Mine will be a black velvet corset with a scale mail front. I bought a cheap second hand corset that might need some modifying, the busk is a bit flimsy. I ordered a bunch of small scales and metal rings from Queen Ring in the Netherlands and set to work with the help of youtube tutorials and my trusty jewellery work pliers.
I've done ring mail waaayy back, but scale mail takes more time because the rings used are so small and there's the extra mental challenge of getting the scales the go in the right way. I'm now about 1/3rd done and it has taken about two work days.
|Scale cells, I found making these first and connecting them was the best way for me to work.|
I do enjoy making the armor, it's relaxing in a way and the result looks like it's going to be awesome! I made a template that's roughly the size of the front panels of the corset, but I think I might need to make the scale mail part a bit wider on the top to get a good hourglass shape.
|The backside of the armor.|
If I ever work with scale mail again, I might go for the large scales just to make the work go faster. The small ones are pretty, but I'm a bit impatient ;P
|I have a paper template that's cut in the shape of my corset's front pieces.|