February 26th, 2014


Knight-Captain Cullen How To, Part 12: Tassets (otherwise known as bum armour)

Time taken: 8 hours
Materials: Expanded PVC foam board, hot glue, small amount of Wonderflex, Rub 'n' Buff in silver leaf, acrylic paints (graphite, mars black, burnt umber), 810 cap 10mm and 12mm shank rivets, 1.2mm leather in 20mm strips, 20mm buckle
Tools: Craft knife, heat gun, glue gun, paintbrushes, mallet, hole punch, rivet setter and anvil.
Techniques: Plastic thermomoulding and fabrication, painting, leatherwork, riveting.
Difficulty level: Making the template was a bit tricky, the rest was straightforward.

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I don't have a completed picture of these, because they can't be shown properly without being on the person, which requires the overskirt and sash to be completed. These will be shown in the next tutorial.

Let the bodies not hit the floor

Last night I did a one-armed handstand. Against a wall, and starting from two handed, but still. I wanted to see if I could, because I'm afraid to do handstands on my right elbow and my form is starting to fall apart through lack of practice, as was pointed out last night.

Yes, I know that habitually doing that puts twice the weight on my good arm and will probably mess that up too. But now I know I can do a one-armed handstand!

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Also, last night Happy and I did this:

Only, we didn't let go hands, we had three spotters, and he wasn't wearing speedos. It's only the second time we've tried it and this time I (as the flyer) got almost completely straight from a straddle and back again without it fallng apart. I think it's a sign of our improved skill and communication that this isn't anywhere near as terrifying as it looks. yay us!