Every inch was patiently hand sculpted so that every part of this collar would look authentic. I built the sculpt around a stainless steel skeleton then moved around the clay until I was happy. This is where you have to be patience if you're making your own. I used a tooth pick and clay picks for the details.
For the scales, I cut a triangle in a piece of thin cardstock and pressed it into the clay to create this pattern. I then went back in with clay tools to give individuality to each scale.
The tail end was done the same way.
Okay, so the attachments were what gave me the most trouble. I experimented with a lot of mediums and ultimately decided EVA foam would be best for them. I cut out different shapes until I was happy and attached with a strong adhesive. I used the opposite side of an exacto blade to press details into the foam until I thought it looked cool. :p Painted with a dark silver first, letting it slip into the creases, then went over with lighter silvers. Finally I finished with a little Silver Leaf Rub and Buff to give this piece a very authentic metal finish despite being clay.
And this is the finished product! Yay!
This pic was taken before I put the final paint coat on, so it photographed a bit dull. Ugh! (I was just really impatient to be back in my Dany wig! :P )
I currently have these dragon collar on sale in my shop!
I want to also make a tutorial for this dragon collar, but I'm not sure how helpful it will be just because of how involved it was to make this. If you're making your own, feel free to drop me a comment or message and I'll try to help you the best I can! :D
Valar Morghulis you Khaleesi's out there!