Developing a pattern for the top of the sode (shoulder shiled)

Japanese armor shows a large variety of shoulder shields. I decided to build my sode from kozane (lamellar plates) and decided for a style similar to what experts call Tôsei Sode). Even though I used kozane (plates) I needed to design a top plate which I intended to fix the lamella shield to.  I wanted to top plate to be lightly rounded and curved – so I needed to design the pattern first.

As earlier, I used a kitchen pot as a basis for my design pattern. I fixed cardboard to the pot with adhersive tape until I had designed the basic form I wanted to produce.

 

I used a kitchen pot and fixed a solid cardboard to the edge of the pot. This way, I shaped the basis on which I put the heated kydex plate into the shape I wanted.

I used a kitchen pot and fixed a solid cardboard to the edge of the pot. This way, I shaped the basis on which I put the heated kydex plate into the shape I wanted.

I drew a pattern onto the prototypical basis, transferted the pattern to a solid kydex plate and cut it out.

Shoulder plate now with grounding. Holes will now be drilled.

Shoulder plate. Now to be put in shape on the kitchen pot/cardboard form. Holes will  be drilled afterwards. Sanding still needed, edges to be rounded.

Forming the kydex

 

The shoulder plate has been heated and put into shape

The shoulder plate has been heated and put into shape

shoulder holder pattern

Pattern for shoulder holders and the base plate cut out of a kydex plate.

Pattern for shoulder holders and the base plate cut out of a kydex plate.

 

Kydex shields grounded and prepared for the next step

 

Shoulder plates and shoulder holders cut out and put in shape. All rows of holes are drilled. The kydex plates for a grounding and will now be painted black.

Shoulder plates and shoulder holders cut out and put in shape. All rows of holes are drilled. The kydex plates for a grounding and will now be painted black.

 

lacing the plates for the sode

The band of scales is coming into existence.

The band of scales is coming into existence.

 

Bands of scales are now laced together to an entire shoulder shield.

Bands of scales are now laced together to an entire shoulder shield.

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Bands of plates/scales laced together to an entire shoulder shield

Bands of plates/scales laced together to an entire shoulder shield

 

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The pattern of scales has been laced to the kydex shield, using the same lacing technique as with the scales.

The pattern of scales has been laced to the kydex shield, using the same lacing technique as with the scales.

 

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The Scale are laced to the shoulder shield. Both together build the sode. This is now fixed to the shoulder holder.

The Scale are laced to the shoulder shield. Both together build the sode. This is now fixed to the shoulder holder.

 

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This is a view onto the Sode from the side.

This is a view onto the Sode from the side.

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The shoulder holder holds the Sode and also the Do. The entire cuirass hangs to the shoulder holder, as well.

The shoulder holder holds the Sode and also the Do. The entire cuirass hangs to the shoulder holder, as well.

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This picture shows how the Sode and the Do hang on to the shoulder holder.

This picture shows how the Sode and the Do hang on to the shoulder holder.