DaSueDragon

~High-Quality, Hand-Crafted Leatherwork~

On Etsy since 2014

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DaSueDragon

~High-Quality, Hand-Crafted Leatherwork~

1,227 Sales

Announcement    *NOTE ABOUT SHIPPING: Due to the holiday season and the mass shipping delays, we cannot guarantee that your items will arrive by Christmas. Our products are hand made AND made to order. We will do the best we can to get everything out in time, but once shipped, it is in the hands of the mail carrier. Additionally, the last day to order and get items shipped out (hopefully before Christmas) is Dec. 18 for small items, Dec. 11 for larger items. Anything purchased after that date will most likely not arrive in time. International shipping will not arrive in time. Additionally, we will NOT be offering expedited shipping or doing rush orders this year due to the sheer increase in sales and uncertainty of shipping. Thank you for understanding. Be safe and shop responsibly this season!


WE NEED YOUR HELP:

My little snake is sick and we have several products that are a fundraiser to help raise money for his medical expenses.

https://www.gofundme.com/f/2193km03xc?sharetype=teams&member=4601704&utm_medium=copy_link&utm_source=customer&utm_campaign=p_na+share-sheet&pc_code=ot_co_dashboard_a&rcid=d0d32859ae3e4e3ea1deab727536d40e

SHIPPING ANNOUNCEMENT:

SHIPPING IS MAJORLY DELAYED!!!
Please allow ample time for your package to arrive. It could take between 2-4 weeks to be delivered via USPS First Class and 3-4 days for USPS Priority Mail due to current delays. Thank you for your patience and understanding during these rough times. Let us know if you haven't received it within a couple weeks after ordering and we will do what we can to help you out.

To file a lost package with USPS, please go here: https://usps.force.com/emailus/s/package-issue

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In lue of the outbreak, DaSueDragon Designs wants to reassure all customers that all products are cleaned thoroughly before being shipped out. We strive to provide the highest quality we can in our products, including cleanliness.

Announcement

Last updated on Dec 1, 2020

*NOTE ABOUT SHIPPING: Due to the holiday season and the mass shipping delays, we cannot guarantee that your items will arrive by Christmas. Our products are hand made AND made to order. We will do the best we can to get everything out in time, but once shipped, it is in the hands of the mail carrier. Additionally, the last day to order and get items shipped out (hopefully before Christmas) is Dec. 18 for small items, Dec. 11 for larger items. Anything purchased after that date will most likely not arrive in time. International shipping will not arrive in time. Additionally, we will NOT be offering expedited shipping or doing rush orders this year due to the sheer increase in sales and uncertainty of shipping. Thank you for understanding. Be safe and shop responsibly this season!


WE NEED YOUR HELP:

My little snake is sick and we have several products that are a fundraiser to help raise money for his medical expenses.

https://www.gofundme.com/f/2193km03xc?sharetype=teams&member=4601704&utm_medium=copy_link&utm_source=customer&utm_campaign=p_na+share-sheet&pc_code=ot_co_dashboard_a&rcid=d0d32859ae3e4e3ea1deab727536d40e

SHIPPING ANNOUNCEMENT:

SHIPPING IS MAJORLY DELAYED!!!
Please allow ample time for your package to arrive. It could take between 2-4 weeks to be delivered via USPS First Class and 3-4 days for USPS Priority Mail due to current delays. Thank you for your patience and understanding during these rough times. Let us know if you haven't received it within a couple weeks after ordering and we will do what we can to help you out.

To file a lost package with USPS, please go here: https://usps.force.com/emailus/s/package-issue

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In lue of the outbreak, DaSueDragon Designs wants to reassure all customers that all products are cleaned thoroughly before being shipped out. We strive to provide the highest quality we can in our products, including cleanliness.

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About DaSueDragon

Sales 1,227
On Etsy since 2014

Keep Moving Forward

Ever since I got into LARPing, I have been an avid artisan, creating various leatherwork pieces.

Most of my designs are inspired by the wonderful LARPing stories that are told, as well as some pop-culture influences.

All of my leatherwork is made right here in the US (Chicagoland area) from high quality leathers with each piece being hand crafted. NO SEWING MACHINE IS USED AT ALL!!! (I throw those out windows....lol)

Besides Etsy, you can catch the Dragon roaming around the Midwest at various conventions such as MFF, Anime Midwest, and other popular pop-culture-themed cons. In addition, Saar, the Dragon God of Potatoes, can be found at various LARP events with all leather wears for sale.

Oh, the reason I call myself DaSueDragon 'Designs' is because I don't just make leather or fleece hats, I 'design' everything myself. Patterns, layouts, engineering feats unknown to man with leather until now....it's all part of the job!

