Announcement We have been only lightly affected by Covid, but we can't say the same for our suppliers and shipping partners. Your international order could be delayed indefinitely. Please contact us for information. Welcome to Crystal's Idyll, home to Dragonhide the original knitted scalemail armor and other unique accessories. I'm happy to ship internationally, but please be aware your country may charge you a value added tax or customs fee when you buy from out of your country. For more information about me visit my website www.crystalsidyll.com or like me on facebook http://www.facebook.com/crystalsidyll for advance info on sales and new products. We are working on separating out some of the Dragonhide from the rest of the shop. The items shown here on etsy in the shop Dragonhidebiz are ours.
We have been only lightly affected by Covid, but we can't say the same for our suppliers and shipping partners. Your international order could be delayed indefinitely. Please contact us for information. Welcome to Crystal's Idyll, home to Dragonhide the original knitted scalemail armor and other unique accessories. I'm happy to ship internationally, but please be aware your country may charge you a value added tax or customs fee when you buy from out of your country. For more information about me visit my website www.crystalsidyll.com or like me on facebook http://www.facebook.com/crystalsidyll for advance info on sales and new products. We are working on separating out some of the Dragonhide from the rest of the shop. The items shown here on etsy in the shop Dragonhidebiz are ours.
Clarissa on Oct 19, 20225 out of 5 stars
Using this for my Melkor/Morgoth costume for Halloween. It's absolutely perfect! Love it so much.
Stephen on Oct 4, 20225 out of 5 stars
Absolutely LOVE these gauntlets! Custom colors, perfect custom fit, and they even arrived before Ren Fest! I simply could not be more pleased! Amazing talent shown in these gorgeous hand-made gauntlets - exactly what Etsy is supposed to be!
Louise on Feb 1, 20235 out of 5 stars
Seller was lovely to work with, and the epaulettes will be an amazing addition to my wedding attire!
Dapple on Jan 27, 20235 out of 5 stars
Love it love it. Looks exactly as pictured, and makes the nicest clinking sound when you give it a shake. It'll be perfect for my green and gold dragon dice. If I had to nitpick I'd probably prefer a different yarn color, something more complimentary, but it's really a non-issue to me. Very happy with it, and a killer price too!
May on Jan 20, 20235 out of 5 stars
love it!!! recommend 100%, the scales lay together so nicely. shipped so fast! I'm obsessed. I love having access to adult money hahah
Peter on Jan 16, 20235 out of 5 stars
I absolutely love the scale gauntlets I purchased! They're warm, well-constructed, and the patterning on them is beautiful ( I chose the Phoenix design). I have big hands, but I ordered the larger size and they fit me perfectly. Very pleased with these and would order again!!
If necessity is the mother of invention, then imagination is the father.
Almost a decade ago I bought a bunch of metal scales intending to make armor. But I hated the tedium of linking each ring. The frugal part of me couldn't waste the scales so after much thought and experimentation Dragonhide knitted armor was born.
My etsy shop was just a little hobby before I introduced my technique. But oh, how it's taken off. Now it is a full time job. I knit scale armor several hours a day. When I'm not knitting I'm sewing from patterns I drafted. I've recently branched into making steampunk bustles, from Victorian historically accurate to strictly ornamental. When I'm not doing that I'm hitting estate sales searching out quality and vintage fabrics to use. (Latest find-vintage textiles from the estate sale of the former textile curator of the MOMA!) In the little time left over I am a silversmith.
My designs often start with the fabric. I saved the rich red upholstery velvet in the bustle photo above for a couple of years before a project worthy of its splendor came along.
We are working on spinning off most of the Dragonhide to a second shop, Dragonhidebiz here on etsy. For a while some designs will be available on both shops.
Owner, Maker, Designer
I'm Crystal, the mind and hands behind Crystal's Idyll. I live with my husband and 2 boys in wet, wonderful, Western Washington. We are a ren/faire going, sci-fi watching, fantasy reading, costume wearing family.
Knitter And Sanity Saver, Maker
Christina is my sister-in-law. She knits many of the gauntlets and is my right hand woman!
Christina has been knitting for the shop for 7 years.
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Frequently asked questions
How did you learn how to knit scalemail?
Knitted scalemail is my own invntion. Almost 10 years ago I bought a bunch of scales to make a traditional armor shirt for my husband. About one inch into it I realized that wasn't going to happen. But I had all those scales and I hate waste, so I fooled around with it until I came up with my technique.
Dragonhide knitted scalemail is hand washable, lay flat to dry. If your item has leather laces or plastic inserts, remove them before washing.
Non Dragonhide items will have care instructions in the listing. (I'm adding these now, it might take a while to get them all.)
What is your custom order completion time?
This varies widely by the size of the project. Small custom dice bags can be ready in just a few days, whereas large projects can take weeks. Please contact me for a completion time for your project.
Do you guarantee your work?
I fully guarantee your satisfaction. If you aren't thrilled with your purchase please contact me within seven days of receipt to arrange a refund or exchange.
My work also is warranteed to be without defect and to last. Defects in my work are my problem and I will correct them.
How long will my international order take to arrive?
I'm afraid there is no easy answer for this one. Shipments to Canada usually take less than 2 weeks. Overseas varies between about 1 week up to 6. Occasionally an item gets held in customs, which can delay things further. For many destinations limited tracking is available, your tracking number will be in the email you receive when I ship your order.
Customers in the UK-if your order has not arrived it might be at your local post office. UK customers have informed me that you are supposed to get a card from your postal carrier if custom fees are due, however that card sometimes is not delivered.
Will I have to pay custom/VAT on my order?
I am shipping from Washington state in the US. If you are overseas, the answer is "Maybe." Each country has its own limit before customs apply. Please check your governments website for more information. I do know the UK has a very low threshhold, and in addition to VAT the postal service will collect a handling fee of 8 pounds. Sometimes more expensive items slip through unnoticed, but please be prepared for VAT/customs/handling fee.