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Leather Armor Tutorial by OrangeMoose Leather Armor Tutorial by OrangeMoose
I wrote up a tutorial of my first leatherworking project. It took a lot of time and research, but I know anyone who has time and patience can do it. I also really want to thank the Tandy man who talked to me for about an hour when I went to their store. He gave me so much advice. Thank you!

I also learned a lot about leatherworking from :iconmerimask: who has a great maskmaking tutorial on her livejournal. I mean, that's what armor is, right? A mask for your body. Yesssss. Thank you!

Sorry for any typos (so tired), and please ask any questions you may have.
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ElementalMist Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This made my day, Thank you for sharing! I have been wanting to try leather armor and already do clothing patterning and sewing so this was great.
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asethey Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014
I was wondering if this would also work for faux leather?

I wanted to use leather to make Panne's torso armor from Fire Emblem Awakening since it seems like the most appropriate material.

However, looking at the price and size of leather, I feel like it would be a waste of money if I bought a full Tandy hide.  I don't really build leather armor often for cosplay and this could be the only time I ever really do this, so I really don't want to waste. I know they sell remnants as well, but I don't think they would have large enough pieces in there for constructing it properly.

So is it possible it could also work for faux leather or would it not due to the difference in fabric.

I'll be moving to Dallas in a few weeks to they'll be no short of leather factories there. Is it possible to get a smaller section of hide if I ask?
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OrangeMoose Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014
I don't think it would work on faux leather. Real leather has an elasticity and moldability you can't find in synthetic materials. If you go into a leather store there should be smaller portions of hide available for sure. It might be best to go into a store anyway so you can decide what thickness of hide works best for you. Choosing your own hide is nice. Some hides have a lot of scar or bug marks on them so being able to see them in person has its advantages.
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asethey Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014
Okay, thank you!
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Xinophin Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014
where did you buy your leather??
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DevilBahamutX Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Student General Artist
now this is what you call leatherworking in WoW XD
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OrangeMoose Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014
Haha...leatherworking is my favorite profession in WoW. =)
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DevilBahamutX Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014  Student General Artist
and in real life xD
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thefontbandit Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is a wonderful tutorial! I've been nervous about working with leather, but this makes it seem a lot more accessible. Thanks for sharing!
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OrangeMoose Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014
No problem! Leather is very forgiving =) You'll have fun if you give it a try.
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