Gord Richardson is creating Chainmail/Scalemail armour and jewellery, etc.
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$14
per month
Mail armour is ancient.  There are records of it dating to the fourth century BC from the Celts in Romania.  There is some evidence that it could go back even further then that and from the research I have done, it is the oldest form of metal armour ever.  I originally learned just one very basic pattern and since learning it, I have expanded my knowledge of the subject vastly.  However old the armour is, there is one interesting fact:  The jewellery side of chainmail is pretty new.  Over the past twenty years, ideas and and designs have exploded.   There is much more to this then one would ever imagine, including structures and sculptures.

The armour I make is usually costume grade.  I aim for lightweight and flexibility in most my armour without cutting corners in supplies and body coverage.  I have made combat grade for LARPing (Live Action Role Play), typically out of stainless steel and Galvanized steel.  I have made one scalemail vest and I really enjoyed it.

I would like to continue making the armour and jewellery and I would love to continue to create as much as I can with the possibility of opening my own workshop and store front in the future and teaching others how to do what I do. I would like to produce educational content on how to make chainmail along the way patreons will receive updates, pictures on a day by day basis and chances to get some one of a kind pieces along the way.

A common question that I always get asked is about the jewellery being costume or is it real.  I always ask people what is real jewellery and they often reply with silver and gold.  I try not to brush it off as a big investment to get gold or silver, but it is.  Gold is really pricey and I really do not like the cost.  However, in the past, I have worked with it and loved the feel of it as I found it easy to work with.  I do have one ounce of Sterling Silver always on hand when I do public shows so people can compare the weight of a piece made in aluminium.  I have been asked to make items in Sterling Silver and I have, without hesitation.

Now, stepping back from the armour and the jewellery, I also make some novelties.  My personal favourite novelty to make has always been ties.  It's like a small piece of armour just for one person, custom fit and custom colours.  Around Christmas time, I break out all sorts of ornaments, from snowflakes to bulb covers that look like icicles.  I have made some paperweights in the past and people seem to like them.  

I have actually always wanted to make a chess set out of chainmail.  It's one of those projects that is so long and so hard that it's almost never likely to begin, but I really will begin it one day.

Starting at the beginning, it will be just daily updates and photos of progress of jewellery and armour as it is built.  As time passes, I hope to start a daily vlog (I am really camera shy, so bear with me at the start until I become more comfortable in front of the camera) and the old school blog that everyone is kind of forgetting about nowadays.

More recently, I have started working on inlays (pictures kind of like cross stitch).  I have seen many different pieces of inlays from sports teams (I once made a Toronto Blue Jays logo) to favourite gaming companies and games.  Now, I don't mean to repeat myself, but this particular series of inlays I really want to work on is the first generation of Pokemon (You know, Red, Blue and Yellow).  Each inlay is between 6 and 25 hours - yes, they take a long time to make because they are so big, and each one costs between $12 and $30 of rings I cannot produce.  I plan on spending a good chunk of what you Patrons send my way towards this project that I am guessing will take me about three years to complete (If I only used the funds from Patreon, it would take much, much longer).  Since starting this, I have made 11 out of the 151, and that was just in January.
Tiers
Pledge $4.75 or more per month
This one is super weird for the most part.  But this reward lets you choose what pokemon goes next on the Big Inlay.  There are some restrictions, for instance we cannot have five Pikachus.  So, I will have a list of Pokemon you can choose from (and you also get credit on the project).

The reason for the weird price:  That's the cost of one pack of rings from my supplier and there is always a shortage of black rings.

Also, I am quite sure I will not limit this, because I doubt I will ever get the 90 or so I need to complete this project.
Pledge $5 or more per month
A hand written thank you.
Pledge $10 or more per month
A stretchy bracelet and a thank you letter.
Pledge $20 or more per month
only 10 left
A small paperweight and a thank you letter.
Pledge $25 or more per month
only 10 left
A simple necklace and a thank you letter.
Pledge $50 or more per month
only 25 left
A chain and scale dragon.  It will be about two feet in length and can be shaped into an "S" shape.
Pledge $50 or more per month
only 10 left
A dragon back bracelet and a thank you letter.
Pledge $100 or more per month
only 10 left
A suspended stone necklace with nine stones and a thank you letter.
Pledge $300 or more per month
only 151 left
For this amount, you will recieve one of the pokemon from the Giant Pokemon Inlay (It will be a replica and not from the original inlay).  Yes, you will get to choose the pokemon you would like to recieve!
Pledge $700 or more per month
only 4 left
This is a lot of money, and for this, one will receive a chain vest that will fit a Medium to Large and you will have some creative control on weaves I use.  I will need you to contact me to get your actual shirt size and it may take a while before this item can be shipped.
Goals
$14 of $25 per month
This one is more so for a better camera/photographer.  I have a friend who is willing to do trades for my jewellery/armour, but money will brighten their day.
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Mail armour is ancient.  There are records of it dating to the fourth century BC from the Celts in Romania.  There is some evidence that it could go back even further then that and from the research I have done, it is the oldest form of metal armour ever.  I originally learned just one very basic pattern and since learning it, I have expanded my knowledge of the subject vastly.  However old the armour is, there is one interesting fact:  The jewellery side of chainmail is pretty new.  Over the past twenty years, ideas and and designs have exploded.   There is much more to this then one would ever imagine, including structures and sculptures.

