Halloween is near

I am still on track to have 13 dragons finished before October first! Then on to cutting out the Holiday dragons.  I just finished all the top-stitching and sewing the heads…so many parts! There will definitely be fewer dragons for the Holidays.

Halloween is coming! Update

Update- I spent the weekend cutting out 25 dragons for Halloween.  Honestly I don’t think I’ll get that many sewn/ hatched in September, but I will try and finish as many as possible.  I will list any or all on October 1st.   In October I will start the Holiday and Fall dragons. 

Halloween Nipper Dragons from long, long time ago… Yes, I made them little hats!

PS:  I have redone the Nipper Pattern, and will start cutting them out for 2020.  I gave them bigger dragon wings, changed the arms, increased the tail length, and plan on using ball and socket armature.

Sparkle – a Fae Pixie Dragon – Adopted

Adopted

Sparkle’s body is made from a white, with small holographic scales Lycra velvet fabric. I used a holographic lycra fabric for her belly and under ears, and a white velvet for her under wings.

Next hatching is finally finished!

This is Wicked

Wicked has been adopted and will be heading off to her new nest soon.

This is Marsala

Wicked – Guardian Dragon

Marsala standing

 

Astral – hand crafted eyes

Astral – Rainbow Reiver Dragon

Astral has been adopted and will be on her way to her new nest soon.

Ginseng

Ginseng has been adopted and will be on her way to her new nest soon.

Ginseng – Pixie Dragon

Mimosa – Pixie Dragon

Mimosa

Maya- Blue Pixie Dragon

Maya-

I was able to finish 6 dragons Friday-Sunday.  I have got to work quicker!    

3 pixies, 1 Reiver and 2 Guardians

Thank you to all my patrons,  3 dragons have found their new homes on their first day of listing!

Hemlock – Adopted, and will be nesting in Australia

Hemlock’s fox fur and leather lead were replaced with faux fur and cotton cording, per request, he looks fabulous!

Malbec – Pixie Dragon – Adopted

Malbec will be heading to Texas very soon, say hi if you see her!  This is Malbec – (named for the wine), she is a Burgundy Pixie Dragon

Pixie dragons are very fast, and are often trained and ridden by the Fae. The 4 winged Pixie dragons are highly prized for their speed and agility.

Nippers are coming back!

I’ve decided to bring the Nipper back , although I may not have them sewn until 2020.  I plan on making a few improvements – adding ball and socket spine, and changing the arms to more of a Pixie style.  Haven’t decided if they will have nose rings or not.  The new Nippers will be listed at $145.

Compared to a Pixie,  the Nipper- has smaller wings, the body is much plumper and shorter, the legs are made to be standing, and the ears are a different shape.

This is how I’ve calculated the cost of a Pixie…or other small dragon for 2019

If your curious, This is how I’ve calculated the cost of a Pixie…or other small dragons  for 2019

2yds fabric @ $30-$40 = for 8 Pixies, I cut out 8 pixie dragons at a time.
$3.75 -$5.00 per dragon for the fabric, average $4.00 per dragon, this is an average fabric cost, but may go up or down depending on the fabric.  I  use a good quality stretch, Lycra velvet.

I give myself an hourly wage of $12.00…

Trace the pattern onto folded fabrics,  8 dragons have 136 traced parts, –4 hours
Pin, cut out, match and bag into 8 dragons ready to hatch, – 4 hours

8 hours @ $12.00 per  = $96.00, ( 1 hour per dragon)  I then add $4.00 cost of fabric per dragon,

Approximately – $16.00 per 1 bagged pixie dragon, for pre-sewing costs!

 

Now I add in the Hatching Time Per 1 Pixie      

Pin parts, – .50 hour
Sew parts, turn and top-stitching, – 2 hours

Armature spine into body, – .50 hours
Wire limbs, – 1 hour
Stuff limbs, sew closed, –1 hour
Stuff body, sew on ears, –1 hour

Add eyes, Stuff head, sew head to body, – 1 hour
Sculpt face, – 1 hour         

Paint face nubs and claws, – 1 hour
Assemble, button covers, mane, name tag, take pictures, list,  – 2 hours

Start to Finish time estimate for one pixie estimate  11 hours, at $12.00 totals $132.00 for my wage, plus the $16.00 for pre production = $148.00,  I rounded down to take into account the lowest cost of fabrics.

Total Cost estimate for a Pixie Dragon $145.00

Also, per my Etsy Over lords requests, I’m offering free domestic shipping, at least for the rest on this year.

 

Getting ready to start July’s Dragons

In late July I will be sculpting beaks and claws, casting and have them finished for Gryphons in August-September.  I also will be painting moth and butterfly designs to have printed on fabric to use for future wings.

As for sewing, I’ll have more dragons sewn for July, and I have an idea for a Gryphon shoulder harness pattern to tweak. And it’s time to start the Halloween bat dragons!

 

 

Juniper, AKA- “Purr”, Pixie Dragon – Adopted

Juniper is a very green Pixie Dragon, with dragon wings.