Copper dragon design process

I thought I would show one of my creative processes from design to finished copper sculpture. I don't always sketch ideas as sometimes I work purely by sight and cut the copper to suit, but in this case I made a couple of rough sketches first to get an idea of how the finished sculpture would look.

Now although there doesn't look a lot to it, small items like this copper dragon can be hard to make when brazing. If the heat is applied for too long in one area, it can lead to melting the previous braze used to attach other parts, and it's very annoying to see something that was coming together suddenly fall apart as the braze melts. But then there's a sense of satisfaction when it does all hold together and the design takes shape.