SHOP ORIGINS:

My business started when I was diagnosed with a malignant tumor in my left foot (aka. Cancer). This caused me to lose my job as a computer programmer (yes of all things) and forced me to start looking for more work. Unable to find work right away, I realized I needed to go back to school, but that wasn't going to bring me any money. In fact, that was going to do the opposite.

Instead, I decided to take a grand leap and try to figure out my "thing". I grew up being taught woodworking by two master builders, hand stitching by both my mother and Nana, painting, drawing, carving, origami, you name it! But I had never settled on one particular craft. Then it hit me........What takes and combines all of those skills in order to make artwork? LEATHERWORK!

Having never tried it before, I dove right in with my first project: Link's Cap. It was treacherous, but I was able to work through all of the ups and downs to finally put the piece together. From there I needed to think big: become a business and sell sell sell!!!

So I came up with a couple of ideas and designs of my own and grew my shop from there. I started with selling my fleece hat designs, which had been successful with my friends in the past, and eventually moved towards leather designs. My first, and most successful design, as thus far been the trademarked "Snakelets" that I sell.

With a shop came a workshop. My workshop is called "The Magic Kingdom." The workshop is named after my Pops' old woodworking shop, to which he spent 20+ years of his retirements working on the most beautiful woodworking pieces and teaching me everything he knows. His collection of tools and equipment was vast and unending, to which now has become my goal to be able to fill a 2500 sq ft basement, like he did, one day. Until that time, I have utilized what I could, acquired the best tools and equipment for my art, and improvised innovative solutions to keep on the path that is continuous improvement to my art.

I never gave up, kept moving forward, overcame the cancer, and eventually grew my business to what it is today.

QUICK NOTE: I want to thank everybody that supported me through the rough times in getting started with the business, supporting the business, helping me find a new job and helping me overcome the cancer. Without all of you awesome friends, I would not be where I am today!

Shop members

  • Suzanne Maple

    Owner

    Not much to say about myself, other than I am a Dragon, I love to make leather works of art, and I am a HUGE Zelda fan!

Production partners

  • Custom Processing Unlimited

    Milwaukee, WI

    Makes cool things with lasers. Designer, wood crafter. They help create artwork that are used on our products.

  • Demon Jackal

    United States

    Makes artwork that goes on my leather.

  • Ember Alchemist (Chelsea Ouart)

    Fox River Grove, IL

    Ember Alchemist creates hand-drawn 2D artwork, 3D mixed media art, resin casts and more!!!

  • Gravestone Silver

    Gloucester, MA

    Draws oceanic and anime-themed designs. Additionally does traditional leather tooling on leather patches.

  • Griffin's Jewelry

    Cary, IL

    Griffin's Jewelry creates hand-made jewelry and custom hand-painted dragon eyes. They specialize in small item crafting and customization.

  • KAJiRA Kreations

    United States

    Creates various art & manga drawings.

  • Maim

    Milwaukee, WI

    Maim creates custom 2D and 3D furry images and ref sheets.

  • MidBlackCat Shop

    Elgin, IL

    MidBlackCat Shop is an independent artist who draws stippling artwork by hand. They design a variety of original and new artwork. She has designed exclusive artwork to go onto some of my leatherwork.

  • NTA Studios

    DeKalb, IL

    Hello! My names KB I am a young artist who`s trying to make creating things my job! I love creating thing and using my hands, making things are my passion! I make anything from full sets of armor to small hand make key-chain charms to candles and soaps

  • Ranelynn Graphics

    VA, United States

    Ranelynn Graphics creates beautiful digital artwork. All drawn by hand on the computer, her art is at the cutting edge of brilliance and design. She also prints her work onto metal! She has designed several pieces of art to go onto the leather products I produce.

  • Stompy Cat Costumes

    Kalamazoo, MI

    Custom Fursuits Cosplay and ref sheets

  • StrictlyBizness Photo & Illustration

    Elgin, IL

    StrictlyBizness Photo & Illustration is an independent artist who draws stippling artwork by hand. They design a variety of original and new artwork. She has designed exclusive artwork to go onto some of my leatherwork.

  • Twilight Saint

    Alexandria, VA

    They draw various reptile art.

  • VintagoAlbino

    Cary, IL

    Original grotesque Vaudevillian of the obscene circus of freaks. Asylum bound but scribbling scriptures and artworks in 1923.

  • youknowthatoneshop

    Spring, TX

    youknowthatoneshop is Chelsea Smith, an artist who draws and does various crafts. She designed the "Tree of Life" image that is on bag!

Shop policies

Last updated on August 10, 2020
Thanks for choosing DaSueDragon Designs!! I'm here to make safe, fun, and creative works of art for all to enjoy.

