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scale mail glove fist by DracoLoricatus scale mail glove fist by DracoLoricatus
I finally finished my scale mail glove! I don't want to think about how many hours it took, so please nobody ask.

Stainless steel small scales, and sorry but I'm not selling this or making another one. I have a limited amount of sanity and I don't want to blow it all in one spot.
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reederda Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Quick question, what did you do for the underside of the fingers? Is it scales all the way around?
DracoLoricatus Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
It's scales all the way around. The scales on the underside of the fingers do mean that your movement is somewhat restricted. What you see here is just about as much as they will bend.
reederda Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That's more than I originally thought they could bend, actually. Thanks for the tip.
Sarahsoulis Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Can you punch a few people for me? And very nice.
inside-our-mind Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Imagine getting punched by that.
nucurathekitsune Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013
This is so cool! Where did you find the instructions?
DracoLoricatus Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
There really aren't instructions for this sort of project, I just had to figure it out as I went. If you're curious though I could link you to some tutorials on how to make chainmail and scale maille in general.
nucurathekitsune Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013
Yes please! I am thinking about seriously getting into that kinda stuff just because it is so dang cool! Yeah anything you can share with me on this would be much appreciated.
dsdragonspawn Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013
About how many rings did you use and how scales did you have to use to make it?
DracoLoricatus Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
I think this was probably around 500 small scales. Since the scales take 2 rings per scale when you're making a sheet of the pattern, that would put it at around 1000 rings.
yzorg Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
with this, bitchslap someone for a gentlemans duel!
lilbnyfufu Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012
You made it backwards... The scales are all going the wrong way.
DracoLoricatus Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
I think the other way would be backwards, though. I think it makes more sense for the scales to be growing away from the body, down the arm towards the fingers.
xShikarax Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012
did you get your scales from ring lords?
DracoLoricatus Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yep, that's where I get all my chainmail supplies.
Morcair Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011  Hobbyist
So beautifull !!!
LordoftheWolfDale Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011
what this armored fist is saying is"I'LL Punch You In The MOUTH!!!!!"
AlfheimCreations Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011  Professional Artist
Looks wonderful! I can imagine the hours it took. Did you build it on a glove base?
DracoLoricatus Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Oh, no. It's all chainmail. No glove underneath, just scales linked together with rings.
LittleCorax Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2011
I can only imagine the hours.... But I'd say they were worth it. It turned out beautifully.

As for sanity... Sanity is vastly overrated.
Seikara Featured By Owner May 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
That is fantastically gorgeous! I don't suppose you have a guide for making them?
LordOfWrappedArrow Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2011
Looks like disease. I prefer plate gloves.
Dearbhail Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2011
That is REMARKABLE. Your courage and sanity lost are applaudable. And the outcome is outstanding.
SwanFeathers Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
very nice
UsagiTenshi Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
that's some fabulous work, there!
stormylol Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Woah, that looks so cool. Can I please use this image in a picture Im making of my familys' crest? I'll give full credit to you, and I wanted to ask first anyway.
vytong Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2010
i thought the scales are supposed to be backwards lol anyways cool :D
3viltiki Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2010  Professional General Artist
very freaking sweet!
Pimda Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
WOW, really amazing. Just imagine having a full suit in exactly this style, that would be such a lot of total epicness beyond comprehension. But just the glove is stunning already.
RedRussell Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2010

Don't suppose you have a tut or some pointers of how to make them? Making sheets is a piece of piss and think this would be an awesome project to get my teeth into - If you're willing to impart some pointers it would be really appreciated.
DracoLoricatus Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Oh, the scales actually take maybe less time than normal chainmail; the weave is less dense, so you don't have to make as many connections per area. It's the making a glove that was ridiculously time-consuming. Basically, getting it to fit on your hand is a process of making something, seeing if it fits, deconstructing it, making it again slightly differently, seeing if it fits, etc.
The scales I get at [link]
SakhrAl-Jinni Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2009
awesome work, and i dont blame you for wanting to not do that again! from what a vaguely understand of scale-mail, it's more time consuming than chainmail. but still something i would like to try...where would one get scales such as that?
PapillonSagittaire Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
That's awesome!
angusman219 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
OUCH!!! I would not want to be hit by that.
blissnoire Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2009
Absolutely stunning.
child-of-aros Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
wow thats imence!
Poisonapples Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2009   Writer
Amazing! great job:)
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Skierunner Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2009
Holy schnizzle. o.o That is amazingness beyond words.
Malkyre Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
It looks incredible! Smallest scales I've seen on a glove. Most designs I've seen do a single row of large scale along each finger.

And I felt the exact same way when I finished the torso of my hauberk. It took so many hours (hundreds) before I finally figured it all out, and precluded me from doing so many other projects, that I don't know if I could ever do one again. Even though I'm sure I'll want to :P
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