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Monday, September 7, 2015
Labor Day Labor - Hounskull Basinet and Camail Work
Stopped by Joann's this morning and picked up some brass wire and leather lace. The wire was braided using an electric drill and then routed through the vervelles. It wasn't too difficult, but a little slow as the wire had to be pushed and pulled through each successive hole. The ends were wrapped around the last vervelles on each side of the helmet. The leather lace was used to tighten up the mail at the chin. It now sits very nicely as seen on period artwork and effigies.
The only thing I plan to add is a padded liner under the camail. This should keep the mail from getting bunched up, and also keep whatever is worn underneath clean as the mail can get things a bit grimy.
The brass fittings and wire really enhance the look of the helmet.
The visor now seats fully closed after slightly pushing the bottom edges of the bascinet in.