December 2nd, 2013


Knight-Captain Cullen How To, Part 10: Pauldrons 1

Time taken: 13 hours
Materials: Cardboard, sellotape, expanded PVC foam board, air-dry modelling clay, 1.2mm dark brown leather, wool batting, 4 x stainless steel dog whistles, 4 x metal rectangles 38mm (long side), waxed thread, 810 cap 12mm shank rivets, hot glue, Rub 'n' Buff (silver leaf), paint (graphite, mars black, burnt umber), satin varnish.
Tools: Craft knife, heat gun, scissors, edge bevelling tool, dremel with cutting disc attached, speedy stitcher, mallet, rivet setter and anvil, paintbrushes.
Techniques: Pattern making, leatherwork, plastic heat moulding, basic metal cutting, painting.
Difficulty level: Getting the shape of the shoulder bits right was hard, the rest is about moderate difficulty.

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And then it was time to put it all together:

So there you have it. 13 hours' work to create a base for Cullen's pauldrons. The pauldrons are also in process and I expect to have them finished this weekend. Then we can test Sirinne's theory!

* This business of trying it on the model every 5 minutes is one of the reasons commission work is so hard. Without a model of exactly the right shape who's there whenever you need them, it's almost impossible to get a custom fit. I take my hat off to those who can achieve this.

Thank you

Thank you to everyone who responded to my post on Friday. You've given me a lot to think about, not least of which is that there are way more people still here than is evident from comments or posts.

And I realised that I still do hope that those who haven't posted in forever are among those still here, and that's why I still have people on my list that I haven't heard from in years. Heh. ;-) I am like a faithful old Labrador, holding your slippers for you till you get home.

Or some other, more flattering metaphor.