Mainly, my leather and prop work is said to be considered child-safe and is quite durable. Meant to be beaten and worn, my props are made to be accepted into ANY convention and to be used for fun and play. Not so much a "wall-hanger" as it's something to pick up and wack your friend with. :)

For those who are concerned about safety regulations and import rules on leather working: I do not use any oil-based dyes in my product. All of my products are made with water-based dyes, which are to the California standards for all leather products being brought into the state. Not only does it follow the rules, but it is non-toxic and creates such wonderful watercolor-like patterns in the leather.

As for my customs, the smaller the better! Custom modification or painting is one of my favorite things to do so feel free to leave me any suggestions on new things to paint and create!

Please visit my Facebook page, Tumblr, YouTube, and my website for more cools stuff and if you like anything, feel free to contact me on those sites and I can make something for you!!!

http://www.facebook.com/dasuedragondesigns
https://dasuedragondesigns.tumblr.com/
https://www.youtube.com/user/DaSueDragon
www.dasuedragondesigns.com

Accepted payment methods

Paypal Mastercard Visa American Express Discover Apple Pay Klarna Giftcard
Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept exchanges and cancellations
Contact me within: 7 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 60 days of delivery
Request a cancellation within: 24 hours of purchase
I don't accept returns
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
  • Items on sale
Returns and exchange details
NO RETURNS ACCEPTED!!!
However we DO FOLLOW EU law. (Please the EU Returns & Exchanges section for details.)

Exception for Face Savers & Nose Savers: We will accept returns and issue refunds ordered from anywhere in the world for Face Savers & Nose Savers ONLY! Not all masks are created equal, we understand. Please message us, before leaving feedback, within 7 days of receiving the item if there are issues.

If you have any questions or concerns about your order, BEFORE leaving feedback/review, please message us! We would be happy to help resolve any issues. We always strive to ensure customers receive 5-star worthy products.

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EU RETURNS & EXCHANGES:

Per, EU Law, we DO follow and accept the returns within 14 days of receiving the item(s). BUYERS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL VAT FEES AND RETURN SHIPPING!!! For any item over $25 (not including shipping & VAT fees), there is a 10% restocking fee for any returns and/or exchanges. Anything less than $25, there is no restocking fee.

Please message us if you have any questions or concerns BEFORE leaving feedback on Etsy!

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If any modifications are necessary, our policy is you pay for shipping it to us and we will cover shipping back at lowest shipping rate. No rush shipping or priority shipping will be available.


For exchanges, the Buyer is responsible for all shipping (to and from) and the difference in cost of the value of the item(s) being exchanged.
Payment
If you do not pay, you do NOT get the product!! I will wait for one week for a payment and if I have not received anything then I will not ship. My 1-3 days for processing STARTS when you have paid me.
Shipping
NO RETURNS ACCEPTED!!! (unless required by law)
Exceptions: Face Savers, Nose Savers.

DaSueDragon Designs is not responsible for any lost or stolen packages. Please allow for ample time for your package to arrive.

Once items have shipped, it is then in the hands of the carrier who is delivering the items. If you have not received items, please contact the carrier which was used for shipping. Unfortunately, shipping & delivery of the item is out of our [DaSueDragon Designs] control.


RETURN TO SENDER ITEMS:

If items are sent back to us [DaSueDragon Designs] for insufficient postage or damaged package we will re-package and repair the items and reship. If items are sent back due to being undeliverable or no one signed for them/picked them up, we will NOT re-ship unless the Buyer covers the shipping fees.


LOST ITEMS:

If you have not received your item, please allow a few more days to see if it shows up. If it does not, we will do what we can to try and help, but again, this is out of our control and we [DaSueDragon Designs] are not responsible for any lost or stolen packages.

PLEASE MESSAGE/CONTACT US IF YOU HAVE ANY ISSUES WITH YOUR ORDER!!!!

Both Buyer and Seller must be in agreement, after ample communication, that the package has been deemed "lost". At this point, if the Buyer requests another item to be sent out, the Buyer is responsible for all shipping fees. Buyers would also be responsible for shipping back the original items if they do end up receiving it and paying for the shipping cost to ship back the original items.


EU RETURNS & EXCHANGE POLICY:

Per, EU Law, we DO follow and accept the returns within 14 days of receiving the item(s). BUYERS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL VAT FEES AND RETURN SHIPPING!!! For any item over $25 (not including shipping & VAT fees), there is a 10% restocking fee for any returns and/or exchanges. Anything less than $25, there is no restocking fee.

Please message us if you have any questions or concerns BEFORE leaving feedback on Etsy!

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USPS FIRST CLASS MAIL INFORMATION:
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If any items are shipped via First Class Mail or First Class Envelope, please note that the tracking information Etsy provides is NOT a valid USPS tracking number. In order to get information about your item, Etsy uses a 3rd party app called Pitney Bows. You can track your item on their website here: https://tracking.pb.com/
*NOTE: Your tracking number would be a shorter number and start with a few '00'.

