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Welcome! In this Instructable I'll be walking you through the process of creating a piece of non-functional leather armor. While you'll look pretty amazing, make sure that you avoid battlefields and oncoming traffic, because this isn't meant to provide defensive cover for your torso. The piece is patterned out to resemble a human ribcage, but the practices and techniques can be applied to almost any shapes or leather projects you could dream up.

Note: This has been submitted as an entry into the Tandy 2016 Leather Contest. If you found this helpful or inspiring a vote would be much appreciated! Happy crafting!

Step 1: Tools and Materials

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What you'll need:

Pen

Sharpie

Box cutter or x-acto knife

Rawhide mallet

Rags or Wool Daubers

Leather stamp (I used Tandy's M882 Craftool Matting Stamp)

Scissors

Stapler

Masking and painter's tape

Mannequin, dressform or very patient friend

Sewing machine, sewing awl or rivets

Cutting Mat

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Materials:

Tandy Eco-Flo leather dye or leather paint

Tandy Eco-Flo Super Shene Leather Sealer

Craft foam (I suggest getting a roll, or at least 6-7 larger sheets from your local craft store. The larger your project, the more you're going to need.)

Veg-tanned Leather (I used 7-9oz, you might use anywhere from a single to double shoulder's worth. The heaver the 'weight' of the leather the thicker and stronger it will be. 10-13oz would be a lot closer to real armor, but would be harder to cut and a little more difficult to shape. Anything thinner like 3-4oz would behave more like fabric, so keep that in mind when purchasing your leather!)

This is absolutely awesome! The potential costumes you could make with this would be sweet!

Thanks so much! The doors are wide open for amazing things, happy crafting!!!

I love the use of the foam for prototyping. I'm going to have to keep that in mind for my prototyping in future. Great project :)

GoodThing (author)  YS Creations2 years ago

Thanks! The best thing about using the foam is that there's so many thickness available that it's easy to find one that corresponds to the weight of the leather! Happy crafting!

Dorion2 years ago

Love it! I've always wanted to make something like this, and now I have the roadmap. Faved and voted!

GoodThing (author)  Dorion2 years ago

Thanks so much! I'm sure you'll do amazing things!!!

Constinks3 years ago

Voted and LOVE it!!

GoodThing (author)  Constinks2 years ago

You da best!

knottd05063 years ago
Brilliant!
GoodThing (author)  knottd05063 years ago

Thanks very much!

DonCesare3 years ago
WOW! Voted and have no words to say how much I liked this. Very original. Congrats!
GoodThing (author)  DonCesare3 years ago

Thanks so much, I really appreciate it!!! :)

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