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Making Sabretache and Sword Slings and Buckles

Discussion in 'Sculpting' started by Tecumsea, Oct 29, 2013.

  1. Tecumsea PlanetFigure Supporter

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    England
    I'm working on a mounted Scots Grey figure from United Empire Miniatures and need to make the above as there were none supplied with the kit, can any of you experienced guys offer any tips or techniques for doing this in 54mm?

    Keith
  2. John Long Active Member

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    United-States
    I had some photos at one time about how to do this, but don't know where I stored them. I'll try to describe the process; Take some small gauge ( something like a single strand of regular lamp cord for 54mm) copper wire and wrap it around an appropriately sized brass rod. Twist the ends until you have formed what resembles an eye-bolt. Slip the ring off of the rod and clip the twisted end off at an appropriate length. Drill a corresponding hole into your object and place the twisted end into the hole, and fasten with CA glue.
  3. housecarl A Fixture

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  4. valiant A Fixture

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    United-Kingdom
    You could ask a local sculptor who may help!!

    Steve(y)
  5. ACCOUNT_DELETED A Fixture

    Country:
    Canada
    Slings - heavy gauge printer paper. Buckles could be scavenged from a historex kit or could be relatively easily shaped from Duro - cut flattened Duro into a square and impress the buckle detail into the square.

    Colin
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  6. Tecumsea PlanetFigure Supporter

    Country:
    England
    Hi Steve........do you know one:LOL::LOL::LOL:

    Keith
  7. Tecumsea PlanetFigure Supporter

    Country:
    England
    Thanks guys for your suggestions, the photo etch SBS was useful Carl I remember making a mental note of that when I first saw it, however with my brain the note didn't last long:D I'll try Telford to see if anyone carries anything similar google search didn't come up with anything in the UK. Thinking about it since posting perhaps I could do it with very thin Plastic Card?

    Thanks again you've got the two remaining brain cells kick started.

    Keith
  8. polyphemus Well-Known Member

    For things like sabretache rings model boat suppliers sell eyelets in various sizes.

    Geoff
  9. Tubby-Nuts2 A Fixture

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    United-Kingdom
    Keith not sure about the Sabretache,.. but an easy option for straps buckles etc is this in 54mm. .. from Historex!. sga55.jpg ..says its for Napoleonic's and after!

    Regards,

    Mark
  10. Tubby-Nuts2 A Fixture

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  11. JonP PlanetFigure Supporter

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    England
    Hi Keith

    I can bring some 4x4 and 6x6 mesh along to Telford but I don't think I'll be able to get any of the 4x6 in time.

    Cheers
  12. Tecumsea PlanetFigure Supporter

    Country:
    England
    Thanks for your suggestions I've just ordered Photo-Etch and some Historex Spare Part Buckles and Harnesses-should keep me going for now.

    Good call Mark using Historex-many thanks

    Catch up with you at Telford Jon

    Keith
  13. Blind Pew A Fixture

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    United-Kingdom
    For straps, get some electrical tape from a 99p store. It's strong, utterly flexible and will last a lifetime.
  14. theBaron A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    Lead/metal foil from wine bottles, or from X-ray blanks (from my dentist) for straps, and fine wire--I think you Commonwealth citizens call it fuse wire?-for buckles. If it's a scale model aircraft, I might also use masking tape for straps.

    Prost!
    Brad
  15. ChaosCossack A Fixture

    Country:
    Canada
    I just bought a roll of "tooling aluminum" foil from the art store. About the same consistancy as the little pieces they throw in with most kits. The roll is 10 feet long and 18 inches wide for less than $10... enough to make straps and belts for about 1000 figs. Comes in copper too, but the same size roll costs about $80:nailbiting:
    24 gauge copper wire works well for buckles. Can be left with a round cross section or flattened after shaping.

    Colin

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