Previous orders have reported issues with tracking. We have found out that the tracking information provided by Pitney Bows is INACCURATE. To that end, after dealing with various customer issues and over a day wasted on calling around, we have found out that you cannot get a hold of anyone on the phone or email for further information. However we did determine from USPS that currently, USPS has stated that there is a 2-4 week delay in all First Class Mail & Envelope shipping. That is all the information we can provide at this time.

Please allow ample time for your package to arrive it it was shipped via one of these methods. If you have not received your item within 2-3 weeks after it was shipped, please message us and we will see what can be done. Shipping is completely out of our control, but we will do what we can to try and help. Thank you for your patience.

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HOLIDAY SHIPPING:
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I ship USPS Priority Flat Rate from the Chicagoland area ALWAYS (Holiday or not)!

Each item I create is HAND CRAFTED and MADE-TO-ORDER, thus I do NOT do any rush orders!

NO RUSH ORDERS ACCEPTED!

If you are looking for a product that is NOT Large Armor or the Masks, the fastest turnover time to ensure that you'll receive the product before the holiday in question is 2 weeks. If you order 2 weeks or more before the sed holiday, I will guarantee that I get my product out in time for the estimated shipping time to arrive before or on the holiday in question.

I AM NOT RESPONSIBLE OR LIABLE FOR ANY LATE PACKAGES DUE TO THE SHIPPING COMPANIES BEING DELAYED!!! I WILL NOT ACCOMMODATE FOR ANY LATENCY IN THE SHIPPING OF THE PACKAGE FROM THE SHIPPING COMPANIES!

Also, any items ordered closer than 2 weeks out to a holiday I CANNOT guarantee it's completion or arrival for the holidays. I will do my best, but again, I cannot guarentee anything. FOR SURE, I CANNOT DO ANY LARGER ORDERS OR LARGER ITEMS IN TIME FOR A HOLIDAY WITHOUT AT LEAST A MONTH'S NOTICE!


Check my announcements for exact dates to order by for the holidays to ensure you get your product made on time.
Additional policies and FAQs
FEEDBACK:

Please, BEFORE you leave feedback/review, if you have any questions or concerns, we would be happy to help resolve any issues. We are quick to respond! We always strive to ensure that customers receive 5-star worthy products.

CUSTOM ORDERS:

Once the listing has been made, you MUST pay it. Any requests for alterations, or modifications of the custom order will NOT be accommodated once the order has been placed. This is due to the price being finalized. If a modification is requested, it will be ignored. All modifications & details MUST be discussed PRIOR to purchase.

DaSueDragon Designs is not liable or obligated to do/make any changes after an item(s) has been purchased.

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FAQs:

What do you make?

I make custom leather work and prop creations for LARPing customers and cos-players.

What materials do you use?

Normally, I use a 1-2 oz super-oily leather for my bags and other small items. For most other items, I use a heavier, top-quality 5-6oz leather for my tool work and other items. Armor is usually between 12-14oz (to Belegarth and Dag standards). Most of the animals I work with are cow, deer, sheep, pig. I try to avoid anything unusual and I do NOT work with exotics.

Many have also asked if I will actually work with snake skin. The answer is no. I have 4 wonderful ball pythons at home and I don't think they would appreciate it much if I were working on a piece that consisted of real snake skin.

Can you paint/tool custom images?

I can paint/tool custom images as long as they are within reason to create. I reserve the right to refuse anything that is deemed not within reason or that may violate any laws.

What about custom orders?

Yes, I do fulfill custom orders as long as they are within my capabilities. I reserve the right to refuse anything not within my capabilities, but I will surely try to meet your standards.

How big of a cosplay prop are you willing to make?

If you can pay for the extremely unreasonable shipping prices USPS puts on it's oddly-shaped packages and if I can find the cardboard, and if it's within the limitations of whatever convention you are going to bring it to, I can probably ship it, but again everything depends.

REFERRALS:

If you have been referred either by myself or someone else, mention it to me when you order along with the LOCATION/EVENT you were referred to at OR the name of the person who referred me. I do often reward anyone who refers someone or who is a returning customer with discounts or complementary shipping. I thank you for your patronage and for helping me spread the word about my business.
Privacy
We do not share your information with anyone. We don't keep your information except what Etsy keeps for us.

More information

Last updated on Jun 14, 2017
Frequently asked questions
Custom and personalized orders

YES! I will do custom orders/requests. I always am open for a good challenge. Please read my policies about my custom orders before messaging me.

For snakelets: I have a custom listing for any custom orders wanting to be placed.