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How do you make paper cartridges ?
Making your own cartridges is a chore most soldiers (in the present day) don't mind. Of course, we do these today in the comfort of our own home, and not while shivering in camp huddled around a fire. To make your own cartridges, you need a template for paper blanks. Roll the cartridges around a 9/16" dowel, leaving enough at one end to fold into a secure enclosure. This size will allow for cartridges to easy be placed and retrieved from the cartridge box.
Originally the paper template would have been larger, but we are only making 'blanks' and not including a musket ball. This requires less paper. A 3/4" dowel would have been used to accommodate a Brown Bess's .75 caliber musket ball, and a 5/8" dowel to accommodate the Charleville's .69 caliber ball. Once the tube is rolled, it's time to dip in wax, let cool, then fill with powder. 100 grains of FFg or FFFg black powder is the maximum allowed for muskets in the Continental Line. For rifles, the maximum amount of black powder is 80 grains.
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How do I make full Gaiters ?
Click on the link below to download a PDF formatted document from the Office of the Northwest Territory Alliance Patternmaster. It is a very detail document describing how to make a pair of full gaiters.
How do I know if I am using a proper period stitch in my clothing ?
Click on the link below to download a PDF formatted document from the Office of the Northwest Territory Alliance Patternmaster. It shows a variety of period-correct hand-sewing techniques to make sure that piece of clothing you are working on is correct.
How do I make my own candles ?
Making your own candles does involve a fair amount of time, but if you make a dozen or so in a batch, you can make enough candles in a single session to last you an entire season. Although beeswax is the ONLY period-correct material to use, it is very soft and candles only last between two and four hours. The materials I suggest you use will make candles that not only look as good as their period-correct brethren, but they will last between 8 and 12 hours.
All of the materials can be purchased at your local arts and craft's store. Paraffin can be purchased in 20 pound slabs, and broken up and used as needed. I use a double-boiler system as this reduces the possibility of fire, but as the wax will drip and spill, the water in the second vessel will keep the mess contained and keep your stove clean. Although a large discarded coffee can will serve you to melt the wax, I found it didn't have the depth for longer candles. I purchased a candle pot that holds roughly a gallon of wax and is 8 inches deep, perfect for the 7 1/2" candles I am making. I add coloring and scenting to give the candles a more period appearance, and the scent is a nice touch if you want to burn them in the comfort of your home.
Look at the pictures for a visual guide. Skip to the bottom of this section if you want to see how to add a period look to store-bought emergency candles with minimum time investment.