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TheMightyMcClaw
19th November 09, 03:02 PM
One of my absolute favorite types of clothing to work with is gloves. Lately, I've been on a glove-making spree. I finally got around to uploading some photos of my latest batch.

To start with, there's a pair that I've dubbed the Morningstars:

http://th05.deviantart.net/fs50/300W/i/2009/322/4/a/Gloves___The_Morningstars_by_MetalArtisan.jpg

These were part of a box of discount bulk motorcycle gloves that I came into with the intention of fixing up each pair in a different design. So far, this is the first pair that I've done.
The chainmail is held on with bolts/washers at the bottom and elastic at the top, which works out surprisingly well. The ridges on the backs of the hands made an excellent basis for the spike pattern.

After making these, my own winter gloves seemed paltry and underwhelming in comparison. So pushed to outdo myself, I ended up making these:

http://th08.deviantart.net/fs51/300W/i/2009/322/8/4/Gloves_of_Metal___Backside_by_MetalArtisan.jpg

http://th02.deviantart.net/fs51/300W/i/2009/322/6/5/Gloves_of_Metal___Inside_by_MetalArtisan.jpg

The backside is scale mail, the inside is chain. Once again, there's an elastic band running around the wrist of the glove holding the maille in place (I've found that this is often the best way to attach maille to gloves, especially when you want to be able to remove it and tinker with it later).
All of the scales and rings are small and densely woven, which, coupled with all of the measuring and re-sizing necessary to making gloves, made these absurdly time consuming (approx. 25 hours went into these) to make.
These gloves aren't as cumbersome as they might initially appear to be; there's only a slight reduction in mobility between the gloves with the maille and without. Plus, the scales at as an extra buffer against windchill, which has a habit of destroying my hands while biking.
I'm planning on adding spikes to the scales on the back of these at some point.


For comparison, these were my old winter gloves:
http://th09.deviantart.net/fs40/300W/i/2009/038/4/a/Winter_Gloves_by_MetalArtisan.jpg

The gloves themselves were made of crap, and fell apart after a few months. The chainmail is still sitting in a drawer, and I intend to resize and finish out for use on another pair of gloves at some point.

Additionally, I also made two pairs of spiked fingerless gloves, with slight variations in style.
The three spike:
http://th02.deviantart.net/fs50/300W/i/2009/322/d/a/Wolverine_gloves_by_MetalArtisan.jpg

And the four spike:
http://th08.deviantart.net/fs51/300W/i/2009/322/8/7/Spiked_Fingerless_Gloves_by_MetalArtisan.jpg

Not as elaborate or artistic, but they have a simple post-apocalyptic-bad-guy elegance to them.

WarPhalange
19th November 09, 03:42 PM
Dude, those are fucking awesome.

EvilSteve
19th November 09, 03:47 PM
So- you think the second pair would work for stick fighting or would the ARMA egg gauntlets be better for that? Certainly look like they'd stop a knife, but I don't know how well they'd do with blunt force trauma.

Ajamil
19th November 09, 03:51 PM
They look a little puffy. But that may be the winter glove aspect. I like the fingerless gloves better. Not your style, I know, but the subtle and unstated badassery is nice.

MEGA JESUS-SAMA
19th November 09, 04:15 PM
I don't think you can call spiked, fingerless gloves subtle.

Ajamil
19th November 09, 04:37 PM
Relatively.

MEGA JESUS-SAMA
19th November 09, 04:39 PM
to the chainmail hauberk he's going to be wearing them with?

HappyOldGuy
19th November 09, 04:43 PM
So- you think the second pair would work for stick fighting or would the ARMA egg gauntlets be better for that? Certainly look like they'd stop a knife, but I don't know how well they'd do with blunt force trauma.

You want something rigid that transfers the impact into the stick. The plates covering your fingers should actually wrap all the way around and touch the stick on both sides. Those wouldn't help and might hurt.

EvilSteve
19th November 09, 04:43 PM
to the chainmail hauberk he's going to be wearing them with?

Actually, he's not wearing anything but the gloves. That's why they're subtle by comparison.

EvilSteve
19th November 09, 04:45 PM
You want something rigid that transfers the impact into the stick. The plates covering your fingers should actually wrap all the way around and touch the stick on both sides. Those wouldn't help and might hurt.

Yeah, you're right HOG... was thinking though- what kind of armor defends against a mace? They were developed to be effective against plate, and scale and chain are also only really effective against blades.

MEGA JESUS-SAMA
19th November 09, 04:49 PM
I think the ribbed, gothic-style plate was pretty mace-proof.

TheMightyMcClaw
19th November 09, 05:43 PM
I think the ribbed, gothic-style plate was pretty mace-proof.

Precisely. For dealing with heavy blunt trauma, you need a surface that's going to deflect the impact off to one side or another. That's why helmets and breastplates are all curvy like that.

TheMightyMcClaw
19th November 09, 05:47 PM
Guess what? More gloves.

http://th09.deviantart.net/fs51/300W/i/2009/323/e/8/Fingerless_chainmail_gloves_by_MetalArtisan.jpg


These an old-ass project from when I was first learning to make maille, and posting this thread inspired me to take a picture of them.
There's no thumb because I couldn't figure out how to make thumbs back then. At some point, I'll try and finish them out/make new fingerless gloves.

Spade: The Real Snake
19th November 09, 06:06 PM
Dude, those are fucking awesome.

I rest my case.

MEGA JESUS-SAMA
19th November 09, 07:02 PM
panty wrists

Ajamil
19th November 09, 11:16 PM
Pure chain is a no for gloves.

TheMightyMcClaw
20th November 09, 12:10 AM
Pure chain is a no for gloves.

They were an early project.
Flat chainmail works best if you use other other metals (copper, brass, etc.) to break up the monotony of gray mesh. It accomplishes the same affect as the leather does in other projects, which is giving you a contrast of colors and textures.

TheMightyMcClaw
26th November 09, 12:54 AM
Nyah hah, made another pair:
http://th04.deviantart.net/fs51/300W/i/2009/329/f/3/Big_Boss_Gloves_by_MetalArtisan.jpg

Someone on Etsy comissioned me to make replicas of the gloves Big Boss wore in Metal Gear Solid 3. They're a pair of Belgian military gloves (that's right, muthafuckin' BELGIAN) which I hacked at with a chainsaw until they looked right. They look kinda frumpy just on the desk like that, but I assure you, they look pretty sweet when actually worn.
For comparison, here's a shot of the gloves from the game:
http://mgo2sns.konamionline.com/mgo2/reward_images/male/734d942dde20fd96/hd/bdb606cbd3975edc_l_1.jpg