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Glowing Gauntlet

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I have always liked armor and lights. In this instructable I decided to combine the two. This one was fairly cheap to do and I am very happy with it.
 
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Step 1: Tools/Materials

Some of my materials came from other projects, or from items that were no longer of use.

Materials
$7 to $10 - Scrap Leather 10 oz. (The leather I used was very thick and stiff. I bought it at Hobby Lobby in a scrap pack)
$1 - Brass Brads
Salvage - Elastic
Salvage - Battery Pack
Salvage - Led
Salvage - Fiber Optics
Salvage - Batteries
$1.00 - Hot Glue
$1.00 - Shrink Tubing
$1.00 - Zip Ties
Salvage - Old Cotton Glove

Tools
Scissors
Leather Hole Punch
Pencil

Step 2: Prototype

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I did not want to reinvent the wheel with this one. I looked around at some different designs and picked mine based on what I saw. I began with a template I got from this instructable. I made the pieces according to the directions and tried it on. Make sure you make any changes at this point. It will be harder to change things later. Once you have a good grasp on the design move to the next step.

Step 3: Cutting the Leather

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This part can take some time. Use a pencil to trace the paper template onto the leather. Then you will use your heavy duty scissors to cut out your pieces. My hands were very tired after this. I did not have a piece of leather wide enough for the part that goes on my forearm. So I made that two pieces. Look the pictures to see what I mean. 
bajablue1 year ago
Cool project!

Betcha you wished you had a laser cutter instead of scissors! ;-) I'm wondering if a dremel, fit with a cutting wheel, would be a good cutting alternative?
ehudwill (author)  bajablue1 year ago
Yes, I don't know if a laser cutter would work, but I would take anything over having to cut it all by hand.
This is great. Now all you need is a falcon.
ehudwill (author)  Mrballeng1 year ago
Yes, a falcon would be great.
SlothSpace1 year ago
This reminded me of bio shock so much, I love it :D
ehudwill (author)  SlothSpace1 year ago
Thanks. I have never played the game, but I like the aesthetic in the videos I have seen of it.
Jtoa31 year ago
Could you post a picture of your templates laid out

If so thanks


ehudwill (author)  Jtoa31 year ago
The template I used is from the gauntlet I linked near the beginning of the instructable.
coredore1 year ago
This looks like Iron Man's arm... made from leather.
ehudwill (author)  coredore1 year ago
Thanks! Iron Man is one of my favorite comics.
o__o1 year ago
Nice! Check out my LED Daft Punk helmet I made. And does the glove get pretty hot inside?
ehudwill (author)  o__o1 year ago
Thanks and there is little to no heat from the bulb.
Amazing work! Finally I found something that will help me reduce the amount of leather in my shop waiting to be used. And it will fit perfectly with a costume I'm currently contemplating...
ehudwill (author)  Dominic Bender1 year ago
Thanks. This was great fun. What kind of work do you do?
That's the thing - I don't work with leather, I just bought a lot of scrap and did not use that much of it. But I will now - I'm currently making my prototype from cardstock ;).

Knowing how much fun cutting leather can be, I considered having the pieces laser-cut, but that would not solve my scrap-surplus problem, so I think I'll go "old school" with the scissors. Besides, it's bound to be cheaper that way.
ehudwill (author)  Dominic Bender1 year ago
Yeah cutting by hand will be cheaper. Post some pics of what you make. I am curious.
Nick705871 year ago
Very cool. Good job.
ehudwill (author)  Nick705871 year ago
Thanks!