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The Dragon by Dans-Magic The Dragon by Dans-Magic
a stylized dragon craving. hes 3.25 long and 1.5 inches tall.

dont think im going to cast him. thats alot of metal just for fun that i dont have to use for fun. so hell sit as a carving for now. which im just as happy with. if you want him finished note me an offer.

*EDIT* thank you kitten-of-woe! for the DD!! wow am shocked. and i have to clarify that im not casting him cuz it would cost about $6,000 in gold it would weigh 12 oz in gold. i could do him in silver but i dont want to (not cool enough), and i wouldnt touch any other metal or material. I work with silver and gold only.. thanks for all your support and love
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Given 2008-12-09
The Dragon by *Dans-Magic. Five different angles of an expertly carved dragon's head in wax, about 3 1/4" (8.25cm) by 1 1/2" (3.75cm). Due to the size of the dragon head and that the cost of silver has risen so high, the artist is hesitant in proceeding to cast him into silver. Someone please try and talk him into bringing this dragon to life! ( Suggested by The-Fab-Furry and Featured by Kitten-of-Woe )
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Colorful-Chimera Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
When i was looking at this an idea popped into my head; you could totally make this into something almost like a cover for a stapler. You could make them out of either plastic or wax or even rubber then hollow them out to fit a stapler just right and then just custom paint them.
I mean, i know i would totally buy one like that, it would be so cool.
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Ancient-Hoofbeats Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2011  Student General Artist
You've been featured in an article called "Creation Creation: Arts & Crafts Feature"! [link]
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shadowcat-666 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
since it would be so expensive to do it all in a precious metal why not cast the base in a less precious metal then layer the more expensive one over that? Very nice work by the way i love the detail.
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Dans-Magic Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011
I wouldn't want to devalue the piece by using lesser metals. I'm still not sure what to do with this, I could hollow it out or leave it solid. When I started this it was for fun, not so much functional. Ive been told it should be a torc, a pipe, a shotglass, a massive pendant.

I could even do it in bronze which is an inexpensive metal but polishes up beautifully compared to pewter and it still holds some value (not alot of people do bronze work) so it would then be a one of a kind sculpture.
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shadowcat-666 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
that's true, i was just trying to think of a way you could do it if you did eventually use it as part of a torc or something because i make jewelry myself too but not the metal casting kind, i dont have the funds yet to get into anything like that but someday i would like to.
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dracon666 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2010  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I bow to your skill at carving wax, i tried to carve ginryuu's dragon head but ive failed, i would love to get one or two made, i want to make a handle with the dragon head, i want to make a wax mould then a plaster casting then if its to my liking a metal cast, like a steel then nickle plate it or something
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Dans-Magic Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2010
Thanks. It really just takes practice. Dont give up because it didnt work the first time. Start small and get the basics down then work your way up trying harder pieces.
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2sai4 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2010
Pretty awesome!
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crystalofchaos Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
you could use a lesser metal for casting and have him gold plated perhaps?
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Dans-Magic Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2009
I dont want to cheapen it. Im still not sure what im going to make him into. hes huge! i carved it just for fun, he may never be cast. I could do it in silver and plate it yes but plating wears off. gold is cool but so spendy right now and i dont know how nice he would look yellow...

ill cast him when I figure out what to do with him. haha
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crystalofchaos Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
well one of my friend's mothers is a sculptor :3 She usually does bronze sculptures which I think have a better look to them in some cases as opposed to silver or gold. She says she works with bronze because it is a good metal, easy to work with and is more cost effective than silver or gold.

But then again perhaps you could try to sculpt a smaller version to cast instead?
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Dans-Magic Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2009
Been wanting to do some bronzes but I want to do large scale ones. like 2 feet tall.

I do have some smaller dragon head rings and stuff ive made and a new custom dragon order im working on . im happy with this guy sitting on my bench in wax. its super strong and wont break unless i smash it hard. One day I will do something with it, Im just not into it right now. to much other work
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crystalofchaos Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
sounds good to me then :3 I used to collect dragons of all kinds, sculptures, blown glass, figurines, posters, wall scrolls and even had a music box that was a dragon so you might be able to understand why I want to see him finished so badly :3
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Dans-Magic Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2009
haha, I see. well silver is good enough to cast him in .but hes so big that with that amount of silver I could make SO many other pendants then just one. maybe soon.
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crystalofchaos Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
and it is a downright shame I can't buy him X3 maybe in a few years if I publish a book or two..
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jack0612 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2009
Wonderful!
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Moongara Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2009
Lovely work. What sort of wax do you use to get such crisp lines? All the wax I use for carving doesn't ever get to crisp and clean.
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Skirushiemon Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2009
Really cool. :clap:
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Hivemind-Inc Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
That is such a lovely little piece and I'm well impressed with your carving skills! All the lines are so crisp, sharp and defined. I can imaging it would look fantastic in gold, but just this is beautiful in itself, I think. Very well deserved DD! :clap:
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diamondwhitewolf Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2009
your carvowax skills are insane!
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s-edesla Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2008
I'm sorry, I work for a jeweler but I am not entirely familiar with the process--that's the lost wax method, correct? If it is, you're amazingly talented. Not to be rude to my artist, but I've never seen anything so precise produced with wax. Fantastic.
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Dans-Magic Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2008
Even jewelers dont know how its done sometime. alot of people just market they dont deal with the production end. what do you do in the jewelery industry.
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s-edesla Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2008
I sell the artist's finished product. I do love her work, but hers is a different quality. As all artists' will be.

