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  1. Yes a cutting mat is very gentle on the tools and daves you fron sharpening them too often as well.


    As for the boots..If you are going to scrub them with an alcoholic solution, be sure to tedt it on a small patch first. Obe can never tell hot the material reacts. Especially if it's uncertain what form of tanning it comes from.

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  2. 2 hours ago, themaninthesuitcase said:

    I expect that's why you were refereed to EA.  Knowing what you wanted to contact them about might help.

    That´s the problem. Disney issued the License, not EA. I am hoping for a response on another email shortly though. I explained this to them in the email properly the first time, hence the confusion.

  3. On 1/19/2019 at 3:03 AM, sylverbard said:

    dimg.communications@disney.com <dimg.communications@disney.com>;







    Thank you =)

    Same issue here though, that there seems to be no " proper " email in general, just a bunch of parks etc. I tried one Disney email, but i was asked to turn to EA for some reason O_o 
    Don´t really know why EA would answer questions for Disney.

  4. On 1/19/2019 at 1:40 AM, TK-42134 said:

    Try this one:



    and go to the “About” page. You may find what you are looking for there.

    Thank you =)
    Same issue here though, that there seems to be no " proper " email in general, just a bunch of parks etc. I tried one Disney email, but i was asked to turn to EA for some reason O_o 
    Don´t really know why EA would answer questions for Disney.

  5. 6 hours ago, TheLorelei said:


    Great progress despite setbacks! Go you!

    The punch may have gotten bent due to hammering on the granite slab if you didn't put a buffer behind the leather would be my guess. @Grihm is our resident leatherworker and can likely weigh in on punch quality questions. :)

    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 =)

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  6. 2 hours ago, TheLorelei said:

    Never did post photos of my completed holster!


    Stitching detail:


    Snap detail:


    Blaster strap riveted on back:



    All done by hand! It was a super gratifying project and surprisingly quick. And I got to make it to my blaster's exact specs. :)

    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. 

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  7. 2 minutes ago, wook1138 said:

    There is a whole other detachment for "dirty" stormtroopers (sandtroopers, Mimban trooper, etc).  That is MEPD.  We do have some slightly weathered costumes here, like the HWT (heavy weapons trooper).  A few have added very slight weathering to their TK, as this is seen on screen - but only a few scratches and smudges here and there. 


    If you want to get dirty, like the Mimban trooper in your picture, then MEPD will be of interest to you.


    24 minutes ago, Frank75139 said:

    Ok I’ll take a stab at this one. Stormtroopers were mostly clean white with the Sandy being the exception so that’s why we stick mostly the clean look. The CRL stats on some builds that armor will be “weathered” the TK CRL does not.

    As for question two. I have AM armor it’s thick there would be no need to reinforce most of it. With that being said I recommend to everyone to reinforce your chest. I’ve had issue with cracking due to basic movement. It’s no fault of the maker I love their armor it’s just me not being used to having a armor on. I’ve danced in this armor at various points and sometimes forget I don’t get the same range of movement that I normally do.

    Hope some of that helps.

    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

    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 =)

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  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






    Here is a link to the FB page of the droid.



    A link to the original post


    If you guys hear anything at all, please post it or send it to Micke.



  9. 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?



  10. 9 hours ago, justjoseph63 said:

    This guy (MakerofThings) is a blatant recaster.  He has recast Mark's (sskunky) ROTJ suit and JoeR ROTJ bucket, Jimmorquai's work and God knows who else.  He claims in his ads that his items are cast from screen-used armor.  This is not true.  My advice-  steer clear.

    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.

  11. 15 minutes ago, TheLorelei said:


    Way too cool!! I can't even picture it!!

    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. Just now, TheLorelei said:

    Ah, but "canon" and "acceptable" pale before the power of "fun" :D

    I was sculpting a helmet for Seventh Sister before I started my TK and working with these vac-formed pieces has helped me understand how I'll need to form her hard armor so much better. I'd only done fabric work before that, too (pattern drafting etc). Troopers make good learning projects imo because there's just SO much documentation and help.

    Weeeell... i might do a helmet in leather...just because ^^
    Indeed fun claims a high prio on the list ;)


  13. 1 minute ago, TheLorelei said:

    I totally understand wanting to get your hands on a properly completed kit. @gatetrooper brought his (Centurion-level) armor to my first armor party and so much of my 2D research made sense in 3D. Maybe your local garrison has a shindig soon. :) So you'd like to buy a pre-built kit and then sculpt your own, or just use it as a template for assembly of a kit? Also I've heard it's tough to buy a finished set that will fit you perfectly. I'm sure others with more knowledge can weigh in on that.

    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 :D 
    Good that i´m older and wiser nowadays so the research will be done properly for the best outcome :duim:

  14. 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. 

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  15. 2 minutes ago, justjoseph63 said:

    I don't know of anyone here who has their own molds (commonly called "bucks").  Crafting a set of bucks for a 501st approvable set of TK armor can take hundreds of hours as well as a small fortune.  Here is an example, which will show you what I mean:



    There are 2 threads here which may help you:





    Thank you thank you =)

  16. 55 minutes ago, swibowoj said:

    Hello and Welcome to FISD.

    leathercrafter, looking forward to your build and holster.

    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.



  17. Just now, TheLorelei said:

    Considering how much I enjoyed it, I'm likely to continue! I'll let you know when I update my build thread with the pictures of my completed holster. Looking forward to seeing your build threads, on whatever forum they may land. :)

    (Also: "There are other Imperial costumes in interest as well" - I'm pretty sure that bug has bitten most of us!)

    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. 

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