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REVISED - Oak Falcon Leather Archery Arm Guard by windfalcon REVISED - Oak Falcon Leather Archery Arm Guard by windfalcon
If this design looks familiar, it's because I already made an archery arm guard like this:

However, since that was my first one ever, it was meant to be a piece for practice and experimenting, and learning how to dye leather rather than paint it! There were a lot of mistakes with it, so I learned from them and made another one using what I learned.

Some things I changed/improved upon:

:bulletgreen: The edges on the first arm guard were not cut straight, because I cut them with shears. With this one, I used a ruler and a utility knife, resulting in a perfectly straight edge. Imagine trying to cut a piece of paper exactly down a straight line using scissors vs. a ruler and a knife - that's basically the difference.

:bulletgreen: I didn't case (wet the leather so the interior is damp) the leather correctly on the first, so the tooling I did was sloppy. I also was using a straight swivel blade which was way too big, so I wasn't able to get the detailed lines necessary for a design like this. In the second one, I made sure to use an angle blade and cased the leather correctly, so the tooling is smooth. You can see the difference especially in the shape of the falcon's face.

:bulletgreen: I didn't try to get so exact and detailed with the dyeing in the second one, whereas in the first one, I was trying to essentially 'paint' with the dye. I also tried to shade with the dye in the first which didn't work out very well. Sometimes simpler is better! I also removed the leaves from on top of the falcon, to simplify the design even more.

:bulletgreen: With the first arm guard, I created straps with buckles, which ended up being very rough and scratchy, and pinched when put on. For comfort, I used eyelets and lacing for the second one. The drawback is it's hard to tie tightly with one hand, but I will be using a cord lock (like you have on hoodies) to make it easy to tighten.

:bulletgreen: I didn't shape the first one correctly, so it doesn't curve nicely like I wanted it to. With the second one, I curved it around as the dye was drying and secured it with three rubber bands. When the dye dried, I removed the bands and the arm guard kept its shape.

I like them both, but all in all I am much happier with the second attempt! This is a 7-oz piece of vegetable tanned leather, hand-carved and dyed with various alcohol-based and water-based leather dyes. The only paint on this is the green of the leaves, and the tiny white highlight on the eye. This arm guard is my own personal one, which I may use if I do outdoor archery. Right now I'm shooting indoors, so I'm using a boring (but functional!) fabric one.
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Lostamongstars Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is just gorgeous. Great work! :)
TalonArt Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Student General Artist
I love this so much. I would so commission you for one if you end up making more.
Godessia Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is amazing!!! :D
lycoris Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
guh this is stunning!
Lady-Dracoleo101 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Student General Artist
Eventually, once I get more experience with costume design, I'll probably look into leather work. This is beautiful!
frmrson1 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Really nice work!
Nezura Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm stunned again... ^^
Great work. Although it won't fit to my bow immediately thought: Holy cow I must have such an arm guard one day!
Amriah Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Professional Writer
Do want! It looks gorgeous. :D
Yorifia Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
It's really awesome!! :la:
I wish I had one like this :heart:
Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
oofta, that's a pretty beautiful arm guard... would be a shame to get it scuffed up with a bow string. But then again, why make it if you don't use it? Very impressive work. Did you just use a swivel knife or did you do stamping also?
windfalcon Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! I answered these questions in the description :)
Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Oh yes, I see, the bit about tooling didn't register the first time I read it.
PerfectSymmetryXx Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
Amazing! And I can definately see the improvement from the first one^^
Such a beautiful design :love:
ManiacalMew Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely beautfiul work! I'd wear this at any time like a bracelet if I owned this, it's so awesome!
RavensArcher Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
Very nice, well done.
lapis-lazuri Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Professional General Artist
Nice! If I were a falconer, I'd certainly have one of these!
mistressxx Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Beautiful :D
RedFeatherFalconHawk Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I don't do archery, but that is totally awesome, and I'd so wear that!
TNHawke Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
Wow, the difference is AMAZING! And this is absolutely astounding. It came out most excellent.

Why won't you use this one indoors? I think you should- and show off a bit!

I'm looking at having something similar built for me, for when I take my pet raven out- he prefers to sit on my forearm rather than on the fist, so gloves are basically useless! I was planning on having it made with buckles for ease of putting on one handed. What part pinched on the 1st try, and can you show us a close up of what you do/did with the laces to make this work one handed?
windfalcon Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I could use it indoors, it's just if I ever shot outdoors I would likely use my longbow, and this arm guard would 'match' better with that bow :3

These would certainly protect against pinchy claws, but since the leather is very smooth, he might have trouble perching (and he might slide). Buckles work fine over long sleeves - it was mostly pinching when you slip the strap under the brace after buckling it. I'm also trying to find a better way to attach it instead of rivets. I still don't have much experience sewing leather.
TNHawke Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
I plan to have it tooled so that it will be textured. Probably something with divots or a cross hatch pattern. Where we live, in the summers, it frequently gets into the triple digits, so long sleeves won't be happening. I think I would probably let the straps 'flop'. If Sam wants to nom them, he can. lol.

When it comes to actually sewing leather, when I made a costume collar, I ended up using the leather needle on a sewing machine, but rather than trying to use the powered sewing, I had no thread and just manually cranked it to punch a nice hole in the leather, and then afterward I used a back stitch to do the actual sewing. I think I used upholstery thread for what I was doing. It worked out pretty well.
keight Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
This is a beautiful piece of work, Brenda.
windfalcon Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you :3
Woodswallow Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is so stunning, great work!
windfalcon Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
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