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Mandalorian Armor => Female Armor => Topic started by: hazelspikes on Jun 27, 2019, 10:58 AM

Title: Coreth's First Armor WIP (pic heavy already)
Post by: hazelspikes on Jun 27, 2019, 10:58 AM
Hi!  :sabine:

I figured I'd start my WIP for making my armor. It's my first time doing anything like this (besides sewing a dress about 5 years ago) so I'm nervous excited.

I want to do an original character armor using Bo-Katan's S4 Rebel's design. Here's my MandoMaker concept:

(https://i.imgur.com/qlftxhT.jpg)

I have a flight suit (scrubs), flak vest, kama, and loincloth already. Hopefully I haven't gained too much weight >.>

(https://i.imgur.com/4SYutnd.jpg)

The kama and loincloth will have some armor plates too. The backplate well be segmented instead of one piece. I'll probably get some Chelsea boots instead of using the (too big) military boots a local vod gave to me. That leaves making/purchasing girth, ammo belts, holsters. Not sure what they'll look like yet. I made a beskad using a training kukri. A vod may make me a Verpine rifle (and a Jocasta Nu rifle for my Jedi). I'll use a Power 5 from my 501st costumes for a sidearm as well.

Nite Owl helmet is almost done. My partner just needs to put the jaig eyes stencil on it so I can spray them on and touch up the splatters. My character stole their buir's armor and painted over her old color scheme. So that's why there's purple weathering.

(https://i.imgur.com/CY7DIZk.jpg)

Here's my opening thoughts:
Title: Re: Coreth's First Armor WIP (pic heavy already)
Post by: hazelspikes on Jun 28, 2019, 10:55 PM
Alright! I printed out paper templates in anticipation of the sintra arriving tomorrow.

(https://i.imgur.com/041Ch4A.jpg)

I know I cut the dart out of the chest template. Oops. That can be printed later.

I'd prefer a gorget style for the collar and am examining options.

Any placement/sizing advice is greatly appreciated!
Title: Re: Coreth's First Armor WIP (pic heavy already)
Post by: hazelspikes on Jul 12, 2019, 11:53 AM
Update! Helmet is done (besides visor and padding).

(https://i.imgur.com/hcE2tUn.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/3lj6wCL.jpg)

I have most of the armor sketched out onto plastic. The knees, kama armor, and backplate still need sketched out. When there's an armor party, I'll cut out what I have and then will sketch the missing parts on the rest of the plastic.
Title: Re: Coreth's First Armor WIP (pic heavy already)
Post by: hazelspikes on Aug 04, 2019, 11:19 PM
Got my armor cut out and grounded into shape.

(https://i.imgur.com/lQeSPT2.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/domY1eW.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/2bYzzFA.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/yfw0soG.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/0VfDfgy.jpg)

I forgot to tape the template together for the collar and belly plates and cut them as one big plate. So now I have 2 separate pieces for both. Oops. That's fixable. I'll trim and bond them together so they're 1 piece.

Next is sanding it all. I'll probably do the whole thing again with knees, boots, and backplate before heat forming everything. Honestly, heat forming is what makes me the most nervous. But I have local helpers :)
Title: Re: Coreth's First Armor WIP (pic heavy already)
Post by: hazelspikes on Oct 27, 2019, 03:55 PM
Got around to sanding the plates that were already cut.

Traced the collar, belly, and knees. Will cut them out next armor party (don't want to choke the apartment neighbors with sintra dust on the balcony).

(https://i.imgur.com/gc4VNPI.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/J7vZbrx.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/CkhnQda.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/8Vd3WRD.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/gyJQA1r.jpg)
Title: Re: Coreth's First Armor WIP (pic heavy already)
Post by: osukaru on Oct 28, 2019, 02:17 PM
this is looking really nice so far
Title: Re: Coreth's First Armor WIP (pic heavy already)
Post by: hazelspikes on Nov 09, 2019, 11:44 PM
this is looking really nice so far

Thank you vod!

