Announcement 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.
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.
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Scalemail Gauntlets knitted Dragonhide Armor Bronze Warrior with Express Shipping to Russia for M.
$62.00 FREE shipping
Kirsten on Oct 21, 20215 out of 5 stars
well made and can tell hard work was put in. do recommend getting some safety pins to keep steady on your outfit as the crochet part tends to slide around. but overall a very nice piece to add to my costume for a touch of uniqueness
Illiana on Oct 4, 20215 out of 5 stars
Item is beautiful and so well made. The backing is knit, which I didn’t realize but makes for a comfortable wear. I can’t wait to attach them to my costume. The item shipped very quickly!
Kimberly on Sep 27, 20215 out of 5 stars
Beautiful piece, thank you!
bunniesscareme on Sep 20, 20215 out of 5 stars
Item looks great in person, shipping was amazing and fast. Going to look pimp at renfaire this season!
Amanda on Sep 13, 20215 out of 5 stars
Looks great! I bet they will look even better once I sew them into my costume.
G.M. on Jul 21, 20215 out of 5 stars
I bought these epaulets to do a fantasy/renaissance inspired photoshoot with photographer Chris Koeppen (@anetherealfire on insta) and it came out awesome. Thank you Crystal!
Toni on Oct 21, 20215 out of 5 stars
This is the 2nd pair I've gotten. I got my first in 2010? I believe. I love them, they fit nice and I highly recommend!
They don't get itchy and you can't feel the scales through the knitting.
Eleanor on Oct 21, 20215 out of 5 stars
Very cute dice bag! Looks exactly like the picture <3 my partner loves it!
Samantha on Oct 17, 20215 out of 5 stars
Exactly as shown! Super high quality and it looks AMAZING!
Jera on Oct 15, 20215 out of 5 stars
Pictures doesn't do it justice! This is my second purchase and I'll definitely keep coming back!
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.
Returns & exchanges
I gladly accept returns, exchanges, and cancellations
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
- Custom or personalized orders
- Digital downloads
I accept returns I do not accept returns
I accept exchanges I do not accept exchanges
I accept cancellations I do not accept cancellations
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
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.