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« on: September 13, 2009 02:35:50 PM »

Greetings again! (Finally...  Tongue)
Well, I have been planning and working on this project for quite a while and I finished it a week or so ago. I wasn't able to get pictures of it until I got my camera back from my Uncle's ranch where it was left.

One of my best friends is really into acting and loves anything lord of the rings-ish, narnia-ish, knight-ish and in general, costuming, so I figured out early what was to be her Christmas gift! What better gift than a pair of bracers (arm guards) for her to fight off legions of evil bad guys! She's also into writing and in July, both of us joined up in a "write a novel in a month" contest. I won't go into much detail about the book writing but her main character was a prince from long ago (fantasy fiction) and his seal and symbol was of a phoenix. That's why there is a phoenix on each bracer.

I got the leather from Leather Unlimited and I also got the puncher to make the holes from there. The leather stamping tools (to make the phoenix) were bought from amazon.

I really enjoyed this project but I had to punch 32 holes in all and my hands were killing me for a week! All right, enough of my rambling, I'll let you go on to the pictures now. Smiley

There are a few more pictures on my blog and a little bit about my friend's book. Here's the link to the blog entry about it. http://texanmusings.blogspot.com/2009/09/secret-project-unleashed.html
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« Reply #1 on: September 13, 2009 02:51:06 PM »

Those are very cool

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« Reply #2 on: September 13, 2009 03:54:46 PM »

Lovely work! What a lucky girl your friend is!

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« Reply #3 on: September 13, 2009 04:03:00 PM »

Thank you both!

Lovely work! What a lucky girl your friend is!
She deserves it. Smiley She's such an awesome friend and she had to move away last year. Sad
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« Reply #4 on: September 13, 2009 04:45:52 PM »

Really beautiful work!

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« Reply #5 on: September 13, 2009 08:26:43 PM »

great work!  where did you get the design for the phoenix, or did you make it up?  and did you use any tutorial or instructions for the project?
« Reply #6 on: September 13, 2009 09:02:55 PM »

I just used a google image for the phoenix, and I more or less used a tutorial. I didn't have all the tools I needed for stamping so I had to blaze my own path for a while... Here's the tutorial. It is very step by step if you have all the tools and I would definitely recommend it. I was working under a budget though, so I couldn't get the edger or the stylist.
I used his recommendation for the vegetable belly (which sounds really weird). I didn't have any trouble with it really, except if/when I do it over, I need to check the stiffness of the section I decide to use to make sure they match. One of my bracers has more give than the other because I didn't really check the stiffness when I cut it out. I also had to modify the buttons (which I think are really neat) because I didn't have a deer that I could go wrestle to make buttons. Tongue

One more recommendation, if someone is working under a budget like me and they are picking out the design they want to put on it, pick something with not so many tight corners! They nearly killed my work.

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« Reply #7 on: September 14, 2009 02:07:01 PM »

Those are really awesome, and I'm impressed that you figured it out with just some tut help. Leatherwork intimidates me, but I think it's just so cool.

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« Reply #8 on: September 21, 2009 06:55:30 PM »

Those are really awesome, and I'm impressed that you figured it out with just some tut help. Leatherwork intimidates me, but I think it's just so cool.
That's what I thought at first, leather work intimidated me too. But I studied it, followed the guy's instructions and actually bought some of the stuff he suggested. All you really need is a vague picture in your mind of what you want it to look like, determination and a soundproof room. Ha ha. The stamping was kinda loud.

« Reply #9 on: September 22, 2009 08:19:14 PM »

Awesome work--I love the design! You should dye it an awesome color next!

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