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Mandalorian Armor => Armor Construction => Topic started by: Cattriss Wren on Jun 11, 2021, 09:39 PM

Title: triss's armor
Post by: Cattriss Wren on Jun 11, 2021, 09:39 PM
su'cuy, so i have already been posting on my clans forums but i thought that i might start posting here to for some extra advice and help. ;D  the picture of the boots i posted are the ones i am thinking of using. what do you guys think for gloves? the first pair of gloves are made of a cotton like material and the second are leather but do you think leather fingerless glove would be better? i also have the material for my vest that i will start work on when i have the time. also made a grav charge or detonator and ammo for my belt.   :sabine:

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Title: Re: triss's armor
Post by: evening.echiveria on Jun 12, 2021, 03:34 PM
Looks cool! With the gloves, I think whichever is more comfortable, they look pretty similar.
Title: Re: triss's armor
Post by: Cattriss Wren on Jun 12, 2021, 06:06 PM
OK, Thanks ;)
Title: Re: triss's armor
Post by: Cattriss Wren on Jun 18, 2021, 09:38 AM
So I have a question for you all. I've been working on my vest, but not sure  I should make the Velcro/zipper be on the back are the two sides of it. any thoughts? Which one works better?
Title: Re: triss's armor
Post by: Tramp Graphics on Jun 18, 2021, 11:19 AM
So I have a question for you all. I've been working on my vest, but not sure  I should make the Velcro/zipper be on the back are the two sides of it. any thoughts? Which one works better?

I would go sides, not back. Having the closures on the sides will make it easier to donn and take off than a back closure. This is why most real bullet proof vests have side closures as well.
Title: Re: triss's armor
Post by: Cattriss Wren on Jun 18, 2021, 11:46 AM
Ok thanks, doing it on the sides was the one I was leaning more towards doing anyway. Just wanted to double check.
Title: Re: triss's armor
Post by: Tramp Graphics on Jun 18, 2021, 12:07 PM
Youíre welcome. My vest has a front closure. Since my armor wonít be directly attached to the vest (instead being connected together with straps), I definitely wanted something that I can wear without the cuirass. I just need to cover the zipper.  :rolleyes:
Title: Re: triss's armor
Post by: Cattriss Wren on Jun 18, 2021, 02:31 PM
To cover the zipper you could sew a little strip of material on one side and then snap it on the other side. but you would have to unsnap it before you could
unzipper it. So I guess that could get annoying. Or you could do a sweat shirt style. like how they have the extra material covering the zipper  Just some ideas   ;)
Title: Re: triss's armor
Post by: Tramp Graphics on Jun 18, 2021, 02:52 PM
Yeah, thatís the plan. The problem is matching the vestís main fabric. If you check out my WIP thread, youíll understand why. Simply put, itís not a home made vest.
Title: Re: triss's armor
Post by: Rhue_Shofytt on Jun 18, 2021, 03:14 PM
I second the recommendation for the side zipper. If you set it up right, you can position the zipper so the teeth are hidden by the edges of the vest panels, and Tramp is right, it's much easier to get on/off. Just remember to get a separating (aka jacket) zipper instead of a normal pants zipper.

