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Grzegorz Kulig
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PostPosted: Thu 27 Nov, 2008 4:58 pm    Post subject: new medieval pieces         Reply with quote

Here are some new medieval pieces made by me.

Sallet based on original piece produced in Innsbruck (1495).

1) hand forged, as always
2) visor - hot-forged in charcoal fire - one piece
3) thickness of steel : bowl 2,5mm medium-carbon steel; visor 2mm spring steel; neck - 1,5mm medium-carbon steel,
4) unfortunately, the bowl has been welded, but our customer couldn't afford raised in one piece bowl
5) high-polished, unfortunately , that was customer's wish. I prefer satin finishing. Wink

More photos (icluding some during production) and photo of original here : http://www.thorkil.ovh.org/innsbruck_sallet.htm





Swiss klappvisor bascinet based on original piece from Valeria Castle in Sion raised in one piece.

1) bascinet raised in one piece of steel and visor raised in one piece of steel, so no welding!!!
2) hot-forging in charcoal fire
3) also the hinge has been hot forged hinge in the same way
4) medium-carbon steel
5) I started forging with 3mm steel. In ready helmet thickness of steel vary in different points of the helmet. at the top it is about 2,6mm and edges has about 1,4 - 1,2mm
6) satin finished
7) weight - circa 2900 g
More photos (also from raising process) and photo of original here : http://www.thorkil.ovh.org/swiss_klappvisor_eng.htm






Arms based on Churburg piece Ch S10:

Every piece hand and hot forged in charcoal fire, spring steel.
Fluer-de-lys brass decoration in style of Charles VI armour.
Some changings have beed made regarding to customer's wish (like extended upper arm and addtional decoration). The shape of arms were made regarding to customer's measurements, so they are a bit different than original.
More photos (also from hot-forging proces) and photo of original here : http://www.thorkil.ovh.org/churburg_arms.htm





Legs based on original piece from Churburg:
1) Hand forged.
2) Made with "mixed-techniques" - both cold and hot forging in charcoal fire.
3) Mild steel 1,5mm.
4) They have historical buckles.
5) Leather 2 and 3mm.
6) The shape of legs were made regarding to customer's measurements, so they are a bit different than original.
More photos, together with photo of original piece on : http://www.thorkil.ovh.org/Churburg_legs.htm





You are welcome to comment. Happy
Thanks, Greg (aka Thorkil).

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PostPosted: Thu 27 Nov, 2008 5:37 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Absolutely beautiful work. I agree, a satin finish is so much more visually pleasing to my eye as well.

Randy

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PostPosted: Thu 27 Nov, 2008 6:12 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Randy W wrote:
Absolutely beautiful work. I agree, a satin finish is so much more visually pleasing to my eye as well.

Randy


Me too: A mirror polish looks nice in the sense that any imperfection would stand out but so will any scratch if the helm sees any use at all ! Also, such a reflective finish distracts from seeing the shape as what surrounds the helm is easier to see than the shape itself. Wink

Impressive work to be very proud of. Big Grin Cool

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Very beautiful, clean lines. Wonderful work!

And yeah, a mirror polish often looks a bit tacky to me. Not to mention that it's harder to maintain, to boot. Happy

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PostPosted: Fri 28 Nov, 2008 8:32 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

So VERY shiny...how on earth do you get it like that?

I rather like that Klaapvisor, too.

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R D Moore




PostPosted: Fri 28 Nov, 2008 9:26 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I always look forward to seeing your work. Absolutely beautiful!
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PostPosted: Fri 28 Nov, 2008 2:46 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Very beautiful!

But I will ask a question because something is wrong with the original... Look at the spring pin. When the visor is locked, the articulated tail cannot articulate... It is a weird helmet. Someone could help me to understand how the helmet works?

http://www.thorkil.ovh.org/platnerstwo/helmy/pozne/19k.jpg
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Grzegorz Kulig
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PostPosted: Fri 28 Nov, 2008 4:39 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thank you Gentlemen for compliments and appreciation.
It's also nice to see that you agree with me about mirror polishing.

M. Eversberg II wrote:
So VERY shiny...how on earth do you get it like that?

I rather like that Klaapvisor, too.

M.


Well... I used many kinds of sandpaper (I am not sure if this is correct word...) of different granulation. Starting from low to high granulation. Then I used felt with metal-polish. That's all. Happy Oh, and of course precision and patience. Happy

And satin surface - my favourite way of finishing - I make this way:
1) provisional grinding (?) with using few different kinds of sandpaper
2) then I grind (?) by hand with using water and sandpaper of very high granulation. When you make it with precision you can achieve very even surface.

R D Moore wrote:
I always look forward to seeing your work. Absolutely beautiful!


Thank you. It's very nice to read this. Blush

Olivier L-Beaulieu wrote:
Very beautiful!

But I will ask a question because something is wrong with the original... Look at the spring pin. When the visor is locked, the articulated tail cannot articulate... It is a weird helmet. Someone could help me to understand how the helmet works?

http://www.thorkil.ovh.org/platnerstwo/helmy/pozne/19k.jpg


Well, I am not sure if I have understand you well, but I will try to explain.
The edge of each articulation is almost perfectly fitted to the edge of visor. And between the bowl (skull?) and visor there is a slot and when it is a need articulations come in into this slot. Also, hole under the spring pin is shaped that way, that it doesn't disturb in the moving of neck plates - in any arrangement.
I regret I haven't taken any photo showing how the neck is moving, but I assure you it works very well in any arrangement of visor.
Uff.. I hope I helped you a bit, even despite of my poor English...

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