Building my little dragon lamp was one of the most interesting projects I've done in a long time. Not only did I have the opportunity to practice and refine my technique in anatomical figure construction, I also learned a lot about building transparent (and thus illuminable) surfaces and structures by using new techniques.
Talking about new techniques, I have to mention the illuminated glow nest, which is also the core of the lamp. Here, for the first time, I was faced with the challenge of building an amorphous, uneven shape that should be as thin and transparent as possible, but at the same time stable enough to bear weight without deforming.
The same went for the illuminated dragon eggs. Despite their various layers of paint and glued-on scales, they, too, had to be kept translucent enough so that the shape of the dragon silhouette inside remained easily recognizable.
You might say, that this project was all about transparency - a quite new creative aspect of construction for me, which kept the building process very interesting until the end.
As always, the several construction steps in this WIP gallery are presented in a very compact and abbreviated way. If you want to explore the matter more deeply, you are more than welcome to have a look at my blog, where the construction is documented in much more detail.
With this in mind - welcome to the WIP gallery:
IMPRESSIONS FROM THE CRAFT CAVE