Saturday, December 12, 2009


so I've spent the day adding the collar.

I had no idea how difficult it is to punch holes in heavy leather @_@ I broke my tool after 10 holes, and I have so many more to do! tomorrow, I'm going to try the drill press. if that doesn't work, I guess I'll have to find another tool. I'm running out of time!

well at least the scales on the collar are done, and I'm pretty sure the leather is the right shape this time. whew!

Friday, December 11, 2009



mostly, I went home and took a nap. however, I also cut up half a dozen sheets of paper trying to figure out the right shape for the underarm leather (since I already wasted some leather on it, it's very scary @_@). I decided I didn't like any of the shapes I came up with so I worked some on the collar scales.

I added two more rows to each half after I took this photo and I think I'm happy with this 3 inch height. I'm going to cut and grommet leather for underneath it tomorrow and put off the underarms another day.

the best kind of procrastination is the kind where you get other things done too!

Thursday, December 10, 2009


I got the scales under the arms done. now I have just the collar to finish and a few rows more to do on the bottom of the front! I estimate about 300 scales left. man that's not much!

all that work and I'm still having fun!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009


so I think I've solved my underarms problem. I've scaled up the sides and removed the leather except for the part on the arm, which will connect with a sort of web shape to the body. this will allow it to fold lower down and wrinkle up less. woohoo! I'm almost done : D

I'm redoing the right underarm still, which is why it's not on my arm. the other one is good though!

wait, where did that come from?

Tuesday, December 8, 2009


I think I've figured out what to do about the armpit. it requires more scales and less leather. I may or may not have a photo tomorrow... so many things due in classes x_x

bloody hell! it's so frustrating to be so close to finishing and yet so very far away... but at least the cheese and broccoli soup was good. that helps : )

Monday, December 7, 2009



Sunday, December 6, 2009


wooo! scales are so close to being done... I estimate about 400 more to do (and I already have 120 waiting for acid). and on schedule, I did both underarms with leather. just the arm parts though, not the little bits that also run up the sides of the body! grommets total: 104. leather dimensions: 12" x 3" x 6" (there was a taper). they look pretty classy! now I've just got to figure out how I'm going to darken the grommets without ruining the leather...

leather, brass grommets, steel anvil. hah!

in celebration of being nearly done with scales, I made a paper mock-up of the pauldron/spaulders (which word is which, anyway?). dang I'm so excited I could just drop all my classes!


okay I promise I won't do that. but... it's tempting *_*