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If you’re sculpting a dragon, lizard, snake or fish, here’s a faster way to sculpt the scales.
This isn’t nearly as precise as sculpting every single scale individually with small sculpting tools, but it is faster. And at a distance you see really nice shadow lines around all the scales, too.
But it’s still going to take some time. This is how I added all of the details on my new Dragon, made from this pattern.
If you’re wondering if you could use a store-bought air dry clay for dragon scales instead, I really don’t know. The only way to find out is to try it. You might want to do a small experiment first, to make sure the scales don’t come loose from the base of the sculpture when they dry.
My dragon’s first layer was the brown paper that comes in some boxes from amazon.com. It’s just slightly stiffer than newspaper, which would work just as well. I use the brown paper because it looks better in a video. This time I used the cooked flour and water paste to stick the paper to the pattern. The air dry clay works well over dried paper mache clay, too.
How do you sculpt scales?
There are many different ways to sculpt almost everything, so I know there are many ways to make scales that I haven’t thought of yet.
If you have an easier way to sculpt scales, please let us know in the comments below. We’d also love to see your ideas for making scales without air dry clay, because some of the ingredients for that recipe are hard to find in some areas.
And if you’d like to see the pattern for the dragon I used for this demonstration, click here. And see my newest dragon mask pattern here.