TheArmoredDragon

Armored Dragon Designs

Cambridge, Massachusetts 658 Sales On Etsy since 2010

5 out of 5 stars (190)

TheArmoredDragon

Armored Dragon Designs

Cambridge, Massachusetts | 658 Sales

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Jesse Ashcraft-Johnson

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Jesse Ashcraft-Johnson

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  • Ray on Aug 28, 2019

    5 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic mask! Jesse was able to turn this around for me in two days so I could have it for a larp that weekend, and even arranged to hand it off to me in person. Excellent craftsmanship and A+ customer service!

  • kmansure on Aug 23, 2019

    5 out of 5 stars

    It's PERFECT! It's part of my costume for dragon con; I'll attach photos once I have them :)

  • Andrew haldeman on Jul 27, 2019

    5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing detail. Came out the way I wanted! Thank you!!!

  • Tracy Baker on Jul 14, 2019

    5 out of 5 stars

    Pictures do not give this mask justice! The quality of work and the way it looks in person is incredible. I was pleasantly surprised how amazing it is. I thought it was more of a soft leather draped mask but it’s hard leather that actually molds to your face for a great look.

  • pcsecurity4sure on Jul 2, 2019

    5 out of 5 stars

    I purchased this on behalf of a friend who was looking for a way for his LARP character to indicate were-wolven ancestry. As he wears glasses, this design looked promising. He's worn the mask for two full-weekend events, and he couldn't be happier with the comfort or effect. 😊

About TheArmoredDragon

Sales 658
On Etsy since 2010

Patient craftsmanship. Rapid fabrication.

Chainmail has been my longest-running crafting obsession. One year in college I made a chainmail dragon tail for Halloween. Someone online asked me how much I would sell it to them for. Thus was born my online crafting business, which slowly grew from custom commissions to a stock of products showcased here.

While studying architecture, I first became acquainted with rapid fabrication technologies such as laser cutters. As computer-controlled machines, they can quickly produce high-quality pieces with incredible detail, allowing for designs which would be completely impractical to create by hand. After school I worked at a laser-cutting workshop, doing custom fabrication for clients and creating my own designs, developing expertise with the technology and methods.

What has always intrigued me has been the intersection space between the technology and the craft, a space that I felt few people were exploring. I was drawn to leather as a material that allows for wide variation in figuration in two and three dimensions. With traditional techniques, the ultimate limitation is the craftsman's ability to cut and assemble a design accurately. But by incorporating technology into the process, I can design far more complex pieces and produce them with greater speed and reliability than hand labor alone could ever accomplish.

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    Architect by day, mad craftsman by night. Any day when I do not make something is incomplete.

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