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.
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. Voilà! 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!