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« on: February 23, 2018 01:04:26 PM »

I was asked  to help a guy who looks SO MUCH like Thor make a slightly-extra Thor cosplay based on the Dark World armor, which has a little bit of knot-work look to the design. The guy had a store-bought Thor costume, and other handcrafters made him an actual (very heavy) steel Mjolnir, dragon-scale chain mail for his arms, and hard-leather bracers. I made his vest and cape.



I have never made any cosplay armor pieces before, so I spent a LONG time just THINKING about this stupid thing, and letting anxiety prevent me from starting it. But eventually, I got it done.

And this is what I started with:



First I drafted out a simplified set of shapes for the armor pieces, in layers in Photoshop so I could then enlarge it and print each piece individually at the appropriate size. (For reference, I actually still have this file in PSD format, if anyone were ever interested in my "pattern". It doesn't include everything. There are some hangy-downy bits and a back panel just with belt fastenings. But the basic shapes are there, and it could be made to just about any size.) Then I cut them out of my materials, which were:



Once a month my local Goodwill stores do every item of clothing in the store for $1 each, and that includes leather goods, and on this day, I just basically grabbed everything made of leather in the store. It was $16. It included two leather dusters, both of which had some damage that would prevent them from really being used as coats. I took them apart and of course it was all garment-weight leather, and too thin for this purpose, but a lot of it was not the butter-soft type of leather, but a tougher hide, even though it was still thin. I used that, and folded over, glued down, and stitched most of the edges, and in some cases I also added a second layer of leather, but since most of the pieces were going to overlap other pieces anyway, and there would be multiple layers of leather there, each individual piece was treated differently.

I also bought and took apart an old brass umbrella stand and used that for the brass bits on the front of the vest, and then put the whole thing together with brass rivets from Tandy Leather. I wish I still had a picture of the cape from behind. It's 2 yards of ultrasuede manipulated to drape a certain way, and it turned out great. The sort of pauldron look was accomplished using the BIG foam shoulder pads from the more 80's of the two leather dusters.

And yeah. So there's that. It might be one of my best costumes yet.
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« Reply #1 on: February 23, 2018 01:11:39 PM »

Wow! This is fabulous.  Your work looks great, thanks for sharing your process.  and he DOES look like Thor.
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« Reply #2 on: February 23, 2018 01:20:22 PM »

A. Maze. ING! You did a terrific job of this! He looks so angry and scary, lol. That copper is just perfect and the rivets, excellent. I know just what you mean about sitting and staring, afraid to start and then getting a moment of inspiration and it turning out great!

I am envious of your $1 thrift shop sale, that never happens here. Just look at all that orange leather! I'll be looking out for whatever you make with that score...
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« Reply #3 on: February 23, 2018 01:43:15 PM »

Thanks!

The $1 thrift store sales regularly yield me amazing things, including vintage, and leather, and silk to play with. In the case of the orange leather, most of it was in the form of vintage jackets. There were also a navy and a couple of ox blood vintage jackets, and all of them were in good enough shape that they got redistributed to friends and family members to actually wear, because who doesn't want a vintage leather jacket. I think I do still have at least one of the orangey ones in the basement, though. I have two 18 gal plastic totes of black and brown leather, and one more of colored leather. Someday I will use all of it, but in the meanwhile, I actually had to stop buying $1 leather coats, because I just have too much leather. It's a really ROUGH spot to be in, I tell you... Cheesy
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« Reply #4 on: February 23, 2018 06:17:46 PM »

WOW! you did an amazing job on all accounts! Heck, even your materials sourcing!
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« Reply #5 on: February 24, 2018 08:52:19 AM »

Marvelous work! I love that you took the time to add those details. So cool!
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« Reply #6 on: February 24, 2018 10:55:25 PM »

 your hard work certainly payed off. this looks amazing!  Shocked
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« Reply #7 on: February 26, 2018 09:47:42 AM »

Thanks everyone! Cheesy
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My friends would love this. I wish I could share it on facebook. I'm part of a LARP gang.

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