Project: Brigandine Bracers (Sewing Method)
Project: Brigandine Bracers (Hit it With a Hammer Method)

 

Project: Brigandine Bracers (Sewing Method)

Materials:

Tools:

Instructions:

Sew Bracer to lining on three sides

1. Sew the bracer to the lining material along the sides just inside the lacing holes, and along the wrist edge.

2. Cut the lining material to the exact size of the bracer along those three sides.

Fold edge of lining and sew it

3. Along the sides with the lacing holes, turn the lining material in so that the edge runs along the seam between the bracer and liner. Holding the leather with the holes out of the way, sew the edge of the lining material.

Cut metal to size4. Cut your rigid material to the size you want using the tin snips. If you are using flashing or another thin/flimsy metal, make the pieces twice as wide as you want them to be, and fold them in half, then whack them flat with a hammer. (You do not need to punch any holes, the material shown in the image was left over from another project and so came pre-punched.)

Lay out material

5. Lay out your rigid material on your bracer, to make sure that the pieces will fit in the arrangement you want. If it doesn't look like it will work, repeat step 4.

Trace the plates6. Turn the bracer over, and on the liner trace the bottom (wrist end) and sides of the first row of plates. Stitch along those lines, and slide the plates into place between the bracer and the liner.

Mark edge of plates7. Feeling through the fabric, carefully mark where the top edge of the plates is. Stitch just outside of that line.

8. Repeat steps 7 and 8, as neccessary, for subsequent rows.

Clipped corners9. Trim the excess fabric at the top (elbow end) of the bracer so that the amout sticking out from the edge of the bracer is about the same width as the distance between the last stitched line and the edge of the bracer. Tuck the excess in between the liner and the bracer, clipping the corners if necessary. Sew along the edge of th bracer (through all three layers).

Finished Bracer

 

Project: Brigandine Bracers (Hit it With a Hammer Method)

Materials:

Tools:

laced on plates

Variations:

Instructions:

1. Cut your rigid material to the size you want using the tin snips. If you are using flashing or another thin/flimsy metal, make the pieces twice as wide as you want them to be, and fold them in half, then whack them flat with a hammer, or make twice as many as you need and stack two together for each 'plate'.

2. Lay out your rigid material on your bracer, to make sure that the pieces will fit in the arrangement you want. If it doesn't look like it will work, repeat step 1.

3. Make a hole in each corner of each plate, either with a drill or by punching a nail through the material.

4. Lay out the plates on your bracer again, and mark the placement of each hole.

5. Punch all the holes into the bracer. If you are using a lining material, line up the bracer and lining and punch the holes through both layers. (I find the final result is smoother if I punch the holes for one plate, then attach it, then punch the next set of holes, etc.)

posts of rivets in place

6. Line up the holes for each plate with the holes in the bracer and insert the post of a rivet through each. The post should come from the bottom (inside of the bracer) to the top (outside). Without lining, that means you have plate on top of bracer. With lining, you should have bracer, on top of plate, on top of lining.

7. Put the cap of each rivet on it's post (depending on what type of rivets they are, the caps may or may not 'snap' into place) and whack it with a hammer.

8. If you are using a lining, once you have attached all the plates, turn the edges of the lining material under (trim if neccessary) and stitch along the edges of the bracer (just inside the lacing holes, and close to the other edges) to secure it.