Jeff de Boer Cat and Mouse Armor | The Escapist
Jeff works with a number of different metals to create the armor suits, but he mostly relies on bronze and copper. Despite the fact these suits are made to fit little creatures they still take a lot of time to construct.
A suit made for a teeny-tiny little mouse can take as much as 10 to 40 hours. For larger cat armor the task can span as much as 50 to 200 hours!
Based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Jeff de Boer began sculpting armor for humans, but once he created a suit of cat armor in a sculpture class, he was inspired to try more animal armor. He has experimented in the styles of Medieval times, the Renaissance Era, Ancient Rome, and Japan’s Edo period. According to de Boer has never tried putting mice armor on an actual mouse, but he has attempted dressing one of his cats in armor and “has the scars to prove it.” Check out more of his magnificent sculptures on and show him some love on
Jeff attended the Alberta College of Art and Design, majoring in jewelry design. Pairing his vast metal sculpting skills with the intricate detailing of jewelry creation, Jeff produced the world’s first ever suit of armor fit just for a mouse.Spectacular suits of cat armor by Canadian artist Jeff de Boer. )He also does mouse armour of different cultures and eras.... worth checking out)These suits of armor imagine an age when cat and mouse knights fought for honor on the field of battle. It’s the work of who had experience making suits of armor for people before he made one for a cat in a sculpture class. He’s since expanded the idea, creating dozens of suits of armor in the styles from Medieval times, Ancient Rome, the Renaissance, and Japan’s Edo period. Rather than actually using these suits on animals, de Boer hopes to simply pique peoples’ curiosity and imagination when they see his work.Artist Jeff de Boer has meticulously crafted protective ensembles for cats, and—to even the playing field—mice. He draws his ideas from different time periods and countries, including Edo period Japan and Medieval England. He's even made a futuristic rocket mouse. These marvelous suits are substantial works of art; the cat armor can take up to 200 hours to create.Jeff uses various metals for his creations, but mostly bronze and copper. One tiny mouse armor takes from 10 to 40 hours to make and a cat armor takes from 50 to 200 hours. He has tried putting the armor on his cat only once, and still has the scars.It’s an age old battle of the species, made famous in books like the mouse based Redwall and cartoons like Tom & Jerry. This time however, the mice and cats are getting far more prepared for battle… they’re getting fully clad in armor.de Boer does not frequently sell his work, but when he does, a full suit of cat armor costs as much as $25,000! A helmet alone costs $3,000, and suits of mouse armor start at $1,500 and go up from there, depending on the complexity of the design.Jeff uses various metals for his creations, but mostly bronze and copper. One tiny mouse armor takes from 10 to 40 hours to make and a cat armor takes from 50 to 200 hours. He has tried putting the armor on his cat only once, and still has the scars.