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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.