Cut out the plates. Excited to grind them smooth. Bad news is that I need a new flak vest because I gained too much weight. >__>

Still not sure how I want to segment the back plate. It'd be nice since I have a curved spine/hunchback and then I'd be able to sit. The trick is where to cut.

(https://i.imgur.com/uPtudqZ.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/CpWXAKU.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/AT1e7OR.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/v2HwSIr.jpg)

Getting the knees clean will be an...adventure.
Title: Re: Coreth's First Armor WIP (pic heavy already)
Post by: hazelspikes on Jan 05, 2020, 09:48 PM
Happy New Year! Got a lot of work done this weekend.

(https://i.imgur.com/bF30RWM.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/uMMGj4s.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/dXHuaoD.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/nT1OpMg.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/15zrrAJ.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/llIAzha.jpg)

Getting there. Not sure about the belly plate shape under the chest plates. But I may be able to start heat forming?
Title: Re: Coreth's First Armor WIP (pic heavy already)
Post by: Veris Bralor on Jan 07, 2020, 01:15 AM
Great progress.
I have often seen the need to trim the ab plate down more after things get mounted, so don't worry too much. It does look like the bottom of the ab isn't currently very straight. But high chances they're will still be some sanding to be done after everything is mounted.
Title: Re: Coreth's First Armor WIP (pic heavy already)
Post by: hazelspikes on Jan 07, 2020, 10:54 AM
Great progress.
I have often seen the need to trim the ab plate down more after things get mounted, so don't worry too much. It does look like the bottom of the ab isn't currently very straight. But high chances they're will still be some sanding to be done after everything is mounted.

Thank you! The sanding and shaping never ends.
Title: Re: Coreth's First Armor WIP (pic heavy already)
Post by: Ronin Tavic on Jan 10, 2020, 10:10 PM
great start so far! another tip is to add a bevel to the edge of your plates, it'll help give them definition and look a little more finished  :like:
Title: Re: Coreth's First Armor WIP (pic heavy already)
Post by: Nika on Jan 12, 2020, 09:05 PM
Looking good! I'm doing similar chest plates! I just need to cut mine out.
Title: Re: Coreth's First Armor WIP (pic heavy already)
Post by: hazelspikes on Jan 22, 2020, 01:52 PM
Did some heat forming over the weekend. Text update - no pics because we were all busy and didn't want to stop and model. But my local vode helped a lot!

Got my collar,  shoulders, boot plates, and shins formed. Leaving my knees alone and will pad them.

The chest plates I had cut are too small. Printed the angled templates at 120% and they look better. So I'll redo those. At least I have the shaping plan down. My vod made the dart creases by carefully cutting the plate and bending them into place. Just don't cut all the way through! Then fill with bondo. 

Also segmented my back plate but haven't formed it.

To Do:
Title: Re: Coreth's First Armor WIP (pic heavy already)
Post by: zc29 on Jan 22, 2020, 10:17 PM
This looks so good! What are you using for heat forming and to cut the sintra? Do you recommend the 3mm or do you think something thicker would be better? Also where did you get your flak vest? Iím about to start a kit, so thanks for any help you can provide!
Title: Re: Coreth's First Armor WIP (pic heavy already)
Post by: D'shon Lorra on Jan 23, 2020, 12:00 AM
Your WIP reads like an instruction manual. You rock! Thank you for sharing it with us - as a complete cosplay noob, I see you as one to emulate. Happy thoughts that I can get going, too.

Please keep it up for us toddling along behind you.
Title: Re: Coreth's First Armor WIP (pic heavy already)
Post by: hazelspikes on Jan 23, 2020, 11:31 AM
This looks so good! What are you using for heat forming and to cut the sintra? Do you recommend the 3mm or do you think something thicker would be better? Also where did you get your flak vest? Iím about to start a kit, so thanks for any help you can provide!

Thank you!!

I got my flak vest from Aria (http://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/index.php?topic=126904.0). He has a lot of options, does a fantastic job, and has really neat kits.

