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Grihm

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  1. Does anyone know of what contact information is the most accurate to contact Disney about Star Wars, especially the EA license? The so called websites and Facebooks etc gives nothing in terms of information and the one that should is not working O_o
  2. Grihm

    Greetings from the frozen North...

    Välkommen - Welcome. Another Northerner ^^ I´m new here as well and these people are just a big hug of friendliness and knowledge. I´m sure you will feel right at home.
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    Adianu's WTF shorty build

    Why thank you TheLorelei ^^ As for the tools getting bent, indeed this can come from a number of reasons. 1: Hammering to hard on a hard surface. I would recommend having a cutting mat on a table you are not afraid of scratching. Also, see to it that it´s sturdy. Now.. with sturdy, i am not meaning something " good enough " I am talking " you cannot move the table but by force " sturdy. Any and all vibrations while hammering will affect the quality of the holes or how straight it is. 2: Using the correct tool and size. Make sure you have the correct tool. In short, there are Pricking irons and there are Stitching Chisels. If you are trying to punch all the way through with a Pricking iron, you set yourself up for more work. 3: Quality VS Quantity. Quality cost, as with anything, but Tandy sells quite good items, so i am not concerned that you are ending up with an Asian replica that bends after three slams. However, make sure you keep the tool sharp, oiled and clean and never use it in an angle ( aka hammer it from the top, not an angle. If i can help in any leather related questions, anyone feel free to ask away =)
  4. Brings a smile to an old leathercrafter to see others work in this magnificent material ^^ And as said, very good job on the stitching and the snap placement.
  5. So this will be a two part question about modding an armor. 1: The Armor color and shine. If we take the First order troopers here, the quality and " freshness " of their armor is as far as i can tell the majority of the option cosplayers go for. However, looking at these troopers, they are quite opposite of that and more or less seems like they have been in the field for quite some time.. Question here is, is it just a fluke that you don´t see too many armors with a heavy patina, or is it just that members opt for the cleaner look, or is it just allowed for certain costumes? Of course..when looking at pictures online, you do see the patina version now and then too, but it´s hard to know what is and is not 501 approved so to say as a new member. 2: The inside of the armor pieces. When i see pictures of armors, especially the inside, they are so far as i have seen them all in only one material, as seen here. When making leather armors, you do occasionally add a sort of lining layer for certain parts to achieve stiffness or a firmer form of the outer layer, this especially if the leather is too thin in itself to stay in the desired pose or form. Is it an option or even approved to line your armor to make it more " hardened " if one would like to? #stilllearning
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    Armor modding

    Thank you kindly ^^
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    Armor modding

    Thank you for the answers. As said, it´s a lot to take in at the start and a lot of acronyms i think the word is, so thankful for all the useful help =)
  8. In case anyone hear anything about this, any information would be beneficial. To translate to the none Swedish speaking members here, 5 years old Emma in Sweden is suffering from cancer and accordingly to her dad, she does not have long left. Her favorit robot is an R2D2 her dad made her, with around 2000 hours of work put into it, and just before Christmas, someone broke into the building it was housed in and stole it. It was also mentioned that the robot is without it´s controller, so apparently it cannot be used in it´s current state. This 50 kg ( 110 pounds ) R2D2 has been featured on several events and multiple children's hospitals around Sweden and being the joy especially for Emma, but also for a lot of other children around the country. If you hear anything, Micke, Emmas father´s email and phone number is micke@askernas.com 0767-608360 Here is a link to the FB page of the droid. https://www.facebook.com/MickesR2D2/?__tn__=%2CdKH-R-R&eid=ARCWLkW8-reyvZppen9cpO1t0ew3NB3sKZVVqIV7Lg_jPcoILyrwK9eCAwr8-wjHxDQSt6X7PMs4awzA&fref=mentions&hc_location=group A link to the original post If you guys hear anything at all, please post it or send it to Micke.
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    What to do?

    Have had people rip designs and material seller info from my shop before so i can relate :/ You should have some form of protection if possible, like a patent etc. Probably hard to do but one can speculate at least.
  10. Hello all. I´m a new member here but that has been planning on coming around to it for years and years, but am still on step one. So here we go. I am 40 years old and up till recently had my own business, workshop and store as a leathercrafter. Had to close down due to rebuilding in my shop area, so at the moment i mostly gym and plan ahead for new work and the plans for 2019, for this summers Birka event and of course, to get my 501 setup and application approved. I met the 501 in Sweden Stockholm in 2014 i think it was on Gamex, or if it was the first ComicCon, and we where asked by a member if we where going to join after they found our cosplay gear to be of good standard and quality. We where there for EA and Bioware to Cosplay for Dragon Age Inquisition at the time. These guys we met where fantastic, very polite and an awesome crew. Always nice to pose with Vader and Stormtroopers and to chitchat a bit with Malgus. Anyways, i will be looking into getting onward with my plan, that is among other things to get a Death Trooper gear, and i am sure i will have a lot of questions and weird details to dig into with the help from you. I wish all had a Merry Yule and a Happy New Year, and thank you for taking the time to read my story. Best regards Johan / Grihm
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    New member from Sweden

