As requested another tutorial in my leather working series (although as yet I have't actually shown any leather) - but I want to cover some of the basics, which aren't particularly shown elsewhere.
This tutorial covers the method to completing a basic leather-breastplate. There is alot to be said about cutting out armour and finishes but that will be covered elsewhere. This should give people a place to start and I would encourage anyone interested in starting making leather armour to get out there and start practicing/messing about. However if they want to save money and leather, get a load of paper or card and see how things work with that. I like wall-paper backing paper as it comes in nice big (cheap) rolls and is thick and bending in a way fairly close to leather (if anything it is a little stiffer), rolls of childrens drawing paper is also good (Ikea in the UK sells very suitable rolls)
As always questions or comments - please let me know.
This is an armour concept for LRP and costuming and although based on historical concepts and practical armouring approaches it is not intended to be historically accurate. (Though it is intended to be believable as opposed to the silly high-fantasy approaches that get bandied about).
Other tutorials are here:[link]