My First Jewelry Piece

My First Jewelry Piece

So what has been happening around the Fabled Fields studio? Well, I’ve finally finished my first jewelry piece (more on that in a moment), and I’ve been working on the website as well.

A Colorful Development

SapphireLavaI have been experimenting with dyes, adhesives, resins and the like for months now, and I”m finally ready to unveil my Swatches Page. It will undoubtedly remain a work in progress for years to come, but it should at least give an idea of what is possible.. The longer I experiment with DragonSkyn, the more it teaches me about how to bring out its true beauty, depth and color!

EmberBlack OpalI’ve created the Swatches Page so that those who are interested in requesting custom work will have a solid idea of what color combinations are available. Of course, I can also custom-mix dyes to match swatches sent to me as well, if that is your preference! Hopefully the Swatches Page, in combination with my Ladies-In-Waiting images, will allow you to come up with an unique combination of form and color that speaks to your soul.

I am also now accepting commission work, if you have an old piece which needs the new life of DragonSkyn breathed into it. Simply contact me and we will get to work!

In With the New!

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I found this beauty in a Goodwill down the road, just begging to be turned into something striking and beautiful. While it was nice as it was, it really needed more color and wow factor. So that’s just what I gave it! Drumroll please…

DragonSkyn Bracelet

I call this color of DragonSkyn Aventurine, after the beautiful blue-purple rock. It’s a combination of a purple dragon leather and a clever combination of dyes and shading to create the mottled effect.

So now that I’m getting a few pieces finished, I’ll soon be able to list some items in my Etsy Store! Naturally, I hope to soon be listing more and more as I get a groove going.

For those of you who are local, I also have plans to be part of the Etsy Store at this year’s Appalachian Fair in Gray, TN. So if you’re planning on visiting the fair at all, please be sure to drop by the Farm and Home building; there will be a whole group of extremely talented and crafty gals strutting their stuff this year!

What is DragonSkyn?

What is DragonSkyn?

Hi, I’m Michelle Fields. :) Photo of me from dave's phone-cropped

That’s a photo of me from right after we moved into our current abode, so please ignore the mess in the background. Some of you may know me from my previous projects, like Paperies.com (my papercrafting site) or OxVox.com (all about my pet peeve, oxalates).

This new site is all about a totally new way to upcycle things, called DragonSkyn. It’s made from only the finest dragon leather, sourced in parallel universes where dragons really exist. It has taken me a very long time to bring this to market (hey, finding sources in parallel universes takes time! And don’t even get me started on the shipping costs…), but I’m happy to say that I finally have enough of a stock laid in that I believe I’ll be able to meet demand for a long time to come.

I’m still working on the best techniques for tanning and dyeing the leathers, as well as the best ways to adhere them and protect them once they’re in place. Once I get a good assembly process going, though, you can expect to see fairly regular updates about pieces that I’ve completed, right here on this blog.

What is DragonSkyn?

So what is DragonSkyn like? Well, probably the best way to communicate this (short of being able to hand you a piece and letting you feel it for yourself) is via pictures. So here’s a photo of my first finished piece of DragonSkyn. If you’d like to see a larger version, just click on the photo.

Water Dragon Hurricane

To give you an idea of scale on these scales, this piece is a six inch tall hurricane holder for a votive.

Now, you might be wondering if I’m using baby dragons, since the scales are so small. Not so! I use only ethically harvested dragon leather. The huge scales you normally see on a dragon’s back, breast and other body parts are highly sought after for other applications, such as creating armor.

The leather I use, which used to mostly go to waste, is from the sections of the dragon where the scales are smallest, like the legs and wing folds. The scales on these parts of the dragon are much smaller and somewhat spaced out, in order to provide for the greatest flexibility and range of motion.

This less-tough leather is too thin to be of much use to clothiers and armorers, but I realized upon seeing it that it is also much too beautiful to let it go to waste! It has a beautiful range of colors, and the underlying skin ranges from flat out transparent, as with the water dragon specimen used on the above glass piece, to a shimmering translucency that I’ll be displaying on other pieces soon.

This basic range of transparency and color can then be enhanced by the custom tanning and dyeing techniques I’ve been developing, so that each piece is a true one-of-a-kind work of art. I then take these beautiful skins, and carefully cut and fit them to a humble piece that I’ve rescued from a thrift shop. The combination of the strength of the underlying piece, and the beauty of the overlaid dragon leather, is then given a final coat of a tough, glossy resin to protect the whole thing from wear, and enhance its beautiful colors. VoilĂ ! DragonSkyn is born!

I hope you enjoy my site. If you’d like to see some of the pieces that I’ve rescued from local thrift shops that are just awaiting their transformation, please have a look at my Ladies-in-Waiting page. If you see something you’d like customized to your favorite color or pattern, please contact me to reserve your piece!