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by Biro
Thu Mar 22, 2007 11:46 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: pre-washing
Replies: 14
Views: 1767

Prewash it at the temperature that you will wash it when in use. Makes sense.. I'll stick with a pretty low temp then - just to be safe. if you do a 90 degree wash on wool fabric it will possibly end up the consistency of thin plywood!! Hehe - well, if it all goes wrong, I could always make a shiel...
by Biro
Wed Mar 21, 2007 10:21 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: pre-washing
Replies: 14
Views: 1767

Thanks all for the replies. I guess I'll go with washing just a bit of it and if its ok, then I'll do the lot
by Biro
Tue Mar 20, 2007 5:50 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: pre-washing
Replies: 14
Views: 1767

pre-washing

After a trip to TORM, I now have some nice woolen fabric that I'm going to make into something similar to the Skjoldehamn kyrtle (fingers crossed). Gonna have ago at hand-sewing because I don't know how to use a sewing machine :oops: Anyway, probably seems like a stupid question to those who've been...
by Biro
Fri Feb 23, 2007 10:39 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: 1175 - Socks ??
Replies: 8
Views: 1344

I don't know.. Looking at other figures in that original image, I can see the fella with his hair being pulled wearing what looks to be the exact same thing, only without the shoes over, so I don't think leg bindings.. And for hose, they don't seem loose or irregular enough at the top to be rolled-d...
by Biro
Fri Feb 23, 2007 4:09 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: 1175 - Socks ??
Replies: 8
Views: 1344

1175 - Socks ??

Does anyone know what these are: http://bugpowder.com/andy/e.durham.html Look at the main fugure on the top with the Hauberk and helmet. What does he have on his feet/legs? Obviously, the shoes/boots are black, his hose are red.. What's the green things? Socks? There are a few others in this pic wea...
by Biro
Mon Feb 19, 2007 3:49 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Battle of Bannockburn 2007
Replies: 428
Views: 56402

It's listed on the main visit scotland site, so they must be serious about it.. http://www.visitscotland.com/sitewide/junevents I wouldn't be surprised if there are MoP's plannnig there holidays around what's on the Visit Scotland site... Still have to wonder just who is going though... I could vole...
by Biro
Thu Jan 18, 2007 2:39 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Making a Round Shield
Replies: 32
Views: 4927

Just hijacking the thread a little...

I'll be starting on a shield shortly - faced with linen/canvas. I'm just looking for advice on what kind of paints to use on it.

Any ideas?

Thanks,
Brian
by Biro
Wed Jan 17, 2007 5:41 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Making a Round Shield
Replies: 32
Views: 4927

As I understand it, they used thin boards of Linden (which apparently is a very flexible wood) covered with rawhide, which makes a VERY light and tough shield.

The whole design idea of it is not to be too thick to penetrate, but to easily deform to absorb the energy from the blow.
by Biro
Wed Jan 17, 2007 3:06 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Garage conversion suitable for costume storage
Replies: 15
Views: 1903

Yeah, we get mice in our garage - It also gets really damp there in the winter... But we have partitioned part, seperated by a stud wall/plasterboard. We insulated the partitioned off roof and put plasterboard on the brick walls in there. A well fitting door with draught excluder and some heating ha...
by Biro
Mon Jan 15, 2007 5:07 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Curing/Hardening leather?
Replies: 24
Views: 2452

I've tried heating in hot water, but you have to rush with the shaping and it can be tricky to get the temperature/length of time immersed right to get the correct hardness. I've found that it's easier to soak in cold water and shape/tool there, then stick it in the oven on a low heat (grr, I wish I...
by Biro
Wed Jan 10, 2007 2:44 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Chausses and padded hose
Replies: 10
Views: 1807

Ahh! found it - from the 12c sculpture of Roland at Verona cathedral:

http://www.randyasplund.com/asplund/cb/chausse5.jpg
by Biro
Tue Jan 09, 2007 2:29 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Chausses and padded hose
Replies: 10
Views: 1807

Sources are tricky for this, as most information from tomb effigies and brasses tend to show the person fully clothed! And there just isn't much surviving leather/mail from theis period. I know it doesn't answer your question, but here a few interesting things to note: A scene from the mac bible sho...
by Biro
Mon Jan 08, 2007 2:46 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Chausses and padded hose
Replies: 10
Views: 1807

So the recomendataion is that they tye to a belt? I've also got a pair that I'm (optimistically as ever) hoping to get rigged up for this season for my early 13th C kit and have been pondering how to secure them. Biro, I agree with your conclusions regarding gambonised cuisse, but I'm surprised tha...
by Biro
Sun Jan 07, 2007 2:05 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Chausses and padded hose
Replies: 10
Views: 1807

Many years ago I used to own a full set of mail chausses - coming up to mid-thigh for early 13th century. I couldn't bend my knee more than a right-angle. We then moved period to late 13th century and I added some gamboised cuisses, and couldn't figure out whether they were worn over the top of the ...
by Biro
Fri Jan 05, 2007 1:30 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Maille fastenings
Replies: 37
Views: 3523

re mail, apparently Erik Schmidt is a mail guru, he has done some sort of endorsement/deal with GDFB, he posts on the Armour archive a fair bit and osme other more serious armour and weapons fora. He might be able to offer more info. I'm reading an article that he sent me at the moment. It really i...
by Biro
Mon Jan 01, 2007 10:46 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Chain Mail
Replies: 18
Views: 2366

What Nigel said - also there's no sewing needed so it's pretty easy to do (assuming you're as bad as I am with a needle) :)
by Biro
Sun Dec 31, 2006 12:22 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Chain Mail
Replies: 18
Views: 2366

I've always used a patch of leather to go over the palm of my hand and punched holes at the edges for the mail to go through. I left an opening close to the wrist/base of the palm to get my hand out when needed. So the whole thing fits over the glove without actually being attached to it. The actual...
by Biro
Sun Dec 31, 2006 12:13 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Maille fastenings
Replies: 37
Views: 3523

Dunno if it helps, but here's what works for me: I always used to kneel (or stand if I already had my mail chausses + cuisses on - which is a huge job for a squire :) ) and get my arms through the sleeves first (these were long sleeves with integral mufflers - but a gap at the wrist to get hands out...
by Biro
Tue Oct 24, 2006 8:31 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Help with Tunic - Mid 13th C
Replies: 13
Views: 1311

Thanks for the warm welcome :) Nigel, When is that November training weekend? I think it would be really beneficial for a couple of our guys to come along - assuming we can make it. Heh - I took my son to see you guys at Helmsley.. but we couldn't get in. The village was full - nowhere to park at al...
by Biro
Tue Oct 24, 2006 2:29 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Help with Tunic - Mid 13th C
Replies: 13
Views: 1311

Thanks for the response! Unfortunately I'm working this weekend, otherwise I would be heading to the market - although some of our members are going. I'll send an email when I get home, and yes, making is out. I don't have an awful lot of spare time due to work and kids, so on the making front I'm t...
by Biro
Tue Oct 24, 2006 1:41 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Help with Tunic - Mid 13th C
Replies: 13
Views: 1311

Help with Tunic - Mid 13th C

Hi, Since this is my first post here, I'd like to introduce myself and say Hulloo! (been lurking for a little while). I've been out of re-enactment for almost 9 years now (since my son was born really - I just didn't have the time anymore), and before that had about 10 years experience of re-enactme...

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