You will have to remember to make sure you can get your noggin through the neck hole though. Using a back closure means that the neck hole basically opens up into a flat line that wraps around your neck, whereas with a side closure, the neck hole is an unbroken circle, so you'll need either a shoulder that can come detached with a zipper or snaps or something, or you can add a slit down the back seam so that the neck hole can "stretch" to let your head through.
Title: Re: triss's armor
Post by: Cattriss Wren on Jun 18, 2021, 03:35 PM
Thanks!! That's really helpful!! I did not even think about how my head was supposed get in there :laugh:
Title: Re: triss's armor
Post by: Tramp Graphics on Jun 18, 2021, 04:17 PM
A third option is to make the neck hole wide enough to fit your head through comfortably without being too wide for the armor to look right.
Title: Re: triss's armor
Post by: Cattriss Wren on Jun 18, 2021, 05:09 PM
Thanks, the more opinions the better.
Title: Re: triss's armor
Post by: Vercopaanir on Jun 18, 2021, 05:42 PM
So for my vest I use side closures as well (mine are elastic with bathing suit clips) and I made one shoulder Velcro closed.  That way I could get the close neck Mando look but still fit my head through without adding a front or back zipper.  I did make one with a back zipper during my learning how to sew a vest phase and didn't like it.   It was hard to reach the zipper and it never felt quite right.  The side opening was much easier and I never looked back after trying it a few different ways.
Title: Re: triss's armor
Post by: Cattriss Wren on Jun 18, 2021, 06:47 PM
Thanks, that's a good idea ;D I really appreciate everyone's help!!!
Title: Re: triss's armor
Post by: evening.echiveria on Jun 18, 2021, 07:23 PM
For my vest, the sides have some velcro closures and the neck hole is just big enough to get my head through. I really recommend a method which you can get on by yourself, whatever that may be. For me it was openings on the side, I can just pat down the velcro and be ready to go!
Title: Re: triss's armor
Post by: Cattriss Wren on Jun 18, 2021, 08:59 PM
I think I will probably use Velcro, since I have a lot of it that I got for free. Thanks again guys for all of your awesome options and ideas. I will post pictures of the vest when I am finished with it. :P
Title: Re: triss's armor
Post by: Cattriss Wren on Jun 24, 2021, 12:47 PM
su'cuy vods, thanks to all your help, i finished my vest. my next step is to draw patterns for armor. i started the chest pattern with cardboard (see pic) dose it look to big to you?    (sorry the cardboard is crooked)
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Title: Re: triss's armor
Post by: Vercopaanir on Jun 24, 2021, 04:10 PM
Hello Cattriss,  :)

I do think the plates look a little to wide for you.  So a good rule of thumb is that you should be able to lift your arms up infront of you without hitting the plates on the outside or having them fold over each other on the inside.   As it is now it looks like it will catch you in the upper arm or even a bit in the armpit area.  Which when you wear your kit long term will hurt and bruise you with repeated bumping.  Personally I think that the rest looks good.  :like:
Title: Re: triss's armor
Post by: evening.echiveria on Jun 24, 2021, 04:29 PM
Vest looks great! As said before, plates look a little too wide, you should have them so you can comfortably move around. I like to put my plates on and do everyday tasks like water my plants or unload the dishwasher, it really shows you the limits of mobility and how your plates fit on you. But the size and spacing looks generally pretty good!
Title: Re: triss's armor
Post by: Cattriss Wren on Jun 24, 2021, 05:10 PM
Hello Cattriss,  :)

I do think the plates look a little to wide for you.  So a good rule of thumb is that you should be able to lift your arms up infront of you without hitting the plates on the outside or having them fold over each other on the inside.   As it is now it looks like it will catch you in the upper arm or even a bit in the armpit area.  Which when you wear your kit long term will hurt and bruise you with repeated bumping.  Personally I think that the rest looks good.  :like:
.           Thanks that's really good advice!! I will definitely trim the plates mentioned and hopefully post pictures of it tonight. ;D


Vest looks great! As said before, plates look a little too wide, you should have them so you can comfortably move around. I like to put my plates on and do everyday tasks like water my plants or unload the dishwasher, it really shows you the limits of mobility and how your plates fit on you. But the size and spacing looks generally pretty good!
.    Thanks evening.echiveria!! :P that's a great idea! I have LOTS of plants so it would work well. I will try it this Saturday When I water them
Title: Re: triss's armor
Post by: Cattriss Wren on Jun 24, 2021, 10:31 PM
so i trimmed about 1cm ish off of the collar and chest. i think i will trim some more off though. the cardboard armor dose not sit well on me, mainly because it is being held on by scotch tape. i have ordered some 3mm sintra/pvc board, that should arrive soon. 
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Title: Re: triss's armor
Post by: evening.echiveria on Jun 24, 2021, 11:53 PM
Looks good, ultimately comes down to if you can move around well in it. Good luck working with the sintra!
Title: Re: triss's armor
Post by: Cattriss Wren on Jun 25, 2021, 07:47 AM
Looks good, ultimately comes down to if you can move around well in it. Good luck working with the sintra!
  thanks! I still have quite a few of patterns to make.  :knee, Thighs/holsters, hand, Gauntlets, shoulder. So I better get working  ???
Title: Re: triss's armor
Post by: Vercopaanir on Jun 25, 2021, 09:25 AM
The sizing definitely looks better.  I think I agree with your assessment that it still needs a little more off.  Not much, just a little trim.  I would run your templates through your Ruus'alor before you cut into your Sintra, just to be sure its good to go.   ;)

