15 October 2012
Ann Sutcliffe has taken inspiration from the Dragon Smaug in Tolkein's 'The Hobbit' and has created this easy beginner's project for you to try. ...
You will need:
- 1 Cheap plastic dragon
- Strong craft knife or Wood shears
- 1 small wooden heart
- Sandpaper / emery board
- Wood Stain or brown paint
- Clear nail varnish
- A gold marker pen
- Super Glue Gel
For this project I have used a cheap plastic toy dragon I found at my local £1 shop. Also, being unable to find a shield shaped piece of wood the correct size, I plumped for a heart shape piece from Hobby Craft and altered the shape as described below.
1. Take your dragon and cut off his head – take care as he might not like it and dragons do breathe fire!
2. If necessary, take a moment now to touch up the head with paint, gold pen or metallic powders, as some cheap plastic dragons can be rather poorly painted.
3. With a strong craft knife, or wood shears, cut the upper lobes off the top of the wooden heart shape.
4. Draw on a couple of loups from the centre to the edges with pencil and cut/sand the wood away. I have also chopped off the corners to give a more interesting shield shape to the wooden heart.
5. Stain the shield with a dark wood colour or paint brown and leave to dry. Then varnish the front of the shield.
6. Take a gold marker pen and go round the edges of the shield. You can add his name to the shield in gold marker pen too.
7. Glue your dragon’s head onto the shield. He can be attached to the wall of your castle, lair or dungeon with tacky wax/grip-wax.
NOTE: If a dragon headed trophy doesn't really fit in with your dolls house decor, why not use the same method to make a trophy of a wild animal instead, using a plastic toy of choice.
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