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Bladeturner

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    Getting back into it, a few questions about scales.

    Quick question about those images of the shoulders. What size scales are those? I couldn't tell if they were large or medium. Thanks.
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    Getting back into it, a few questions about scales.

    The piece I'm making is for someone relatively thin, but strong. I probably won't make it very long, and sleeves just halfway down the upper arm. The test piece I'm making for myself will likely be heavier because I need to lose some weight and inches.
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    Getting back into it, a few questions about scales.

    This is a huge help, thanks! I'm not sure how long I'll make the sleeves on this, since the recipient of this gift will be larping. I'll cross that bridge when I get to it. BTW that dress is amazing! I'm also going to try to incorporate his sigil into the breast, but since it is rather complicated, I may run some vinyl through a Cricut in scale shaped pieces and experiment to see how robust that will be (i.e. will it abrade off), and see about a good way to adhere to the scales.
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    Getting back into it, a few questions about scales.

    That's... a great idea. I'm currently staring at my test piece which starts at the bottom, and am wondering how I could turn it into shoulders.
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    Getting back into it, a few questions about scales.

    The funny thing, is I did end up tailoring and altering the shirt that I based the "bladeturner" pattern on latter on after I'd stopped editing or updating the website, and I did it for the exact reason you listed above. The shirt sits entirely on the shoulders a belt doesn't take the weight without slipping. Looking at the document that Iiriel linked, I think I'll probably use chain in the armpits, and look into the Trevor Barker style. I'm doing a test piece first to get myself up and running and back into the swing of things.
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    Getting back into it, a few questions about scales.

    The guide in that link is exactly what I was looking for, thanks! I'm using medium scales and the standard weave with butted stainless rings. Do you think I'll get myself in trouble for not using the extra rings in the 4-in-1 weave? I've tried using the split rings, and found the process really ungainly.
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    Getting back into it, a few questions about scales.

    Yeah that is/was me. I find it odd that the bladeturner.com site got bought up and text from the site randomly hoovered and spray painted back on the placeholder. I'm not sure I could use my old shirt 45 degree plan on scales because the rings hang in the opposite orientation. I'm good at making a basic tube for the body, but I'm not sure if a graduated contraction to the neck line would work better, or if the 45 degree style would. I would think that the 45 degree seam would look cooler, but since this is going to be gifted to a larper, I want to keep movement in the arms easier.
  9. So I was big into chainmail back in the early days of the net. to the point where I was running my own site starting on geocities, and moving up to my own host (bladeturner.com, which I abandoned and eventually lapsed into non existence.) I ended up build myself a shirt and coif using stainless 1/8" rings, which took up something like 130,000 rings and a year of weekends free time. Once kids came, those weekends didn't leave me a lot of time to build. Fast forward to now, my kids are older now, and I've got more time. I inevitably ended up back here and I find that scales are a thing, I bought a simple kit, give it a try, and I'm sold. I'm planning to build up a scale shirt for my brother in law, who does a lot of larping. So I'm looking for a bit of advice. I did some searches on this forum, and elsewhere and can't find the answers to a few things: 1.) Is there a pattern for a vest or shirt available? I recall doing things like the armpits in chainmail was a bit tricky. Either free or paid is fine with me. 2.) I'm currently adding scale to the piece on at a time. Is there some equivalent to speedmail for scales? 3.) What do people do in general to keep anodized scales from getting scratched while working? I currently cover my work surface with a towel, but if there's something better I'd love to know. 4.) Once the size of the project gets unwieldy, what the best storage option? I'm going to eventually give this as a gift so something fancy would be appropriate. I'm having fun getting back into it. Thanks for any answers. -Baldeturner
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