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Dragonscale Vest WIP
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Published: November 10, 2004
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Man it was hard to hold that and take a picture of it at the same time :hmm:
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Aberael's avatar
goddess, that must be heavy... at least a Kilo in weight, ne?
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zikes|Professional Artist
It's quite light, actually. I'm afraid I don't have exact measurements handy but that portion there, being aluminum, is roughly half a pound in weight, if that :)

I've actually got a full vest of euro 6-1 made from aluminum hiding in the back of my gallery, and despite the size and density it's only about 8 or 9 pounds. Once you get it on you can actually forget you're wearing it :D
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Aberael's avatar
mmm, fair enough. I just thought that because I just recently made a dragonscale bracelet out of copper and it weighed about 1/3 of a pound.

ugh, I wish I could get my hands on some aluminium, I think my galvy hauberk is going to weigh a tonne. (16g 5mm ID rings)
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Very Very cool!! I congratulate anybody who can appreciate dragonscale on such a large scale. I myself have recently done some dragonscale work of my own as my third and fourth projectsand must say, I love the weave. I wish I could come up with the money, drive, and time to do a shirt in d-scale but the money and time is an issue; not to mention if it isn't stainless or something like that, the weight would pull it apart but then I couldn't do it with my fingers if I happened to have rings and the project elsewhere away from pliers at the moment like I could and did a few times with the ones in the link. I somewhat like d-scale more in color but the size of this is impressive enough to not need color.
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zikes|Professional Artist
Actually most chainmaille weaves hold up extremely well no matter their material. I'm using aluminum here and even though it's soft enough for me to open & close the rings with my bare hands it's remarkably strong in its woven form. Not the mention the ring's own shape lends it such strength that I can hold this entire strip up by a single ring without it even warping :nod:

I've actually been holding off on completing this until I can get my hands on a good supply of anodized aluminum so I can make a dragon inlay on the front. I figure if I'm going to dedicate enough time and effort to a shirt this cool, I might as well give it my all and make it look its best :D
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That will definitely be a site to see. Dragonscale in general turns people's heads and then to have inlays in it... wow. I know at the Minnesota Ren Faire I turned the heads of at least three people who were selling maille themselves. Now if only I had the time to come up with an entire large-scale piece myself. Only thing is, right now I'm using 3/16 & 1/8.... seems like I would want to go bigger - perhaps 5/16 or 1/2 for the large rings simply so it gets done faster.
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livius's avatar
It looks like one of those badass Klingon sashes at this stage. :giggle: Amazingly intricate pattern, Zikes. Do you have an update?
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hmmm a Klingon sash you say? :plotting:

Unfortunately I've barely touched it since this picture was taken, I recently began working on a belt of Dragonscale that will be a gift to a friend and it has taken up most of my time maille-wise :)
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wolf-female-feelings's avatar
its sidewards? kool! but looks somewhat small....?
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lol yeah it looks a bit small, but I start at the bottom of the vest and work my way up so that portion just has to fit around my waist :)
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