love-polykin asked:

Is there a way you could make a core to the dragon tails so you could move it the way you want? Like if you didn't want it swinging around so much or if you're being still but still want the tail to move.

In theory yes, but not yet.

Years ago I had a basic idea for a way that I could make my tails move on their own, involving some motors and some stiff cables that ran the length of the tail. But motors and things like that are not things I have any experience with, and life is busy, and I never worked actively on it.

But sometime last year I saw a kickstarter for some people making animatronic tails, and they seemed to be doing it in basically the same way I had figured would work. I was excited. They were offering them with fur coverings like cats and dogs or what have you, but I got one that was just the mechanism and control box so I could at some point build a tail of my own around it.

But life has been busy, and I haven’t gotten around to making it yet. Eventually I will, and once it’s worked out I’ll surely make it available for commissioners.

If people are curious, here’s the website for the people who made the animatronic tails:

This dragon tail is made of white painted aluminum, a material I hadn’t had much chance to experiment with before. It claims to be a sturdy automotive paint, and it definitely has a storm trooper sort of feel to it. Personally, I’d been a bit hesitant to make much with it, because I don’t really trust paint on metal, but it seems durable enough, and I sent some sample scales to the commissioner and she was cool with them.

The tail is a pretty short one, at only 24 inches long. It’s also got a line of spikes down the spine.

If you’re curious about these tails I make, check out this page with information about them:

This dragon tail is made of standard aluminum scales, with a blue anodized aluminum underbelly. It’s my standard length of 35 inches long, and that’s mostly it. Classic and simple. But at the request of the commissioner, it does have an engraving on the scales on the underside, right below the belt loops where it’s attached. (The tail was commissioned as a gift.)

And I guess as an added bonus, the photo with the engraving gives a good shot of the belt loop attachments. There are two straps (made of stainless steel in a European 6-in-1 pattern) that your belt threads through, and if you want to make sure the tail stays well in place when you’re wearing it, in between the two loops on the tail you can also thread the belt through the belt loop in the center of the back of your pants.

If you like these tails I make, how about checking out this page with information about them? (My commission queue is currently kind of deep, though. I’m working as fast as I can.)

Wow, this month.

Sorry for the radio silence this month, Internet. Between a huge pile of stuff to do at work plus a family wedding plus obligations to friends plus two craft fairs, I had basically no brainpower left to deal with commissions or updates.

To help me deal with the stress, though, I did make a large thing just for myself. (Well, it was also related to the big friends obligation.) I made an aluminum and rubber ring shirt in European 4-in-1. It’s been at least a year or two since I made something large like that just for myself, and I’m really happy that I made it. Photos will be uploaded once I have a chance to take them.

Anyway, my obligations are back down to a manageable level now, so I’ll be picking things up again and starting back up on commissions, and on the backlog of correspondence that’s piled up.

This is definitely the shortest dragon tail I’ve made. The commissioner requested that it be only 16 inches long, so it wouldn’t quite reach down to knee height. They asked for a mix of purple and blue, and I put together a pattern for them, which they liked.

Photographing the purple scales is always troublesome. The fact that it’s approaching twilight and the light is very blue doesn’t help.

As usual, it’s made of anodized aluminum scales linked together with stainless steel rings. I included the pattern, in case people were curious. (Though I ended up slightly expanding the top after finishing it according to the pattern and finding that I had mis-calculated the length a bit.)

This dragon tail has a fading amber color pattern. It’s composed of actual bronze down the center, blending into brown and orange anodized aluminum. The underbelly is standard uncolored aluminum. Also featured in the design is a full like of spikes down the spine.

The bronze when it’s new is a shiny-penny copper color, and over time it oxidizes to a more matte and muted brown. I like the material a good amount, and I’m glad the commissioner for this was also excited about it. I don’t get much chance to use the material.

I’m including the pattern I drew up for this coloration, in case people are curious. I’ll also see about getting someone to model it before I ship it out, because I really liked the blend of colors on this tail and I’d like to get more photos.

Finally took video of a dragon tail being swung. It’s quick and not perfect, but it exists! Next time I’ll try to figure out why it didn’t record audio, and also I’ll have a tripod.

Because chainmail isn’t rigid, these tails swing very smoothly. Fluid, sinuous, curling and extending as gravity and inertia dance with each other. So much better than a fabric tail with stuffing.

Also, a milestone to note: This page just passed 256 followers! That’s 2^8 people. And that’s awesome. Thank you all. I’m happy to be able to make things that you enjoy.

A black dragon tail with a purple underbelly. This one I made and shipped out last week, but was busy and didn’t have a chance to go through the photos until just now.

As is most common on these, the scales are anodized aluminum. To fit the commissioner, this one was slightly long, measuring at 37 inches from top to tip. Which was too long for my friend who’s modeling it. But she swings it admirably anyway.

Feel free to peruse this wall of text if you’re interested in these tails!

Brownie points to anyone who can guess the architect for what’s in the background.

Craft Fair!

I’ll be vending at a craft fair in Cambridge MA tomorrow! It’s called Cambridge Open Market, it’s located at the plaza at Harvard, and runs from 11-5:30. This is my first real live full-scale regular craft fair! (Though I have done a real live full-scale non-regular craft fair.) It runs weekly on Fridays through the summer, with tomorrow being the opening day. I’m signed up for three days over the course of the summer: tomorrow, then once in July and once in August.

Here’s hoping it goes well!