I am going to make them similiar to how a Royal Guard helmet is made. From looking at the pics DCB took, the inside of the shin guard looks pretty much the same as the inside of my RG helmet. At any rate, After previously asking about this stuff over at the RPF and then talking with the rep at smooth-on, I've ordered a plastic material that I can do a slush mold and it will be semi-rigid and somewhat flexible at the same time. With the way I am planning to do the snaps on the back, it will unsnap, flex enough to slide a foot through and flex back and snap. I haven't received the material yet..I hoped it would have been here by today. I'll know more after I make a casting as to how it will react. I would hope to have the material and give it a go in the next few days.
As for the leather, perhaps we can work together on figuring the best material for the job. I don't have the luxury of talking with a knowledgeable leather salesmen here locally as I live in a ski resort community thus, few suppliers of such things. (smiles real big)...Perhaps zam i am can take her standup back to the leather shop and ask about that one too
I wasn't 100% convinced at first either but after DCB pointed it out, it was very apparant to me. I always thought it had a leather texture to it but wasn't sure. The first real clue for me was the trim on the top edge. The second was inside the bottom of her right guard, the leather looks like it has come unstuck. The line that shows the edge of the plastic underneath fades away at the same point the leather fold inside appears to be leaning out. Tough to explain
EDIT: Here is the pic I was trying to explain
sorry I should've done this first!
The arrows show the area I believe the leather has come unstuck and is leaning out, it's also sort of frayed.
Here is the pic of the other side:
And here's one of the top edge. Both the trim and main surface look to be a leather texture and the trim appears to be sort of creased out at the point, which led me to believe that it was a leather trim around the top edge..
until next time