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Scale maille WIP 1 by Wolfie-83 Scale maille WIP 1 by Wolfie-83
Day 1 of my adventurous project to make a functional suit of armor...I have made a bunch of chain mail but getting into scale mail I had to wrap my head around scale placement. These scales are 1080 heat treated steel, sit within 50 - 55rc hardness.

Thanks Ian aka [link] for the pointers getting started.

Scales and split rings from www.theringlord.com :)
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xCupx Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Great progress for a first day! Thanks for the kudos :D

I like the straight steel for the rusted appearance, I'm excited to see where you go with this!
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Wolfie-83 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks! slowly getting the hang of it and loading a bunch of scales with 2 rings really gets it moving at speed...can't wait to order more scales and get it finished, the high carbon scales are really nice! heat treated steel tends to be a little more rust resistant compared to mild (especially once a patina forms).

Hopefully I can wear it to Kansas city ren fest in 2014...might get to this year but have to see how i go.
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xCupx Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
yeah, I know that makes a huge difference for me. I like the nickel plated scales because they are very rust resistant so you get a nice shine to them. but the worn look is good too.
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Wolfie-83 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
I contemplated using stainless, but when my ideal maille was the stuff dwarves wore, dark and accented, I figured i'll use the high carbon and trim with stainless steel around the neck and bottom (maybe some bronze scales too, not sure).

Hopefully I can make another order soon, these wont hold me over long even if i only do it 2 days a week.
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darkagearmoury Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
I've had decent luck heat bluing a stainless aventail from Knuut in an oven set to self clean, fyi. The links turned golden brown; I can send pix if needed.
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xCupx Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Definitely. What I really want to figure out is how to paint a design onto the armor. I tried using a mask and spraying over it but the gaps between scales let the spray flow around and left a messy overflow, I'm afraid I'll have to just paint it by hand :/
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Wolfie-83 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
might need to use an airbrush for that to control the air pressure and spray diameter?
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xCupx Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
hm, that's an idea, I need to hunt one up at the local hobby shop maybe, once I get a job and can afford it :P
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