Post by Dave Thatcher on Jul 23, 2017 15:07:16 GMT
I've got a gessen that missing some of the pendants. They are made from leather so I've had to work out for myself how to reproduce these to make a replacement to add to the original set.
Here are some photographs of my journey.
Rawhide, dried and nearly impossible to work with. Cutting is hard work.
After soaking the hide I managed to cut it into strips that I then nailed to a block of wood. Once dried I cut the hide into sections.
These sections I re-soaked and then clamped and allowed to dry.
Once dry I mapped out the plate with a marker.
I then drilled all the holes, and then cauterized them to make sure they would be sealed.
I then cut back each plate
To make the retaining bar I used some 3mm mild steel that I hammered flat.
I've now secured the bar in place with some leather lace.
Now the plates are being dried again for a week. When dried I will proceed with the harding using urushi, jingo and sabi layers. The rawhide is useless without the urushi process, so more photo's will follow when I completed the next stage.
The pictorials really go a long way to showing the amount of work involved in producing even small pieces or armor. The labor but also the immense time involved (drying between steps, etc) are staggering.