Don't let the templates get you down.   One piece at a time and soon it will all be there!  :like:
Title: Re: triss's armor
Post by: Cattriss Wren on Jun 25, 2021, 10:16 AM
The sizing definitely looks better.  I think I agree with your assessment that it still needs a little more off.  Not much, just a little trim.  I would run your templates through your Ruus'alor before you cut into your Sintra, just to be sure its good to go.   ;)

Don't let the templates get you down.   One piece at a time and soon it will all be there!  :like:
      thanks for the encouragement!! I appreciate it :<3: I have been post on my clans forum as well so that's been helpful two. ;D
Title: Re: triss's armor
Post by: Cattriss Wren on Jun 26, 2021, 06:25 AM
Su'cuy, I am still working at doing my patterns, but in the mean time I've been thinking about belts. I have the material to make pouches, but not sure of a good style for my belt or pouches. So I would really love if you guys could post pictures of your belts and what you did.
Title: Re: triss's armor
Post by: Cattriss Wren on Jun 29, 2021, 12:46 PM
update: so i did my knee patterns. what do you think? the pvc/sintra i ordered also arrived today. :porg1:
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i didn't have any darts for my knees so i just stuck arrow heads in them. so if they look funny that's why.
Title: Re: triss's armor
Post by: evening.echiveria on Jun 29, 2021, 01:49 PM
Knees look great! Good luck on the sintra  :like:
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Post by: Arco'thyel Wyshla on Jun 29, 2021, 03:19 PM
Looks like a great fit, they should transfer to sintra really well! I don't know why cardboard armor is so exciting, but it really is. ;D And the fun thing about being shipped sintra is you get more cardboard! :porg2:

It may just be that I'm not familiar with arrows, but those arrow heads look like greeblies that suit the knees really well to me!
Title: Re: triss's armor
Post by: Cattriss Wren on Jun 29, 2021, 10:39 PM
Knees look great! Good luck on the sintra  :like:
    thanks vod!! ;D
Looks like a great fit, they should transfer to sintra really well! I don't know why cardboard armor is so exciting, but it really is. ;D And the fun thing about being shipped sintra is you get more cardboard! :porg2:

It may just be that I'm not familiar with arrows, but those arrow heads look like greeblies that suit the knees really well to me!
     thanks! :) I couldn't agree more about cardboard!!! :porg2: it is great for crafts and just to have fun!!! and it's almost always free, which is a plus. :P.
Title: Re: triss's armor
Post by: Cattriss Wren on Jun 30, 2021, 10:34 AM
so i have done my shoulder armor. i think it should be a little more up my shoulder. do you think its a good size? dose it look to small?
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Title: Re: triss's armor
Post by: Vercopaanir on Jun 30, 2021, 12:09 PM
I like the knees, they look about right for your size.  The shoulders do look just a smidge small, could just be the perspective of the photos, also if your planning on adding trauma plating (layering plates) that will make the shoulders look bigger.  I don't think the CRLs have rule for sizing shoulder plates other than proportional to you.  As far a spacing goes, per CRLS the shoulders should be no more than 2 inches away from the collar.

Looking good  :like:

Title: Re: triss's armor
Post by: Cattriss Wren on Jun 30, 2021, 12:18 PM
Thanks!! I will increase the shoulders and bring them closer to the collar. I appreciate the help :<3:
Title: Re: triss's armor
Post by: Cattriss Wren on Jul 06, 2021, 11:26 AM
su'cuy, i have been trimming some more off of my chest armor. it is much easier move with it on now that it is thinner. also i have done my hand armor pattern. i have also dyed some white crystal for my kit. i am not sure which colors to use. any thoughts?
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Title: Re: triss's armor
Post by: Arco'thyel Wyshla on Jul 06, 2021, 12:01 PM
It's intimidating to trim more off the armor, but sometimes it's really worth it. Glad you can move better!