I'll try and give advice, though if I misspeak, official members and officers should correct me. The links below are just for examples,  i don't get kickbacks. ^^

Honestly, I researched a lot on the forums and constantly refer to the tutorials (http://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/index.php?board=742.0). Here are a few links to my faves.
Sintra 101 (http://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/index.php?topic=126252.0)
Sintra Shaping 101 (http://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/index.php?topic=155058.0)
Angled Plates for Girls (http://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/index.php?topic=54817.0) is where I got the chest plates template from.

I recommend 3mm sintra. One of my friends is doing a heavy kit and is stacking plates on top of each other rather than doing 6mm. 3mm is easier to work with. Try and reach out to some local plastic companies to see if you can buy their minimum amount of sintra sheets. In my city, $100 gets you like 6 sheets - enough for multiple kits. So it's best to do a group order that way. Or, you can search Amazon (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B075DLRRJM/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1). I picked up 2 sheets of this for my kit.

I am using PVC pipe for the knees since it's sturdier and already curved. Made sure my leg would fit (measured my kneecap from the middle too). Taped the knee templates all together and traced it on the pipe. Then cut out.

Make sure you print out your templates onto paper and tape them onto yourself to make sure everything fits and has appropriate spacing. Too big is better than too small. You can always trim, sand, or pad the bigger parts.

Cutting Out Sintra - A Few Options!
If you're using power tools, please make sure you wear safety goggles, gloves, a respirator, and are working outside/in a well ventilated area. I use those blue disposable gloves when I'm cutting and sanding because I don't want to deal with having snowy plastic hands.

Heat forming Sintra:

Refer to Sintra Forming 101 (linked above) for more detailed explanation and shaping diagrams.
 
Make sure you're in a well-ventilated area. Heating the sintra too much can release fumes that you don't want to inhale. Wear work gloves too! You're working with a tool that's at 1000 degrees!
I use a heat gun on a pizza stone. Since I don't have a vest right now, I'm forming to a t-shirt that's over my scrub flight suit.


Your WIP reads like an instruction manual. You rock! Thank you for sharing it with us - as a complete cosplay noob, I see you as one to emulate. Happy thoughts that I can get going, too.

Please keep it up for us toddling along behind you.

Thank you for your kind words, friend! I'm a complete cosplay noob as well. This is the first time I've actually worked with power tools and all that good stuff. I have a lot of help from my friends and armor parties. Get in touch with your local clan! You'll get tons of advice, socialize, and pick up some skills.  I'm excited to see both of your kits as well. :sabine: Together, we will all toddle on to the future!

(https://i.imgur.com/QuWsI7y.jpg)[/list]
Title: Re: Coreth's First Armor WIP (pic heavy already)
Post by: hazelspikes on Jan 26, 2020, 07:58 PM
Got the chest plates remade. At first, I tried to Gorilla Glue the dart together because that's all that I had at the armor party. The darts, predictably , busted today when I was bondoing around. So I used apoxie clay make the dart stay. The sanding continues after it cures.

(https://i.imgur.com/IHCGHAU.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/aONwU6s.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/TWzrlI4.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/QixFi6T.jpg)
Title: Re: Coreth's First Armor WIP (pic heavy already)
Post by: Ajoliveira on Jan 26, 2020, 11:48 PM
Seems that was a great and happy weekend hazelspikes!

Keep the good work, as usual!

Have a nice week, regards,

AJ
Title: Re: Coreth's First Armor WIP (pic heavy already)
Post by: hazelspikes on Feb 02, 2020, 04:58 PM
Through the power of duck tape, I have put the plates on. I know, they're crooked. Didn't want to tape the knees on, but they're made!

Probably will need to sand the ab plate or trim the chest plate fangs for everything to sit right. And one boot plate needs to come in more.

(https://imgur.com/FwAydaq.jpg)
Title: Re: Coreth's First Armor WIP (pic heavy already) [comment is unrelated]
Post by: D'shon Lorra on Feb 10, 2020, 10:38 PM
DO I SEE G-1 SKYFIRE ON THAT SHELF BEHIND YOU?!?!?!  :porg2:
Title: Re: Coreth's First Armor WIP (pic heavy already)
Post by: hazelspikes on Feb 11, 2020, 09:44 AM
Maybe? Most of them are Gundams. I was at a friend's place in this picture.  :<3:
Title: Re: Coreth's First Armor WIP (pic heavy already)
Post by: hazelspikes on Apr 28, 2020, 09:41 PM
I know it's been a minute~  :sabine:

A friend 3D printed some April Storm Sabine gauntlets. Got to work on them!

