The High speed No drag Instructions on how to make
your own Half gauntlet pattern.
(No teasing about the drawing is did them really fast in
2 piece of paper; preferably stiff (say a brown paper bag or some
construction paper, but any paper will do.
your hand to get a rough pattern, skip the fingers. And thumb, but get the
out the rough pattern with plenty of room to spare, especially on the ends
it on your non dominant hand (always do your “bad hand” first, so you get
to practice before making one for your good hand)
away the parts that don’t look like your hand J
extra at both “ends” because you are going to want to have room for
padding, etc.(extend at the “thickness of hand” section for more padding)
your wrist 90 degrees up
a line along the fold of your wrist on the pattern
away the excess along that line
7-10 till you can bend at your wrist and not get caught on the pattern
a sword or stick, cut away anything in the pointer finger/thumb gap that
touches the sword.
you have a Metacarpal plate pattern for you gauntlet
Onto the CUFF!
the distance from your wrist fold to the end of your Vambrace, add a
little and this is the length of your cuff (watch out for buckles) if you
overlap too much it can bind on buckles.
out a rough Cuff shape(see pic)
the wrist curve of the metacarpal onto the inner edge of the cuff shape.
2 holes on the end of the cuff to rivet it together (or 4 to lace it
the bisecting holes game to get lacing holes on cuff and gauntlet (2 holes
at the end, the put one in the middle, put one in the middle of each of
the 3 spaces, repeat till you have enough holes)
the metacarpal plate of your gauntlet pattern out on your hand to find
natural comfort points for strapping.
holes at endpoints to lace it together.(I use elastic, but sinew works
the pattern on the back of your hand and flip it over draw lined for your
wrist straps and put holes at the end points.
Turning the pattern into reality
out the pieces (flesh to the inside, if leather)
them both over for the other hand.
out the pieces
the material if not leather
the cuff onto the metacarpal.
the cuff ends together
on the palm straps or put in palm laces. (I use elastic)
some leather dye and dye it a pretty color
a paint pen or some rivets and studs and decorate the cuff
back and admire the fine half gauntlet you just made.