Measurements & Maintenance

Measurements:

Measurements for Vambraces

Room for padding is taken into account, so please take these measurements wearing nothing more than a shirt. If for some reason you do not want to have room for padding, let me know when you order. Padding is STRONGLY recommended
  • Around the wrist
  • With your arm bent at a 90 degree angle, from the back of the wrist to the point of the elbow.
  • With your arm bent at a 90 degree angle, and your hand in a fist, around the thickest part of your forearm
Measurements for Demi Gauntlets.
  • Around the Wrist
  • What size work glove you wear. (ladies’ or men’s)
Measurements for Gorget
  • Around the neck
  • From the notch of your collar bones in the front to the point where your throat meets your jaw.
  • From the top of the shoulder where it meets the neck in a straight line to the jaw.


Maintenance

In all reality there is very little you will have to do to care for our cuirboulli pieces. The hardening and sealing process uses and acrylic sealant to protect against water, sweat, mold and mildew.

If you do notice any of these on your pieces all that you will need do is to wipe the item with a damp cloth or paper towel, then dry the area.

However, other non hardened pieces, pouches, bags and the like will need routine conditioning. I use mink oil or a product known as Leather Honey.

I recommend conditioning your soft leather about every 6 -8 weeks or so.


To Re-harden your hardened leather

After a while you may notice that your hardened leather will begin to soften, especially items that receive a great deal of direct impact such as vambraces.

How quickly this happens is varies greatly as it depends on the amount of use and wear, how often that are gets hit, how often you fight, and environmental issues.

Finally remember that leather is skin. It is an imperfect medium, and will, due to its basic nature, eventually break down. There are, however, things you can do to help improve its durability and life span.

To recondition any of the hardened leather preheat your oven to 200 degrees. Often this is the lowest setting possible on a typical home oven. Remove all padding from your pieces, along with any thongs, laces, or nylon cords, and buckles. The leather thongs and laces will be brittle, and the nylon will likely melt, and the buckles will heat mor quickly and possibly burn any leather that are touching.

Put the pieces on a cookie sheet or baking pan and put in the oven for 10 to 15 minutes. DO NOT GO OVER 20 MINUTES at one time! If you go over 20 minutes you risk warping or causing the leather to shrivel, it is best to go 10 minutes and play it safe.

Remove the pieces from the oven and let them cool completely. Then check them for stiffness. You can rebake them as many times as you want, but be sure to let them cool completely before each baking.

Normally it only takes one or two bakes to return them to stiff. But if after 6 or more consecutive bakes they do not regain any stiffness, it could be that the leather itself is starting to break down. At that point there is not much anyone can do, but if you take a little care and follow the above methods you should be able to get a nice long life out of your armor.



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