(https://i.imgur.com/iUOOjAC.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/WYdXG9q.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/9DIHTVw.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/EQpCsmk.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/WLTnSet.jpg)

Holding off on top coating to see if I still like the weathering job when the rest of my armor is painted. I'm going to be getting some aluminum blaster nozzles to go into them.

Other than my back plate, everything is formed! A friend is printing one of Raestin's Workshop Rebels-style jetpack for me too.
Title: Re: Coreth's First Armor WIP (pic heavy already)
Post by: Slade Kel on May 01, 2020, 12:34 AM
You've done an awesome job on your build, and I'm glad to see you're still plugging away at it. There's always a little tweaking required as your build progresses, but your armor is in excellent shape so far.

Your gauntlets/vambraces will need a bit more of sanding and filling work, which I know sucks since you already have paint down on them. The 3D print lines have to be completely gone to be approved, and they're still pretty visible. Bondo, bondo glazing putty or XTC 3d will be your friends, along with lots of elbow grease and way too much time sanding, lol. I love 3d printing for its versatility in costume making, but it definitely takes some serious finishing time.

Can't wait to see more of your build!
Title: Re: Coreth's First Armor WIP (pic heavy already)
Post by: hazelspikes on May 01, 2020, 02:46 PM
You've done an awesome job on your build, and I'm glad to see you're still plugging away at it. There's always a little tweaking required as your build progresses, but your armor is in excellent shape so far.

Your gauntlets/vambraces will need a bit more of sanding and filling work, which I know sucks since you already have paint down on them. The 3D print lines have to be completely gone to be approved, and they're still pretty visible. Bondo, bondo glazing putty or XTC 3d will be your friends, along with lots of elbow grease and way too much time sanding, lol. I love 3d printing for its versatility in costume making, but it definitely takes some serious finishing time.

Can't wait to see more of your build!

Thank you! I had originally put a black test paint after I did an initial bondo and sand. And then just kept going...Whoops! I bought some 240 grit sandpaper and will get back to bondo (the glazing putty) and endless sanding :)
Title: Re: Coreth's First Armor WIP (pic heavy already)
Post by: hazelspikes on May 04, 2020, 11:52 AM
Did some work with Rustoleum filler + primer with some help from bondo glaze to take care of the cracks the Rustoleum left behind. Then sanded using 200 to 600 grit paper and files. Not quite satisfied with the area around the blaster nozzle holes. At least it's smoother? The small darts (not pictured) will need a bit of work...Which I'm not looking forward too since they're small!

(https://i.imgur.com/NQIPxgo.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/PbXrJlQ.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/Fxz43qj.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/Th1NIGZ.jpg)
Title: Re: Coreth's First Armor WIP (pic heavy already)
Post by: Slade Kel on May 07, 2020, 09:43 AM
Definite improvement! It seems to take a dozen years per part, but it's worth it for the final product :D. I agree with your assessment of them needing a bit more work, but it's definitely an improvement.
Title: Re: Coreth's First Armor WIP (pic heavy already)
Post by: hazelspikes on May 17, 2020, 04:17 PM
Another fine day of filling and sanding! I feel like the front bits are the only things holding me back now. Everything feels smooth at least.

(https://i.imgur.com/8A8JVbs.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/mCYv76z.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/Pd17Ewt.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/l1Gdvvb.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/aM1GuQ7.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/VIsxqOm.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/ea49JJ6.jpg)

I've kinda filled in some of the details but every time I try and sand them out, the lines appear again!
Title: Re: Coreth's First Armor WIP (pic heavy already)
Post by: Kryamla Redalur on May 17, 2020, 09:39 PM
Have you tried spray filler primer? Itís sandable and might work for those small areas.
Title: Re: Coreth's First Armor WIP (pic heavy already)
Post by: hazelspikes on May 26, 2020, 07:24 PM
Have you tried spray filler primer? Itís sandable and might work for those small areas.

