Dragonslair shop

Dragons, jewellery, nails...

In Dragonslair shop you can get dragon figurines made from polymer clay, polymer clay jewellery, custom nail polish, and organic care for your cuticles. Note that shipping is only available within New Zealand at present.

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Nail blog

Nail art, reviews...

In my blog I post nail art I have done, and review nail polishes I try. Note: this hasn't been updated in a while, but poke me - I should do more!

Nail blog
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Art blog

Digital art, watercolour, acrylic ink...

Here I post my art. If you want to see my creations, this is where to look.

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What I do

These are the things I do. To go to any of these, use the navigation at the top of the page or click on the icons below.

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Shop

Dragon sculptures, jewellery, nail polish and cuticle care.

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Nail blog

Where I post nail art and nail polish reviews.

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Art blog

Where I post my digital and traditional art. Note that you can buy some of this through my shop, too.

Preview

Below is a quick showcase of some of my stuff. See the shop for more, or the links to the blogs above.

project 1

Dragon and chick

Client9 year old boy
DateDecember 2017
MaterialsPolymer clay, hotfix rhinestone, polyurethane
Shophttp://shop.dragonslair.co.nz

This little dragon was made for a young boy who loves his chicks whenever they hatch. He's so gentle with them, so I wanted to capture a gentle dragon gazing at a little chick.

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Candy Cane

PromptCandy cane
DateDecember 2016
TechniqueMarbling, stamping, freehand.
LinkHere

For the Candy Cane prompt I went and bought a giant candy cane from the supermarket and then used that colour scheme to create the manicure.

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Jane

SubjectMy friend Jane
DateAugust 2010
MaterialsVector image made using Inkscape
LinkHere

The photograph that I used as a reference was taken by me at a dancing event. This was my very first vector portrait, and the colours went through three different ‘generations’. What you see here is the second iteration, and in the post linked above you'll see the third.

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Dragon sleeping

Client15 year old boy
DateDecember 2017
MaterialsPolymer clay, polyurethane
Shophttp://shop.dragonslair.co.nz

This dragon was for a young man who absolutely loves his books. I went for a more mature colour scheme, and tried a new pose.

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Nightmare Before Christmas

PromptHoliday Movie
DateDecember 2016
TechniqueFreehand
LinkHere

I used black Jordana and OPI “Cosmo With a Twist” for the gradient in the background, then painted the big moons with Jordana white and Revlon “Buttercup”. All other details were done with a fine brush and black or white acrylic paint.

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Snake smile

SubjectSmile like a snake
DateMay 2014
MaterialsMischief, Wacom Cintiq
LinkHere

This came from a quote from Good Omens by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman, where Crowley (one of the main characters, a demon, and the serpent of Eden) “smiled like a snake”. Now, snake smiles are hilarious things, and not at all sinister, as you can see here.

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Dragon with callas

ClientRetired calla grower
DateDecember 2017
MaterialsPolymer clay, hotfix rhinestone, polyurethane
Shophttp://shop.dragonslair.co.nz

This was made for my mother, who used to grow calla lilies for a living. It was an experiment in making calla lilies using polymer clay, which I felt was quite successful. I made a specific one called Black Eyed Beauty, because that was the one we always had the most of.

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Christmas Swirls

PromptNone, just Christmas
DateNovember 2016
TechniqueWater marbling
Linknone

I was showing a young nail artist how to do water marbling, and we went for a Christmas themed colour scheme. I thought these turned out quite nice, I used a holographic gold with a sparkly red. I haven't posted about these.

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Turtle

SubjectSea turtle
Datelate 2016
MaterialsAcrylic inks, 300gsm watercolour paper
LinkHere

Anyone who is a Terry Pratchett fan also knows that the colour of magic is described as a greenish purple, and that the Discworld floats through space on the back of four elephants who in turn ride on the shell of a turtle called the Great A’Tuin. So when it came to painting a turtle, I just HAD to try the green/purple combo!

  • project 1

    Dragon and chick

    Polymer clay dragon.

  • project 2

    Candy Cane

    Marbling and stamping.

  • project 3

    Jane

    Vector art.

  • project 4

    Dragon sleeping

    Polymer clay dragon.

  • project 5

    Holiday movie

    Freehand.

  • project 6

    Snake smile

    Digital art.

  • project 7

    Dragon with callas

    Polymer clay dragon.

  • project 8

    Christmas Swirls

    Marbling.

  • project 9

    Turtle

    Acrylic inks.

About Me

I live in Auckland, New Zealand with my husband and our two cats. I work full time, but in my spare time I like to make things. I've always been an arty-crafty sort of person, and my interests swing from one thing to the next. You can sometimes find me at markets around Auckland, come say hi if you do!

Contact Me

You can find me in the places below.

Dragonslair Limited

PO Box 34799, Birkenhead, Auckland 0746

miriam@dragonslair.co.nz

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