Reiver Dragons

Just had someone ask about Reiver Dragons , so I thought I’d post some info on them….

When I first designed this little dragon it was called a Whippersnapper and was very hard to make, turning all those little fingers and toes took too much time.  So the next try was slightly bigger and I used a lycra fabric- which made turning much easier. I re- named the design to Reaper dragons. But over the years, every one wanted to figure out how to get them to be shoulder dragons.  But they were too short to really fit on a shoulder well.

Recently I have been giving the Reapers some upgrades per special orders and I liked the looks so much I did some further tweaking of the the design, and came up with the Riever Dragon.  I have now retired the old Reaper Dragon Pattern and only make the Reiver Dragon.  This gives me three sizes of shoulder dragons.

Reaper dragon – Retired

Reaper Dragon – Retired

A special order dragon – I named this patter – Reiver Dragon

Notice the body, and wings are a bigger and the tail is much longer.

Reiver – (Young Dragon)

     This is a new dragon design for 2014 – modified from the Reaper and Guardian designs I combined the best of both, it has a larger body than the Reaper, bigger fully wired wings, larger fan shaped ears, and has a 42 inch armature- measured from the head, along the back to the tip of the tail. The longer tail enables the dragon to balance on a shoulder better.

The arms, legs, fingers, toes and wings are wired and may be carefully arranged. Basically, it is now the smallest of the Percher shoulder dragons.

Making Dragonflyers and Dragon Daggers

First task, making the clear faerie wings..Thanks Tiff for all the pointers. The dragon daggers will have cloth wings.

I’ll be making a bunch of these little guys for the Faerie Fest in May,  hopefully they will have been worth the lost sleep…and will be well loved.

Wings sewn onto the clip on body, then some fluffy fun added.

A finished dragonflyer!

These dragons are very fun to have around , they can be clipped onto clothing, in your hair, or on a hat brim.  I have even used swarms of them to decorate  our Christmas tree…

Cosimo update

I have sculpted his face, open mouth with a forked tongue and a nose ring.  Cosimo’s new horns were Jewelery findings at the craft store they are wooden, and had a loop on the end to make sewing and gluing them in place much easier.  The pic below shows the horns being held in place by some pins waiting for the glue is dry.

I love his matching spiked collar

Base of his teeth

All his teeth will be from texture paint, it’s like frosting /decorating a cake – but no licking your fingers.  It will take several layers to build them up, and I will do both the upper and lower jaws.  I had thought of sewing shell beads for teeth but they would have been hard to keep upright.


Once the teeth were dry, I used a black texture paint to make a gum line ( this will hopefully stop any tooth loss). One more round of teeth painting to go…

Komodo Dragon – Cosimo – Work in Progress

I almost have Cosimo finished, discovered a few problems that will need to be tweaked, first the next one needs to be made out of a fabric with much less stretch, Cosimo has ballooned to gargantuan size, 2nd the leg joints are to loose, they may be fine for a big furry Teddy Bear, but won’t enable the Komodo to stand properly, and the 3rd is – while the wings are amazing- they are really to heavy to keep upright.  I have been contemplating ripping him open and removing the doll joints – then reassembling him with button joints.  As for the wings- not much to be done with this one, but for the next they will need to be much lighter, I am thinking of using a lighter glued on material over a wing frame…will need to do some experimenting.

Almost finished,  I still need to attach the limbs, Sculpt the face- and hope that it is able to stand on it’s own! I had to use a stronger armature for this guy- he is well over 6 ft long….


Here I have laid out the body and legs to figure out the best placement for the legs.  And if you look closely- yes, I purchased him a spiked collar .

Making a ring tail requires  cutting and piecing the tail pieces together…

Komodo body sewn

I think the striped ring-tail is worth the extra effort.

I wanted to give the wings a jagged edge…battle scarred look.


When making the wing channels, I free hand the lines with chalk and use an amazing amount of pins before sewing them….

limbs with claws

I added faux bear claws,  they are sharp so I’ll need to file his nails

Nice claws

I like the claws so much I decided to add them to the back spine…probably not my best idea but since the claws/spikes are wired onto the back armature,  they will stay on this dragon…

Hoping to have this one finished in the next couple of weeks, which will feel great since this has taken over a year to get to this point…

Moogans – “This is why you tell your dragons not to play with their food!”

This is MOO-shi, she is what I call a Moogan.  She has such a sweet face, and I love the black and white markings on her.

Mooligan is quite the little hooligan! She has big brown eyes and I love the black and white markings on her face. I do love all the Moogans – each one is so unique. I think Moos rule!

Genghis is quite the eye catcher! He has his father’s red eyes and is quite the rascal,  I love the ostrich boa, and his black and white face markings.

A Moogan can come in any size or style of dragon. And be made with either a faux fur, fox fur or ostrich boa. I do love the cow dragons. I have even thought of adding udders, the thought of milking a dragon is amusing – warm hands would be a must!

Dragontry History: Originally we made cow gryphons, (called Moophons), Later I made a very few cow nipper (baby) dragons…which were quickly herded off to their new homes!

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