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Dragonslayer Chainmail Corset by WaistedSpace Dragonslayer Chainmail Corset by WaistedSpace
The corset is custom-made and fully-boned. It is completely functional, and is overlaid with 4 sheets of dragonscale chainmaille (1 front, 1 back each side). Since this weave is very dense the sheets ended up 1/4" thick! Combined with all the layers in a corset, it becomes nearly 1/2" thick in places.

I wanted a very clean look for this corset, so I hand-stitched faux boning channels to secure the maille and hide the raw edges. This was the most time-consuming and frustrating part of the process, as it was very difficult to cleanly pass a needle through 5 layers of cotton and 1/4" of dragonscale. Close-up view

The rings I used were 16g 3/8" and 1/4" aluminum, nearly 5000 total. Even with the relatively light weight of aluminum, this corset still weighs over 5 pounds.

It took about a year to complete, and at least 200 man-hours - probably longer but I didn't keep track. 2/3 of the time was spent attaching the faux channels. Throughout the year there was one muslin fitting, one final corset fitting, and 3 fittings to be sure I wasn't going to stress the chainmaille once the corset was cinched.

The skirt, also custom, is a wool-blend fabric with color-matched satin lining. It doesn't happen too often, but in this case the color matched the rings *perfectly*. The styling is very simple, hanging straight from the hips with a dramatic slit at the side-front seam.

The matching jewelry is a pair of half-persian 3 in 1 earrings, and what turned out to be a very elaborate choker with a single spike in the center (more on the choker here)

I'd definitely like to try other ways of meshing corsets and maille, but I will probably never do it again in dragonscale because of the staggering time needed.
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As someone who has made corsets before, I can tell you that they aren't the easiest thing in the world to make. It's a craft that takes a lot of mistakes before you are even able to make something worth wearing, sending lots of hours and money down the drain. But then there are people who know how to do it well, and then there are those who take it to the next level. Dragonslayer Chainmail Corset by *WaistedSpace is that next level as this artist pairs corsetry with chainmaille. Be sure to click the detail shot to see what makes this an awesome find. ( Featured by ohnojaylo )
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Impybutt Featured By Owner May 20, 2015
This is absolutely stunning. :+favlove:
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Ravenwings08 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013
WOW. That is fabulous! I adore the color difference between the "top" and "bottom" layers of the dragonscale pattern!!!

That must have taken ages. 0.o But the resulting awesomeness is WORTH IT!!!
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Calmingdragon Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012
Amazing work! Good choice of rings for you maile.
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TwiggViolencexX Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Holy Crap This Is AMAZING
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stenpett Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Wow!

I've never tried making a corset, but I have tried my hand at dragonscale, and that alone takes hours to make. There's no other way for this than to end up in my favourites!

Great work!
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punkrockingfaerie Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
i'm wanting to do something similar atm , in a european 4-1 style, for a university project, not as detailed as your's (im not that good lol) i was just wondering if you could give me any tips or hints that may make it abit easyer for me or to let me know what to watch out for

but i have to say this is just wow !! and it looks so damn good to
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WaistedSpace Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
I'd say the biggest thing to remember is to make sure the maille doesn't pull apart when you cinch it up. I'd be weary if you're short on time though, because it takes a lot of tweaking to get everything to sit just right. I've only done this twice and don't know anyone else who has, so there's not much of a template to follow other than persistence. Good luck :)
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SerenityinChains Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
DANG.