    I´l be sure to bring leather and my engraving tools my next trip to my buds workshop and see what can be done =) Some items you don´t really want to waste leather on, but this would be anything but wasteful. Ok now my nights sleep will be disturbed with tons of concepts plannings haha. Better get to it. Gym in the morning, then a weekend of research.
  12. Really like the armor. Great job and looks sweet. Almost feels like one actually might succeed doing it oneself ^^
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    New member from Sweden

    Weeeell... i might do a helmet in leather...just because ^^ Indeed fun claims a high prio on the list
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    New member from Sweden

    Yeah it´s a bit new territory for me. Never done any hard molding-thingies before and i don´t think a Death Trooper in full Leather armor would be very canon or acceptable Good that i´m older and wiser nowadays so the research will be done properly for the best outcome
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    What to do?

    Just the fact that you guys speak openly about this is a huge relief and sends a very high sense of respect to, well anyone working towards becoming a member. As a leathercrafter myself, i have seen first handed how a swamped market punishes other crafters with price wars and in the end, a less than ideal quality. My hat´s off to you all for sharing this in a highly professional manner.
  16. * Imagines my future Death Trooper talking *
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    Tom's first storm

    Thank you thank you =)
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    Tom's first storm

    Do the most of you here have your own mold at home or? Looks really good bud
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    New member from Sweden

    Thank you. I added some previous crafts in the gallery of non SW costumes for now. Trying to figure out all the different stores to buy an armor from, looking on what it takes to make it at home and weighing the ups and downs of them both. Preferably, i would guess it would make most sense to buy the first setup from a very well known source and well respected in the community, then make the second one from looking at how the bought one was made. Not copying it or re-molding it of course, but looking at part for part and making setup nr 2 from scratch.
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    New member from Sweden

    I went on my first larp in 91, so the amount of bites through the years have been quite a few ^^ Looking forward to the holster, and am actually gonna make another holster for a customer soon. A concealed version of a PPQ 22, so i´m sure that will bring me more than enough headache before i am pleased haha.
  21. As a leathercrafter, you never know what you will create since all customers have their different orders, wants and needs. I recently closed my shop due to construction work in the store area, so nowadays it´s crafting in the home instead and on a smaller scale. However, anything is possible still and here are a few examples of previous creations. I also create jewelry in silver, bronze, titanium, pearls, bones etc and specifically and very often, the Norse often seen Kingslink worn a lot by Viking reenactors. A note for the leather: All leather and skin used in the crafts are always from a Vegetable tanned source. No chrome products is, will or have ever been used and that is a very high importance for me. I only use Vegetable tanned materials, everything is hand crafted from the ground up and hand stitched, colored, engraved and made worn. So... as said...some mixed items coming. Starting with a hello from me at Birka 2018 A custom commission for a fantasy larp. Customer wanted a very specific setup with a light battle-worn patina and a crest their group uses. The armor is a two item setup with the Chest and Belt combination. The client had a Thors Hammer, but nothing else. We opted to make him a set of 925 Sterling silver Wolf´s heads clasping rings attached through a twisted silver bar that went through the hammer and held everything in place on the 65 cm long chain. The following picture is the same weave but on a thinner scale and in copper. All these rings where created by hand one at the time, then hand sawed and mounted. Some light engraving for a restaurant to put the customers check´s and credit cards in. And to close with, the old Cosplay pics from Gamex when we did a job for EA / Bioware for Dragon Age Inquisition. Here i used an old Chest armor etc i had at home and a bud´s sword , but we only had 14 days to make the stuff so, sometimes a shortcut is needed haha. Keyword to make it work when in a rush. Layers layers layers.
  22. Thank you =) There are plans ahead this spring that will be posted here as well. Got some Artifacts, both Jedi and Sith in planning and am looking a bit for concept arts to make versions of the Force books from the Last Jedi. In short...i can´t afford collectors items, so i´l be making my own
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    New member from Sweden

    Thank you. The Rogue One DeathTrooper was the plan among others yes. The 501 forum is on one of my tabs, so thank you for that indeed. There are other Imperial costumes in interest as well, but to start of it´s gonna be the DT as it feels now =)
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    My images

    Thank you for this =)
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    New member from Sweden

    Oh i am sure you did a fantastic job anyways However, i would be happy to help in any way i can in any further craft, and do post what you made. Love too see other crafters work. I will be sure to post tips as well
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