Dwarven Bracers





Introduction: Dwarven Bracers

About: Well I'm not a pro in any way, but I just love to make things of all kinds. I like rock and epic music, good food, norse mythology, biking, hiking, larping and so on... But there's one nemesis - Math. Yet I ...


I want to present you my dwarven leather breacers. I made them as a part of an armour of my dwarven costume which I made for this larp battle inspired by Hobbit.

Step 1: Tools and Materials

So..to make this beautiful part of armor you will need:

  • leather (mine was thick about 4mm)
  • knife
  • thread and needle, rivets
  • some tools
  • paper and pencil
  • ruler

Step 2: Measuring and Sketching

First I wanted to make Gimli's bracers, than I thought about Thorin Oakenshield's. But then I said "Hey, why don't you try to make your own ?" So I decided to think about whole new pattern.

Because leather is quite expensive material, you should make more sketches and transfer it to the leather once you're completely satisfied with it.

So measure your arm and take a pencil and let's do some sketching!

Step 3: Cutting

Now just draw a future shape of your bracers on the leather and cut it. There isn't really much to say :)

Step 4: Decoration

Now we get to the harder part - decorating.

First, draw a pattern on your bracers. After that we will push it or cut to it.

In order to make it, you need to soften the leather. Just put it in the water until it's completely wet.

Then start to push some hard thing into it.

After you are done just let it dry (without heating it! Heat would destroy the leather)

Step 5: Dying, Waxing, Lubricating

You can also dye and wax you bracers.

Dying will change your bracelet's color.

Wax will make the leather harder and darker and will also protect it.

Grease will protect them from water and from getting old and worn off.

I chose to dye it with brown color. You can use special paints for leather or if you don't want to buy them, just use an alcohol marker. I also want to lubricate them, but I will do it before the battle :)

Step 6: Assembling

Now it is finally the time to join all the parts together (as you could see on previous pictures, I did it earlier, but just because I'm impatient and I didn't wanted to paint them first, but luckily I changed my mind :) ) !

I sewed a hand part to the arm part and then attached a stripe of leather for holding it on palm.

Then I added fastening.

I cut stripe of leather and insert it into a buckle. Then I glue it on the bracer, so it would be easier to sew it later. You can use rivets as well! After that I added a stripe of leather on the opposite side of bracer.

Step 7: Finish Line

And if you got all the way down here, that means you are done! :)

I really hope you like this instructable and that it was helpful. It was my first time when I worked with leather, so I'll be glad for comments and advises, what should I do better next time! :)



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    Far over the misty mountains cold.... To dungeons deeeeeep and caverns old, the fire was red its flaming spread... The trees like torches, blazed with light... Dun dun dun dun

    Blunt the knives bend the forks smash the bottles and burn the corks! Chip the glasses and crack the plates that's what Bilbo Baggins hates!

    oooooo make these out of 16 us gauge sheet steel and imprint the decorations using the repousse technique and you'd have some very excellent armour! then again, you could make these from saddle skirting leather and harden them with boiling water, as steveastrouk mentioned, and have some functional armour that way as well.

    you just want to be a bit careful about that for the obvious reason that you're working with boiling water as well as not making the leather too hard or it becomes brittle.

    very much favoriting this for a future project. i have some heavy leather and had no idea what to do with it.....until now. cheers mate!

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    sure thing! oh, even 18 gauge steel would work, be easier to work *with* and still be functional. especially for this since the aria is so small compared to like...tassets or cuisse.

    oh yeah, a suggestion. use rivets for the straps and not just adhesive. you can get them from leather supply shops, either in person or online..

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    when you go to tool(imprint) the leather let it start drying to its normal color and then use a sponge to get it damp and wet enough to tool. also if you periodically wet the edges, th water should absorb into the middle depending on the thickness and size of the piece. this is just what works best for me. find what works best for you and stick with it.

    Once you have your design finished and it fits right, boil them in wax to harden them. Paraffin works better in high temperatures, while beeswax keeps more flexibility and is less likely to crack in low temperatures. Be careful with wax vapour though as it can be quite explosive if you let it build up.

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    I was planning to do this, but I haven't the beeswax that my friend promised me like a month ago . Anyway thanks for advice!

    Be aware that they will try to shrink a bit as they cool off, so it's good to have a form you can strap them to so they come out the right size. At least, if you want the custom-fitted look. :)

    They're taking the hobbits to Isengard! To isengard to isengard, they're taking the hobbits to isengard! ;) <3 Lotr! :)

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    Well thanks for clarify! It was my first time I worked with leather. I just knew, it's not good to heat it.

    yes, properly hardened leather will definitely take a sword strike. especially if it's saddle skirting leather. omg that shite is *thiiiiiick*.