Almost the 4th of July…wow where has the summer gone ?

Currently I’m dog sitting  (Luci, my daughter’s family dog) while they are on a trip.   Both Luci and Druid are terrified of fireworks, last night there were so many fireworks going off it sounded like a war zone. Both doggies had their medication and thankfully slept in until 7am.

I will be listing dragons next week,  on the  6th….these will likely be the last dragons until September.

I have plans to create a “dragon Pattern” to sell in 2018… I’m going to start with the Nipper since it is retired.  If it takes off then I’ll progress to other patterns of dragons and mythological creatures.

I hear PDF patterns are popular, but paper ones will be available too.

Dragons for June

Druid is slowly getting better. He seems to be more alert, and is getting himself up, which is a big deal, I’ve been having to pick up his back legs for him to stand before walking!

I’m slowly working on the next hatchlings.  They are all sewn and wired., now the stuffing, sculpting and finishing can begin. I hope to have a few finished in June, and will list them when finished.

Current dragons I’m working on; 2 Ryders, (a Zebra and copper), 5 Guardians,    ( a white, dark green,  purple, burgundy,  and black), 1 Reiver (rainbow), and  6 Pixies, ( a white, burgundy, red, blue, purple and  dark green). Over all a good looking bunch of dragons.

After this batch, I’ll be taking 2 weeks vacation July -1st – 14th, then the rest of July I’ll be working on new dragons for the Fall.  I should have more dragons to list in September.

Druid Update

While Druid is winning many battles with his Cancer, he is still loosing the war.

Last week’s check up showed that his cancer is slowly coming back.  We are all a bit sad, but it was not unexpected.  Druid should have many months ahead of him.   His Dr suggested we try giving Druid one more  3 month round of Paladia (chemo) to slow any growth and start him on Prilosec to curb any stomach issues from the Paladia.  Which we are doing and hoping for the best.  Druid turned 13 last  January, I’m hopeful he will make it to 14.

I’ve taken over the first floor to keep an eye on Druid while working on dragons, and he can keep me in sight as well.  Druid doesn’t climb stairs very well anymore.

I will try to get a few dragons done over the summer, and will try to list the ones I’ve hatched monthly. But I will be busy spoiling Druid as much as possible too.

Dragon Info – armature, wire and dragons

The wire in a Reiver or any dragon should bend pretty well, you just don’t want to bend it back and forth repeatedly, as for the armature (link below) they say it can bend up to 28 degrees.  The smaller armature on the left is what is in a Reiver; I bent it as much as I could before it would snap apart, and took the pic below.  It is very sturdy and you will feel resistance when it has reached the bending limit. I use the larger armature in the larger dragons.

You can position the arms and legs, just don’t spin them around in one direction, since that would tighten the thread to the point of breakage. You should be able to turn the legs back towards the tail and have a stand up (like a dog) on her back legs and the tail should be down, it will take a bit of tweaking to get the dragon balanced.  You can position the back legs to be apart.   You’re trying to archive a tripod using the back legs and the tail. I’ll need to come up with a “How to pose a dragon” demo in the near future.

Underside of the dragon’s feet for standing

A Shoulder Dragon and can rest upon your shoulder.  The feet should be slightly cupped to fit upon your shoulder, drape the tail down your back and up and over to your opposite shoulder for balance.  Feel free to turn the head and position it, the armature should be able to take a lot of positioning.

Sea Dragon Badenoch

Badenoch was a new Sea Dragon design; I had found the perfect fabric for a sea Dragon.

Badenoch is 58” measured from the nose to the tail, going down the neck and along the back. The Price was $289.00, Plus shipping. I actually have a few more cut out in this fabric waiting for me to work on, there is an amazing amount of top stitching and hand sewing involved with a Sea Dragon.Badenoch is about the same length as a Royal Dragon, but thinner with swimming wings, fins and a fluke tail.

I haven’t made a Royal in a while, but here is a pic of one.  A Royal Dragon has a larger armature, plumper body and bigger wings; they currently cost $325 with shell claws and $285 without shell claws.

Royal Clawed Dragon

As for “Baby Dragons”, the Nipper dragon is currently retired, but I do sell many other smaller dragons, Sprite, Imp, Moth, and Moon.  I will hatch a few of these this summer.

he Nipper dragons could not ride on a shoulder, so I designed the Pixie Dragons – which can.

Sales, Facebook and Dragons

Evidently Facebook is taking up to 18 hours to actually send out my posts to some, others get the post right away?  I’m not sure if Facebook’s algorithm has changed recently.

Normally it would only be aggravating , but on the occasion of announcing a new batch of dragons listed on Etsy it does pose a problem.  I’ve given this some thought and I will now post /announce the day and what time the listings will be active, here on the website.

My apologies to those those who have been disappointed.

I will be listing more dragons after Easter. Then I will be sewing/hatching the June batch.

I’m not sure what type of dragons I will be sewing yet. I do know I will be making Ryder, Guardian dragons in the next batch.

Pixie Dragon News – 2018

I’ve tweaked and I think,  improved the Pixie Dragons,  they will now be able to ride on smaller shoulders. I’m still debating on having custom buttons made to give the dragons,   “belly buttons”.

