I started with a small ball of Creative Paperclay®, and formed it into an egg shape.
Next, I rolled out a small piece of clay until it was very thin—between 1/32" and 1/16" of an inch thick. (Oops!! There was leftover glitter from my last project on my work mat. See it in the clay? It really doesn't matter for this project, because the final product gets glazed.)
I used a slurpie straw as a cookie cutter to cut out the scales. These straws are about twice the size of a normal soda straw. A regular straw will work, there will just be more scales needed to cover the surface of the egg.
I began layering the scales starting at the bottom of the egg.
I continued layering the scales, one row after another, until I reached the top of the egg. I used the smaller, regular soda straw for the last row of scales. Last step before drying is to add a screw eye to the top of the egg.
After the eggs were dry, I painted them with acrylic paints in dragon egg colors—cream, green, and black red. When the paint was dry, I brushed on a small amount of gold mica powder from Terri Sproul's Mixers Jewel Effects Color Set Mixer to add the highlights.
Here's the finished necklace.