Leather Shoulder Armor




This instructable is for the making of Leather Shoulder Armor

It can be altered and modified to any desired design of your choosing.

Step 1: Print and Trace

Step 1. Print out and trace all pieces onto poster board or card stock for future use.

Step 2: Choose Your Leather

Step 2. When you have all your pieces cut and traced choose a nice medium weight veg tanned leather i usually go with a 7-8 oz. Flip your leather so it is grain side up when tracing.(it hides better if you mess up a line.) Step 3.

Step 3: Trace Your Pattern

Step 3. Trace all your pattern parts on to the grain side of your leather.

Step 4: Cutting

Step 4. with a sharp utility knife and a steady hand (or a good pair of shears) carefully cut all your parts out.


If you cut your pattern wrong you'll be wasting more leather than you need to.

Step 5: Lay Your Pieces Out

Step 5. Lay all your cut out pieces out and number them in order of assembly either from top to bottom or vise versa

Step 6: Do All Your Tooling Now

Step 6. Choose what design and tool it now

Step 7: Dying the Leather

Step 7. Choose what color(s) you want to dye your leather and be careful it will be permanent.

Step 8: Assembly

Step 8. when you have your holes punched, Your pieces tooled,dyed and dry. Now we assemble!!!!!!

Line all holes up (this is why you numbered the pieces) and with small to medium double cap rapid rivets set all your pieces together.

Step 9:

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    17 Discussions


    5 years ago

    The pattern you are offering seem to be bought off Tandy Leather shop. Prove me wrong, but i guess you are violating someones rights and, perhaps, license agreements.

    5 replies
    The RamblerKraplax

    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    No where on the pattern does it say that it is illegal to redistribute it. I'm sure this would be a legal issue if he were attempting to make money off of it since it's someone else's intellectual property, but he's not selling it.

    Now the person selling it on ebay... (unless of course Tandy has an ebay store that is)


    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    All i know is i bought a Steampunk Pattern pack offline via e-bay with the ok to redistribute as i saw fit.


    You should ask for a refund because they sold you something they didn't have the rights to sell. You probably got ripped off, because you could have gotten more patterns from Tandy for less. A 1 month subscription is $10 and you can download almost all the patterns used in the videos for free, including all the Steampunk Patterns.

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    Here is the copyright on the bottom of the first page of the website, seems to cover anything that is on it or downloaded from it. Giving it to the world for free doesn't seem to be personal use.

    © 2013 Tandy Leather Factory. All rights reserved. The material contained within this website is protected by copyright and trademark by Tandy Leather Factory and may not be used, retransmitted or reproduced for any purpose other than for personal use.

    2 replies

    "All rights reserved" It indicates that the copyright holder reserves, or holds for their own use, all the rights provided by copyright law, such as distribution, performance, and creation of derivative works; that is, they have not waived any such right.

    the shoulder armor pattern is available from Tandy for purchase or for free with a subscription to their premium videos on Leathercraft Libray . com as it's something they sell I imagine the polite thing to do, would be to NOT distribute it for free, regardless of attribution.

    The Rambler

    5 years ago on Introduction

    Very nice. I agree, if you have more photos I'd love to see them. Are you going to add a strap for wearing it or are you going to attach it to another armor piece?

    1 reply
    bamm216The Rambler

    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    Yeah I have them all completely strapped. I'll post new pictures in the next day or two.