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Thorin bracers - color comparison by rassaku Thorin bracers - color comparison by rassaku
Finally got the colors right! The problem was that they seemed to change color between every promo pic, ranging anywhere from medium brown to outright black. It took me a while to figure how to get an effect that would change so dramatically in different light.

My first attempt (here: [link]) involved applying a black oil dye first and then attempting to put a brown wash over that. Only, as I found... once you go black, you don't go back. >_> There was no changing the color after that, and so I have a pair of bracers that look like something a middle-earth Batman would wear.

The End.

(For sale here: [link])
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Scrathed Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That looks awesome!

I wonder if you could do Dwalins gloves... they were epic as fuck :D
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micho91 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014  Student Artist
and btw: it looks awesome! :D
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micho91 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014  Student Artist
which material did you use to make this? /how did you make the patterns on the bracers (trying to make these myself and haven't figured it out yet) my thought was to att different layers with leather to make the pattern. but is doesn't look like that in your picture. hm. 
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rassaku Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
These are all made of veg-tan leather. I developed the pattern from looking at tons and tons of promo pictures and screencaps from the movie, in order to get the proportions right. Right now I'm in school and not doing any leatherworking, but I am turning the patterns I developed into pdf pattern/tutorials to sell on my Etsy site: www.etsy.com/shop/rassaku

None of the Hobbit patterns are up yet, but the Thorin bracer is the next one I'm putting up, so keep an eye out. :)
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micho91 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015  Student Artist
Indeed. I've been print screening both movies like a mad person since I decided to cosplay Thorin haha. But I was wondering: what tools did you use to make the patterns? and oooh. I think I will take a look at that *the veg-tan leather* :D thanks!
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rassaku Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
Pattern is 95% this bad boy: www.tandyleatherfactory.com/en…

Honestly, I just looked at a LOT of screencaps, promo pics, and set photos to figure out what the pattern on the bracer was and -- more importantly -- what the correct proportions were. Since I don't have the opportunity to do much leatherworking at the moment, I'm currently finishing up the necessary adjustments to sell the pattern instead -- $5, to save you all the time I spent translating it from movie screen to printer. It'll be up in my Etsy store soon, iff'n you're interested. :)
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hinokumo Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013
Gorgeous!!
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ereglin Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013
beautiful work
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gondorlady Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
You are really very talented young man!!! Wow, to just see a movie and go home and do this (with effort of course). I've worked in leather and I do say these are terrific. I personally would rather have these in the brown shades as I'm a redhead and prefer "earth colors" with my coloring. Either is fine but here's one more vote for the browns.....now I just wish I could buy a pair.....worth EVERY penny.
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SaucyPlebeian Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
These are amazing. Great work here!
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rassaku Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! What's surprised me is that more people want the black ones than the brown ones -- and I'm like, "But... but...!! It's not like the movie one~~!" o_O
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SaucyPlebeian Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hahahah, well they look fantastic in either color, but I would probably go with the movie colors myself! I admire your leather work, I hope they sell well!
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