2017 – 2018 Cost of a Dragon

(The Cost of Materials has gone up to the point I will sadly need to raise prices this year)

Prices may be adjusted slightly (up or down) to reflect added features, extra time involved, and cost of materials.  

             Shipping costs will vary by location,

Royal Clawed Shoulder Dragon – $325.00 – $375.00

Guardian Shoulder Dragon – $265.00 – $285.00

Ryder Shoulder Dragon  – $265.00- $285.00

Sea Dragon (new 2016) – $325.00 – $365.00

Percher Dragon- $245.00-$265.00

Reiver – Shoulder Dragon – $185.00 – $225.00

Moon Dragon $110.00 – $125.00

Moth Dragons $110.00 – $125.00

Bumble Dragon – $125.00

Butterfly Dragons  – $110.00 – $125.00

Sprite Dragon /Night Sprite – $110.00 – $125.00

Imp Dragon –  $90.00 – $110.00

Single wings Pixie Dragon – (new 2017) – $120.00

Double wings Pixie Dragons – (new 2017) $125.00

(Dragonkinz) Gryphons – (new 2017) $125.00 – $165.00  

 

I still have many various dragon eggs to hatch, some are from retired patterns. I will list the dragons in my Etsy shop, as they are hatched.

Also, per requests, I can make a purchased dragon Vegan friendly. I would remove the fur or boa from the dragon and replace it with faux furs, and use man made cording instead of leather.

Why does an Artisan Hatched Dragon cost so much?

As an artist I try to calculate a fair price,  being self-employed I must pay myself a fair wage. I include, the time required to complete a dragon, the cost of materials, and in addition the many hidden expenses…

I have Etsy and PayPal fees, State and Federal taxes, Business banking fees, Domain name fees, and Website expenses.

I maintain a computer, a camera, and a printer.  I take pictures, print flyers, brochures and business cards.  I spend time keeping accurate records of sales and my purchases, and complete a yearly inventory for tax purposes.

There are expenses for sewing machine maintenance, repairs- and replacement if necessary.  I purchase not only Fabrics, but also threads, stuffing, armatures, needles, wires, eyes, beads, texture paints, buttons, joints, cords, tags, bells, rings, feather boas, furs, and faux furs.

I spend time finding and ordering supplies online, or searching the nearby fabric store for that perfect fabric I need for a special creation.

From start to finish, the time to hatch a dragon includes choosing the right fabrics, pinning and cutting out, sewing, turning, top stitching, armature, wiring the arms, legs, and wings, then stuffing, adding eyes, assembling, and sculpting the face.  I hand paint the claws and face nubs – wait a day for the paint to cure, then finish by adding the mane, name tag and bell.  When I use shell claws and horns, each shell bead is hand wired into place, glued, then after the glue is dry,  hand painted around the bead base to secure it in place. A dragon can take from 20 hours for a baby to 60 hours or more for the largest dragons.

I then take their photos, write up their listings and present the dragons to the world.  All of these factors are included when calculating a final price for a dragon.

My dragons are a labor of love, and are very time intensive.  I have been perfecting my skills and expertise for many years. I hand needle sculpt every dragon’s face, giving each dragon their own unique personality.

I hope anyone who decides to purchase one of my dragons can appreciate the details, time and expertise involved, and truly loves their new dragon.

Please know that when you purchase an artisan hatched dragon you are making it possible for me to continue working at my craft, creating dragons and bringing whimsy into the world.

A big thank you to all my dragon owners!

Enjoy your dragons,

Sherry – Sewing Sorceress – Dragontry

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