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Avatar Korra Bracer Pattern and Tutorial by LookyLolo Avatar Korra Bracer Pattern and Tutorial by LookyLolo
Basic supply list:
-Veg-tan leather (this can be bought in 8x12in pieces at Hobby-Lobby for $10 each)
-White leather strip for the lace (Hobby-Lobby in the Jewlry section)
-Sharp scissors and/or xacto knife
-Grommets 3/8 in (this can be found at Joann Fabrics)
-Grommet setter (also at Joann)
-Hammer
-Leather hole punch (optional)
-Tools for tooling the leather (optional)
-Spray bottle of water
-Acrylic paint or Eco-flo leather paint
-Eco-flo satin sheen
-Paint brushes
-Paper Towles (use to rub on satin sheen)
-Tracing paper or grid paper to make the pattern.

Make sure you have a clean hard surface to work on. I use a scrape piece of wood to place under the leather when I install the grommets.

Leather is not the only option to make the bracers. If you do use fabric make sure you use interfaceing to make it stiff and keep it from slouching
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axemnas Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013  Student Filmographer
AWESOME!!! THANK YOU Now I can finally do leather cuffs more my characters. 
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LoquaciousQuidnunc Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013
I'm finding grommet work difficult.
Can't get most to set properly, or complete to satisfaction.
My attempts/equipment?

With a leather hole punch, and either a hand-squeezed Grommet setter [for small grommet ] or a 2 piece setter requiring a hammer. Various leather samples used.
I know the "pliers-type" grommet setter seems inadequate [cheap quality] at either a light/slow pressure or a manly squeeze.
The heavy duty setter works better, but it appears I need an extremely solid & hard surface beyond wood [metal or.....an anvil] to get it set properly.
 
Is it because I'm working it dry, even if it's more supple than the leather you show here.

Or.........?
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LookyLolo Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013
I have a lot of trouble  with grommet stetting myself. For this armband I ended up forgoing the leather punch and carefully cutting it out with an x-acto knife. I have never been able to get pliers setter to work either. What I normally use is the "two part mettle setter" that you can usually buy along with a pack of grommets.  The one thing I have found that helps is to take a flat-head screwdriver and  use it  to carefully push down and spread  out the inside grommets "teeth" ( I don't know what the technical term is) apart. Even if you just get it spread a little bit, when you hit it with a hammer it seems to compress together better. I've always used a piece of wood for a working surface but I know that more serious leather workers use a small piece of marble.
Sorry I can't be more helpful. I'm very much an amateur myself and I'm just starting to learn how to work with leather.
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LoquaciousQuidnunc Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013
Actually, this helps me quite a lot.
Especially using a slab of marble vs an anvil.
Thanks.
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B-MoTheHuman Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Student Photographer
omg THANK YOU! you just saved me a lot of time trying to figure this out myself :hug:
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LookyLolo Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013
Glad to be of help. If you run in to any problems with my directions let me know and I'll clarify. Also, love to see a picture of how it comes out. If someone uses one of my pattern I try to put a link to their photos so other can see how they interpret the costume. :) I also have the patterns for her boots if you need those.
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SwiftMemory Featured By Owner May 27, 2012
Thankyou!! This is awesome :meow:
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LookyLolo Featured By Owner May 27, 2012
Glad you liked it. :)
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