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I'm opening a window to request a dragon tail commission! Requests will be taken until midnight at the end of Thursday March 2, and I'll get back to everyone by Saturday. I will take as many orders as I believe I can complete by the end of March.

For full info, check my informational page here: armoreddragon.tumblr.com/tails
And if you'd like a tail, fill out this form here: goo.gl/forms/n9rmkT8WcM14H0fB2
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Jesse Ashcraft-Johnson
Artist | Professional | Artisan Crafts
United States
I work in architecture, and I craft things in the evenings.

Everything I make is either made of chainmail or lasers. Mostly that means laser-cut leather. I really like CNC fabrication.
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Dragon Tail-Purple Diamondback
Dragon tail #2 for this month! This one is also anodized aluminum. It’s got a purple diamondback pattern over black, with a standard aluminum underbelly. Also a line of chrome spikes down the spine. The tail measures in at 34 inches long and 3 lb 12 oz.

More photos (like where you can actually see the pattern) are over on my Tumblr. But I couldn't not show off this photo.

I’ve got a couple days’ downtime now while I wait for more rings to arrive, then I’ll continue working on #3! I’m doing so much chainmail this month. I’ve torn through 2 TV shows on my Netflix queue already.
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Dragon Tail-Black over Purple with Spikes
This is the first dragon tail commission this month! It’s made of anodized aluminum, primarily black with a purple underbelly. It’s got a full line of chrome spikes down the spine. It’s also got a lobster clasp at the tip to attach things to. It measures in at 37 inches long, and weighs 4 lbs 1 oz.

More photos up on my Tumblr!

Tail #2 coming up shortly!
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Dark Rogue II
OK, one more photo here because I really liked this project.

I feel like this outfit needs some asymmetric straps for holsters or pouches. Something to stuff a dagger or some smoke bombs into. But I'm kind of low on inspiration this month. If you have ideas, feel free to scribble on my photos and shoot me them back!

More photos on my Tumblr.
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Dark Rogue for Magic Meat March
I realized I never posted this outfit here. I made it for Magic Meat Week over on Tumblr, which is about subverting the fantasy trope of female armor always being skimpy, and making Empowered Male Costumes for a change. The person running that account decided to expand it to Magic Meat March, and so here we are.

I was going for a dark rogue/thief sort of aesthetic with this. It's made of black leather. The hot pants were laser-cut out and then hand-stitched, the hooded jacket thing was entirely hand-cut and riveted together. The respirator mask has been seen before.

More photos over on my Tumblr!
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Open for dragon tail commissions!

These cuddling dragon tails are just here to advertise that I’m open for dragon tail commission requests! I’ll be closing the window for requests at the end of Thursday.

For full info, check my informational page here: armoreddragon.tumblr.com/tails
And if you’d like a tail, fill out this form here: goo.gl/forms/n9rmkT8WcM14H0fB2
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Pajunen Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you for the +fav
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SabiNoir Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2016
Thanks for the fav! Wrex la 
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LeatherHead72 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2016  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you for faving my Hermes Aviator and Plague Mask pics! Much appreciated!
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MisstressMina Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
It's been a while since I left you any comments.

I'm always highly impressed by your work and your skill. You photographing of your works is also very high quality. Well done. Also, I just noticed on your DeviantID we have the same name :) just found that to be interesting is all.

No real purpose for my commenting honestly, just felt like saying things I felt you deserved to hear but don't get often.
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Dracohydrus33 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
WHY DO YOU NOT HAVE A BIGGER FOLLOWING!!! YOU ARE INSANELY TALENTED AND YOUR ART IS AWESOME!!
I Love You #2 (Free) 
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NinjaGeko43 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
since you have heat-anodized titanium before (link) i was wondering if you could help me with something.

I was just wondering if, when colouring titanium scales for a tail, would you heat-anodize the titanium before or after you make the tail?
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DracoLoricatus Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
I haven't heat-colored anything as big as a tail before. For small things like bracelets I heat it after weaving it all together. It's faster than heating the scales individually, and it means that neighboring scales get colored similarly.

For something larger like a tail, I don't know. My normal method of holding it over a flame until it starts glowing a bit wouldn't work very well. Too big. Maybe it would be possible to hang it from something solid and use a blowtorch to do the heating? In an ideal world it might be possible to use a kiln to heat it.

And of course the big worry with heat-anodizing something so large is, what if I mess up? If I mess up a bracelet, I'm only down a few bucks of material and half an hour of work. But messing up a tail would knock me out a heap of money and a few days' worth of labor.

So maybe I'd opt for working out some way to heat the scales up in batches before weaving them together. It would mean I'd end up with more of a pattern of scattered colors rather than smooth irregular gradients, but it would be safer.
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NinjaGeko43 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
ok, thanks for the advice :D
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Torkos-Arcflame Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2015
Hello friend! I absolutely love and am impressed by what you do, and was wondering how much it would cost for a commission. Friends of mine and I have stumbled upon your work and were wondering if we could possibly commission some of those dragontails (no pun intended) you've got there.

thanks!
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DracoLoricatus Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
Hi there! The base price for my dragon tails is $250, though the final prices may be more or less depending on length, add-on options, or more expensive metals. For a more in-depth write-up about the tails, check out this informative page over on my tumblr: armoreddragon.tumblr.com/tails
My life is pretty busy right now, so I might not be able reply very quickly, but feel free to drop me a note and I'd be happy to discuss details!
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