Picture of How to Make a Vambrace When You Don’t Know How to Sew or Work Leather
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Here's a few notes before we get started:

1.) For instructions on how to pick good fabric, see the beginning of my How to Make a Brigandine article. I used leftover fabric from my brigandine, so the two would match.

2.) The costume I was working on only needed one vambrace. If you want a pair, double all the materials and the project time. Also, make sure to take the measurements for both vambraces at the same time.

Step 1: What you'll need:

Picture of What you'll need:
Skill level: Very easy

Total Project Time: 2½ hours

Total Project Cost: $19

• 8 pairs of small D-ring buckles, $3 for 6 pairs
• 1 bag of 1 inch brass fasteners, $3
• 1 roll Scotch tape, $2
• 1 roll of Duct Tape, $4
• 1/3 yard of fabric, about $4
• Measuring tape or long ribbon
• Pen
• Scissors
mrmerino2 years ago
Isn't it supposed to be worn the other way around?

Bracers can be in two parts with an inner panel and an outer panel that wraps around the inner with the straps opposite so as to protect both sides of the forearm.

A good example of this are the vambraces that Boromir (and later Aragorn) wear in the LotR series.

I think that would depend.
I don't know about others, but for archery, the strap part goes on the top of your forearm so the smooth part is on the inside. When you're holding a bow, it would stop the string from (painfully) smacking against your inner forearm.
Speffeddude10 months ago
I realize this would make it less desirable as a wrist guard for using a bow, but could you warp the straps all the way around? And probably just fastening it a couple places along its length.

what type of fabric does he use?

You could easily modify this to actually sew it (as in the edges and probably buckles as well). Great job ^^

The Rambler2 years ago
Clever. Do you have pictures of the full costume? It looks pretty cool.
saosport2 years ago
They look great