Handmade bracers

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Handmade bracers

Postby Ghostsoldier » Mon Dec 16, 2019 11:52 pm

Since others have seen it dutiful to post their latest acquisitions of Ranger gear, I humbly offer my meager contribution of leather arm guards/bracers/gauntlets for your viewing pleasure.

I crafted these myself, using patterns gleaned from the internet, and a design elements that I composited using Aragorn’s crown motif form the Return Of The King, and Boromir’s bracers; I used the star as the central thematic element, since I’m not particularly drawn to the Tree of Gondor indicia.

This was my first foray into leatherworking, but it won’t be my last; although I’ve purchased enough tools that I could probably start my own shop, I plan on making another set for myself based loosely on the Faramir pattern, I’m not about to venture into the world of commercial production...there’s just too much work involved (although I can now see how they justify the high cost of these bracers, as they are extremely labor-intensive).

All that remains is for me to add some black antiquing wash to the details to make them ‘pop’, and to coat them with some Resolene for preservation. Enough of my rambling....behold the photos:

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Custom paper patterns for the leather parts, and the cloth padding

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Re: Handmade bracers

Postby TaylorSteiner » Tue Dec 17, 2019 2:12 am

Holy smokes well done!
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Re: Handmade bracers

Postby Greg » Tue Dec 17, 2019 3:41 am

Holy captain tooling, Batman!

Looks great!
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Re: Handmade bracers

Postby theowl » Tue Dec 17, 2019 6:16 am

Awesome!
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Re: Handmade bracers

Postby Iodo » Tue Dec 17, 2019 6:51 am

These are amazing :P

Ghostsoldier wrote:This was my first foray into leatherworking
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your leather tooling is so detailed and professional that I'm having a lot of trouble believing this :mrgreen:
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Re: Handmade bracers

Postby Elleth » Tue Dec 17, 2019 12:25 pm

... dang! That's amazing tooling, especially for a first go! Wowsers!
I really like that little pear-pebbly background. Nice and subtle.

Well done!
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Re: Handmade bracers

Postby Manveruon » Wed Dec 18, 2019 12:16 am

W O W. :O

These turned out INCREDIBLY nice! Well done sir! Having made a pair of replica Boromir/Aragorn ones for myself a couple years back I know what's involved, and it's no simple task!
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Re: Handmade bracers

Postby Ghostsoldier » Thu Dec 19, 2019 12:34 am

Thank you for all of your kind words; building these was definitely a labor of love, but not one that I would enter into again lightly, especially for profit...it's fun to do for a hobby, but I don't want to make a business of it. :P

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Re: Handmade bracers

Postby Aravir » Thu Jan 16, 2020 2:41 pm

Looks incredible!

Now I wish I would have attempted something similar instead of buying them online :)

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Re: Handmade bracers

Postby Ghostsoldier » Sat Jan 18, 2020 1:25 am

Aravir wrote:Looks incredible!

Now I wish I would have attempted something similar instead of buying them online :)

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You can still give it a go! :D

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Re: Handmade bracers

Postby Aravir » Sat Jan 18, 2020 4:16 am

Ghostsoldier wrote:
Aravir wrote:Looks incredible!

Now I wish I would have attempted something similar instead of buying them online :)

-Aravir (formerly Rainor_Elulith)


You can still give it a go! :D

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Very true! I’m making a medieval leather pouch this weekend so once I get my leathercraft skills back up I’ll go for it :)
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Re: Handmade bracers

Postby SierraStrider » Tue Jan 21, 2020 7:04 am

Sweet Eru on a pogo stick, I'm feeling good about making bags that are roughly bag-shaped and then I see stuff like this! That tooling is gorgeous!
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Re: Handmade bracers

Postby Ghostsoldier » Wed Jan 22, 2020 12:00 am

SierraStrider wrote:Sweet Eru on a pogo stick, I'm feeling good about making bags that are roughly bag-shaped and then I see stuff like this! That tooling is gorgeous!


Thanks, Strider! :P

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Re: Handmade bracers

Postby Manveruon » Thu Jan 23, 2020 7:42 pm

SierraStrider wrote:Sweet Eru on a pogo stick, I'm feeling good about making bags that are roughly bag-shaped and then I see stuff like this! That tooling is gorgeous!


Best Comment Award, January 2020 :lol:
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Re: Handmade bracers

Postby Greg » Thu Jan 23, 2020 9:00 pm

Manveruon wrote:
SierraStrider wrote:Sweet Eru on a pogo stick, I'm feeling good about making bags that are roughly bag-shaped and then I see stuff like this! That tooling is gorgeous!


Best Comment Award, January 2020 :lol:


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