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Altair Belt by Thorgaz Altair Belt by Thorgaz
My attempt at Altair's large belt. Took about a month of mildly motivated work, and I'm relatively happy with the finished product. The red cloth is a placeholder for now. After doing this I've figured that my favorite part of leather work is definitely distressing, texturing and dyeing.

The distressing is a combination of heat and water, the heat applied with a wood burner in uneven strokes, and the water lightly spattered over the top. The combinations are endless when it comes to heat and moisture. If you saturate the leather surface a little, when you apply an even layer of heat the surface fuses, becomes brittle, and then cracks leaving larger rifts in the leather. If no water is added, the same thing happens albeit on a smaller scale. I also used an iron on some parts of belt, and found that leaving small splotches of water on the leather and then ironing it causes the water to boil away and leave pockmarks. It's all just experimentation. After the distressing I added a gel antique which blackens the cracks and if wiped away leaves the surface a lighter color. The dyeing of the piece is just as important as the distressing itself, because it reveals the distressing that was done.
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Thorgaz Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Belt buckles galore.
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Wait0wat Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013
The leather...it looks weathered. Most fascinating, how'd you- *Looks at description*...oh.
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Thorgaz Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks a bunch for all the positive vibes!
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Notitalianman Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
Christ. By far the best one I've seen. For sale??
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Thorgaz Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
haha! That'd be like selling my soul! Can't do that unless you're the devil.
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Notitalianman Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013
Haha o well worth a try. I tip my hat to you then, fine work. Worth a pretty penny.
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Thorgaz Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Haha! For the right price (depending how pretty the penny) I could always make another.
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Notitalianman Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013
Aha! Every man has his price. I'd be curious to see some more pics but just by lookin at it I'd drop 2 hundo on that easy. And it would probly only go up from there.
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Thorgaz Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I don't really have a camera right now. When I get one I'll put this on the list of things to capture more intently. haha... Of course every man has his price. You just have to find it. Sometimes money, sometimes power...
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ColorLessHeart Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Student Artist
i'd actually wear that in public
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Thorgaz Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
May have done that a time or two myself...
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ColorLessHeart Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Student Artist
cool
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RBF-productions-NL Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Awesome! What did you use to sew the thing together? A regular sewing machine?

Looks really, really good!!
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Thorgaz Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Whoa dude!! no way. Any idea how much time I've spent drooling over your work? I love the way you use paint to get just the perfect color and patina on your work, especially Connor.

Anyhow, fanboy moment aside, I sewed it by hand. Kinda tedious, but it holds well and... machines are pricey. Gotta get a heavy duty one to sew leather.
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RBF-productions-NL Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Well, again, you did an AMAZING job!!!!! Really cool! Still staying away from working with leather this way... I should try it out sometimes.
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Thorgaz Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Like they say, just one more arrow in your quiver. wait, does anyone say that? But seriously, you'd master it in no time!
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RBF-productions-NL Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Ha ha ha ha!!
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CaptainSeawolf Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012   General Artist
That is increadible! I have been hoping to make the belt for a long time and this is just... wow. That is so cool how it looks with the aging, that really makes a wonderful finishing touch on this, and thank you for sharing too kind of how you went about aging the leather, those are some really smart ideas, I should try that in some of my future work.
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Thorgaz Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Go for it! This was all experimentation for me, and I failed plenty of times, so don't be afraid to just go crazy with your projects.
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Trujin Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
No problem for the fav. I absolutely love the techniques you used for this piece of work. It makes it really stand out from the rest. The weathering looks genuine and the techniques used give it a really nice texture (for example the contrast between the tree layers).
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Thorgaz Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks so much! I love doing this kind of stuff so it's really fun when others enjoy it as well!
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Arokiuru Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012
Very beautiful! Great work on the texture, I love it! I was thinking of making a cosplay of a masyaf guard or Rauf, the trainer, but I can't find a decent picture of the belt. It seems to be a bit thinner than Altair's so would it look ok if I did something similar to yours and just left the last layer out?
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Thorgaz Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks so much! Now onto the important stuff. I know what you're talking about as far as the thinner belts of those characters. You could definitely take inspiration from those top two layers, but seriously, you can do better than mimic my moldy, old idea.
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LittleMonito Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Man i wish i could get my hands on one of these xD
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Thorgaz Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I'm awful at keeping up on my notes on here. Regardless, as far as commissions go, I have to say not now. I just have too many other things to work on. If however I do come to a point that I'm ready for commissions I'll let you know. Thanks so much for the interest.
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LittleMonito Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Sounds good ^_^ thanx for replying =D
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Azael047 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011
I also made a Altair-costume and I have to admit that I peeked here for ideas, especially the rolled (french) edges !^^
I like them very much, but it's such a pain (literally) making them...
Hopefully I get some pics up soon...not that you think that I copied, I would never dare!!
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Thorgaz Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Of course you didn't copy me! We are both copying Ubisoft. I checked out your gallery. I especially like what you've done with the left vambrace. Very clean work!
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Azael047 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012
You're right I guess!
Thanks and thaks for the fav!^^
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Azael047 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011
Is there a way to add your whole gallery tho my favorites...your work is amazing!
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dprulop Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011
I'd murder to see a few images of the back and the side. Got any to show or share?

