For today's Throwback Thursday, this is that one time I hand-made 20k Dwarvish rings for some Dwarvish chainmail for that blasted King Under the Mountain, Thorin.
I started with a single ring, molded it. Made multiple copies from that mold and then made a large master mold. Proceeded to do multiple pulls using SmoothCast 65D (which I do NOT recommend for this style of a project...Simply because my objects were too small and I had viscosity issues with it. It basically melts at 100* and turns into mush.) So I re-ran them with Onyx (Fast-Black) and some other crap I'd never heard of and the name/number eludes me, but that worked. Keep in mind this isn't traditional metal mail, so you can't have open jump rings. So I had to make them with a slight slit, and had to use a product that would allow me to manipulate (open) the material enough to weave the rings and not snap while doing so. I broke several, don't worry. EVERY ring had to be hand-sanded on the back side (outer & inner edges) so they wouldn't catch on each other (result of molding, they have flat backs otherwise) then they were hand painted 3x each and assembled... Which I did on the flight over I had to do this project twice, once I realized the 65D product wouldn't work. So 20k+ rings later, voila. Labor-of-love. Stoked how this came out and I'm so glad the original creators got to see this costume in person. The Weta folks are such amazing and gracious people. #tbthursday #thorinoakenshield #dwarves #dwarvishchainmail #weta #wetaworkshop #thehobbit #chainmail #cosplay #WeCosplayersAreNuts #tedious #YesIHavePatience #SandedMyFingerTipsOffToo #neverAgainLOL