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Author:  imuladd [ Sun Sep 20, 2015 2:38 am ]
Post subject:  Difficulties with shaping leather

Hello!
I have been trying to shape leather to make a leather armor with the use of this tutorial for example http://www.daviddfriedman.com/Medieval/Articles/Perfect_Armor_Improved.htm , but I just don't seem to get the hang of it. My leather (vegetable tanned, 3mm thick) won't shape much at all, and remains stiff, instead of turning "rubbery" like the linked tutorial describes. Any tips, help, or easier tutorials?

Thank you!

Author:  Sir Thurat [ Sun Sep 20, 2015 8:31 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Difficulties with shaping leather

http://geddon.org/Oven_Hardening_Leather_Armor

This method is similar, but slightly different. Might help you out.

Author:  Caleidah [ Sun Sep 20, 2015 9:12 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Difficulties with shaping leather

The link that Thurat posted is the method that I use for water forming. You are probably not letting your leather soak long enough. You have to let the water soak all the way into the fibers of the leather for that flexibility to appear.

Author:  Kyrian [ Mon Sep 21, 2015 6:37 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Difficulties with shaping leather

Caleidah wrote:
The link that Thurat posted is the method that I use for water forming. You are probably not letting your leather soak long enough. You have to let the water soak all the way into the fibers of the leather for that flexibility to appear.


Just as a follow-up to what Caleidah said, a visual indicator that the water has completely saturated the leather is when the submerged piece no longer releases air bubbles.

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