sites by filing copyright complaints. But for every one site I get taken down a couple more pop up. They are all run on Alibaba out of China. They will do nothing to address the situation. I hate to think how many people have given them their credit card numbers! Thank you for the kind words. Take care

    • Hello Adam. Sorry, just now seeing your comment. Yes, I was able to get this one taken down. But I found 8 more sites. It’s never ending. Thank you for taking the time to alert me!

  24. Anne MacKinnon Diamond says:

    I see someone else has already alerted you to this fraudulent site- I hope it can be removed soon. I loved your book and have had great fun creating dragons!

    • Thank you Anne. Yes, I am doing what I can, which is pretty limited, to get those websites taken down. They are hosted by Amazon Web Services. I’m hoping they will act. I also filed a complaint with Alibaba. It owns the domain names. And I filed a report with PayPal who is taking money for these scammers. Thank you for taking the time to let me know!

    • Thank you so much Anne! I got two of the websites hosted by Amazon taken down. But I have since found 8 more sites hosted by Alibaba (in China) and GoDaddy. I submitted complaints on all of them but I don’t have much confidence they will act.

  25. Yessica says:

    Ne vorrei uno uguale quanto costa?

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