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Topic: (Girl's) Leather Armor Tutorial  (Read 44038 times)
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« Reply #10 on: August 29, 2009 05:06:17 PM »

A couple questions:

Is the leather dried on the mold before waxing?

What is the purpose of the waxing, to set the shape?  Or some other purpose?

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« Reply #11 on: August 29, 2009 06:13:31 PM »

Oo, oo, ooo!  I have a question too: what movie/show is that inspiration from?  I love that hair-do and want to see it from more angles to see if I can duplicate it Smiley

You did an awesome job on this!  Are you planning on making the rest of the outfit too?  Good luck and great start if you are.
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« Reply #12 on: August 29, 2009 10:16:20 PM »

Nice tutorial of an unusual item.  It's so easy to find links on how to crochet slippers, but leather armor is much harder to find clear info on.  Way to go you, playing all nice and sharing and whatnot...
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« Reply #13 on: August 30, 2009 06:47:11 AM »

Ingenious! But kinda hot for an Austin summer, don't you think? Oh, to have some Narnia weather!
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« Reply #14 on: August 30, 2009 11:40:43 AM »

Amazing. I'm gonna have to save this one.
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« Reply #15 on: August 30, 2009 01:18:45 PM »

Thanks for the complements guys! My brother is a propmaking genius, I swear. I help by supply him with the textiles and the inspirations.  Wink

If you mean my reference image, it's Susan from the Narnia movie Prince Caspian. The hairdo in my results pic was just me tying in the matching ribbon in my hair so I could take some pics to include on this thread.

A couple questions:

Is the leather dried on the mold before waxing?

What is the purpose of the waxing, to set the shape?  Or some other purpose?

Thanks!


To answer your questions, yes, the leather dries on the mold for a few days and hardens. Hardened leather is tough and stiff, but will become more supple with wear and tear and if exposed to water again, can be reshaped.

The wax is what turns the hardened leather into armor. After the leather has absorbed the wax it is waterproof and as rigid as thick plastic.

This is a really bad picture, but here it is just standing up on a table by itself, so you can see how thick it is and how it can just stand up by itself. 



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« Reply #16 on: August 30, 2009 03:00:07 PM »

Thank you!   Cheesy
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« Reply #17 on: August 30, 2009 03:03:24 PM »

My god, I am so impressed. I really want to make one of those now. Thanks so much for the tutorial!
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« Reply #18 on: August 31, 2009 11:33:09 AM »

I amazes me that there are people who know how to do this kind of stuff in this day and age, and do it, just for the fun of it! You and your brothers need to get a job making costumes like this for films. Amazing!
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« Reply #19 on: August 31, 2009 04:47:36 PM »

If you don't mind my asking where do you get that thick grade of leather from?
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