"Use the yellow crystal!!" -- the person who's crazy about gold :laugh:

But really, if your color scheme is the same as in your avatar, yellow would be perfect! And you can add any other crystal as an accent color if you wanted, since it pairs well with any of them. Alternatively, keep 'em all and have the rainbow!

What was your process in making the crystals? They turned out lovely!
Title: Re: triss's armor
Post by: Vercopaanir on Jul 06, 2021, 03:17 PM
I'm liking the sizing of the chest armor and the hand plates look good to me.  :like:

As to which crystal, what kind of reputation does your Mando have?  Are you a sith killer?  Pick the reds.  Jedi killer?  (I favor the yellow and blue ones but the green and purple are nice too, though I fear the purple may clash with your red paint.)  Or you could be both, carry both reds and the yellow.  No ones says you have to just pick one.  ;)
Title: Re: triss's armor
Post by: Cattriss Wren on Jul 06, 2021, 03:25 PM
It's intimidating to trim more off the armor, but sometimes it's really worth it. Glad you can move better!

"Use the yellow crystal!!" -- the person who's crazy about gold :laugh:

But really, if your color scheme is the same as in your avatar, yellow would be perfect! And you can add any other crystal as an accent color if you wanted, since it pairs well with any of them. Alternatively, keep 'em all and have the rainbow!

What was your process in making the crystals? They turned out lovely!
      thanks  :<3: i did not make the crystals i just colored them, use food coloring and clear nail polish, got the idea from the battle cry magazine. i posted the picture of the instructions if you want to try it. i got the white crystals from amazon. my colors for my kit are grey,yellow and red. ;D        (https://i.imgur.com/ocKCFTe.png)
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Title: Re: triss's armor
Post by: Kuyan Jaiígalaar on Jul 06, 2021, 03:42 PM
WOAH those are so pretty!! For your color scheme, Iíd vote the red AND the yellow (the more trophies the better, am I right?  :P) but a darksaber crystal (like the one in the Battlecry screenshot) would look oriíkandosii with your armor! Keep up the great work!  :like:
Title: Re: triss's armor
Post by: Cattriss Wren on Jul 06, 2021, 03:56 PM
I'm liking the sizing of the chest armor and the hand plates look good to me.  :like:

As to which crystal, what kind of reputation does your Mando have?  Are you a sith killer?  Pick the reds.  Jedi killer?  (I favor the yellow and blue ones but the green and purple are nice too, though I fear the purple may clash with your red paint.)  Or you could be both, carry both reds and the yellow.  No ones says you have to just pick one.  ;)
          thanks ;D I agree I will probably go with the yellow and the red. I  am not a sith or jedi killer/hunter. I am actually part of clan wren. But on a mission for my clan I could have encounter a sith or Jedi and killed them. Or maybe just found the crystals, but that's not as cool :laugh:
Title: Re: triss's armor
Post by: Cattriss Wren on Jul 06, 2021, 04:00 PM
WOAH those are so pretty!! For your color scheme, Iíd vote the red AND the yellow (the more trophies the better, am I right?  :P) but a darksaber crystal (like the one in the Battlecry screenshot) would look oriíkandosii with your armor! Keep up the great work!  :like:
            thanks so much kuyan!! :<3: your so right!! I will definitely do a dark saber one next time I dyed some more, which will hopefully be soon ;D
Title: Re: triss's armor
Post by: evening.echiveria on Jul 06, 2021, 04:10 PM
Plates look good! I'm going to go against the group and say blue for the crystal. It's a good contrast to yellow and red. If you want two crystals, I'd add red (considering in your armor plan your belt is yellow). You don't want too much of one color, and some contrast can be really nice.
Title: Re: triss's armor
Post by: Cattriss Wren on Jul 06, 2021, 04:25 PM
Plates look good! I'm going to go against the group and say blue for the crystal. It's a good contrast to yellow and red. If you want two crystals, I'd add red (considering in your armor plan your belt is yellow). You don't want too much of one color, and some contrast can be really nice.
            Ok thanks ;D I will definitely about think about it. It's always nice to have lots of different opinions ;)
Title: Re: triss's armor
Post by: Cattriss Wren on Jul 07, 2021, 11:42 AM
so i cut some of of the stomach armor to match the chest. i also flattened out the armor to use for the pattern. dose it look good? anything to small or to big?

