Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Erin's armour, brassed

The brass bits are kind of fun to make...in a finicky sort of way. They have to be made out of cardboard first, then transferred over to brass, then they all have to be cut out, polished (takes hours that polishing!) than punched for the rivet holes. after drilling the rivet holes, they are countersunk. That big drill bit is just there to clean up the holes! The next step after this is to lay the brass into a divot in the wooden stump, and carefully dish it all out so that it will fit the curve of the underlying steel. Ya gots ta take yer time eh!

Clamp city! We leave a couple of the holes accessible to the drills so that we can drill the holes through the brass bits, and through the sixteen gauge steel underneath.

This is the finished cinquellette from a three quarter's view...

And below is what it looks like from the front. All that is left now is to finish file the edges to clean them up, and of course to replace those pop rivets with brass rivets. The plaquart is the same but different...I didn't want to duplicate the front design too much, though I suppose it would have been good design practice to do so.

And to give credit where credit is due, most of the bull dog work here has been done by Mark, under my close supervision. I just fussed about, correcting a line here, fixing something there. He can take credit for all that work. I'll take credit for the design.

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Anonymous said...

Oooo pretty, especially with the blued steel.

Wordwitch said...

Wow, I can't wait to see the final pictures!