Well, so far it's about 2500 scales, roughly double that in rings, and feels like about 15 pounds. I went with the stainless clad scales for this one for weight and looks, mostly, but I think after this is done and some tinkering I'll redo the shoulders or do a whole new suit in the black stainless. Maybe, if I'm feeling really confident, do some inlay work. Also, I think my next piece will be with split rings, because these regular ones, while easy to work, have given me a few problems here and there in terms of scales slipping out--my first test for mobility was hopping on the treadmill with this for an hour, and I shed a couple scales around the arm due to imperfect closure. Fixed it since, but wear and tear is going to become an issue, I think.
That blue and gold piece is AWESOME, by the way. Very cool. How hard is inlay work, anyway? Do you work in patches? I think I'd go nuts.
Coming from you, that means a lot! Like I said, very new to this, and your PDF has been a huge help. I spent a good week just fiddling about with my materials aimlessly until I found that. Thanks!
I think I'll go with kind of a hybrid in terms of belt loops, and just remove one or two scales (replacing them in place with a ring) for each and bolting in leather loops. I like the idea of doing an entire band of mail, though. You'll post pics, right?
I think I understand about the shoulders and doing the neckline, too. I just didn't know how well the scales would stay oriented if I made it wider, but from looking around a bit I think those worries were unfounded, indeed. Eh. It's a learning process. It's not like I don't have time to work on it and make adjustments--fair season here isn't until Fall, and they've got me working night shift at the hotel now. 8 straight hours of nothing to do is a good motivator for tweaking things.
Thanks for the help, y'all!
More scales and rings coming soon, so I'll update when I've gotten more work done on this one. The real test will come when I ride my bike around town armored up!