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.
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…
2yds fabric @ $15 each, total of $30 for 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.
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
approximately $13.25 per 1 bagged pixie dragon, for pre-sewing cost
Hatching Time Per 1 Pixie
Pin parts 1 hour
Sew parts, turn and top-stitching 2 hours, = 3 hours =$30.00
Armature the body 30 minuets
Wire limbs 1 hour
Stuff parts 1.5 hour
Stuff body 1 hour
Sculpt 1 hour , = 5 hours = $50.00
Paint face nubs and claws 1 hour
Assemble, button covers, mane, name tag 2 hours. 3 hours =$30 .00
I print receipts/ paperwork, package & ship each dragon, 1 hour = $10.00
Shop supplies may include, armature, threads, wire, paints, eyes, nose rings, leather lacing, name tags, feather boas, fox fur or faux fur, best estimate, $15.00 – $25.00.
Start to Finish estimate for one pixie estimate 10-12 hours, plus $13.25 for Fabric, and $15.00 for shop supplies.
Total Cost $125.00 for a Pixie Dragon