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…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