The following pictures are of a pair of "Wisby" gauntlets I am attempting to make. This will be the most sophisticated armour I have undertaken in terms of metal sculpture. This will be a replica, sized to fit my hand, of the Wisby gauntlet #3, from the Wisby excavation in 1905. The Battle of Wisby was July 27th, 1361.
I was inspired to this project by this example.
The first thing I did was make a leather "beanbag" full of lead shot. I thought this would be useful in forming the metacarpal plate. As it turns out, it was not terribly useful. It did not supply enough support.
Instead, I chiseled a V groove in a block of wood. I used a bench grinder and a metal file to shape a railroad spike into an appropriate chisel for forming the grooves in the metacarpal plate.
Back in the shop after dinner, and I worked on the thumb assembly for the right hand. I have never done articulations before so I'm not sure if this is going to work or not. It looks like the artwork though.
My first gadling.
I made the by grinding a railroad spike into a rounded pyramid shape, and then pounding this into a block of lead to make a female support. I formed the crude gadling using the lead block and the spike, and then finished it with a hammer over the spike.
This evening I pounded out 3 more gadlings.
Got back to playing with these gauntlets again. I have most of the metal cut out now. All of the finger lames are done.
I have riveted together the thumb pieces, but the articulation seems poor.