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Dragoness Greaves wip3 by Red-Dragon-Lord Dragoness Greaves wip3 by Red-Dragon-Lord
Dragoness Greaves WIP3 - To ensure a perfect fit, I actually molded these to her leg. One advantage to having the client around for a fitting anytime LOL. Here, they have been cut, tooled and molded. I now need to prep them for sewing and eventually I'll get to dye them all pretty.
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kholmes0 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014
WHAT ARE THESE MADE OF?!  IS IT LIKE SILICONE?  OR CLAY?  OR WHAT?!?!?!?!?!?!  TELL ME!  AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH
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Red-Dragon-Lord Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014
All my work is done in leather. Now the secret is out, lol.
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kholmes0 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014
OMG THANKS SOOO MUCH.  HOW DO YOU GET THEM TO THE RIGHT COLOR?  IS IT JUST PAINT?

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:iconred-dragon-lord:
Red-Dragon-Lord Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014
I airbrush leather dye. The dye soaks into the leather and the finish is quit resilent.
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kholmes0 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014
OMG.  THANK YOU SOOOOO MUCH.  I'M TOTALLY DOING THIS NOW.
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Curious-TalC Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
So if I get this straight, you molded the pieces onto your lady, and she watched a movie with them on to let them dry into the right shape?
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Red-Dragon-Lord Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013
You got it!
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kholmes0 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014
LOL.
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8AlnitakKaleids8 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Whoa! Coooooool!!
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Red-Dragon-Lord Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013
Why thank you. So glad you like them. Have you seen the complete armor set?
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8AlnitakKaleids8 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
my pleasure and yes, i did browse thru your gallery and saw it. very nice detail and workmanship :-)
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ParkersandQuinn Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012
Neat running thru all your WIP's shots, always fun watching something start as a flat sheet, thru the finished piece, I DO NOT envy your poor hands for all the tooling/stamping :)
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Red-Dragon-Lord Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012
Awww thank you! Nice to be appreciated by a pro! I actually have tennis elbow now and have to take it easy for a while until it heals.
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ParkersandQuinn Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012
well hopefully you'll be better quick and back to making beautiful things!
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Red-Dragon-Lord Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012
Thank you. :) I am still working on some stuff just slower. lol
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ParkersandQuinn Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012
Well here's to wishing a full and speedy recovery :)
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pinochioO-5 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I particularily like the way you brought the horns in an upward sweep. It gives the greaves a more unique and interesting appearance. It also matches the arms better. Great job!
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Red-Dragon-Lord Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2011
Thank you. I wanted it to match the arms. They sure are a pain to make. whew! A lot of layers, a lot of leather and a lot of hand stiching and stuff to line up. Glad you like em. I should post a more updated pic soon. I have the calf protection done and they have been dyed. Currently sewing on them.
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Seenshadows Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Well done. You're making it look easy!
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Red-Dragon-Lord Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011
Thanks. Good to here from you. These greaves are very similar to the bracers except they are larger and have more layers. Its a pretty complex project actually. I'm also working on the calf protection which will be part of the greave. I'm trying to avoid using revits and buckles on this project but its getting difficult. Thanks for checking it out. I'll have more wip pics on this soon.
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Seenshadows Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I've always thought that finished pieces looks classier when they are sewn. Don't get me wrong there are some amazing work out there that have metal on it but depending on the piece it either attracts or detracts from the overall flow and the style. But again that's just my opinion. Cheers and can't wait to see more.
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Red-Dragon-Lord Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011
I couldn't agree more. :)
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NefariousDrO Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011
Looking good! How do you treat them to keep their shape, it looks like you've used water? Do you heat it very much? I'm curious because I've mostly used a wax-hardening process to avoid shrinking, and your method seems to be getting good results and I'd love to know how you did it!
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Red-Dragon-Lord Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011
Wax hardening is tricky and if your good at it I applaud you. I simply run hot tap water over the leather until it feels right. The leather gets supple. I shape it and let it dry. Simple as that. After I dye the leather I seal it with supersheen. I have had no problems with the leather losing its shape and when I wear the armor, my body heat makes it mold to me again and fit even better. I've gotten it wet and still no problems.
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akinra-workshop Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You mold it before dying? That's quite surprising, I do exactly the opposite : when you have mold it, I think it is more difficult to dye it when molded.
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Red-Dragon-Lord Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011
Hmmm...does any of the dye wash out of the leather when you soak it? Since I use an airbrush, Dying evenly is no problem either way.
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akinra-workshop Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Mine doesn't wash out, the dye is waterproof.
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Red-Dragon-Lord Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011
Well, I may experiment with your method. Thanks for sharing. I'm wondering if the dye isn't absorbed as well if the leather is hardened. I do like shading after the molding process because I can tell where I want the highlights and shadows a little better but maybe I can work it out prior to wet molding.
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akinra-workshop Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Check your dying first, or test it on a little piece.

If you have any question, feel free.
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NatsumeRyu Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011
Love the long, long spines on this one. :)
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Red-Dragon-Lord Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011
Thanks, they should look pretty cool when shes walking around.
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jan3ll3 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011
omg- u r gonna have whole new full dragon so soon !!! <3 these look fabulous... you've got such a good method worked out for this dragoness madness <3!!! she's gonna look soooo coooolll.............! you're going really fast for such big pieces (:
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Red-Dragon-Lord Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011
LOL, Honestly, I wish I had more method to my madness. I try to draw up a plan but then I always change it as I start making it.

I though I was going slow. I guess as a hobbyist Its not too bad. Thanks so much for your encouragement. Its hard to keep the enthusiasm on these big projects. :)
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Daniphae Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011
Oooo these look so cool! I don't know how you do it but bravo!
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Red-Dragon-Lord Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011
Awww, thank you. They look kinda of funny in this picture. Almost like she was in a car wreck and I had to splint her legs. lol.
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Silverskullguy Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011
i want some splints like that if I wreck
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Red-Dragon-Lord Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011
LOL. Thanks. Hopefully you wouldn't have to get hurt to get something cool. :)
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Silverskullguy Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011
hopefully..
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KissByLycan Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Looks good, can't wait to see them ready. :)
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Red-Dragon-Lord Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011
Thanks, me too. I get kinda excited when it starts to take form. :)
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KissByLycan Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
i bet! those colors you use for that armour is really pretty. :)
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Red-Dragon-Lord Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011
Aww, thank you. I like the yellow into red gradient that I'm using for her armor too. :)
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mild-marrow Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2011
Wow! They look great! I even quite like them un-dyed.
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Red-Dragon-Lord Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011
The natural color of leather is beautiful in my opinion. Somtimes I get a little dissapointed after I dye some pieces.
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mild-marrow Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011
I agree! In the future it might be interesting to see you work with some un-dyed pieces. =)
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Skinz-N-Hydez Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Awesome!
Those looks so awesome man! Fabulous work as usual bud :D
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Red-Dragon-Lord Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2011
They have a ways to go before they are done. I actually have calf protection made for her too that will be part of the greaves. I've really been dragging getting this done. Other stuff keeps getting in my way like life, work etc...
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