Pass the pliers dear, I feel a codpiece coming on - Tactical Ninja
Jul. 24th, 2013
09:45 am - Pass the pliers dear, I feel a codpiece coming on
First, hello and welcome to all the new people who've landed here from punkymcmunky's friending frenzy (which is here if you're interested). It seems that I suddenly have a lot of people on my flist who keep chickens. There should be a club or something. I used to keep chickens, free range ones. I don't recommend free ranging if you like vegetable gardening, being able to find your eggs easily, or not standing in chicken shit every time you step outside in your socks. Sensible people have a coop and keep their chickens fenced in, away from anything they like and want to keep. Yep. No, I am not sensible people.
Second, last night I sent off my blog to Bioware. The reply was "Awesome!" It's now being sent to the editors for edity stuff - grammar and spelling apparently. I harbour an inordinate fear that they'll turn my writing into American spelling and I'll have to be a wanker about it. But I'll cross that bridge when I come to it. Meanwhile, OMG I'm gonna be on the Bioware site EEEEEEEeeeeeee!!!!!! *bouncebounce*
Last night it came in the form of long strips of very thin leather cord. See?
Back in Ye Olden Tymes, I used to watch my Mum do leatherwork. She was a crafty type, as those who remember her will know. I got to benefit from her craftiness as a kid, because she'd let me have a go at whatever she was doing. We were poor, and Mum used to subsidise our household by making and selling .. well, anything really. For a while it was leather bags, belts, wallets, moccasins, and anything else she could come up with to make from leather. She'd sell them at craft fairs and in the Cook St Flea Market in Auckland.
So anyway, I got a good grounding in leatherwork, and how to prepare leather for making stuff. And I remembered that one of the first things you do is bevel the edges - that is, cut the corners off so that they aren't all sharp, instead with that rounded feel. Go on, have a feel of your belt - the edges will have been bevelled. There's a special tool for the job:
As a kid I found it really hard to get a good even bevel, but these days I'm bigger, stronger and more patient, and my groans of satisfaction as strip after strip of long, thin, even bevelledy-edge-bit came off caused Dr Wheel to look at me funny for some reason... O.o
So now all my edges are bevelled. Do you want something bevelling? I'll do it. Because it's SO.SATISFYING.OMG.
Next step in the leather processing process: Cut as many of the bits as possible to length and shape, so that when I dye them I don't waste any on bits that won't be coloured. This means I have to finish making the armour shapes in order to fit the straps that hold it together. I am limited in what I can do in the evenings based on how disturbing it is to the other folks in the house:
- leather dyeing is stinky
- armour making is noisy because the heat gun sounds like a hair dryer
- carving expanding foam makes a noise that sets some folks' teeth on edge.
Luckily, there's edge bevelling and cutting and shaping and sewing and and AND! Making scale mail! Yes, I caved and decided to make the tabard properly with proper scales. So that'll be my adventure for probably far too much time once the parts arrive, but yes. I can now sit around quietly and non-smellily, and make fricking scale mail. And by the time I'm finished I'll be good at it, and may end up making a codpiece for Dr Wheel out of the leftovers. In fact, come to think of it, with all these newfound skills he could have a codpiece for every day of the week!
This morning as I walked up the stairs to work, I found a fist-sized chunk of concrete sitting in the stairwell. On investigation, it seems to have fallen from the stairs and there's a crack in them as well. Cue some flurrying about and calls to the building owner, and now the engineers are coming back to check the building again. We are all still here because the first report said there was only cosmetic damage. Hopefully this will turn out to be more of the same. We're still getting moderate earthquakes fairly regularly, but I'm not feeling them at all. Huh.