Achimasi
Heya guys, just wanted to introduce myself and maybe get a couple questions in. My name is Travis and I've been eyeing at armor craft for a few years now. Of course being that it was so expensive to get started I never thought I could get going with learning. I now work at an old school car body part manufacturer. This place is very old. It was running full steam like in the 60's. Literally. It even has steam powered air compressors. (which obviously aren't working) but the steam powered compactor is still used. I've gotten a green light to go ahead with using anything that's.. Well still working. I can use the mets that is used. Which is sheet steel. Not the toughest but I figured it might be useful for starting off .(correct me if I'm wrong.) I know there is a huge amount of things to learn which I plan on reading a few books that were recommended to me. If anyone has any recommendations on what to make first with armor that would be cool. I plan on eventually focusing on gauntlets but I also want to work with leather too.
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Hank Rearden
Welcome onboard. There are a lot of disciplines in this craft. Weapons to armor, tools, art and sculptures, architectural use and house hold items. So pursue your interest. I can tell you from my experience that your interest can easily change because for me it's not as much the products or what I make that drive me. It's the acquisition of skill from the pursuit of perfection for doing.

First skill set required is self motivation. The next is the preparation of failure, the third is to learn from mistakes and critiques of others. The most important in this is to share your knowledge. I learn more from sharing what I think I already know, only to have a question asked that makes me look at those shame ideas in a new and different way.

I also recommend the first tools in your endeavor to be the investment in PPE "Personal Protection Equipment"  Then buy the best quality tools you can afford.
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jmccustomknives
Welcome, looking forward to seeing your growth in the craft.

Rule #10;  "I can make that" translates to; "I'm to cheap to buy it new."

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Skarzs the Cave Troll
Welcome to the craft, Achimasi!

Well, if you're interested in making armor, you might be able to at least practice with the sheet metal you have. Do you have any tool stakes or anything that you might be able to use for specialty shapes?
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Achimasi
Skarzs the Cave Troll wrote:
Do you have any tool stakes

The only thing I don't have is ball stakes and I forget the name of them but the bowl shaped metal peice. But I do have an anvil and a large metal pipe. I do plan on getting more but as for this second I'm in the planning stage for what I need the most. A hammer set is my top priority besides PPE.
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Achimasi
Hank Rearden wrote:
Welcome onboard.
thank you, I will most definitely focus on PPE first. I'm lucky to have what has been provided to me so I can put more money into the things I do need to buy.
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Achimasi
jmccustomknives wrote:
Welcome, looking forward to seeing your growth in the craft.


Thank you I will definitely show off my first hunk of metal. Shouldn't be anymore than a month, just doing a little more planning and buying before I start.
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Anthony San Miguel
Welcome to the forum. As far as ball stakes go, I have found several different sizes of towing hitch balls that are actually round at the flea market. They don't have a flat spot on top. You can forge or grind the screw to fit your anvil's hardy hole and there are your ball stakes. Just watch for chrome plating.
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Achimasi
Anthony San Miguel wrote:
Just watch for chrome plating.
Ok cool. Definitely good to know I'll keep my eye out for some hitches. I take it chrome is a Nono?
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Dustin Stephens
Chrome is not so much a no no, just be careful when removing it, dont breathe the stuff, it can ruin ones lungs.  Looking forward to seeing some of your stuff and welcome to the forum.  The folks on here are really helpful and very knowledgeable
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