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Oak Falcon - Leather Archery Arm Guard by windfalcon Oak Falcon - Leather Archery Arm Guard by windfalcon
Well this was a learning experience! While I work with leather, most of the things I make (masks, leather feathers, keychains) are all painted with acrylics. However, as I'm getting back into archery, I wanted to try my hand at an arm guard and thus decided to try actual, traditional leather work - tooling, dyeing, and finishing the leather so it's flexible instead of stiff like my masks.

There's a lot I would do differently, but this was for practice, so I'm fairly happy with it as a practice piece. Dyeing leather in sections is tougher than I thought it would be! The only acrylic paint on this is on the leaves, since I don't have green dye.

And yes, this is a fully functional archery arm guard! It has buckles so you can put it on and tighten it one-handed. From the lower picture, you can see it covers from just below the elbow to just above the wrist.

Once I practice more, I may remake this design. Then you can see a 'first attempt, second attempt' comparison :3
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:iconvinnycaetano:
vinnycaetano Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2014
Awesome!!!:)
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sootysue Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2014
Hi I would love this for my husband for xmas please could you tell me how much and how long xx
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:iconwindfalcon:
windfalcon Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Hi, my arm guards are $100 plus shipping, with any design you would like. It's still early enough to get it by Christmas. 
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Jigen1984 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014
Cool!
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Silvernightarrow Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
amazing
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Seraephiim Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013
This truly looks like something that a king, or wealthy lord or knight would own :)
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:iconicybones:
Icybones Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
Well, it's awesome. The artwork itself is very nice. When it comes to the details, the first think i'd do would be to [link] some sewing to attach the straps to the armguard, but again, the falcon itself is really :onfire:
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toteZitrone Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
THis ios amazing. A rellay great job. I love the mixture of realistic and heraldic concept.
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:iconelvenmaedchen:
elvenmaedchen Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012
This is super awesome! Please please make more of these :D
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:iconbibunet-bone:
bibunet-bone Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Student General Artist
amazing!!!!!!!!!!
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:iconschpeglar:
Schpeglar Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
amazing stuff
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:iconluckygirl975:
luckygirl975 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Student Writer
I WANT!!!!!

I WAAAAAAAAAAAAANT!!!!!
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:icondtrammell:
dtrammell Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very nice!
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:iconemberguard:
Emberguard Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012   General Artist
Nice! Encountered any jealous archers yet?
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:iconwindfalcon:
windfalcon Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I haven't had a chance to use it since my new bow hasn't even gotten here yet ;_; But it should be here today, if UPS isn't lying >.>
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LeilansDream Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012
wooow!!! Makes me want to become an archer! O.o :wow: lol
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:iconwindfalcon:
windfalcon Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Archery is great! If you get the opportunity you should try it. :3
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:iconleilansdream:
LeilansDream Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012
thanks! :)
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timbomullet656 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012
great job! the tooling looks amazing.
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Georgous!
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Angelic-Artisan Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Ohh how perfect is this? It is like the best of your 2D skills with birds of prey combined with your gorgeous leather tooling. I have been wanting to try the same for awhile, but I just haven't made the time. Loving the feel of this. It's almost like a sigil or a coat of arms, the way the wings form a shield shape. Very cool! I can't wait to see what more you make.

You realize the world will end if you make an owl one right? F***IN OWL LOVE!:heart:
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CoreyChiev Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Wow, incredible dye job! What makes the leather stay flexible rather than stiff? And what do you use to finish the leather? Does it make it water resistant also? Congrats on the amazing arm guard!
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:iconwindfalcon:
windfalcon Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I used mink oil at the end (just a tiny, tiny amount), though I may try neatsfoot on my next. Sadly, I can find no reliable sources of what each oil does. :( All the books/online sources I read don't seem to have a straight answer, so I'm just experimenting.
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meihua Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012
Pretty awesome for a first attempt :D
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XylidineGriffin Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Can't wait for these to go up for sale!! I so want a griffin one!
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Arvel-Cardwell Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012
I agree bad ass.
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Rawliett Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I want one!!! I'd look so much cooler when I shoot my bow XD Now I have a simple boring arm guard..
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ikarus-exe Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, this is beautiful! Wonderful job with the dyes. I'm about to get into tooling leather - just got all the tools, etc - but am a little afraid to start. >_>
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:iconwindfalcon:
windfalcon Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Don't be afraid! Just practice, practice, practice. Before you start on any project, just take a piece of scrap leather and practice making cuts with your swivel blade. Also pick up every book by Al Stohlman if you can :3
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ikarus-exe Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Al Stohlman... gotcha!
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WerewTerrefGrin Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Student General Artist
ooooooooooooooooooh this is cool!
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Skrayle Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Professional General Artist
Your style lends itself so well to leatherwork! I can't wait to see more :)
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darazan Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have to say, that's pretty amazing, especially for a first attempt. I hope that when I'm done working on my husband's 2ft. shield that it'll turn out half as good as that.
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Rylock86 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012
That is awesome, very good work and detail gone into it, even if it is a practice piece.
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GothicBlackAngel Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
O.O WANT!! That thing is just gorgeous!!
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:iconanarrakinson:
Anarrakinson Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012
amazing work! :)
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:icontherandomartistchick:
therandomartistchick Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
This is beautiful. My brain is just thinking, "want this. Want this. Want this..."
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AniaMohrbacher Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012   Digital Artist
Looks gorgeous!
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TWLOHASupporter Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i have a friend who would love something like that lol
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loglog5 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Student Digital Artist
that's pretty bitchin
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TFSakon Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012
That is a severe amount of awesome. I can't believe you actually made that.
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Valkyriestears Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Gosh that's gorgeous! It would make a wonderful design on a falconers glove :)
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PerfectSymmetryXx Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012
Amazing!! If I'd be an archer, I'd buy one instantly :D
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WolfMooni Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012
Woaw OO Thats.... really, really amazing!
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Half-Goat Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
nice tooling there and colouring too
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NatanielEltoriat Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012
Very cool!
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:iconkeifeto-mccormack:
Keifeto-McCormack Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Student General Artist
i definitely want one of these, imperfect or not i want one!
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SergeantBiscuits Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012
I would be worried about this beautiful thing getting ripped up by errant bowstrings. :noes:
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:iconwindfalcon:
windfalcon Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
It's very sturdy! :3 Part of the reason I'm using dye on these instead of acrylic - if it gets hit by the bow string, it won't damage the color.
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SergeantBiscuits Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012
Ah, that's good to know! Wonderful work! (Always nice to see well-crafted stuff that is also functional.)
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