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08 April 2005 @ 08:18 pm
It's finally warm enough to paint and lay fiberglass.

After hearing about the existence of Duck's Sheet Metal from my office mate, I stopped in to see how much they would charge me to cut my 150 armor squares from 16-gauge aluminum. The alloy is something like 3008, and evidently it's very workable, so it's the only type they sell (they do lots of brake bending work as well). The cut fee and materials fee are literally 1/5 of what Online Metals wanted. Needless to say, I was delighted. I'm picking all that up next week. I forgot to order the bands for the back of the armor while I was at it, but I can always do that later.

I'm wearing my skinny pants.
Current Mood: happyhappy
Current Music: Random rock stuck in my head
Assassin Weaselcrackferret on April 9th, 2005 05:59 am (UTC)
I wish I could find a place. :( I'm thinking for a costume I want to make, I might have to find a way to do it myself.
The Heavy Metal Matador: southparkrydain on April 10th, 2005 02:55 am (UTC)
What costume? If you're going for a metal-like look (and therefore don't need the structural benefits of real metal) and you don't mind using other materials, you might be able to fake it. What I'm working on is armor made of square plates riveted to a leather base. This could be simulated by making an assload of plastic squares, gluing denim studs from the craft store in the center, and spraying them with silver model paint, but I'm farking anal and this is a big-budget costume, so I just had to go with the real deal.

onlinemetals.com is the only online source I know of for small-quantity metal orders. They're fine for basic supplies, but their cutting fee gets insane if you need many pieces, and I'm not sure whether they have any way to cut shaped pieces from a template (Duck's would do that for me). For local places, I would look in the phone book and see if you know anybody who might have an idea: people who like working on cars, SCA folks, anyone else with hobbies that might involve custom metal orders.
Assassin Weaselcrackferret on April 10th, 2005 03:25 am (UTC)
I'm determined to do She-Ra one of these days (I've got the coloring, although I'm quite shorter, but I think I'd probably look MORE kickass because I think I'm more buff than She-Ra). Just the stuff on the torso and the headpiece (which is the part that will probably the hardest. I don't *need* metal, but I haven't found anything else that I really like the idea of that wouldn't look too cheap. I'm anal sometimes, too. And if I'm going to do it, I want it to be one of those costumes that people look at and go, "Wow!"

A friend of mind suggested using copper wire hammered out flat, but that sounds awfully hard to do right. Perhaps with a little heat I can do it on my garage floor, though. All I *really* need is a few sheets of a metal that I can work with easily, so I might look at the onlinemetals - I can probably fab it myself with the Dremel, but the metal has to not be too tough, or I'll just break a lot of cutters.

My other planned costumes should be easier (Witch Hunter Robin and Arwyn from the comic Sojourn), at least, but I'm determined not to make any of this stuff until I lose that last bit of fat I'm carrying around. Would hate to do all that effort to make a costume just to shrink out of it again.

Assassin Weaselcrackferret on April 10th, 2005 03:27 am (UTC)
HAH! Onlinemetals is in SEATTLE! I was just thinking, dude, I want to actually feel the metal. Then I looked at the address! That's like a half hour away!