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 Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Approved! Now for upgrades

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Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Approved! Now for upgrades
« Reply #255 on: Sep 11, 2018, 08:39 PM »
Vod, you continue to amaze! 

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Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Approved! Now for upgrades
« Reply #256 on: Sep 11, 2018, 09:00 PM »
Fixed a broken img.

Vod, you continue to amaze! 
Thanks. You know what they say. Fake it till you make it

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Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Approved! Now for upgrades
« Reply #257 on: Sep 17, 2018, 02:07 PM »
Trying to get better about keeping this up to date, so here is a minor update

Got new boots. Reebok brand combat-style boots. Much more comfortable then the boots I have been using, and look more like something a desert ops Mando would wear, imo.


However, those laces pose a problem, which means it is time to start my upgrade to lower leg and boot wraps. First thing I did (and sadly I forgot to take any pictures of it) was figure out roughly how I was going to do them on the boots. Try to get any trimming done right off the bat. Then, I like my wraps to be a bit ragged looking,  so I always start by sewing a fray-stop stitch around the perimeter.


Then I frayed them a bit by hand, and did another test before progressing further.


I know there is a bit of zipper showing at the bottom, but per CRLs, since it is the same color as the boot and on the inside of the foot I technically don't have to cover it at all, so I am going to call it good. For now at least.

After this I washed them to soften the fabric and finish fraying the edges, trimmed them up again, and coffee stained them.

I need a bigger pot....also, there is about 3 cups of old coffee grounds between these 2 pots. Boiled the water with grounds in, added fabric, simmered for about 3hrs, stiring occasionally. I have found keeping the grounds in adds a subtle "embedded dirt" look to some parts and generally creats a nice weathering effect. Added some vinegar towards the end. Drained, rinsed off coffee grounds with cool water, rung out, and hung to dry. Finally result:


Since I intend for these to look like trophies taken from Tusken raiders and repurposed for myself, I love the look. Might have to redye my arm wraps in fact.

Up next will be final weathering, sewing Velcro on where needed, and gluing on the parts that will be permanently glued. I am still debating between sewing Velcro straight on to my flights for the leg portion, or making a sort of gaiter to attach the wraps to. That will come after the boot wraps though

Anyway, that is all for now

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Re: Malakier's Desert Ops Mk 2 - Approved! Now for upgrades
« Reply #258 on: Sep 17, 2018, 06:18 PM »
Looks cool!

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