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Title: Re: triss's armor
Post by: evening.echiveria on Jul 07, 2021, 12:43 PM
Looks good!
Title: Re: triss's armor
Post by: Cattriss Wren on Jul 09, 2021, 09:47 PM
i have officially cut my armor out from the pvc sheet. so now it's time to break out the sandpaper. i will also be working on a vibroknife. hopefully :-X
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Title: Re: triss's armor
Post by: evening.echiveria on Jul 09, 2021, 11:54 PM
Wow it looks great! Some light sanding (like 200 or 300 grit) should get the edges nice and smooth. But I recommend heat forming the plates before you sand.
Title: Re: triss's armor
Post by: Cattriss Wren on Jul 10, 2021, 07:18 PM
Thanks for the advice!! :P
Title: Re: triss's armor
Post by: Vercopaanir on Jul 10, 2021, 08:02 PM
This part can be super exciting, just remember to take it a piece at a time.  As far as sanding goes, I always hit my plates with an 80-100 grit before I heat form it to make sure that there are no sharp edges or burls that will catch on either myself or the person I am forming the armor to.  Then I hit it again with a higher grit before painting.
Title: Re: triss's armor
Post by: Cattriss Wren on Jul 10, 2021, 08:55 PM
Thanks ;D i will make sure to be patient and take it slow.
Title: Re: triss's armor
Post by: Cattriss Wren on Jul 12, 2021, 01:32 PM
i used pvc glue/cement to attach the handle of my vibroknife and then i sanded it a little bit. i will start work on molding my armor either this week or the weekend.
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Title: Re: triss's armor
Post by: Kurshi BeJahaal on Jul 16, 2021, 01:36 AM
I don't think I was following your build. But I am now! Beautiful clean cuts on your armor!

I can also easily pop into your clan boards since you're in my region too!
Title: Re: triss's armor
Post by: Cattriss Wren on Jul 16, 2021, 08:47 AM
Thanks for following and the complement!! :<3:
Title: Re: triss's armor
Post by: Jel'Driik Venn on Jul 16, 2021, 11:13 AM
The "scary" part is over.  You made the cuts!  And I agree with Vercopaanir: 

... As far as sanding goes, I always hit my plates with an 80-100 grit before I heat form it to make sure that there are no sharp edges or burls that will catch on either myself or the person I am forming the armor to.  Then I hit it again with a higher grit before painting.

Smooth the edges first, then heat form.  This also makes getting a uniform edge on all the plates a bit easier.  Go easy at first.  Then sand the first pieces again at the end to look like the last pieces.  Good luck!
Title: Re: triss's armor
Post by: Cattriss Wren on Jul 16, 2021, 12:09 PM
Thanks Jel'Driik, will do ;)
Title: Re: triss's armor
Post by: Arco'thyel Wyshla on Jul 16, 2021, 07:55 PM
I saw that vibroknife and got real excited! :porg2: I intend to make one of that model too, so seeing it pop up on your thread is a treat! Looking forward to seeing your spin on it.
Title: Re: triss's armor
Post by: Cattriss Wren on Jul 16, 2021, 09:48 PM
Thanks :<3: that's cool that we are both doing a spin off of din's vibroknife!! I will be painting it and finishing it up when I buy the spray paint for my armor. ;D
Title: Re: triss's armor
Post by: Cattriss Wren on Jul 20, 2021, 07:13 PM
su'cuy, i shaped my armor today and i think it turned out pretty good. there are a few spots on it that i am going to need to curve a little more.  :-X
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Title: Re: triss's armor
Post by: evening.echiveria on Jul 20, 2021, 11:52 PM
Plates look good, you should try them on to see how they fit.
Title: Re: triss's armor
Post by: Vercopaanir on Jul 21, 2021, 02:35 PM
It's so exciting to reach this point!  :porg2: :porg2:
Title: Re: triss's armor
Post by: Cattriss Wren on Jul 21, 2021, 02:53 PM
Plates look good, you should try them on to see how they fit.
.   Thanks! I will put them on tonight if I have time, if not I will try them on tomorrow


