How custom pieces get started is simple, ask me if I can do what you’re looking for in a manageable amount of time. Most of the time, I can handle a private commission on top of my regular work load. Also, I like a challenge. I like to be able to say, ‘yes, I can do that’ without thinking twice. I love being able to made something new, different, and unique for someone. Most of my commissions do not take me more than a month.
Chainmaille has a long history as armor. Only in the last 10-20 years has chainmaille become something more and different. I make jewelry. However, I also make armor. Very recently, I was commissioned to make a three piece set consisting of a bra, a back/shoulder piece, and a panel skirt (front and back panel that doubles as a belt). All three pieces matched as a set made of anodized aluminum and bronze. The chainmaille itself is a Japanese weave where two sizes of rings are used. I went a step further and used three different colors with the Japanese weave. The scale maille is also three different colors – black, black ice (shiny black/silver), and bronze. This whole set is made up of these three colors. This set got started when I received an e-mail from a friend of a friend asking if I would be able to make a chainmaille bra for a cosplay outfit. After a couple of e-mails we had a face to face to sort out what she was really going for. She had never met a chainmaille armorist before and didn’t know what I was capable of. The face to face is always a great opportunity for me to sort out the kind of person my client is and what their goal is for the commission. This is also the point where her concerns were expressed- she has curves and wanted to make sure I understood that simple triangles were not going to cover her very well. I always take these sorts of concerns to heart when working with anyone. The face to face is also when price, time, and deadlines are discussed. Once we had our face to face, she came over to my studio for measurements. After those meetings are taken care of- I wait for supplies then go to work. With this set, I was given 4 weeks from start to delivery- allow one week for supplies to come in from Canada. So, 3 weeks to complete the three parts of the set. When all was said and done the set took me a solid 24 hours to complete and most of that was the Japanese weave chainmaille and the last parts of the bra. The end result is very interesting, beautiful, and worth the ‘blood, sweat, and tears’ I’ve put into every piece I’ve ever made.
Once a piece is delivered, that’s it. Off to the world my work goes and on to the next project I go.
San Francisco is a city of events that demand good costuming. Nearly everyone in San Francisco has at least a box under their bed full of costumes and costume pieces that mix and match to create all sorts of different outfits. This armor set is a part of the long standing San Francisco tradition of elaborate and unique costuming.