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 Post Posted: Fri Dec 17, 2010 7:05 pm 

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A short list to start, but hopefully it will grow.

Outside links:
Places out in the www that might be of interest of use

The Ring Lord : Chainmail supplies, how-to's, discussions, a gallery, etc...

The Costumer's Manifesto : Enough links and information to keep you busy/occupied for days and days

How to Make Gloves : There is info here on this that is very helpful

Medieval Pavilion : Links and info on making these

Moscow Hide and Fur : leather and furs, a decent selection

Tap Plastics : fiberglass weapon cores can be found here

Panther Primitives : Not cheap, but all kinds of serious tents and camping supplies for period activities

Some of the more useful threads I found here...

I know this could start a round of thread necromancy. But things in the culturals side are not as often rendered obsolete by time as in other areas of the game.

What are good Rose Entries? discussion on what makes one

3d art (a discussion on dioramas and the like as entries)

How To: Knight's Belt useful for making non-knight's belts, as well.

Shield Constructrion A discussion on, well... Shield construction.

Feast Garb Question Wanders off, but some good answers for those wondering about feast garb

Sharing recipes just what it says

belt pattern discussion on woven/macrame belts

Feel free to add any resources you have found particularly useful or links to good prices or hard to find stuff.... Please. :)

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 Post Posted: Fri Dec 17, 2010 10:49 pm 

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Yes please add more. I would like to see the website be a one stop shop. Elder will also go through and add the links that have tutorials to the main How To Page as the list grows.

 Post Posted: Fri Dec 17, 2010 11:21 pm 
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wow...just looked at the Moscow Furs link....boy oh boy...tons of fun for a crafter like me...hehe...I see a bear skin head dress in Docsi's future.

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 Post Posted: Sat Dec 18, 2010 12:15 am 

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Some more for you.
I'm going through my links and making sure they are active before posting, so will be adding them in batches.

Anyway, on to the good stuff...

Tandy Leather/The Leather Factory pretty much a standard link to have for anyone working in leather

Rockler Woodworking. The hardware, the tools, and a nice selection of exotic woods

American Science and Surplus You have to see the stuff to understand. You never know what they are going to have, but you can almost be certain on finding neat stuff and cheap prices all over the site.

Milieux Another link list site full of fantastic resources

DAZ 3D They have a *free* base program for people interested in trying out 3D computer imagery (yes, it belongs here, there is plenty of fantasy and period material to work with if you try it and decide you want to pursue it as an interest, it's great for publication illustrations, to wall hung art, to stuff to go on t-shirts)

And yes, Docsi, Moscow furs is a drool worthy link for those of into leather and furs. lol

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 Post Posted: Fri Dec 24, 2010 11:30 am 

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Amtgard Resource Table ... _Resources

Wire Gauge

Leather Thickness Guide

Macrame Belt Tutorial

Macrame Info ... cgi?key=21



Plate ... _index.htm

Here is Post from Thorpe on E-Sam.

Working Leather

Depending on your own artistic aptitude you can simply draw the pattern of what your looking for on a piece of paper...or use tracing paper if its a specific design you need to replicate perfectly.

be aware that when you begin carving the leather the lines will expand... so if your design calls for many small lines use the same pattern on some practice pieces of leather to ensure your going to get the exact cut you want.

Applying the Pattern -
This can be done a number of ways...most often once I've got the design down I'll take a Bic ball point pen or a fine tip pen (that has NO ink)and then moisten the leather are where I'll be working (depending on size) tape down the pattern to the leather and the go over the lines of the design making sure I'm going "with the grain" of the leather
Note: lifting the pattern to make sure you hit all the lines

After I've got my design all prepped I'll go over the design with a swivel knife (as needed for the design) Sometimes if its just a decorative piece I'll just go over the lines again with the ink less pen pressing harder to get a deeper "Cut"

(*note: Make sure all your carving, cutting, stamping work is done before moving on to applying the color...sounds silly I know...just double check your work)

If your piece calls for it then I'll bevel the edges of what Im working on after words you can take a few different products to help you make the edges smooth
1) a diluted amount of tragacanth gum
2) Spit
3) small amount of Extra virgin olive oil

I use an edge slicker...which is a polished piece of Animal Bone Tandy sells and then run over the edge back and forth until it feels smooth. The other option is taking a modified piece of the edge slicker and attaching it to a drill to get a faster smoother effect (which I've done several times for items Ive made)

*I"ve run into instances where tragacanth gum seems to be a bit resistant to applying dyes afterwords.. the diluted amount seems to be the best option for this.

Applying Dye
Again there is going to be a many ways to apply the color you want I personally since buying an Airbrush wont really go back to anything else except for the very few times when I need to use a paintbrush.

- Cotton head Daubers: (Only when you have nothing else )
- Paint Brushes
- Airbrush
- Sharpie

Color types
Cova Paint works well if you want solid colors (made for leather)
Fiebings Leather Dyes
Eco-Flow Paints (Made for leather

I've found so long as its oil based the leather will take it...just run a few test strips before you commit to using the product. Ultimately the more you experiment the more you'll find your own tips and tricks.

*Sharpies are good for touch up...if you see a really small spot or if your going to be putting a Cova or Eco Flow style paint on the leather a layer of the Sharpie wont hurt in case of any scratching or chipping.

Making the item pop
I like to apply a layer of Blackrock oil goop over the finished project after its had time to dry.
*Note: Be careful sometimes you'll get some dyes and paints that will bleed when the oil is apply.

If an art project I'll apply a clear coat lacquer (for acrylic paints) , if for Armor or similar a Neat-lack or sealer is a must

Last edited by Alby Kzan on Sat Dec 25, 2010 12:12 am, edited 6 times in total.

 Post Posted: Fri Dec 24, 2010 11:31 am 

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Another armouring website of merit.

Some interesting reading on medieval german armor.

Armour museum directory and picture gallery.

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 Post Posted: Fri Dec 24, 2010 11:49 am 

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Ooooh, a how-to thread >=]
Give me a few hours
I'll get a lot for you guys.

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 Post Posted: Fri Dec 24, 2010 9:23 pm 
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Most of your links are broken Alby, if you are trying to copy from a forum post you have to quote it to get all of the address.

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 Post Posted: Fri Dec 24, 2010 11:22 pm 

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Elder that should fix it.

 Post Posted: Sat Dec 25, 2010 8:13 pm 

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you forgot

 Post Posted: Tue Dec 28, 2010 10:28 pm 
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Don't forget those who make their A&S living with their tongues....You know, the bards.

SCA Minstrel

a good collection of links to songs, stories and articles by members of the SCA.

Tim Sheppard's storytelling

A great site with tons of information about the art of storytelling.

famous american folk tales

a collection of folktales from around the US.

As I come across more links, I'll post them.

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 Post Posted: Wed Jan 19, 2011 8:17 am 
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Here's one I found yesterday. Patterns ...all sizes up to 54" chest in one envelope!! Plus buttons, clasps, buckles ect.

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