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Thorin Oakenshield Bracers - Hobbit Movie Costume by rassaku Thorin Oakenshield Bracers - Hobbit Movie Costume by rassaku
First pic of my Thorin bracers, before I'd found the best color.

Technically speaking, they're simpler than Kili's bracers, but the tooling and the stitching all has to be done by hand and it is the work of many hours -- bracers fit for a king, indeed.

Now up for sale at my shop! [link]
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crimsongriffin28 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013
These and the bootcaps are no longer available in your Etsy shop? I had seen these a few months back and had wanted them for my upcoming project, but life (tm) (new job, new apartment) got in the way and prevented me from getting them.

Just my luck if I need to make my own now. As if the brig armour wasn't going to be hard enough.
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rassaku Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yup, finishing up the last orders in the queue tomorrow and then my workshop is going into boxes. Depending on your deadline we might still be able to work something out, but I'm cutting my leatherworking way back and not promising anything in a hurry.
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crimsongriffin28 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013
Ah, well. It would depend on you, then. I live abroad and I know many people can't be bothered with overseas shipping. If that isn't a problem, you would have a couple of months. If it a problem, hm. My friend is on vacation now in Florida and returning near the end of August - she has offered to carry some things back for me.

But I'm in Japan and it's a pain in the arse and expensive to buy the right leather and get the right equipment to do my own. One reason I was just happy to say 'Hell with it!' to making my own. Buying would be that much less hassle.

However, if it doesn't work for you, it doesn't! I know I'm not always fond of commission work.
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rassaku Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Overseas shipping is not a problem, but I don't think I'm going to be up and running again within a couple of months. As you say, life gets in the way, and school is getting priority over leatherworking for the foreseeable future.
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crimsongriffin28 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013
Oh, darn. I was hoping to make a splash at Halloween here (without the effort of leatherworking, that is!)
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TatjanasCreations Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Professional General Artist
I LOVE these!
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rpgkayak Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013
Fantastic work - very evocative of Tolkien's dwarves as envisioned by the filmmakers! I was curious if the knuckle/hand guard area was flexible or not? I'm a LARPer considering a similar design, but it's suboptimal if I don't have free rotation of the wrist on my swordarm. I don't mind brushing against the leather, I just need it to give if my hand pushes against it.
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rassaku Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
The armguards are cut from hides graded 9-10 oz leather, but I've found that there can be an immense amount of variation in thickness (and stiffness), often on the same hide. All of the bracers will have some give when pushed upward -- I don't know if you can see it in that picture, but the hand guard piece is not attached to the arm guard, it's attached to flaps of lighter leather along the sides, which allow for some bend -- but using a slightly thinner piece of 9-10 leather for the armguard would make it even more flexible.

I'm not a swordfighter so I can't say for sure, but I don't think it would inhibit your range of motion at all. Which makes sense, when you consider that Thorin's armor HAS to allow him to use a sword, and this was adapted frame-by-frame from his, as true to the original as I could get it. :)
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rpgkayak Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013
Thanks for the information - it's much appreciated! I probably should have qualified my statements better given that there are different kinds of LARPs nowadays. I play in an Accelerant system game, which stresses high speed combat over realism. As a result most weapons are generally "ultralight" boffer weapons. They bear none of the weight of a real weapon, so speed is achieved as much through rapid wrist movement as through elbow and upper arm strength. A hand guard wouldn't necessarily be a deal breaker, but it depends on location and flexibility. I'm sure you're right that in the movie Thorin had some degree of flexibility, but my own experience in film leads me to believe that if they needed stiff leather to get the look they wanted for his costume, they wouldn't hesitate to restrict his movement. With clever editing, multiple takes and combats shot over the course of multiple days, they could cheat a lot of combat if they wanted. Compare that to a boffer LARP where fights are taking place once an hour or more continuously over the course of two days, and you can see where functionality starts to trump historical accuracy or the cool visual. Even so, thanks for the insight!
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kateb95 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013
Hello....I was wondering if you are selling these!!!......Im thinking about being Thorin for this Halloween and would erally need these!!!.......thanks
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rassaku Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
I am indeed. :) [link]
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Kingmaker13 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
How did you manage to do the embossing of all the really cool designs? I'm curious in hopes to possibly do stuff with embossing and leather and was hoping for some tips since your stuff is absolutely amazing!
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rassaku Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
It's called leather tooling, sometimes leather carving -- if you run that through google, I'm sure you'll come up with half a dozen tutorials that can get you started on it. Or locate your nearest Tandy's (if you live in the states), where they'll be able to sell you the tools you need to get started.

