This project started when I was looking for a gift for a friend's birthday. I didn't have any idea what to offer when I discovered this scale mail full arm bracer.
I immediately though it was a perfect gift! She would love it, but I was not ready to pay 75$ for it. And loosing the enjoyment of making it by myself. Plus, receiving a gift is always more enjoyable when it's handmade no?
Anyways, you can discover more wonderful items made by the same maker on her Etsy shop worldinchainsmaille.
Step 1: Materials
The first step is to find the material needed, so basically scales and rings.
I only found one site where they sold items like I wanted but it was in Canada, so quite far from me (Belgium). Fortunately it was quite cheap and even with shipping rates, it didn't cost me too much.
TheRingLord - Scales
I calculated than I needed 2 bags of scales (~100 pieces/bag) and 1 bag of rings (~1000 rings/bag). You need 2 rings by scale but they are sold in bag so you don't have the choice.
Of course, as I'm quite absent-minded, I bought the wrong size of scales! So I decided to change the main idea and to go from the full-arm brace to a half-arm bracer. And at the same time, to add a fabric under the scales to be easier to attached it with laces once completed.
But I think the design is even better like this so I do not regret it.
Small scales (14mm x 22mm) : 3.90$ x 2
Rings : 4.10$
Tissue : an old jeans
Laces : from old shoes
Since then, I also discovered some other sites :
- TheQueenRing.com (based in the Netherlands). Prices are a little higher but delivery is quicker when living in Europe. And less shipping fees.
- bluebuddhaboutique.com (based in Chicago). Prices are A LOT higher but they have also more different colors.