Friday, November 27, 2009


hey guys! happy thanksgiving!

over the last two days, I finished the back of the shirt. yesterday, I wove 200 of my huge pile of 800 ready scales, and today I wove probably around 150 or so. I ended up shortening the back by 2.5 inches so that the end of the zipper lined up with the end of the tail bone, and I've designed a 2 inch long bronze two-piece ending for the zipper. however, lacking a scanner, I cannot show you the sketches until I get back to my apartment on Sunday. pity!

tomorrow I'll take some shots of the finished back. right now, I'm just trying to avoid some people upstairs @_@

Thursday, November 26, 2009


today I wove 120 scales, but I didn't etch anything, because I'm sick of it. I did dip another 120 though, so it's not like it was a waste or anything @_@

I have some very thick leather I'm going to be using for the lining of the collar. I wanted to make sure the grommets would work, so I spent half an hour trying to put a hole in it with a test piece before applying the grommet, which BARELY fit. thank goodness!

oh wait, I guess I did treat all the scales I did yesterday and I etched the last 100. gosh, it seems like so long ago! well here's what 900 finished scales looks like (before I forget I did them again):


Wednesday, November 25, 2009


well! today was...


I got 330 scales dipped and scratched, with 100 scales waiting for the acid in the morning. the shop closes at 4:30, so I plan on getting up, putting those last 100 in acid for 2 hours, probably sleeping during that, and then taking 420 etched scales to the shop to treat with various chemicals. I also left my crock pot there on account of Turkey Day and swedish meatballs. hopefully I can grab that too! I have to stop leaving my cooking items everywhere...

Tuesday, November 24, 2009



scratched on 120 scales, dipped 120 scales, treated 210 scales. I'm trying to get another batch in by 4:30 on Wednesday before the shop closes. I think I'm in good shape!

also, I finished a concept for a new creature today, not that it has anything to do with the metalworking.

I think he's pretty cute : 3
the arms are legs, and the legs are arms (tucked underneath the chest).

Sunday, November 22, 2009


well, I scratched on my 30 scales for the day... today was too busy to do any extra, sadly. as promised, here's a shot of the two riveted rings on the zipper:

they were fun : )


why hello!

320 scales were treated with ferric chloride, 180 scales were dipped in asphaltum, and 160 were scratched on. I also completed a full batch of 210 scales for weaving, and wove 40 scales. I finished adding grommets and brass rings to the main zipper, which I will treat tomorrow. a very good day.