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.
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.