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    Cuir Bouilli Hardened Leather Armour

    Cuir Bouilli Hardened Leather Armour Making Technique by David Friedman We’d like to thank David Friedman for granting us permission to re-publish this fine article on techniques of making water hardened leather armour. (see also: Beginner’s Tips for Leatherworking) Some years ago, I wrote an article on how to make hardened leather armor using beeswax. […]

  • Beginner’s Tips for Leatherworking

    Beginner’s Tips for Leatherworking by Eric Filardi Okay, after recently working with leather (all day today), I have compiled a list of things NOT to do when using it: 1) Don’t put your pattern in the middle of the hide and start cutting it out, then realize you wasted the whole hide. 2) Don’t leave […]

  • Armour Stand Construction

    Armour Stand Construction Quite a few people have asked how to build a display stand so that they may show off their armour at their home, event or wherever. I have an armour stand that I designed that has served me very well for quite some time, and is simple in it’s construction. You’ll require […]

  • Riveted Mail Theory & Technique

    Riveted Mail Theory and Technique by Steve Sheldon Table of Contents TOPICS * Introduction * THEORY * A discussion of riveted mail from a historical viewpoint * Wire Source * Winding Coils * Cutting Rings * Annealing * Flattening * Punching * Riveting * TECHNIQUE * A discussion about riveted mail as it applies to […]

  • Bluing

    How to Cold Blue (Blacken) Armour by Matt Stitchman Bluing is a controlled oxidization (rust) of the metal. It’s not going to work on stainless steel or other metals besides carbon steel for that reason. This thin layer of rust (which is a blue/black color thanks to chemicals in the bluing solution) and the fact […]

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    Armor Glossary

    Armor Glossary A Ailette A flat plate of leather or parchment which tied to the point of the shoulder. Worn between 1250-1350 to display the owner’s coat of arms. Aketon A padded and quilted garment, usually of linen, worn under or instead of plate or mail. Almain Rivet A munition-grade half-armor imported from Germany in […]

  • How To Make A Spangenhelm 3

    How to Build a Spangenhelm by Ron McWilliams Page 3 of 3 Check the fit on all pieces before taking the bolts out. Note burrs on nasal piece. All pieces should be finished at this last fitting. Check all pieces before riveting. All sanding and buffing should be finished before final assembly. Peen rivets fron […]

  • How To Make A Spangenhelm 2

    How to Build a Spangenhelm by Ron McWilliams Page 2 of 3 Measuring out the panel holes. Punching holes for the panels. Ensuring a tight fit between bands before adding panels. Double checking band alignment before adding panels. After first rough sanding on the panels, the low spots will show up. Turn piece over and […]

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    How To Make A Spangenhelm

    How to Build a Spangenhelm by Ron McWilliams Page 1 of 3 Click on the spangenhelm pattern below to enlarge and print it. Some tools used on this helm. Dome stakes, dome bowl, calipers, tape measure, files, lead scuba weight, snips, gloves, safety glasses, ear plugs, rail road anvil and spike, dishing and planishing hammers, […]

  • Coat Of Plates

    Examination of St. Maurice Coat of Plates by David Counts This carved figure, c.1250-1300, is that of one of the earliest coat-of-plate configurations. The effigy is that of St. Maurice and it can be found in the Magdeburg Cathedral, Germany. A number of authors (Thordeman of Wisby fame, Nicolle, etc.) have noted the early appearance […]

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    How To Make a Great Helm

    Great Helm Pattern and Construction by K. Grayson Our thanks to K. Grayson for allowing us to re-publish this article on Arador. Also see: How to Make Armor and Building Spaulders – an exercise in basic hammerwork, finishing, and assembly. This type of helm is a nice basic helm to make. It is typical of […]

  • How To Make Maille Chausses

    Maille Chausses by Matthew Johnston Matthew has created a very attractive and functional version of 13th C. style maille chausses. More pics to come of the completed outfit. “The rings are all 16 gauge with a 1/4” inner diameter. Stainless steel from just below the knee up and aluminum below that. There’s an old pair […]