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Fili bracers -- complete! by rassaku Fili bracers -- complete! by rassaku
What's better than a Kili cosplay? KILI & FILI COSPLAY!

Finally got some pictures taken, so they'll be going up in my shop as soon as I figure out what range the small vs large sizes will be, probably later tonight. (Right now it is HAMMER TIME, that is, between the hours of noon and 5 pm, when I can hammer away without my downstairs neighbors coming up and shanking me. 家に住んでいたらいいな…)

For sale at my shop: www.etsy.com/listing/120959685…
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calicokatt Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oooo! OOOOO!!! You even did Fili's too!!! Fili's outfit is like, pretty much, my favourite thing ever! I love everything about his costume - his knives, his jacket, his like EVERYTHING, and you've done these beautifully! These are fantastic :) Great job! Fili! :iconilavplz:
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MiraMeliandra Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014
Whoa, that's absolutely great!
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AbsoluteApril Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013
you did such a great job!!
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rassaku Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you!

And I too :heart: Fenris -- my first foray into costume making was actually the endgame mage armor from DA2, and if I were built anything like Fenris I'd want to try my hand at his too.
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scarthie Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013
This is beyond awesome... I wish I could afford those, would do anything to get them .
You are very skilled. Congratuations!
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rassaku Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
If you want to teach yourself how to make them, I will answer any questions. I can sympathize a lot with wanting something but not having the money to buy it.
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scarthie Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
You really would? Well, I wanted to do something much simpler, because I can only hardly imagine the amount of work and patience is in those bracers.
I can only say I've never done anything like this before, only a little bracelet of leather strings...
So do you need any special equipment to work with leather? Hod do you do those engravings? Do you cut them or push them? What kind of leather shoudl one get?
I understand if you won't answer some of those, bussiness secret and such. But still thanks for even showing us your awesome work!
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rassaku Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Hah, well this isn't quite the project you were looking for, but I wrote a tutorial a while back about how to make leather handcuffs, and that's got some information about the basics of leatherworking: [link]

Leather tooling uses a swivel knife to cut the basic outlines of a pattern, and then stamping tools that are applied with a hammer to add detail. I haven't written any how-to guides on that because enough people on youtube and other places have that covered, in far greater detail than I would do.
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UesugiTatsuha Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013
you are so awesome *_*
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Carraigh Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013
I. need. those. ... Those and the Kili ones. I'm not cosplaying, tho. But they would look awesome with my viking coat.
... well, gotta start saving up :>
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rassaku Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
That's the cool thing about the clothes from Peter Jackson's movies -- they look authentic, like something that people would have actually worn, instead of looking like costumes. (With the exception of elves, maybe. :D)
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NoMusicEqualsNoLife Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Student General Artist
Those are so beautiful.
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rassaku Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! I am so pleased with how these turned out -- on their own merits, I think they're my favorite of the three. (And they have a built-in knife sheath, how cool is that?? I'd totally missed that feature, but luckily the first person to commission one pointed it out to me.) I've been developing a Pavlovian aversion to Kili's bracers just because of sourcing issues with that gd lacing, but these, these are nice. :)

[Not entirely sober Gabriel needs to stop talking on the internet now.]
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NoMusicEqualsNoLife Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Student General Artist
I think these are my favorites too. Soon followed by Thorin's. I love them all though. XD

[Hey, it's okay.]
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Caradepato Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
May i ask how you do Those engravings?
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rassaku Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Swivel knife, textured beveling tool. :)
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Caradepato Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
It's very impressive.
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rassaku Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! I think that's mostly due to the color -- the tooling is the same type as what's on the Thorin bracers, but the red-brown gives it so much more depth and richness.
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Caradepato Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013
The color is very rich, yes.
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