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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:
And if you'd like a tail, fill out this form here:
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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.


Blue-Red Superhero Mask
New mask! It works with glasses! I went for an angular superhero sort of quality to it. For color I tried interference blue paint over the red which ended up feeling very Wonder Woman-esque to me. I’m not really well-versed enough in superheros though to know whose mask this matches best in shape.

Previously I’d tried this design with the bottom portion disconnected, tapering to points on either side of the nose. Which I thought looked cool, but it was impossible to form and get to stay in place while it was drying. So it never worked out. But I’m pretty happy with this modification to the design!

Once I get some photos of it being worn I'm gonna put the design up for sale on my Etsy page.
Tiny Scales
The Ring Lord (the chainmail supplier I get materials from) started making these itty-bitty tiny scales. I got a couple packs of them to try out, but wow they take forever. They're pretty, of course, but take an unreasonable amount of time to weave. The typical bracelets I make use about 2 dozen scales, but this chain of that length took about a hundred scales. So that's four times as many links to begin with, multiplied by them being fiddlier to work with because the rings are like dust.

If I ever decide to start working with precious metals, I'll probably use this size. But otherwise, I just don't think I can charge enough money for them to make up for the increase in labor.

Anyway, the tiny scales are "frost" colored anodized aluminum, the normal size is green anodized titanium. I need to re-stock that, but I'm suuuper low on cash right now.

Made a few months ago, but I totally forgot to post it.
werewolf mask

Just a werewolf mask someone bought off of my Etsy. It’s not my favorite of my designs, but it does fit with glasses! While I was in laser-cutting it I also cut a new simple mask design that’s also made to fit with glasses like this one. I need to get some photos of it tomorrow.

One thing that I always notice when doing these is that when the space between the eyeholes is removed, it ends up making the whole mask trickier to form to shape. This one ended up needing to be re-moistened and adjusted because it dried a bit too splayed outwards.

I also realized that I’m sometimes inconsistent about how I form the ears. Oh well.
tail floof prototype
The final prototype for the tail floof concept I was working out.

Might finish up the full length of this tail and post it up for sale. Or I might just keep it around for reference purposes.
catching up-tassels etc.

Been cranking out these tassels for a dragon tail commission. But man they go slow. I’m averaging like 1.5 per episode of anime. 11 down, 4 more to go, and then I can finally start building this tail. I’m happy with the binding I worked out for these, but if I end up offering these as a standard option I’m really going to need to invest in crimping equipment.

Oh and once my paycheck and rent checks clear I’m making a custom order for large anodized titanium scales, so I’m excited about that. But that also means I need to dig out like 5 conversations that I kinda dropped out on where people had asked about titanium for tails, so that’s a pile of mental energy I’m going to have to dredge up in the next couple days. 

And I also need to head in to laser cut in the next few days. I need to cut a single mask. So really that means I need to figure out what other stuff I can productively cut so it’s not quite such a wasted trip. 

Crafting can be tiresome sometimes. It sometimes feels like I do nothing but fall behind and try to catch up. And man I’m tired of having cash-flow problems.


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SiwySzczur Featured By Owner 5 days ago
Nice gallery:)
Pajunen Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2017
Thank you for the +fav
SabiNoir Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2016
Thanks for the fav! Wrex la 
LeatherHead72 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2016  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you for faving my Hermes Aviator and Plague Mask pics! Much appreciated!
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.
Dracohydrus33 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I Love You #2 (Free) 
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?
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.
NinjaGeko43 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
ok, thanks for the advice :D
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.

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