We are stunned by this corset - it's gorgeous!
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WaistedSpace Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks :)
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xHeartOfLilithx Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
absolutely amazing!
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Winonne Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012
Thank you. Of course, but this article will be in Czech language :)
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Black-Feather Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
I want this.
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Winonne Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012
Hi, I writing an article about chainmaille and I would like to use photos of your creation. Can I? Of course referring to you.
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WaistedSpace Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
yeah that should be fine, just show me the article when done :)
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JeiThings Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2011
This is amazing! You really have got some patience :omg:
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WaistedSpace Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
that was definitely the operative word for this piece! I look back and wonder how I followed through on it
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Diglette Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Holy hell. You have no idea the staggering amount of respect I have for you for attempting this project... and succeeding!!
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WaistedSpace Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks and yeah this took some persistence for sure!
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Diglette Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Staggering amount of respect is now MORE staggering, now that I've actually tried dragonscale. Holy snap, it's time-intensive.
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Hikitsuri Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
OMG as a fellow chainmailler and a seamstress i can really appreciate the time you took for this amazing piece.... congradulations
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Tezcatlipoca29 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011
Fine piece of work, there!
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Wukkowrakk Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011
Wow, this is truly epic! :eyepopping:
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lost260 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow. Just wow. I don't even know what to say to this. It is just so intensely amazing. The amount of effort you put in... I am in awe of your work!
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Darklordd Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011
Very cool. I came across this picture when searching for Dragonslayer the Movie from 1981. Whomever is wearing this should have been in that movie or a new dragon movie. It's a totally wicked corset and a lovely young woman wearing it. :)
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daft-craft Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011
This. Is. Awesome. I've made corsets before and mucked up my first few attempts, and I can only imagine how intricate this construction must have been. Beautiful!
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RowanGingerRaven Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2011  Professional General Artist
BRILLIANT!
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evenflow82 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
i agree with you completely. Dragonscale is a beautiful weave with so much depth, but it requires such a massive amount of rings for such a small amount of weave that it's really not a feasible option other than in a "hey let's see what happens when". sort of situation.

spectacular piece though
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ravingwolfgirl Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2010
i sooo want one. but i could never afford that.
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beanbun Featured By Owner May 28, 2010
Wooooooooooow. I just completed a corset of non-chainmaille proportions and it took me all day, I can't fathom this. Wooooooooooow.
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Wingedserpent776 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2010
Cool, I do some maille as well but not that good lol.
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foreverstrange Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Stunning.
The corset is pretty amazing too ;)

Who is your model, may I ask?
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WaistedSpace Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Just an old friend :)
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foreverstrange Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay. Oh, and we are yet to see any photo's of you good sir...
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WaistedSpace Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
lol, they're there, just not very prominent. Check my scrapbook and the Dragonslayers: Fire & Ice if you wanna see ;)
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foreverstrange Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Yay! Okay :aww:
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dragongirl240 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2009
I WANT that corset!Fabulous work!
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jaguanna Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2009
props! I wish I could learn to make corsets
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songsforever Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Thats freaking awesome!!!!! Well done!!
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dainsane1 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
*drool*

i keep coming back to drool all over this pic.

makes me want to do some thing similar

i have a stack of leaf shaped scales all prepped and waiting for a project (black anodized aluminum)

just have to prep the polished stainless and i will be set to go on something.

such an unbelievable time investment in that piece.

*wipes up drool puddles*
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BenaeQuee Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2009
Stunning! My two favorite things, chainmaille and corsets (plus it's BLUE!). That is beautifully done and so unique.
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Sparda514 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2008
How much does it weigh?
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foreverstrange Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
About 5 pounds.
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theautumngallery Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2008
The corset is simply exquisite! Love your work!
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WaistedSpace Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
thanks :aww:
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theautumngallery Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2008
You're welcome. Your work is truly amazing
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bdunn1342 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2008   General Artist
That is so amazing. It boggles the mind. Excellent work.
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ladyvierra Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2008
Amazing, AMAZING corset <3 I wish I could afford to have something this beautiful!
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littlefishtale Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
:O That is simply gorgeous, I envy your talent & patience.
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SpellCasterBlackrose Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I really loved the details. It was very clean. That's what you call quality work.
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wookborm Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2008   Artisan Crafter
I lovelovelove the idea of pairing chainmail & corsetry. Beautifully done!
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