I'm working to make a set of battle greaves. I'm trying t a new process and thought I'd show some of the process.
First thing I did was get some leather. Pig belly from tandy did the trick. Then I used a leather groover. Seems ok.
Then I decided to use a laser cutter/etcher on it.
I used some scrap pieces and did some testing:
looks ok, then I stained it. I realized that the image quality of the intial capture was lower than planned. So I redid it
then I worked to make a pattern to have on the greave
this was a first attempt:
I then cleaned it up, scaled it up
and then broke adobe illustrator. I mean it said I wasn't even allowed to save the file. I lamented. Then problem solved. It turned out I was using too many images in the pattern and the images were so small adobe illustrator took personal affront.
I started over and redid the image/pattern.
then etched it.
Some good results:
Here is a close up
This will be the base, I am planning on putting the republic and temple logos on the front of the greaves
I made a test etch and was pretty pleased. I'll probably stain them later
I then think I'm going to take the logo that adi gallia has on her gauntlet (also in the jedi temple floor)
profezzorn: hey ARKM, did you ever write a that tutorial on the toner transfer method?
Jun 23, 2017 15:50:15 GMT -5
ARKM: *waves hand* "I'm not the slacker you're looking for"
Jun 23, 2017 16:24:16 GMT -5
ARKM: Sadly no. Well, that's not entirely true. I did finish writing it but did not perform the steps and take pics of said steps.
Jun 23, 2017 16:26:30 GMT -5
ARKM: So it's like "Step 5: Using the high temperature temp, tape the paper with the design on it onto the metal part to be etched."
Jun 23, 2017 16:26:53 GMT -5
ARKM: ... but there's no Pic 4.
Jun 23, 2017 16:27:10 GMT -5
profezzorn: from other things I've read it's just PNP blue with some heat and pressure applied, right?
Jun 23, 2017 16:37:26 GMT -5
ARKM: Some use that. I could not get successful results with it but others have.
Jun 23, 2017 16:47:16 GMT -5
profezzorn: so what do you use?
Jun 23, 2017 16:47:36 GMT -5
ARKM: I personally use glossy magazine pages. I just rip a page out of a magazine and put it in the printer. The pages have to be the right thickness for the printer though. Too thin and they rip in the printer.
Jun 23, 2017 16:47:42 GMT -5