Support Area In Progress
Everyone is at different levels of progress as an artisan of armor, leather or otherwise so this section is being developed to fill the gaps and address frequently asked questions.
If you have already watched the video tutorials, and your issue is not here, just use the contact form on the site if you have additional questions.
- The number one question is usually regarding printing the patterns, especially the larger ones that don’t fit on a single page.Here is the simple solution.
First, install this free Foxit PDF Reader Next, when you print the pattern, just make sure you print tiled pages. As long as you have your printer set up properly it should compensate for the margins accordingly. The benefit of using this method over pre-scaled, already chopped patterns, is you can actually scale and resize the patterns by percentage, which is rather important for things like armor where the end user can vary drastically! Visit the scale armor tutorial at this time mark to see a walk through. https://youtu.be/1OsqhhrutEk?t=141
- Another common question along the same lines is regarding how to know how to scale the patterns to fit. This can be a complex answer, but also a simple one. The simple answer? Print at 100% scale unless you can already tell it will be too small or large (like if you are smaller or larger than a ‘typical’ body frame) and then make a paper mockup using the patterns and scale up or down from there. Most patterns will have adjustment potential so it shouldn’t be too hard to hit the fit sweet spot pretty easily. Also, each video tutorial will generally share relevant sizing info specific to the piece.
- Always make a mockup (paper or otherwise) of wearable patterns before committing to materials. It doesn’t have to be a complete functional mockup either, just tape up the pieces in a way where you can assess general fit and proportions at the very least.
- Read the included document with digital downloads. These do need some updates and details added but they should cover quite a few of the questions that have been coming through.
- It doesn’t hurt to post your questions on the youtube tutorial videos, especially the new ones. I try to reply to all posts at least the first couple of days but it does get away from me after a bit, admittedly.