Snapping Dragon Leather - Handmade Leather Accessories

Calgary, Canada 718 Sales On Etsy since 2009

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Snapping Dragon Leather - Handmade Leather Accessories

Calgary, Canada | 718 Sales

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Handmaking unique leather accessories....

I have been creating art and making things with my hands since I was old enough to hold a crayon. Over the years I have tried my hand at many crafts and explored many artistic mediums. I began working with leather in 2006 and immediately developed a strong passion for the art form. I learned the craft of leatherwork mainly through a lot of trial and error. I spent a great deal of time playing with leather as medium and discovering for myself its idiosyncrasies and particularities. Through self teaching I learned the best way to do things by learning what not to do. At the time I was fortunate to be living with two lampworkers who sold their glass creations at various shows around the area. They invited me to share a booth with them at several events and in this way I dove head first into the world of selling my own work. I opened my etsy shop in August of 2009.

In the years since I began working with leather I have explored many different aspects of the craft. Initially I began making basic cuff bracelets and belts but soon delved into the amazing world of tooling vegetable tanned cowhide. Right from the start I was drawing up my own designs on paper and developing my own way of transferring those patterns to the leather allowing me to create more detailed and precise designs than I was able to freehand. My designs were often inspired by some of the styles evident in tattoo art, particularly Asian inspired imagery such as dragons and koi fish. I fell in love with the way I could bring an image to life by hammering the leather to create depth and movement in a previously one-dimensional piece of leather.

Leather mask making is another area of leatherwork that I have grown passionate about. I draw all of my mask patterns onto paper before transferring the design onto the leather. I generally start with an idea in my head but the transformation that takes place while moulding the leather is always unique and never fails to captivate me. The variety that I find between hides and even different parts of the same hide means that every time I hold a piece of leather I must learn its distinct characteristics. As I sculpt the leather I sometimes find that it guides me in a direction I hadn't planned on. I generally do not decide on the colour of a mask until the moulding is complete and its personality reveals itself. It is often quite clear at that point which colour would be best suited to that particular mask.

Working with leather keeps me sane and helps to give me the creative outlet that I just cannot live without. I pride myself in creating all of my leather accessories from scratch. In most cases I hand dye and paint the leather myself. Everything that is sewn is hand stitched. I cut every leather shape by hand with either a knife or scissors. When I do shows with my work I often have people ask, "did you make all of this yourself?" I always feel a great surge of pride when I get to say, "yes."

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  • Awun

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Leatherworker, Photographer, Shipping, Customer Service

    I am a leatherworker and have been dabbling in various artistic endeavours since childhood.

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Last updated on January 24, 2013
Thank you for visiting the Snapping Dragon Leather etsy shop! All of my leather accessories are handcrafted in Calgary, Canada.

Please feel free to contact me at any time with any questions you may have about my items or policies.

Accepted payment methods

Returns and exchanges
If you are unhappy with your purchase for any reason, please contact me within a week of receiving it and I will work with you for a satisfactory conclusion.

Returns due to a change of mind on the part of the buyer will have the purchase price refunded once I receive the item back in its original condition. However the shipping charges will not be refunded.
I accept payment via paypal. You can make a limited number of purchases via paypal without having an account, or you can sign up for an account which is quick and easy and allows you to make online purchases in a fast and secure manner.

If you pay via echeque (available via paypal) I will wait until payment clears before I ship your purchase. Paypal will let you know the expected time frame for clearance - it varies on location.
I ship all of my items via Canada Post.

I currently ship worldwide however I'm sorry that I am unable to ship to Italy due to their customs restrictions on leather. I reserve the right to refuse shipment if leather goods are not allowed to be shipped into your country. Purchases made from Italy will be cancelled and refunded. Customers outside of Canada are responsible for any customs duties and/or taxes that may be charged to you by your home country.

Shipping to the United States and overseas usually takes at least 2 weeks and possibly longer during peak times like pre-Christmas. If you need your items more quickly please feel free contact me for rates on faster shipping options prior to purchasing so I can adjust the shipping cost on the listing for you.

Due to the limitations of the etsy shipping system occasionally purchases of multiple items may result in a shipping overcharge. If this occurs I will refund any overages to your paypal account. Please note that all listed shipping prices include the cost of packing materials (such as envelopes, boxes etc) as well as the actual cost of shipping the item via Canada Post.

Please note that all items have a turn around time listed with the shipping costs. Some items are made to order and thus have slightly longer turn around times.
Additional policies and FAQs
All items that are made to order are indicated as such in the item description. Made to order items will ship as soon as they are completed. Due to the fact that my leather accessories are made by real human hands there may be slight variations between the item pictured and the one you receive. All made to order items require a size so that I can make them for you. Please select your size from the drop down menu or leave a note in the message to seller at checkout.

Wrap a piece of string around your wrist at the widest point (over your wrist bones). Do not pull the string so tight that it is indenting your skin, but make sure it is not hanging loose. Mark the point where the string meets and then measure the string. Please select the closest size from the drop down menu, if you are unsure feel free to leave your exact measurement in the message to seller at checkout and I will make sure of the size.

Feel free to contact me if you have ideas for a custom leather item.