I've been using the Rustoleum 2 in 1 Filler + Primer!

Today, I started working on the blaster nozzles and missle toppers. They don't want to sit in their homes with the test fit. But that's okay because I've got more to do with them.

(https://i.imgur.com/dOIE1qa.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/slbjXuB.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/avlVrzm.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/NbnE7La.jpg)
Title: Re: Coreth's First Armor WIP (pic heavy already)
Post by: hazelspikes on May 29, 2020, 10:00 PM
Had a casual armor get together with a friend. Started heat forming my back plate.

(https://i.imgur.com/jRMwA8E.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/MMdqvVS.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/PDqMsYG.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/tM9baKX.png)

Lower back plate had a hairline fracture. So I'm likely going to trim down the lower back plate so it'll form better.
Title: Re: Coreth's First Armor WIP (pic heavy already)
Post by: hazelspikes on Jun 16, 2020, 04:53 PM
Finished the blaster nozzles today. Any tips on how to get them in their places?

(https://i.imgur.com/SdUJNFI.jpg)

Also got around to trimming and beveling the lower back plate. Cut down the hairline fracture, flipped the piece and did the same to the other side so they match.

(https://i.imgur.com/xnmmh6g.jpg)
Title: Re: Coreth's First Armor WIP (pic heavy already)
Post by: hazelspikes on Jun 20, 2020, 11:24 PM
More back plate forming! Clan said that it looked like it met the 2/3rds back coverage but to trim down the sides. The collar plate will need to be trimmed or replaced to match the adjusted back plate. Bit of a bummer but not too bad.

(https://i.imgur.com/9Bl2m0d.jpg)

Things to do before painting armor:
Title: Re: Coreth's First Armor WIP (pic heavy already)
Post by: Slade Kel on Jul 05, 2020, 11:47 AM
Excellent progress, and it looks like you already know what your next steps need to be. Keep up the good work!
Title: Re: Coreth's First Armor WIP (pic heavy already)
Post by: hazelspikes on Jul 05, 2020, 07:59 PM
Did A Lot today!


(https://i.imgur.com/flpY9S6.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/ZssnYSd.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/Fdm3bNE.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/DPsTzNE.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/9kodgTs.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/gdkx1eW.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/TqehJhL.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/foSs2NH.jpg)

Next step is waiting for my vest to be finished - hopefully will get it next week - and make sure everything looks good on the vest before I paint and attach.

In other news, my jet pack look super pretty and I should be able to get it at the end of the week.

(https://i.imgur.com/6QgaIRB.png)
Title: Re: Coreth's First Armor WIP (pic heavy already)
Post by: hazelspikes on Aug 24, 2020, 12:15 PM
An exciting update! I finally got all my soft parts together and put on the armor. Of course, I'll need more velcro on the vest when all the armor is adjusted. I know everything is floating around at the moment.

I'm trimming down the collar so the top of the chest plates and collar have the same width. And I need to bring in the chest plates to hit that sweet 1/2 inch between the diamond spot. Right now, the chest plate fangs are getting in the way of the ab plate. Will probably trim the fangs. I think I'll reshape the ab and shoulder bells a little bit (and bring the shoulder bells closer to the collar/back plate). I noticed I had the shoulder bells on opposite shoulders in the pictures but I fixed that after.

(https://i.imgur.com/C1TSe92.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/DFKAcIL.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/9z0DqZ2.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/kQ1crs6.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/fm8kBBq.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/xJPpyAT.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/nFSpj4C.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/eZXncYW.jpg)

I forgot to velcro the shoulder trauma plates - so here's some pictures of it on the flak (but without the rest of the soft parts because I didn't want to get dressed again).

