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March 20, 2011
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Rusty the Mechanical Dragon by MaryBunnie Rusty the Mechanical Dragon by MaryBunnie
On the dusty shelves of an old alchemist's den you see an odd assortment of jars, books, and assorted ingredients. A small squeak grasps your attention from behind the dusty old pages of a weathered journal. You pull it from the shelf and peer through the dim lighting at the tiny thing in front of you. It resembles a toy, rocking back on a shell attached to its back, unable to get to its feet. You gingerly pick it up, much to the surprise of this creature. It squeals as you place it upright in your hand. You cringe at the metallic sound and it stops. With a squeak and a creak it peers at you with fiery gemstone eyes, then sits back comfortably in its newly claimed nest... your hand.
Overcome with pity for the tiny being in your hand, you decide to bring it home with you. Mom and dad won't let you have a dog, but how can they say no to a pocket-sized dragon?
As you make your way home you stare at the little dragon in your hand. A snail-like shell protrudes from his back and seems to encumber him. It's hard to tell if he's looking at you or not as his eyes glisten in the sunlight. He's very dirty and covered in some mixture of oil, dust, and grime.
As soon as you reach home you set about to clean him. A number of supplies crowd your kitchen table as you get to work. It coos happily at being restored to it's former glory. Two golden horns appear, other accents on it's body appear to be bronze and copper. Finally, you uncover on its chest a little heart of gold, much to the joy of the dragon. It wobbles around the tabletop in newfound happiness, and you decide it needs a name.
Sounds about right.

I thought it would be fun to have a "discovering a dragon" story, and this little guy popped into my head. So, here he is :)
He's made of metallic polymer clay, a real snail shell, some metal bits and high gloss varnish for shine and protection.
His eyes are gorgeous vintage fire opals that I got from MyAtlantis on etsy [link]
He's guarenteed never to rust again!

*Edit: he has been adopted by :iconkumoriyori:!!!

shop: [link]
want a custom critter of your own?
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PakisWin Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
That is soooooo adorable!~

I'm lost for words
SeleneTheWerewolf Featured By Owner May 31, 2011
Very cute. I love your dragons, they are so simplisitcally cute! I've tried to make simple dragons like that, but it doesnt always work out lol I have two clays dragons already made.
MaryBunnie Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! Yes it is a challenge for me too :D It's surprisingly hard to make something simple! But I love how cute they come out :3 thank you for your wonderful compliment! Do you have your dragons posted? :) I'll have to take a look! ^-^
SeleneTheWerewolf Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011
Yes I DO HAVE MY DRAGONS posted ^^ (srry for the caps)
CreaLaillia Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
OMG its soooooo CUTEY :meow:
MaryBunnie Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Hehehe ^-^ Aww thank you! :meow:
Firestorm-the-Poet Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Aww! He's so cute! :giggle:
MaryBunnie Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you so much! I miss him, I want to make another XD
RoyalKitness Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is sooo cute! Taking a look at your Etsy store now :D
MaryBunnie Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :icondragonwant: I have started to not put sculptures up for sale unless someone requests that i put them in the shop, but I might just start adding more things to it anyways!! :D
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