Be it destroyers like Drogon, Rhaegal, Viserion, and Smaug, or less offensive creatures like Puff (the Magic), Elloit (Pete's friend) Chorlton (of the Wheelies) or the well trained Toothless; dragons are a huge part of our heritage. Adorning flags, crests, books, movies, stories and statues - across many cultures throughout the world.
We have a side mission (along with making art and sculpting more accessible to everyone) to have a few dragons in every county we visit.
Already we have fully grown dragons in the USA and New Zealand with plans for more. We're also moving towards some in the UK, Europe and Australia.
WHAT IS PAL TIYA PREMIUM & HOW DOES IT WORK?
We have extensively tested Premium sculptures for sustained wet weathering and freezing conditions (ASTM C666: at 300 x 'wet-freeze/thaw-cycles'!) from -4°F to +100°F.
So it's ideal for ALL outdoor conditions.
It comes as a hand-mixable powder, is very easy to use, is fiber-reinforced, and incredibly strong. It feels almost as silky as fine clay while you're working with it. You can do it at home, in a studio or a classroom.
All you need is tinfoil and hot glue to make your armature, for much bigger sculptures you can use cardboard and tinfoil.
Most of our dragons were community pieces - meaning real people with no sculpting experience were shown how to use Pal Tiya Premium (our non-firing and easy-to-use-unique clay) and helped to create these beautiful creatures. The smaller pieces were brought into existence by artists and amateurs alike. Our methods and materials are so accessible anyone can be involved. From as little as shaping a few hand spans of scales on a dragon's belly to creating a fossilized dragon skull from scratch and putting it in their garden.
WHAT CAN YOU DO WITH IT?
HOW DO YOU USE IT SAFELY?
Pal Tiya Premium is a professional artist grade sculpting medium and needs to be treated accordingly. You must wear gloves when handling the material and we recommend a dust mask when mixing. We have a Safety Data Sheet and Technical Data Sheet on our FAQs page.
Pal Tiya Premium can be used to make small and extremely large garden art such as the projects below.
STEP 1- Get foil and hot glue gun and an idea (picture) of what you want to make.
STEP 2- Make your sculpture to exactly how you want it.
STEP 3- Get your mixing bowl, water and Pal Tiya Premium and mix up a batch (mixing video HERE)
STEP 4- Apply a thin layer of Pal Tiya Premium to your sculpture (you have a 2 hour working time)
Need to step away for a day, a week or even a month? No problem, simply key your surface with a fork or sculpting tool and you can come back to it at any time and as soon as you apply the product it will bond right on to that keyed surface!
STEP 5- Sculpt away until your piece is finished (this bunny took around 2 hours).
On day 2 and 3 you can come back and carve into your sculpture, on day 5 it will be stone hard and can be placed in your garden or...
STEP 6- Paint with concrete stains or "watered-down" acrylic exterior grade house paint.
See our Galleries for both Small Garden Sculptures & BIG Outdoor Sculptures
WHAT IS SO SPECIAL ABOUT IT?
HOW TO SCULPT YOUR DRAGONS
Watch a video of Co-Founder Kim Beaton make a mummified dragon skull...
Co-Founder and Creative Director of Weta Workshop
"At the Weta Workshop we have been sculpting with a broad selection of materials within our sculpting studio for the past 27 years".
"For the specific application of 'direct sculpting', with a focus on creating resilient and permanent outdoor sculptures we have not found a better product than Pal Tiya Premium".
"In our opinion Pal Tiya is a far superior product to any other cementitious system that we have used. It not only has greater strength, it is also considerably easier to sculpt and is the most similar product to sculpting clay that we are aware of on the market. Such is our enjoyment working in Pal Tiya, we have purchased many tons and sculpted many monumental sculptures in this product to date".
"Pal Tiya Premium is a really terrific sculpting medium".