Leather tooling can get insanely complicated, but geometric designs like this are actually quite simple, though not quick. I did the whole thing with a swivel knife and a single beveling tool (and sometimes a smaller one to get into tight corners).
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SiriMutt Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
Excellent work, Ive recently been getting into leather work myself. Of course I still do cheap alternatives when it comes to costumes due to my budgets. I look forward to seeing the whole thing. I too plan on eventually getting Thorin done before the second film's release. I'm just hoping more people end up showing up in costume, yanno ? More fun that way. :)
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rassaku Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Leatherworking starts cheap, because if you're doing things that involve a lot of little pieces rather than large sheets, you can buy scrap leather by the pound (cheap!) and do most things with a stanley knife. It's when you start trying to up the quality that it gets expensive, because you realize that it really would work much better if you had this particular tool, or that particular tool -- none of which are terribly expensive alone, but it adds up. :) My advice, if you're going to do leatherworking: buy your Tandy membership right away, because you'll get your money's worth in very short order.
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SiriMutt Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
Gotcha, appreciate that. :)
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ShadowandFlames Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013
Nice job man! Like you, after seeing The Hobbit I immediately wanted to make armour from the movie. I plan to make a dwarf costume hopefully for the next premiere! Anyway keep up the work! Its really good!
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HideousPhidias Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013
So have you given any thought to Your Thorin costume's armor? Are you going to go with just a plain brigandine armor, maybe try and make a more movie accurate Dwarven brigandineor just go for the fresh out of the barrel look with the costume.. There are about five different shaped plates on the armor which may make it a long proses to construct. May people seem too be using clay or resin in molds but I saw one guy on youtube use foam rubber sheets cut and dug out. They did not look the best when h went up close but in a picture it maybe noticeable as much. After watching the movie I personally thought about going with the armor Thorin wears to the Battle before the gates of Khazad-dm. It seemed to be just a chainmail shirt with some studs and a pare of tasset, much easier to make and maybe different from what others would be wearing as a costume. I would love to hear your thoughts on materials and construction methods on the armor.
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rassaku Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
I've been debating learning resin casting (or metal casting -- I melted a buckle on my stove today, trying to oxidize it! very exciting), but it is a bit steep to get started with and I SERIOUSLY do not need more hobbies. On the other hand... there really is no other way to do his brigandine, and with casting you could crank out those scales but the dozen, and probably sell them to other Tolkien enthusiasts.

In any case, I know not; it's going to depend on how much money I have.
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pluot-kwan-do Featured By Owner May 13, 2013
the cheap option is to just cut out the shapes on soda boxes and paint them metallic, then add details. i just started doing them on my soda box pieces: i make circles all around the edge with a Sharpie. the ink soaks in a little, don't worry. then i trace the edges with hot glue. i came up with a 2D detail for the studs (it involves Sharpie, chalk, and spray shellac)

i have bracers cut out of cardboard. i don't have resources to make them out of better materials, but do you have a template/pattern for the bracer designs? i'd like a 2D copy to transfer onto my bracers
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rassaku Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
It's on my to-do list to post a pattern/tutorial in my shop now that Etsy allows for the sale of digital items. It wouldn't be more than $5 and it would have not only the pattern but also all the instructions for how to make a pair of bracers identical to the ones I sell.
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DarqueJackal Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
These are brilliant. I doubt you will have them in stock for long!
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rassaku Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
As long as there are cows, I can always make more. :thumbsup:
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HideousPhidias Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012
I love them, I have been looking for a good pair myself. I would love to order a pair from you when you feel they are ready for my own Thorin cosplay. Send me a Quote on price when you have one.
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rassaku Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
I'm really pleased with them, and glad you think so too. :dance: They're going to run between $130-$150, will decide exactly how much to charge after I've timed myself making the second one. I did figure out a faster way to do the tooling, thank god, bought a larger beveling tool that cuts the time it takes literally in half.
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