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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.

Tarot … a Magical Guardian Shoulder Dragon – Adopted

This is Tarot … a Magical Guardian Shoulder Dragon, he looks like a glitter fairy gave him a touch of silver.
I used a black Lycra velvet fabric with silver splotches, for his body, and I matched it with a black Lycra velvet for his back spine, inner ears, under wings, belly and spiral wrapped horns. I hand painted his silver granite eyes.
Tarot has a nose ring, and a mane of black fox fur.

Dragons are coming…

I’m at the painting stage, all their sculpted faces are getting their nubs.

Then comes the assembly, and finishing.

It will take at least a week for the paint to cure properly, then will list them.

 

Hemlock is a Guardian Shoulder Dragon

Just finished Hemlock and he is listed on Dragontry, my Etsy site

This is Hemlock, I choose this name because he reminds me of being in a deep forest with morning sunlight coming through the canopy, Hemlock is such a magical dragon.

Artisan crafted from a green, teal and brown tie dye swirl lycra velvet fabric for his body. I chose a brown lycra velvet for his back spine, belly, and spiral wrapped horns. I used a midnight green Lycra velvet for his under wings and inner ears.

Hemlock has a dark green fox fur mane and bright teal eyes.
I added 3 teal shell nose horns, and used a teal texture paint for his face nubs and claws.

Listing 3 Pixie Dragons on Etsy today

Mulberry – Pixie Dragon

Scry – Pixie Dragon

Gremlin – Pixie Dragon

Time to get back to hatching dragons!

Greetings to all,

My time away was much longer than I had expected.

It’s time to get back to hatching dragons!  I plan on listing them as they are finished and not in batches.
After much thought, I’ve decided to stay with Etsy, at least for now I think it is better to stay with the devil I know.

Currently I’m getting my sewing area properly glittered, checking on the hatchlings, and sorting the dragon eggs.  I will have new dragons listed as soon as possible.

Luna, my “mud puppy”

Looks like Spring has finally begun!

This has been a brutal winter, but as of March 15th the snow is almost gone, just a few piles in the shade.  Yay!

I won’t need to have a heated blanket on to work anymore.

Polar Vortex Cold! I surrender- Winter has won!

It appears the Arctic Dragons have awoken from their hibernation and are migrating south, bringing the Polar vortex winds with them. Try to stay warm, and let’s hope they reach their nesting site soon.
Here in Michigan, with the wind chill, it will feel in the -4o’s degrees today.
During my off time, I’ve enjoyed my family, had a wonderful Holiday, made 2 gallons of Lavender Mead, made enough room in the garage to keep my truck out of the snow, and with some help I’ve claimed our walkout basement as my Art Studio.
This year is going to be so busy; I’m ready to be creative!
“So many plans, so little time”