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First time with leather, need some advice. TankEpidemic 07/08/14(Tue)01:06 UTC+1 No.664105 Report

I've wanted to make a leather hood for this mask to start off getting into leather. Most of the outfit that goes with this mask is made of leather, the rest being some sort of cloth. I've never worked with leather before and I've looked at several things on google trying to figure out some stuff but it's a bit overwhelming. I was wondering if anyone could help me with what I'd need to get started on this such as materials, names of tools I'd need, etc. I plan to attach the leather around the inner perimeter of the mask and using the lace on the back to tighten it (the mask moves around a lot of it's not on dead tight and blocks a massive amount of my vision. All the padding that is on there now is just a place holder. I will post images. I've posted a couple questions on forum boards but I thought I'd post here for other opinions. Thanks in advance.
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TankEpidemic 07/08/14(Tue)01:06 UTC+1 No.664107 Report

Inside of the mask.
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TankEpidemic 07/08/14(Tue)01:08 UTC+1 No.664109 Report

Artwork of the hood I want to replicate, backside view.
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TankEpidemic 07/08/14(Tue)01:09 UTC+1 No.664113 Report

How it looks from the front. I don't have any other images other than some I could potentially get from a game (though they don't look as good as they do in this art book).
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Anonymous 07/08/14(Tue)01:29 UTC+1 No.664119 Report

why not make the real version? looks so much better.
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Anonymous 07/08/14(Tue)01:57 UTC+1 No.664132 Report

>>664105
I like it!
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Anonymous 07/08/14(Tue)02:02 UTC+1 No.664135 Report

Novice leather crafter here. First off, that is a nice mask. I wish it had actually been in the game.

You'll be best off buying or scavenging some ready leather, that has already been tanned and processed. You can make a simple head covering with nothing more than an X-Acto knife, awl, and sinew or thread. For the detailing in >>664109 you could use suede strips for the crosses down the center (you can even use them to hold the hood together when it's on), and a bit of lighter leather with paint or burned in details.

For attaching the mask, a heavy glue would work, or you could try and make an elastic band that would fit around your head, and the leather hood would fit over that (stopping just under the mask, so it doesn't slide around). You could also sew the mask's foam parts to the leather, but that may not be so secure. As I said I'm a novice but hopefully this gets you in the right direction, or at least thinking.
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TankEpidemic 07/08/14(Tue)02:13 UTC+1 No.664144 Report

>>664119
I would but those versions are twice as expensive.

>>664135
Any ideas of how I could scavenge some leather? I can buy it no problem but I'd like to have some I can mess up just to practice messing with. Maybe you could suggest a material similar to leather that I could also practice on?
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TankEpidemic 07/08/14(Tue)02:15 UTC+1 No.664146 Report

Also, I did not make the mask if anyone stumbles upon this wondering. I paid for it ($60 freakin bucks) from someone on etsy, mostly because I am very bad at making stuff that isn't out of metal. Plus there is no way I could paint the design on the left eye. I don't mix with art.
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Anonymous 07/08/14(Tue)03:13 UTC+1 No.664170 Report

>>664146
i was just about to ask how it was made ....

oh will ...what material is it ?
i like to think that someday i will make masks out of pvc
someday .....
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TankEpidemic 07/08/14(Tue)03:18 UTC+1 No.664172 Report

>>664170
It's made out of some sort of paper machete but it's really good. I've been working on reforming a mask just like it out of aluminum so I can mess that one up all I want.
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