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DIY: Brace Yourselves!


Hello guys and gals! Today you're in for something a little different! Along with my love of fashion I also have a love of all things nerdy, so how better to combine those two loves than to teach you all how to make your own armor?! Now I know what you're thinking; "CC, there is NO WAY that I could ever do that!" But you can, and you will! Let's jump right in!


In this post, we'll be making bracers/vanguards/armor for your forearms. I am basing my bracers off of a pattern from Storm the Castle, he has a bunch of FANTASTIC and very simple projects that are perfect for beginners (which is what I am!)

In this post, we'll be making bracers/vambraces/armor for your forearms. I am basing my bracers off of a pattern from Storm the Castle, he has a bunch of FANTASTIC and very simple projects that are perfect for beginners (which is what I am!) Click HERE for the link to his tutorial video and HERE for the project page!

SIDE NOTES: I chose to make a leather varient of this project, so my paint choices will be very different than the ones in the tutorial. Also, I am making this armor for a friend, and he is much taller than I am, which is why the armor will not fit me!


After cutting out the paper patterns I traced them each twice on to 2mm foam. I have a huge roll of this stuff, but the craft foam that you get at somewhere like Michael's Crafts is totally fine! In fact, I will be using it in later tutorials!

Remeber that these pieces will overlap so make sure to draw where that happens to you can assemble the pieces properly!


I cut myself two extra strips (one for each armor piece) to go around the bottom of the bracers. Remember, the pattern is a suggestion, not a rule, so feel free to add little details to yours that the pattern doesn't have!


It was at this point that I realized that I should have used a different type of marker to draw these things out! Whoops! Lesson learned!


Now I hot glued the pieces together!


I felt like adding some detail on my bracers, so I cut out a little diamond shape out of note card and....


Traced them onto my armor!



Next I took my woodburner (I got this one for $16) and made grooves along the traced lines. Do this in a well ventilated room, I learned the hard way that this puts off some terrible smelling fuems!!!

Afterwards I had to heat the foam (I did this over a stovetop flame) to get the foam pliable enough to form around a cylider to give it a round shape. These ARE going over your arms after all! Unfortunately I didn't get any pictures of this because I needed both of my hands for the process!



After they are nice and shaped, I coated them in Mod Podge to seal them and help them maintain their shape. You can also use a 50/50 mix of water and white glue if you don't have Mod Podge.