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Friday, December 30, 2011

Armored Medical Wrist Brace for my Wife

So, my wife had to go to the doctor today because she hyper-extended her wrist a few days ago. As it turns out, she strained her tendons pretty bad and the doc gave her a brace that she has to wear for the next two weeks. When she got home from the doctor's, she asked me if I would like to decorate it for her. Needless to say, I was very excited to do so!

Here's how the brace looked to begin with (with the first bits of sharpie drawing on the thumb piece):






And, after more black sharpie and a bit of chainmaile:






I decided after it was finished that it was no longer a wrist-brace. Far from it. It has now become a futuristic battle-gauntlet that prevents her wrist from snapping back when she fires her super compact, hand-held Railgun. She fires the Railgun with her off-hand, of course, because her dominant hand needs to be free to wield her Tesla Sword!

My wife sent me a modified picture with her thoughts on the subject:





And now she'll happily follow her doctors instructions and actually wear the brace for the full two weeks Cheesy

Mission accomplished!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Lord Bearington, Duke of Grizzlyshire




Some of you may remember this little guy. Back in September, he was strapped to my daughter's torso while she was fighting zombies:


And at the time I had made him a little helmet. My daughter loved the helmet so much that for Christmas this year I thought I'd go a step further and create an entire suit of armor for her favorite teddy bear. She's had the Bear since she was born and it's one of her most cherished possessions. To create the armor, I had to sneak into her room at night and borrow the bear. When she opened her present, she surprised me by taking one look at the pile of metal in the box and saying, "HEY! It's BEAR armor!!!!" I was pleased as punch that she was able to identify it so quickly.

And so, I present to you, Lord Bearington:


His chainmaile is made from 16 gauge, 5/16" Stainless Steel rings woven in a European 4-1 pattern. It includes flaps for the shoulders to support the spaulders(Shoulderplates).


Like the chainmaile, his Spaulders are also made from stainless steel. These are a scale model of a modified style of medieval spaulder and include tiny straps and rivets on the inside for articulation. They are attached to the chainmaile shirt via 2 rings. [after forming the plates, I carefully rounded all of the edges with a fine metal file for safety's sake ;) ]

The trim of his shirt is made from stamped, nickle-plated mild steel scales.

His simple, warrior's circlet(crown) is made from the same material as the spaulders; a strip of stainless steel.

His greaves(shin guards) are made from chunks of a leather belt held together with rivets. (I put my hands in this picture so that you could get a sense of the scale of the bear :) )

Finally, when his Lordship grows tired of the burden of his armor, he can remove it and stow it for future use! :D

*a special note* the bear's real name, as given by my daughter, is actually Jinx (formerly just "Bear"). Lord Bearington just felt like a more appropriate thing to call him as I pieced together his armor.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

The new hands are complete!

I should have posted this a little while ago... but my most recent set of hands is now complete and they've been sent off to the client that I built them for. They're going to be used in a theatrical production, so my wife and I thought we should use them for a silly theatrical production of our own before we said goodbye to them.....
As you can clearly see.... monstrous mechanical mitts are no match for my daughter's "Knock it off, DAD" voice.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

On the other hand....

Over the past two weeks, I've been working on a new set of mechanical hands for one of my clients. They're almost complete. All that remains is some adjustments and clean-up work. To make sure they're functioning properly, I took them for a test-drive.
 Delicious!

Photos by Jennifer Owen of Jen Martin Studios

Saturday, October 22, 2011

A Knight on the Town

Last night a buddy of mine helped me this silly video. It was a great way to spend an evening!

Special thanks to Terry of Terry-oke: Terry-oke's facebook page

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Fun with License Plates



I've been slowly amassing a collection of license plates.... I now have enough to start playing with them.....


and making..... [bad pun warning]....... Plate-Armor!





More to come soon!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Custom Mad Max Costume


My most recent custom project for one of my clients was to create some items from Mad Max's outfit in "The Road Warrior". The project is now complete! I've created his shoulder armor, leg-brace and knee pad. I've been wanting to do a project like this for a long time and It's been a ton of fun!



For all of the pieces I first made them all shiny and new... and then attempted to subject them to months worth of abuse in just a few minutes to make it look like the outfit's been through the wastes and back. My client found the jacket and sent it to me to be modified. It's an awesome coat and was already perfectly worn and beat up!


My client was kind enough to send me some extra belts to work with, which certainly were handy!


After experimenting with various pre-fabricated bits of sports equipment, I ended up deciding to create the entire knee-pad from scratch. I started with closed cell foam padding, leather and rivets and ended up with this. 

I was happy that the brace not only supplies a solid visual, but it allows for a great deal of movement as well! Here's a video of the leg brace in action:


This was one of those projects that a part of me wishes I could keep. I'll have to make another one in the future. Before I sent this out to my client, however, I couldn't resist providing a "WTF???" moment to a bunch of people during their morning commute:



Bartertown or Bust!

Saturday, October 8, 2011

!!!Extension on Halloween Sale!!!

Due to the success of the sale, I'm extending the discounts on some of the items in my shop by another week. If there's something in my store that catches your fancy, you have until 10/17 to get it at a special low price!

I have a very large, complex build going on currently and I'm trying to make some more room in my workshop by selling some of my inventory.

Also, I'm always willing to give people quotes on how much I'd charge to make a custom item you might be interested in. You can see some of my past custom projects in the older posts on my blog. Or, check out the new "Mad Max" post which shows the custom project I'm currently working on.

My shop can be found here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/ChainCrafts

Here's a few pictures of what's currently available:



And more!!!

Check it out today!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

The Family that Slays Together....

My wife only asked for one thing for her birthday this year. She wanted to do a Post-Apocalypse/Zombie Slaying family photo shoot! To that end, I created armor for all of us.
We're gonna get that Zombie!
(all photos by Bakan Photography: http://www.bakanphotography.com/)

There's a bunch of pieces here, so rather than going through one-by-one, here's a list of the materials used to make the costumes:

- Hubcaps
- Railroad crossing sign
- Soda tabs
- Strips of stainless steel
- Various bits of sports equipment
- Jump rings
- Aluminum from duct parts

And here are some pics of our adventures!

She's gonna get 'im
Do you hear that?
CRAP!!! ZOMBIE!!!!!
Even bears need armor
!VANQUISHED!

In the chaos, they turned against each other
On the lookout
The mighty Chevrolet Sword!
The hole he crawled out of

You know what they say.... The family that slays together, stays together.
Special thanks to the super talented Langley West for coming along to play Zombie for us!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

METAL Doll

Someone asked me if I would shave their mohawk off for them. I asked if I could keep the hair afterward, and they said, "Sure.....?" The end result, a little death-metal loving plastic person with genuine multicolored HUMAN hair! Huzahh!

This is what the little fellow looked like at the beginning.

To start the process, I drilled holes in his head for the hair!


Then, I cut a slit in the back of his head so I could reach in to pull the hair through (when I couldn't get the right angle through the other holes). I added holes on either side of the slit so that I could stitch it back together later.

I fashioned a hook out of a paper clip and used it to pull the tufts of hair through the holes.

Once in place, I squirted super glue into the base of the tufts to secure them.

Next, I used some left over scraps from armor projects to make a shirt and my wife made some tiny red pants for him!

Finally, I used some yarn to stitch the slit shut on the back of his head.

And he was complete! Now, he can rock out hard core with his creepy hair!