So at long last one of my greatest creations to date has been completed. This Chainmail vest is themed around Princess Celestia the vest is mainly a frost white to match her coat and has her Cutie Mark adorning both the front and back.
The shoulders are in the colors of her mane and tail and they were done in a diagonal pattern, but I noticed when they drape over the shoulder they appear to curve/wave which I thought was cool. I didn't feel like making full sleeves for several reasons so these shoulder pieces are more for a flourish.
This whole piece used around 16,500 1/4" 16g aluminum rings and took a total of 68 hours over the course of several weeks. I will actually be showing this off at Nightmare Nights Dallas so stop by my vendor booth if you'd like to see it, but don't wait until the last minute or you might miss it if someone purchases it.
Also sorry about the poor quality of the shots, My phone isn't the best camera, and I don't have very good lighting or much space, not to mention my hands aren't the most steady.
I will be taking a break from any big projects for about a month, but I do plan on doing another one of these for a certain other princess, but don't know how long that will take.
If you have any questions feel free to ask, and if you have ideas you'd like me to consider or if you would like me to make you something let me know and I will look into it.
Edit: Looks Like I made it to EQD's Artisan Compilation!: www.equestriadaily.com/2013/11…
Yes I have done that before, though without the power drill! I created a wooden turn crank and spun it that way while keeping the wire taught. my first actual chainmail piece was made of steel wire I spun and clipped myself and it took forever.
Unfortunately now I work a full time job that averages 50 hours a week (No Overtime! *sad face*), I'm currently taking classes as well. I also consider this a 'small Business' I run, since I do sell my work. (mainly the Bracelets, Necklaces, etc.) Thus I am willing to pay a little more to save on time and get a higher quality product, The rings I purchase are mostly saw cut so the edges are smooth and they chemically treat them afterwards so the color is in the gap they cut as well. All and all, when I make an item from scratch with my own cut wire and compare it to the pre done rings, the precut item looks much more professional. And I really don't have the time to meet the demands of my fans, if I were to make every ring myself I would never be able to produce enough products to vend at conventions. I barely have enough time to work on these projects as is, and I have quite a lot of them planned! All hail the Lunar Republic!
It took 68 hours spread out over the course of like 8 weeks but most of the work was done in the last 3 weeks
As for price, I'll probably be asking for about $450 so maybe one of those Celestial sponsors will have some spare change lying around that they don't want in their pockets anymore. Or perhaps an extreme cosplayer will just have to buy it to complete their costume!