Thursday, August 6, 2009

New in Shop: Bishop's Mantle

I'm very excited to finally add another piece of armor to Athena's Armoury! It's actually been made for quite some time, but I had been waiting for the right femaille (fe'maille' -- get it??) model to show it off.

The traditional use of a chain maille bishop's mantle is as armor that protects the neck, shoulders, and upper chest from blades. A nontraditional use of this piece is as a capelet as shown in the femaille model pictures.

Historical methods of weaving were used in the creation of this mantle, including expanding Euro 4-1. This piece represents countless hours of work with approximately 3000 16 gauge 1/4" ID bright aluminum and copper rings all coiled, cut, and hand woven by me with seamless closures. Because it was made using bright aluminum (which is 1/3 the weight of steel) and a single row of copper, it weighs only 6 oz. Maille will protect against an edge of a weapon, however padding should be worn underneath for additional protection.

There are many options to customize this piece for your individual taste: a high collared neck with a draw string can be added, different metals used, additional length, or even daggers around the bottom edge. I love custom work and will design a piece to your request.

Available both in Athena's Armoury Etsy Shop & Artfire Studio.


Meri Greenleaf said...

Ooo, that armor looks good! And that new model of yours looks like the prefect size and shape for modeling armor- good find there!

Audrey said...

That's amazing!! Chainmaille is so cool, but looks like a lot of work.

Athena's Armoury said...

I'm glad that I have a fe'maille' model form for necklaces, too, now. I'm thinking I'm going to have to start taking pic's outside, though, since she doesn't fit in my light box.

Thanks, Audrey! It is a lot of work, but I truly enjoy it so it doesn't matter. Ya know?

Carapace said...

Oh, thank you for showing off my Kali-girl! Um. I don't think Etsy would be happy with me if I'd made her all nekkidy, though...;)

I'm wondering how a maille collar would go down at work. You might think "WTH?", but I work at a college, so it just might fly. How cool it would be, if so...

Athena's Armoury said...

You're quite welcome, Cara! And of course you could pull off wearing the mantle! I like to say that it's good for a Saturday night out or going into battle; of course, that's one and the same for some. =)