(https://i.imgur.com/Iytlh08.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/64GN9TM.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/xPS3sOQ.jpg)
Title: Re: Coreth's First Armor WIP (pic heavy already)
Post by: hazelspikes on Nov 11, 2020, 10:53 AM
Been a minute since I started painting but it's a start. The back plate is also painted but it's in a box. I just forgot to take a pic of the knees lol.

(https://i.imgur.com/69lgROn.jpg)

My chest plates need to be reformed since I had top surgery. It'll be easier this go around since it'll be flat plates. Going to have to have someone tailor the flak vest too. An OM clan member will likely help me make new boot plates because they're kinda wonky and could be better. After all that, I'll paint what's not painting and clean up where the paint bled. Used yellow Frog Tape instead of green and the yellow wasn't as good at sealing.
Title: Re: Coreth's First Armor WIP (pic heavy already)
Post by: Urala on Nov 11, 2020, 07:53 PM
This all looks so awesome and is coming together great! Thanks for writing such detailed processes and all documenting you are doing, it is super helpful! I'm definitely gonna be referring back to this thread when I get started with my plates.
Title: Re: Coreth's First Armor WIP (pic heavy already)
Post by: hazelspikes on Mar 21, 2021, 05:56 PM
And i'm back! Today was altering the vest. Everything is held on with duct tape and velcro that doesn't match where the plates are now. The local Russ suggested that I make fresh collar and ab plates. So I'll do that and will report back.

(https://i.imgur.com/UmeXtV9.jpg)
Title: Re: Coreth's First Armor WIP (pic heavy already)
Post by: hazelspikes on Aug 21, 2021, 07:58 PM
Pre-Application Pictures
(https://i.imgur.com/zkbiCta.jpeg)
(https://i.imgur.com/LVBpPwh.jpeg)
(https://i.imgur.com/mIYO3vp.jpeg)
(https://i.imgur.com/AXuDrBk.jpeg)
(https://i.imgur.com/fXKgnmg.jpeg)
(https://imgur.com/a/zNgmni5)
Title: Re: Coreth's First Armor WIP (pic heavy already)
Post by: D'shon Lorra on Aug 22, 2021, 05:07 PM
Hurray for pre-app pic day! Go you! And I believe we have started with the same girth belt... those rings all look very familiar.  :like:

Looking forward to see what nitpicks you get back. There is always something!  :maul:
Title: Re: Coreth's First Armor WIP (pic heavy already)
Post by: Arco'thyel Wyshla on Aug 22, 2021, 08:39 PM
Oh hey, I saw your pics on the clan pre-app thread! Looking good! :like: I like your layered shoulders and subtle helmet markings.
Title: Re: Coreth's First Armor WIP (pic heavy already)
Post by: hazelspikes on Dec 31, 2021, 01:24 PM
Pre-App take 2.

(https://i.imgur.com/uF9Cz0u.jpeg)

(https://i.imgur.com/6mfKdPK.jpeg)

(https://i.imgur.com/CueU8mm.jpeg)

(https://i.imgur.com/XUJE3d2.jpeg)

(https://i.imgur.com/uC4Dnzl.jpeg)

(https://imgur.com/a/zNgmni5)

Feedback:
"- overall shape of all the plates should be rechecked with the applicant. They need to be shaped to sit snug on their body. Currently there is way too much floating/straight/overlapping armor on this kit.

Forgot to mention - I have a medical condition which impacts spacing/placement.

Fixes To Do:
Title: Re: Coreth's First Armor WIP (pic heavy already)
Post by: D'shon Lorra on Feb 03, 2022, 01:51 AM
In case you're not completely ready to get/make a new sash, I am now approved with that very same belt. Its primary coloring was heat: I could not get it to take dye by the instructions on the bottle, but left in a ~200-degree-F oven for about 5 hours, it darkened up nicely after I poured dye directly on and forgot about it. Then at the end of my app journey, I had to scuff up its too-shiny buckles and let them sit in bleach to get a patina - I somehow failed to register their shininess myself.

I also ran a needle and thread down through its strands in 6 or 8 places, to make it behave as a unit, rather than individual strands. That made a world of difference.

Hope it helps!  :maul: