Monthly Archives: June 2017

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.

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

 

http://www.jeton.com.tw/en/product/product_detail-5

https://www.etsy.com/transaction/1179409045

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two Guardians, a Reiver and a Pixie to compare for sizes

Avatar- Royal Guardian with shell horns and claws

Size comparison Pixie Reiver and Guardian

group shot

Chandraki- Guardian size, I used larger eyes and added a nose ring.

Chandraki and Avatar

shell claws , usually only on Royals

Sadly, I don’t have a Royal right now to add to the group pics….

Every dragon is an individual, the sculpting gives each face it’s own personality.

 

Magpie has arrived safely, and is well loved

Sea Dragon, Badenoch

Fluke tail

went with an ostrich boa and wired antlers.

I forgot to post finished pics of “Badenoch”, He turned out wonderfully and I will try to hatch his siblings- in 2018.

Questions

I got some good questions today, and decided to share them.

  • I LOVE Halloween!!! I am VERY interested in your black-and-purple Bat-wing Reiver dragons! Can you please show me the fabric? (2) And a photo of what the bat wings look like? (3) And may I please tentatively reserve one bat-wing dragon in black-and-purple, with either purple or green eyes, whichever you think best? (But NO nose ring and NO harness, I would want my black-and-purple bat-wing Halloween dragon to be “wild”, not at all tamed!)

    (4) Also for Halloween, what is a Black Drat? And how big is it? And what does it cost?

    (5) Again for Halloween, what is a Dragonkinz? And the size and cost?

    I’ll ask about some others in a separate message.

    Thank you! – M….. ; )

Hi M…..,

While the Halloween dragons are still in the planning stage, I have made larger dragons in the midnight purple I will be using – Lilith was the first– she also has bat wings, and of course the Halloween Reivers can have either a black or dark purple body.  They will be very dark dragons, and I will add a black mane of either fur or ostrich boa- depending on which looks best. I’ll be cutting them out in July and will send you some pics as I work on them.

Midnight purple Fabric

Taboo – Tiger Drat

A Drat – half Dragon and half cat; the best way to describe one is a furry dragon with paws, cat ears and whiskers- (I have made a few of these, but a black one will be new)

A Drabbit- half dragon and half Rabbit, is about the same as a Drat but with rabbit ears and a tail puff.     I haven’t made one of these yet. I’m thinking of them for next Easter.

DragonKinz are a style of “not dragon” creatures I’ve come up with, although they are still a work in progress. I’ll need to calculate the cost of making one before I can set a price.

Basically I want to start sculpting and casting resin parts for the faces, feet and hands, they will be Gryphons, of various sorts, eagles, owls, ravens, and other combinations of forest creatures.  Sadly, to make DragonKinz work I either have to cut back on Dragons or give up sleeping…possibly alternate months between the two.

 

Sherry

Lilith- made form a midnight purple fabric

These are bat wings

Saber- Tiger Drat

Diego – Ocelot cat Drat

fluffy paws

 

 

The other question was mostly about the differences between a Reiver and a Pixie

Hi Sherry –

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Can you please give me a bit of a dragon education?

I was looking at your website at the different types of dragons. I don’t see the Pixie type listed on the Dragons Descriptions page: dragontry.com/?page_id=36

It appears that all the Reivers have two wings, but all the Pixies have four wings – is that correct?

And all the Reivers have a nose ring and harness, but the Pixies do not – is that right?

What are other differences between Reivers and Pixies?

Are the Reivers and Pixies very similar in size of body?

And size of wingspan?

Do you have any photos showing a Reiver and a Pixie next to each other, for comparison?

And do you have any photos showing those one or both of those two types together with one of your larger Guardian dragons, so I can see how the larger Guardian compares in size?

Thanks for your help!

Take care, M….. ; )

 

Hi M……,
Basically the Pixies are new, they were designed to replace the (retired)Nipper/baby dragons.  They are a combinations of several prototype dragon designs- The double wings are a nod to dragonfly wings- I like them, but some preferred the single set so I always have a few of those made too. I can put in nose rings and a harness if desired, but usually don’t.

Reiver vs Pixie
The Reiver’s wing span is 19 – 21, The pixies wingspans are a bit smaller- 18-19 I’ll need to fix that typo- thanks for finding it.

The Pixies have “standing legs” and the Reivers are designed to lay on your shoulder and have “Resting legs”.

The Reiver has a ball and socket doll armature and that makes it easier to ride on your shoulder, the Pixies have a wire armature. Still bendable but not as secure.The reivers limbs are attached with a covered button joint, while the pixies limbs are attached with crystal beads.

The Reivers are bigger,with  longer body and more detailed, than the pixies

Reivers and Pixies have different shaped wings, and ears

fan ears

longer ears

pixies wings have a single wire and are long and thin, most have double sets, single set wings are an option.

Reiver wings are more traditional dragon wings, most are fully wired.

Scorch- I used to add small hearts to all the Baby Dragon tails

I try to design new dragons every year and retire older patterns.  I’ve been hatching dragons for over 20 years and probably have 60 or more different dragon patterns retired.  I might bring some of them them back….Lol…

 

 

 

 

Rowen has found his new home

Rowen- Reiver Shoulder Dragon

June’s Dragons- listed on Etsy 6-16-17

Listed today on Etsy

Tiramisu – Moogon – reserved

Rowan – Reiver $125

Reserved – Hunter -Pixie

Ready for their close-ups!

Sherbet – Pixie -$125

Thistle-Pixie -Sold

Trinket – Reiver -$185

Magpie – Reiver – $185

Rage – Pixie – $Sold

Cosmos – Pixie –  Reserved $125

Storm – Pixie – Reserved $120