We did an initial dying pass with iron disolved in vinegar to get this shade of black, but Colin decided he wanted it darker and re-dyed with a modern dye before final assembly.
In these last three pictures you see the final product in its native habitat, keeping Colin safe while he shoots anyone who would oppose us. (Hi Gaston!)
With a gorget it is often wise to try the design out with the specific helm that will be worn with it, because an otherwise successful design just might not work with any given helm.
Soon Gunna's porridge will be too cold and she will not want to eat it all up. :)
Wolf bevels and burnishes the edges of his half-gauntlets to get them ready to soak in glue and bake.
Josh is soaking his half-gauntlets in the glue bucket here. Once bubbles stop coming out of the leather it is time for baking. The second gauntlet got a lump of undissolved glue on it, requiring more rinsing in the glue solution to prevent an unsightly mess.
|Ben is trying to add enough padding to make his new helm fit his head.|
Ben is using blue camp-pad foam as a temporary measure to pad his helm until we can make up his linen helm liner. He purchased this used helm on the Internet and didn't realize quite how large it would be. It will get him on the field in his own gear for now and perhaps later he can buy or make a more fitted helm. Below you can see Ben and I starting to lay out his linen helm liner. Pay no attention to the bald spot on the top of my head. It is clearly an optical illusion or a trick of the light, and in no way indicates that anyone in this picture is getting old.
To quote the noted scholar Robert E. Howard:
"Serpent prow on the Afric coast,
Doom on the Moorish town;
And this is the song the steersman sang
As the dragonship swept down"