Leather from Concept to Creation in 12 Simple Steps
Have you ever sat staring in awe at the masterpieces your favourite heroes are wearing on the big screen?
Maybe browsed through photos of incredible leather costumes or armour, wishing you could make something just like it but don’t think you have the talent?
Maybe you have dreamed about creating something amazing using leather for yourself or your beloved horse or dog... but haven’t known where to start?
With over 20 years’ experience in crafting leather armour and costumes for Ren enthusiasts, Larpers, Cosplayers and the film industry, I have decided to share my passion for leatherworking, design and all things creative to your workbench. Via a new unique online course, I will lead you by the hand through everything. Step by step I'll share my entire personal creative process so even an absolute beginner will be able to design, create and bring life to their dreams.
Whether your passion is for Ren Fairs, Larp, Cosplay or SCA, this course will prepare you for a journey of expression and creativity.
Learn to create masterpieces, while having to work on a tight budget
Working through my 12 easy-to-follow modules, you’ll learn everything you need to make professional looking leather pieces. You’ll start by learning how to find inspiration and generate ideas, before moving on to the practicalities of design. In easy to follow simple steps, you’ll lay the groundwork so when the time comes to make your creation, everything falls into place. You’ll learn how few tools you need to get to work as well as learning to source materials on a budget. By the time you’ve completed the course, you’ll have created your own pieces to rival any professional maker.
There are 12 modules in the course:
Start off your fantastic journey crafting leather armour. Capture your inspiration. You'll learn:
Dive into all the considerations when designing Armour, Accessories and Costumes. You'll learn:
Beginning to bring your concept to life. You'll learn:
From concept to pattern. You'll learn:
Transferring your physical prototype patterns into final format. You'll learn:
Choosing your materials, their best uses and best practices. You'll learn:
Drawing on all the skills that you've learnt, you'll move from concept to real life creation. You'll learn:
Learn all the tools you need to work with leather. You’ll learn:
Here we teach you more advanced tooling skills to get the detail you want.
Learn the ancient art of leather forming.
The final application of dyes stains waxes and distressing. You'll learn
Building your audience, client base and following. You'll learn:
Tools will not be required beyond pencils, paper and duct tape, for the first 6-7 modules of the course when we start working on prototypes. As I’m an advocate of saving money where possible, all of these can be purchased at reasonable costs via many of the main auctions sites or indeed via many of the leather forums and groups on Facebook.
Materials will be 100% down to what project you would like to complete and are discussed at length in module 6, along with cheapest and best sources shared by the students and coach.
This course has been designed to start at the level Alex was when he first started, with no money or materials. It assumes no prior knowledge, so wherever you are on your leatherworking journey, he’ll take you step-by-step through a process that genuinely delivers results. Alex is passionate about supporting and empowering the next generation of leather craftsmen, which is why this course is structured in such a way that any investment in tools and materials is kept to an absolute minimum. Second-hand tools and materials are readily available from various outlets and are very cost-effective. You’ll be amazed at the effect you can achieve for very little cost.
Each module comes with a post-module discussion group so you can discuss your ideas and any questions you may have with your fellow students. If you need extra help, we also offer ongoing support to help you with any issues you may have. Alex will also be filming bonus videos to cover the most frequently answered questions arising from these discussions to make sure you have all the information you need. What’s more, the course comes with a 30-day money back guarantee, no questions asked, so if you try it and decide that it’s not for you, you have the confidence of knowing you’ll get your investment back.
When Alex started out, there was no internet, so he was reliant on books and hands on experimentation to develop his skills. 20 years on, and it’s still surprisingly difficult to find detailed information on leatherwork for armour, costumes, harnesses, etc. This is the first course of its type and we’re confident in stating that no other course will teach you this specific leatherworking process from scratch. We will take you from the very beginning of the creation process right the way through to the production of sales-quality items. When you sign up for the course, you don’t just get an introduction to leather working; you get your own little piece of Alex and his weird, whacky, and wonderful world. The only limit is your imagination.
Founder of Black Raven Armoury & Author of The Crystal Anvil
Born in the U.K. and currently based in the historical town of Stratford Upon Avon, Alex currently heads up one of the most respected teams of creators in the world, specialising in the design and production of Leather Armour & Accessories for a variety of industries including Larp, Ren, Cosplay, Motion Pictures & Television.”
Whether you’re a hobbyist who wants to perfect their skills or you dream of being a professional leatherworker with your creations featured in movies and more, this course will take you wherever you want to go. As part of the course, you’ll be assigned a project in Module 11. If you choose, you can submit a digital portfolio of work to Alex and his team, who will personally assess your work. If it meets our standards, you’ll be issued a certificate to confirm that you’ve been trained by Black Raven Armoury, which will help you get started in this exciting industry. We will give you the confidence and skills you need to establish yourself as a professional in your own right. This course could open doors you never believed could be accessible to you.
Detailed videos that are easy to follow and understand.
This is one of the best decisions I’ve made really enjoying the class.
Beyond inspirational. This course from start to finish is the pure definition of learning the craft to its fullest potential.
Simple easy step by step approach from thought to fruition into a completed project.
Since I am new to the whole leather craft thing this course has actually helped me a lot, and Alex is very friendly and his tips are always helpful.
Very impressive work. If I could, I would hire you to make me something for the start of a collection.
Great course, lots of content and clear instruction. Alex’ passion really shines through and the pace is very gentle. Heartily recommended.
Comprehensive Curriculum with Emphasis on Original Design. The “Tips and Tricks” that come with Years of Experience are a Great Asset to those willing to take the time to Learn. Thank You Alex.
Very Informative and well put together. I am not a novice leather worker, but this course is expanding on my knowledge in ways I never thought of. Definitely adding new and useful tools to my toolbag.
Great course, straight forward and easy to follow. I recommend it for anyone who wants to make their own armor or for Cosplay friends. Outstanding !!
The Academy is a great in depth course that can take you in several directions. Easy to follow, thorough, also Alex is very responsive and helpful. Highly recommend!!
Well thought out modules that enable the student to absorb and reflect on each topic. Great support and feedback from Alex and other students. Enjoying it a lot.
Well designed course for learning at your own pace. Videos are well done and concepts are explained thoroughly through video and practical instruction
I love that you can go at your own pace and there is no pressure or time constraints. So affordable too! If I could give it 10 stars I would!
Well designed course for learning at your own pace. Videos are well done and concepts are explained thoroughly through video and practical instruction.
I am THOROUGHLY enjoying the webinars and course material that are a part of this course. My skills as a leathercrafter are going through the roof as a result of what I am learning. An honest, well earned 5 out of 5 stars. Highly recommended.
This is an amazing class all the information is on point. I’m enjoying everything about it. All the stars!!!!!!!!!!
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A new module is Unlocked every 7 days until all course modules have been unlocked.