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Leather Dragon Keychain...Red by merimask Leather Dragon Keychain...Red by merimask
This is a tiny leather dragon head! I sculpted it with no molds or forms. It's about 3 inches long, including the horns.

Many of these pieces are available for sale on my Etsy site; [link]
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GothianaVampet Jan 3, 2012  Student General Artist
I want one of these!!! ITS SO AWESOME!!
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SwirlyEyesHypnotize Feb 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You make keychains too? 8D Awesome!!!
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Caliphone Jun 19, 2010  Student Digital Artist
ohh keychains are a great idea! if only i wasnt poor
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dragona742 Jun 1, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's so cute! Love the details in it. Like, how do you even create something with such tiny scales? They are lovely! And the shape of the nose is pretty cool. Btw, how did you sculpe this without your own face to mold it on? Pretty hard, I think. But though so nice :D
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You have some amazing work! These keychains are just the greatest though!
I was wondering though, how big is the piece of leather before you mold it? I'm trying a similar small molding and they're... pretty bad actually, so I'm wondering if I'm not cutting the pattern big enough on the original leather.
But again, I seriously bow to your superior talent! :worship:
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merimask Apr 22, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks!

The actual piece, flattened, is 2 & 1/2 by 4 inches. It does take a lot of practice (& warm water, & really strong hands) to get these right. Try something larger first, or thinner leather, until you get the hang of it. Anything thicker than 8oz leather gets pretty hard to shape intricately (even for me).
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Ja-Kitsu-Ryou Dec 7, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing detail on this! I love how his eyes seem to glow, and it's amazing how you detailed every scale. How do you make the leather twist like that?
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merimask Dec 7, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! Those eyes are amber beads...

Leather is really easy to shape when it's wet and warm. I just use warm water & my hands...like shaping clay but not as messy.
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Ja-Kitsu-Ryou Dec 8, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Sounds fun, I should try it some time. I love clay, but it is messy. :D
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