The armour I make is usually costume grade.  I aim for lightweight and flexibility in most my armour without cutting corners in supplies and body coverage.  I have made combat grade for LARPing (Live Action Role Play), typically out of stainless steel and Galvanized steel.  I have made one scalemail vest and I really enjoyed it.

I would like to continue making the armour and jewellery and I would love to continue to create as much as I can with the possibility of opening my own workshop and store front in the future and teaching others how to do what I do. I would like to produce educational content on how to make chainmail along the way patreons will receive updates, pictures on a day by day basis and chances to get some one of a kind pieces along the way.

A common question that I always get asked is about the jewellery being costume or is it real.  I always ask people what is real jewellery and they often reply with silver and gold.  I try not to brush it off as a big investment to get gold or silver, but it is.  Gold is really pricey and I really do not like the cost.  However, in the past, I have worked with it and loved the feel of it as I found it easy to work with.  I do have one ounce of Sterling Silver always on hand when I do public shows so people can compare the weight of a piece made in aluminium.  I have been asked to make items in Sterling Silver and I have, without hesitation.

Now, stepping back from the armour and the jewellery, I also make some novelties.  My personal favourite novelty to make has always been ties.  It's like a small piece of armour just for one person, custom fit and custom colours.  Around Christmas time, I break out all sorts of ornaments, from snowflakes to bulb covers that look like icicles.  I have made some paperweights in the past and people seem to like them.  

I have actually always wanted to make a chess set out of chainmail.  It's one of those projects that is so long and so hard that it's almost never likely to begin, but I really will begin it one day.

Starting at the beginning, it will be just daily updates and photos of progress of jewellery and armour as it is built.  As time passes, I hope to start a daily vlog (I am really camera shy, so bear with me at the start until I become more comfortable in front of the camera) and the old school blog that everyone is kind of forgetting about nowadays.

More recently, I have started working on inlays (pictures kind of like cross stitch).  I have seen many different pieces of inlays from sports teams (I once made a Toronto Blue Jays logo) to favourite gaming companies and games.  Now, I don't mean to repeat myself, but this particular series of inlays I really want to work on is the first generation of Pokemon (You know, Red, Blue and Yellow).  Each inlay is between 6 and 25 hours - yes, they take a long time to make because they are so big, and each one costs between $12 and $30 of rings I cannot produce.  I plan on spending a good chunk of what you Patrons send my way towards this project that I am guessing will take me about three years to complete (If I only used the funds from Patreon, it would take much, much longer).  Since starting this, I have made 11 out of the 151, and that was just in January.

Recent posts by Gord Richardson

Tiers
Pledge $4.75 or more per month
This one is super weird for the most part.  But this reward lets you choose what pokemon goes next on the Big Inlay.  There are some restrictions, for instance we cannot have five Pikachus.  So, I will have a list of Pokemon you can choose from (and you also get credit on the project).

The reason for the weird price:  That's the cost of one pack of rings from my supplier and there is always a shortage of black rings.

Also, I am quite sure I will not limit this, because I doubt I will ever get the 90 or so I need to complete this project.
Pledge $5 or more per month
A hand written thank you.
Pledge $10 or more per month
A stretchy bracelet and a thank you letter.
Pledge $20 or more per month
only 10 left
A small paperweight and a thank you letter.
Pledge $25 or more per month
only 10 left
A simple necklace and a thank you letter.
Pledge $50 or more per month
only 25 left
A chain and scale dragon.  It will be about two feet in length and can be shaped into an "S" shape.
Pledge $50 or more per month
only 10 left
A dragon back bracelet and a thank you letter.
Pledge $100 or more per month
only 10 left
A suspended stone necklace with nine stones and a thank you letter.
Pledge $300 or more per month
only 151 left
For this amount, you will recieve one of the pokemon from the Giant Pokemon Inlay (It will be a replica and not from the original inlay).  Yes, you will get to choose the pokemon you would like to recieve!
Pledge $700 or more per month
only 4 left
This is a lot of money, and for this, one will receive a chain vest that will fit a Medium to Large and you will have some creative control on weaves I use.  I will need you to contact me to get your actual shirt size and it may take a while before this item can be shipped.