You shall need:
A very god pair of tinsnips
a ruler, preferably 30cm
something to cut up pieces of coathanger (I used a pair of nail removers)
a large piece of cardboard (for the template, should be AT LEAST 60 by 40 to accommodate drawing well)
a nail, or something hard and sharp
a drill (electric) with an attachment capable of drilling through 1mm steel plate without breaking
a sturdy workbench
thick gloves, for working
a good file
about 5 keyboards, old, and not from laptops (dont take apart any historical artifacts like, say, the very first Amstrad) as these are the only ones with good plate. Laptops are rubbish for theis purpose
A lot of wire coathangers
belts/ rucksack straps (about 6, it really depends on your preference)
split ring washers
Step 1: Template
The top row is a bit wierd though. there are only two plates here. due to a lack of resources i had to miss out this row completely on the back half as well. the reason behind there only being two plates is so that there is space for your neck. the two plates should be cut to be the standard 6 by 10 BUT you should make a second cut on each. the cut should be a diagonal one from two points. the first point is on the long side and you should make a point at 4cm along. on the short side th poin should be 2cm in. this means that the triangle that you are cutting off should have one side 6 cm long (fromthe long) one side 4cm(from the short) and a hypoteneuse somwhere around 7cm or so.
Step 2: Cutting Up the Rest
ok, here are the pics. follow as best you can. and file the edges down.
Step 3: Drilling Everything Full of Holes
remember please to drill two at the top of the triangular neck guard plate as the shall have straps attched to them
Step 4: Bending Clips
the clips should be bent thusly:
1. cut a length of coathanger, about 2 inches long, using the clippy ability of the nail remover clips.
2. take the length and grip it in the middle with the ordinary plier.
3. use the needle nose pliers to bend the ends over at about 45 degrees. at both ends.
Step 5: Attaching the Clips to the Plates, and Linking Them
take the bent clip and loop one end through te hole drilled into a corner of any one of the plates.
then take a second plate and loop the other end of the clip in through its hole. remember to make sure that you have them correctly aligned so that bottom left hole on one plate is in line with the bottom right on the other etc. i found it easiest to work by making six strips of three plates and then linking them together horizontally. this means that there is greatest accesability for the pliers to get in and bend the clips tight.
once you are done with the main body (put on a DVD to watch while doing this: it will take time) remember to attach the plates for the neck (the ones that you cut triangles out of).
Step 6: Attaching the Straps...
in the end I opted for rucksack straps and attached them using split ring washers. you can also use keyrings if you wish. in fact they might be slightly better. open the washer as wide as you need to and loop it through the rectangular hole in the buckle of the strap. sorry for the bad quality of the pics if it is bad but i was having trouble witht the surroundings not being too good
I am deliberately not telling you where to put the side straps as this is really a matter of choice. please also note the straps on the side should be put on in the same manner as above. if you wish (and, indeed, as i had to) you can use bits of leftover coathanger to make the clips here as well
Step 7: Grand Finale. (tightening and Tweaking)
one other thing: remember that although this is *armour* by no accounts engage in fights under the assumption that this will protect you: it wont, the metal is almost certainly too thin.
and alos you may have to re- link it occasionally after transportation etc as the links may well become loose.