I’m now using a  ball and socket armature for the Pixies,   this allows the dragons to belly- rest on a shoulder with their tails positioned around the neck for balance.

Their limbs are now attached with covered button joints instead of crystal beads.

While I am keeping the single and double sets of wings as an option, I also will be experimenting with using alternate designs of dragon wings.

Chicory

I have retired the other smaller dragons in an effort to make dragon hatching easier and quicker.

After keeping track of the expenses and time,  I’ve calculated the price of $125.00 would allow me to make $8- $10 an hour.

If your curious, here is how I calculated the cost of a Pixie…The last time I made a batch of Pixies I kept one aside and only worked on it with a timer so I could keep track of the time it took to hatch. I rounded up or down to the nearest quarter hour.

3 hours to trace the dragon pattern onto folded fabric, 8 dragons = 136 parts to trace.
4 hours to pin and cut
1 hour to match and bag 8 dragons

8 hours @10 = $80.00 / 1 hour per dragon = $10 in time, plus $3.25 in cost of fabric

Out of 2yds fabric @ $15 each, total of $30, I could cut out 8 Pixies = $3.25 per dragon for the fabric, this is an average fabric cost. If I really like a fabric I will pay much more for it.

So time and cost of fabric is approximately $13.25 per 1 bagged pixie dragon, for pre-sewing expense.

Hatching Time Per 1 Pixie @ 10.00 per hour =

Pin parts/ 1 hour
Sew parts, turn and top-stitching/ 2 hours, = 3 hours

Armature the body/ 30 minuets
Wire limbs/ 1 hour
Stuff parts /1.5 hour
Stuff body/ 1 hour
Sculpt /1 hour , = 5 hours

Paint face nubs and claws / 1 hour
Assemble, button covers, mane, name tag / 2 hours.= 3 hours

Print receipts/ paperwork, package & ship per dragon, = 1 hour
Total time of 12 hours at $10.00 an hour =$125,00

Then there are Shop supply costs which May include, armature, threads, wire, paints, eyes, nose rings, stuffing, leather lacing, name tags, feather boas, fox fur or faux fur, plus Etsy and PayPal fees best estimate, = $20.00 – $25.00 per dragon.

Start to Finish for one pixie estimate 10-12 hours, plus $13.25 for pre-sewing cost, and a minimum of $20.00 for shop supplies, adds up to more than I ask for them. If I was making them one at a time I would need to charge more, but I usually try to sew in multiples to save time, I may have up to 12 dragons going at the same time. When I cut out dragons I will cut out 4-8 at one cutting, and often will cut out an entire year’s worth of dragons over a month. I buy my stuffing in 20 lbs boxes, and my armature in 50 ft spools. Sounds crazy, but does save time and money!

Total Cost $125.00 for a Pixie Dragon

Twig – the 2nd Woodland Oak-Leaf Dragon

This is Twig, an Oak-leaf Woodland dragon. He is the second oak leaf dragon I have made, there will only be a total of four made from this fabric.
Artisan crafted from a shades of Olive and Brown Lycra velvet fabric.
I chose a brown Lycra for his belly, a black lycra velvet for his back spine points, and antlers. Twig’s inner wings and ears are a matching brown panne velour.

The wings are Oak-leaf shaped, based on a white oak leaf. Twig also has branch shaped antlers and a leaf shaped tail tip.

I chose a white fox fur mane and hand made Light green eyes.
I used a golden bronze texture paint for his face nubs and claws.

Twig is approximately 50 inches measured from his nose tip, down the back to his tail tip, and has a full length ball and socket armature.

2018 – Happy New Year

I hope everyone had a wonderful Holiday!

Our White Christmas was full of family, joy, good food, and fun times! With the  two grandsons racing their new scooters throughout the house, and playing with toy swords and shields, plus two dogs chasing them, well let’s just say that,  luckily no one had to go to the emergency room and we only lost one glass ornament. 

Safe and warm New Year wishes to all, and remember it is best not to let your Dragons drink and fly !

I will be finishing up a batch of dragons for January-February, and will list the dragons as soon as possible.  All the dragons I wanted to finish for the Fall will be the first ones to hatch.

Here’s to 2018, and a more productive year of dragons!

Fall 2017

Fall is here, this summer has gone by so quickly.

Sadly,Life has kept me focused away from dragontry and dragon making. I will not have any of my planned dragons/creations hatched for Halloween-  I will put them on the to do List for next year.

I do have  a few dragons started and will finish, and list them as I can.

Here is what has been going on…

August I had the Flu, so much for the Flu shot I got.

September Druid’s last ultrasound showed one of his lymph nodes has enlarged, and while he is doing great, and his Surgeon/Oncologist said there was no sign  the cancer is back, we have upped his chemo(Paladia) back to 3 times a week.      I have been spoiling Druid as much as possible.

I had been thinking of getting a puppy, just on a whim, but  in September, everything fell into place to get a puppy from a friend/ cohort of my daughter.  We packed up Druid and met half way, turns out just over the Arkansas border is halfway between us and Houston.   Druid and new puppy- Luna hit it off, and snuggled together on the way back, and have become best buds.

I had forgotten how much energy a puppy has, and like a toddler- everything goes into her mouth.  Thank goodness my grand-daughter Ivy came up from Texas to visit and share all the puppy love.  We had a great visit!

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