Monday, August 9, 2010

Dragon Embryo

Artist "magna-est-veritas" brings us this bottled dragon embryo. The body is constructed of polymer clay over a tinfoil armature. The shredded skin effect was created with a thin layer of liquid latex.

5 comments:

daniel said...

I am quite a fan of the shedded skin. I made that effect with a spider specimen bottle I made by coating it in a thin layer of super glue, then immediately putting it in water. I love this blog and the specimen bottles are some of my favorites. Keep up the good work.

Dana Parker said...

That is amazing art! The latex certainly does give the skin a nice effect, and the creature is charming. I love it!

Tóbal said...

Hi!
As a begginner with these things , I wonder about the maintaining through years of this specimens.
If anyone could help me , I have a question:
liquid latex has a life of maybe...5 or 6 years before it start to shrink and dry becoming fragile.I did an orc mask with this material and I drop it to the bin due to this.
Is there any other materials to make this texture looking?
I thought about using a thin tissue with glue to imitate skin covering the flesh.
I need translucent material to do it , and it seems to be latex the only one useful....

Propnomicon said...

@ Tóbal

All latex eventually breaks down, but a bottled specimen is probably the most benign environment possible for the material. A sealed bottle has no infiltration of oxygen and the combination of glass and fluid (combined with the specimen presumably being displayed indoors) should cut down UV exposure significantly.

I have prop specimens that are over four years old that aren't showing any signs of degradation.

Tóbal said...

Thanks for answering...
Maybe when I get free time (difficult thing for me) I could try to make one and include liquid latex as skin...
Cheers and go on with this blog!!!