;D
It's so exciting to reach this point!  :porg2: :porg2:
    indeed!!!! ;D
Title: Re: triss's armor
Post by: Cattriss Wren on Jul 23, 2021, 04:44 PM
i tried on the armor with packing tape. it fit nice. i need to curve the sides a little more, but other then that and a few other things it should be good. then i will start to attach it to my vest. :-X

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sorry for the VERY crocked armor and bad spacing. :laugh:
Title: Re: triss's armor
Post by: Kurshi BeJahaal on Jul 25, 2021, 08:39 PM
It looks like you have huge hands in comparison with your torso. I had to really pay attention to what I was seeing.  :laugh:
Title: Re: triss's armor
Post by: Cattriss Wren on Jul 25, 2021, 08:55 PM
Sorry about that!! I don't even notice that I had posted it that way in till you pointed it out!! :laugh: they are actually my sister's hands. I asked her to try on my gloves so I could take the picture.      I finished up the last bit of shaping to my armor. My snaps also arrived, So now I have to start the attachment process. I extremely nervous that it is not going to come out good. ???
Title: Re: triss's armor
Post by: evening.echiveria on Jul 25, 2021, 09:09 PM
Looks nice! Shaping chest armor is a huge pain and I wish you luck getting it all good.
Title: Re: triss's armor
Post by: Cattriss Wren on Jul 25, 2021, 09:22 PM
Thanks Aster!! :<3:
Title: Re: triss's armor
Post by: Kurshi BeJahaal on Jul 25, 2021, 11:15 PM
Are you planning on going the route your Ruus showed you?

Once you get the snaps fixed to your plates, some tips are to start with the collar. Be sure to place one snap right in the very middle of your collar plate (I.e. Somewhere above your diamond). Dab some paint on your finger and put it on the rim of that "male" snap. Get your  plate up as high as you can so that it sits against the base of your neck but doesn't choke you. Try to make sure it's centered as best as possible and press that snap against your vest.

If you did it right, you'll have a nice ring to center your "female" snap onto. Go ahead and set that snap and refit it, choose another snap and repeat the process.

Once your collar is set and looking good, move on to one of the other chest plates. You can temporarily tape the opposite one in place while you work to repeat the process for your chest plate.

It can work best with two people so that you can relax your arms and let the plates be fitted with your body in a relaxed position. Just go slow and take your time!
Title: Re: triss's armor
Post by: Cattriss Wren on Jul 26, 2021, 07:49 AM
Yes, I will be going that route. Do you think that I should use just snaps or snaps and velcro?
Title: Re: triss's armor
Post by: Kurshi BeJahaal on Jul 26, 2021, 08:19 AM
I use both.

If you'd like to do both, sometimes it works well to start with the velcro to get your plates where you want them and then make your marks for the snaps. That way it's held in place fairly well but you can still make adjustments before making them permanent.

With my next kit, I'm using tie tacks with locking backs to secure my plates.
Title: Re: triss's armor
Post by: Cattriss Wren on Jul 26, 2021, 08:37 AM
That is what I will do. Thanks ;D
Title: Re: triss's armor
Post by: Cattriss Wren on Jul 31, 2021, 07:49 AM
So I have not attached my armor because I am sanding it. I thought it would be a good idea to do it first. Cause I might have forgotten to go back over with sandpaper after shaping. Any who I will report when I am done ;)
Title: Re: triss's armor
Post by: Cattriss Wren on Aug 05, 2021, 06:33 PM
i am starting the attachment and i wanted to know what you guys thought of the placement of snaps and velcro. the rectangles are going to be the velcro and the circles are the snaps. did i draw on to many? should i have less? 