Amazing work. You are defenatly my hero when it comes to leather working. One day I'll get near to your skill level.
*this is where my alarm clock goes off and I wake up.

Seriously though. Did you do any of the pouches on the back of the belt?

Daniel.
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Thorgaz Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Maybe just maybe I'll take some pictures of the back and sides. I did one of the pouches on the back a long time before the belt itself, but I'll be remaking it.

Thank you for looking up to me, but just know that there are plenty of people that I myself look up to!
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ChocosarusRex Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
e__e Turorial...~? owo I really want to make the leather accessories for Altair and Ezio actual leather =w= it lasts longer and its more fun to work with~ but im new to leather working TT^TT so i desperately need help
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Thorgaz Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Oh goodness. The world of leather is a large one, so I'm going to advise you follow this link: [link]

That's a good place for basic info. Dive in with some smaller projects, get a feel for the medium and above all don't give up when you don't meet your own high expectations. Feel free to shoot me questions anytime.
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ChocosarusRex Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
oh yeah, i shop there all the time =D theres one about 40 minutes or so from my house
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Thorgaz Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Nice! I love the store. The guys in there know a heck of a lot more about leather than me, so if you get a chance to chat with them, do it!
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ChocosarusRex Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
i shall :iconfyeahplz:
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hellcattheassassin Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011
Holy Crap O.O
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Thorgaz Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thankyooo!
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hellcattheassassin Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2011
Thank you
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Zaraga Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2011
what type of leather did you use?
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Thorgaz Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
All this leather is top grain cowhide ranging in oz. from 3-4 to 9-10. Does that help?
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ceruleanbeksa Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2011
This is beautiful!!
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lShankl Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011
You have a ridiculous eye for detail. Seriously. This is fucking amazing, as is the rest of your in progress cosplay. (Or is it done yet? I saw the March wip one and was blown away.)
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Thorgaz Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Oh gosh! Thanks so much! I wish the rest was done... Some day I'll have time to work on it again. Some day.
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lShankl Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011
Some daaaay. Haha, I await said day. Your work is crazy amazing.
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Lost-Ragnarok Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2010
Man that is a great belt. I would like to see if you could make me one.
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Thorgaz Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Firstly, thanks for the faves and watch!
Second, the belt would be expensive, as it did take a while to make. I'm not sure timewise how soon I could get to making one as I'm working on some other commissions right now. How much do you think would be a fair price for a belt like the one above?
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Lost-Ragnarok Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010
I do not know has I'm working on job hunting but I would have no idea how much. how much did it cost you to make it?
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