This is a set of handcrafted mini dragon egg sculptures with their tiny hatchlings in various stages of peeking out.
Meet specimen #1324-AT! This little fellow is a fossilized drakeling, or miniature dragon, captured in time and forever preserved in stone. To be more precise, he’s a cast resin replica of an original sculpture I did.
I sculpted each of the tiny dragon’s 148 bones separately out of polymer clay, and once they were baked, reassembled them in the configuration I wanted using more polymer clay to hold them together. The “stone” is DAS air-drying clay, the terra cotta variety. It’s the first time I had worked with it, and good grief, it’s messy! I molded it around the skeleton, pressing it in to give the impression of the wing membranes. The whole thing was finished off with a wash of acrylic paint to give the stone more depth and texture. The final sculpture was 8″ x 10″, to fit inside of the frame.
Paleontology was one of my first loves, and it still fascinates me to this day! It seemed only natural to combine it with a touch of fantasy.
This one-of-a-kind sculpture was sold 6/29/2012.