Basically, aside from the sales, I put some pieces together, slightly repair and clean jewelry. Nothing terribly interesting. I've always wanted to try carving something myself, but I don't know if my results would be worth the cost of the materials.

It's hard to explain what I always assumed all wax would look like once it was cast. I suppose I should have made it a point to check around for more examples than the one I've been working with.
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Dans-Magic Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2008
well. the more work you do in wax. the better the casting will look and less machining time needed. ferris wax is $11 a block through the store i sub contract for. and tools are cheap. but the fordums can be spendy. and they are vital in my carving process. but the rotary carvers (in the shape of a cylinder with spiral blades all the way down it) sharp as hell and will tear your fingers apart. and the paddle carvers (looks like a bunch of paddels stuck together on end in the shape of a flower) will chunk your fingers up cuz they take out bigger pieces. also a wax pen is needed, for laying on wax to build up and fix mistakes.

also. have you thought about just finding a different jeweler if you dont like her work much?
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s-edesla Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2008
I do like some of her work, just not all of it. But I really didn't seek to work for a jeweler. I stumbled onto the job when I was a teenager and I just never wound up leaving.

I wonder, I've never heard of anything like those carvers, although I've sure I've seen pictures of her using the wax pen. I always figured if I were to try anything, it would be very simple. At least to start with.

Are supplies (wax, tools, etc.) available only at specialty shops or through catalogs?
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Dans-Magic Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2008
ebay is a good source. other wise just look online. you can find the fordum at homedepot probably, i know for sure online.. look for a rotary fordum, burrs, carvers, cutting discs, sanding discs, x-acto knives, wax pen, . if your doing rings youll need a non tapered and tapered mandrels, files, hammer (small not waffle) theres much more i use but i dont think youll need it for awhile.
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DruidElf Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2008
The blue wax is lovely in and of itself, and I can picture him in gold. I love dragons, and this is one of the best I've ever seen.
I can understand not wanting to do anything but the best, so I await a future time when you can do it. ^^
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FrankORourke Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2008  Professional General Artist
Wow if only I were rich I'd buy this carving off of you, I have an affinity to Dragons in fact in the Chinese Astrology I am one :D

I have been obsessed w/ them since I could crawl, and am bound and determined to prove that they once existed and may perhaps still exist in one form or another :)
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Juken Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2008
damn that's very well crafted. the smoothness of the scales and the detail into each is just beautiful. the blue color reminds me of a gummie though... lol you should make gummi dragon heads.
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metaltamer Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2008
unbelievable work my friend! you should be proud, congrats!
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Klarenden Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2008
thats really impressive carving. The day you do decide to cast it, make sure you get a mold of it! People will want copies of this. It kind of reminds me of the ends of torcs, were like two dragon heads should meet up or something. I love the blue wax, its super when it comes to seeing the fine details. Lovely work!!! I'd love to see it in any form of metal when you get it done. You know, it look awesome in bronze too, which is pretty cheap right now.
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apeman505 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2008
It's really good though!
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ErrantDreams Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Awww... would be so cute in pewter! :D Love it!
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MoonCat83 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2008
Wow! That's excellent! It has certainly caught my eye. I like how you paid close attention to detail. The scales look fantastic! It's lovely, even for a carving! It's going on my Favorites List!
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Kalathar-Nui Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2008
Excellent carving and congrats on the DD. . . btw, have you ever thought about drakes?
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Dans-Magic Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2008
whats the difference? dragon cakes? :P j/k but seriously what are drakes?
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Kalathar-Nui Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2008
drakes are semi-dragons more akin to oceans and water, more "sleek-looking" so to speak, I've got some drawings in my gallery if you want to know how they look like

Great Jewelry by the way, as a fellow small-time craftsman myself, I really adore your work.
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Dans-Magic Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2008
went and looked. cool stuff. i see what you mean. they look like wyverns. dragons with wings and hind legs, no arms, usually semi serpant like. magic the gathering did a ton
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Dans-Magic Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2008
No i know one of the creators. Yesper myrfors. i saw alot of the art produced.
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Kalathar-Nui Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2008
Uhhhh. . . that's really cool! I'm jealous. . .
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13foxywolf666 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Gorgeous!
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Frankenteddy Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2008
that's really good!
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Lemonade4Jessa Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2008
Verrry nice.
I know you only work in silver and gold but I think it would look just gorgeous in copper, especially if it began to turn green; just my two cents. Congrats on the DD :)
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Dans-Magic Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2008
I agree. when i cast this ill mold it and possibly to a copper one.
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Moongara Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2009
I second that, I think it would look great in copper. I also have found a way to finish it red rather than classic copper color and red is the classic dragon color.
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Lemonade4Jessa Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2008
:) Yay! 8D and it'll be a lot cheaper too. Copper itself is such a lovely colour and that green too... can't wait to see it copper if you do! <3
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Ms-Silver Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Heh... I just did tiny 1 inch wax carving of a dragon in my jewlery class...
Its not this awesome though! O.O Actually... it kinda sucked seeing as it was the first time I've carved out of wax...

Yours must have taken a lot of work though! So much detale! Great job~♪
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shadowbreaker777 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2008
Skillz dude. Skillz.
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arcticphoenixstudios Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2008  Professional General Artist
...or perhaps hollow it out? I've had to do that for some of the castings I've done...sculpture, not jewelry). Iron and bronze though...More of weight issue than cost. The iron casts are still a serious dead weight though... O.o
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