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Leina's Breast Plate by EnvelCosplay Leina's Breast Plate by EnvelCosplay
I decided to upload a little collage of how I made Leina's breastplate. It took me a while to decide exactly how I was going to put it together with all of the details, especially the ones on her boobs... And I, well, I could start spouting all sorts of THIS IS THIS AND THAT IS THAT or I could just describe my collage because that would make a hecka lot more sense.

Photo #1: I started by putting one of my bras on my dress form. I stuffed it tightly with plastic shopping bags and then secured it all in place with straight pins. After that, I wrapped my whole mannequin in plastic wrap, to protect it from the moisture of the wet leather I was going to be forming onto it. I soaked a piece of leather in the tub for about 40 minutes in warm water. Veg tanned leather, roughly 7 oz. After it soaked, I put it over the boobs of my mannequin and pressed and formed until I got the shape of the boobs. I kept a spray bottle handy because this took so long to do the leather kept drying and getting stiff. After about an hour of pressing and forming, I had the shape I wanted and pinned it all in place. It was okay to stick pins through the leather, because the bulk of the ripply edges were going to be trimmed away for the final product, anyway. In retrospect, I should have used a lesser oz leather because it would have been MUCH easier to form into that curve... Ah, well, next time!

Picture #2: I made a copy. I made the second breast piece by wrapping plastic wrap around the DRY original leather plate while it was still secured to the dress form. I formed another breast plate on top of it in the same manner I made the first one and waited for it to dry. The photo is of both breast pieces after I trimmed them down a bit and DREW ALL OVER THEM. Yes, I doodled over the leather to get the designs figured and proportioned out. It was okay since I was going to be painting and weathering the armor anyway, def would have used light pencil marks if I had been planning on using dye and not paint. Anyway.

Picture #3: I cut out the raised designs I needed from the uglier of the two plates. Why the ugly one? Because I wanted the prettier one as a base. Because. Yeah. I smoothed all of the cut edges with leather gum, a plastic wheel, an awl for the small corners, and a wooden poker thing from Tandy. (I have no idea what it's called, I just know it's used for smoothing edges on leather with the leather gum.)

Picture #4: I took the breast piece and cut it where the underbust designs were going to lay on the final piece. I stitched it to the bottom part of the overall torso plate. The torso plate was made by shaping the leather over the same dress form and then just trimming it down.

Picture #5: I used leather cement to glue down all of the raised designs. I really would have preferred to sew all the designs in place, but since I wanted this to look as much like metal as possible when finished, I just cemented away. See how the underbust raised design thing covers up all the laces? Yeah.

Picture #6: The finished (unpainted) breast plate with all of the designs cemented in place. I had to use 2-3 leather hides to get all of the leather I needed to make all of Leina's armor, but like I mentioned before, it wasn't a bit deal for there to be mismatched hide colors and pen marks since I was planning on painting and weathering it all anyway.

I've been getting a lot of leather related questions since I made this costume, and I'll be the first to admit I'm not a master at leather crafting, but I hope my adventures and explanations here are beneficial to someone else who may be wanting to use leather for the same or a similar design.

Finished product:

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ElizabethKWritesArt Featured By Owner May 23, 2014  Hobbyist
Super neat! Thanks for sharing! I've been cogitating on making a suit of leather armor for myself, so seeing your process is terrific! Thanks!
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EnvelCosplay Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I'm glad it's helpful!  I haven't made a lot of things of leather, but I do get a lot of questions on getting started, so I hoped this photoset would help! :)
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Woolfull Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014
I love you! Thank you! You solved my problem I had for 6 days now!
And your cosplay is fantastic! :)
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AThousandRasps Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Looks great! I'm also very impressed by the corset part. Wet molding leather scares me so much! What sort of shape were these pieces before you molded them?
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EnvelCosplay Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
The breast piece was just a big blob piece.  I wasn't sure how much/how it would stretch and pull over the form so I cut a huge piece and then just soaked it, sprayed it throughout working on it and such.  The torso piece wasn't too much different from how it ended up. :)  It looked really similar to how it looked before it was molded since it didn't need much more than a basic curve to it.  My friend :icondust-bunny: just did a full corset piece, whereas mine is only a front.  I don't know if she has pictures of it up yet but she used methods really similar to mine and it came out really cool!
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Miss-Gato Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
the best tut ever, for this style of work...need to try it. Thank you for sharing
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SeprenMaelstrom Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is an awesome, informative tutorial! Wonderful work on the finished product too. =]
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ValkyrieLeather Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Absolutely brilliant!
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laughingdaredevil Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Joface can I just tell you you're my hero. THESE TUTORIAL THINGS ARE GONNA BE SO USEFUL SINCE I DECIDED TO COMMIT SUICIDE THIS YEAR.
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