(https://i.imgur.com/HsLk8Cd.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/yBCrfYI.jpg)
Title: Re: triss's armor
Post by: Vercopaanir on Aug 05, 2021, 08:23 PM
Really the amount of attachment is what ever you prefer or are most comfortable with.  When I made mine I didn't worry so much about putting attachments in the middle of the plates because of my attachment method.  However, 'how much' that is entirely what you feel like doing.
Title: Re: triss's armor
Post by: Cattriss Wren on Aug 06, 2021, 10:38 PM
My clan thought it would be best if I did a lot less. So here is the picture of what I will doing.

(https://i.imgur.com/4wwzJPY.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/MUiaGOK.jpg)
Title: Re: triss's armor
Post by: Cattriss Wren on Aug 12, 2021, 06:02 PM
Got my Velcro attached but I am having a bit of trouble with the snaps. I ordered some different ones, I'm hoping they will be better.  ???  The pictures are of the old snaps.

(https://i.imgur.com/oRGkIW0.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/VV0eGOR.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/BdKyM3A.jpg)
Title: Re: triss's armor
Post by: evening.echiveria on Aug 14, 2021, 11:27 PM
I ordered those snaps too. They're a bit difficult but definitely doable. I used a hammer with those little tools it comes with. What isn't working?
Title: Re: triss's armor
Post by: Cattriss Wren on Aug 16, 2021, 03:16 PM
I ordered those snaps too. They're a bit difficult but definitely doable. I used a hammer with those little tools it comes with. What isn't working?
                 


Well not really, I used their special tools and a hammer as well but then when I connected the cap and socket ( I believe that is what there called) the other end would not fit on properly. I don't know what I'm doing wrong, cause I watched some YouTube videos as well to help and that didn't work either.

(https://i.imgur.com/qb89fGo.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/DhL7unN.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/bNTrUx0.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/vQKZSaT.jpg)


I did get the new snaps a few days ago and they are working great so far.

(https://i.imgur.com/7C5l5Re.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/P4av0Xm.jpg)
Sorry if this sounds confusing. :laugh:

Title: Re: triss's armor
Post by: Geila Alo on Aug 20, 2021, 12:57 PM
Intresting following your process  ;D

Geila Alo
Title: Re: triss's armor
Post by: Cattriss Wren on Aug 20, 2021, 12:59 PM
Thanks Geila!!  :<3:
Title: Re: triss's armor
Post by: evening.echiveria on Aug 21, 2021, 08:46 PM
That's so weird that they didn't work  :blank: but glad the new ones are working now! Good luck!
Title: Re: triss's armor
Post by: Cattriss Wren on Aug 30, 2021, 11:36 PM
That's so weird that they didn't work  :blank: but glad the new ones are working now! Good luck!
    Thanks! I am glad they are working well too! Not sure why I could not get the other ones to work, it could have been that I got the super cheap ones or more likely my brain decided to not work. :laugh:

I really like your new profile pic, makes you look like a official member!! ;D
Title: Re: triss's armor
Post by: Geila Alo on Sep 06, 2021, 01:44 PM
Hows the progress going for you?  :<3:
Title: Re: triss's armor
Post by: Cattriss Wren on Sep 06, 2021, 03:05 PM
I'm doing alright. Thank you for asking!!! ;D though i could be better. I'm still working on attachment. I'm really nervous that it is going to turn out crooked. ??? I'm using two different methods to try to get the snaps perfectly placed. I hope it works.
Title: Re: triss's armor
Post by: Dro Shai on Sep 06, 2021, 05:22 PM
Totally gonna hop in and follow this build. Your kit is looking so awesome already, the chest pieces look so great! I love the crystals too. Excited to see more when you've made more progress :like:
Title: Re: triss's armor
Post by: Cattriss Wren on Sep 06, 2021, 05:53 PM
Totally gonna hop in and follow this build. Your kit is looking so awesome already, the chest pieces look so great! I love the crystals too. Excited to see more when you've made more progress :like:
Aww, thanks Dro!!! :<3:
Title: Re: triss's armor
Post by: Geila Alo on Sep 10, 2021, 02:17 PM
I am confident it will look great in the end  :<3:
Title: Re: triss's armor
Post by: Cattriss Wren on Sep 10, 2021, 04:59 PM
Thank you! :<3: I really appreciate your words of encouragement!!