Monday, March 30, 2015

It's time for wardrobe!

Whenever I'm at an event and people realize chainmail is armor, there are always questions about what is involved with making it. Being a chain mail artist is tricky when it comes to making full pieces of armor, simply because there is so much time involved in the process.  I've had customers ask about the cost of having a piece custom-made and many of them balk when the price is a few hundred dollars. It isn't inexpensive, but most people don't realize that a handmade "shirt" can easily have over 30 hours of time put into it.

As a result, I don't make a lot of armor. Costumers can find machine made regalia online for a much lower price, and many of the truly hardcore armor lovers decide to get their hands dirty and take on the challenge themselves.  I'm completely fine with this, and enjoy talking with people who are new to the process. In fact, there has been so much interest from DIY people that I am going to start offering classes at conventions and venues that allow it.  So if you are interested in taking a class or are part of an event and would like to include a chainmail armor and jewelry making class, let me know!

Anyway… It's been a while since a larger piece has come across the workbench and decided that I wanted to make one for myself. The photograph above is the work in progress, and it definitely isn't traditional historical armor. The plan for the finished product is to have a shirt to wear to shows as a display piece, and I added the color to make it more fashionable. Because of the small ring size, it's taking quite a while to finish. If you want to check it out and get a closer look, come visit me at one of my upcoming shows. The next one will be on April 10–11 in Johnson City and you can find out more about it on my Facebook page. 

Friday, March 13, 2015

I love delivery day!

I'm really excited about the new batch of stuff that came in. It arrived in time to get a few new products made to debut at the convention this weekend, and I'm really excited! That wonderful mess currently scattered on the table will soon become new giant sized keychains, very pointy stars,and hopefully before the end of the week new candle holders as well! I love trying out new things! It's Christmas in March!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Time for more sculpture!

Hello again everyone! I'm sorry it's been so long, but life has been keeping me ridiculously busy. I know that in my previous posts I have mentioned several times about working on my dragon. Unfortunately, the dragon is still unfinished and a work in progress. I have been going through several different ways of getting the wings the way I want them and it's proving to be a bit of a beast. I didn't want to get completely mired down with it so I decided to try something new, and this cactus magically came into being.  I'm not entirely sure as to the exact inspiration for making a cactus. Maybe I'm thinking back to my old RPG days and playing around in the Weird Wild West of Deadlands. 

I have a few chainmail trees that are also currently sitting as works in progress. I have been able to make the trunk and branches portions to my liking and am testing out new ideas for adding leaves and canopies to these trees. They are beautiful standing alone as is, but I think giving them leaves will add extra life and dimension that will make them truly shine.  

MACE West is happening next weekend, and if you want to see the cactus or any of my other work you will want to be there. It's a fun gaming convention that is only a short drive for anyone living in the Tri-Cities.  Mention this blog post at my table at MACE West for a special free gift. Free.  You don't even have to buy anything! How awesome is that…