Since many people asked because of my instructable for an arrow quiver (http://www.instructables.com/id/Arrow-Quiver-Drop-Leg-Style/) how I made my armguard, I decided to post some instructions. I didn't build mine myself (the one on the picture), but if you live somewhere remote and don't find something that suits you, you can build a similar one very easily yourself.
However, I'd like to point out that the basic design is not from me, so no credits there! Unfortunately I wasn't able to find out what brand mine is.
- A piece of thick belt leather
- Approx. 1.3 m (50 inch) of Bungee cord (depending on the thickness of your arm)
- 4 lace hooks
- punch pliers (for the holes)
- Dremel sanding tool or sand paper
- Dremel polishing tool
Armguard Template.pdf189 KB
Step 1: Cut out the leather
Take the template, adjust it to your needs (maybe longer if you have long arms), mark the outline on the backside of the leather piece and cut it out with a sharp cutter. With the sanding tool or sanding paper sand the edges so they get a bit more rounded.
Step 2: Polish the edges
Take the polishing tool and the beeswax block and apply some beeswax to the polishing bit. When you touch the edges of the leather, the beeswax will melt due to friction heat into the leather and give you a nice dark and smooth finish.
For more pictures of this process go to my quiver instructable.
Step 3: Punch out the holes
Lay the template again onto the leather and mark all the hole centers to the leather with a needle. Take the punch pliers and punch out all the holes that you marked with the needle. As long as you're not sure what types of lace hooks you'll use, leave these holes for step 5.
Step 4: Form the leather around your arm
Soak and knead the leather in warm water until it gets bendable and form it around your arm. If later on the fit is not yet perfect, it will get so with time or you can repeat this step again. Put some rubber bands around it to keep it in that shape and let it dry over night. When it's dry you're ready for the next step.
Step 5: Add the lace hooks
The tricky part will be to find some lace hooks. Maybe you're best shot will be to ask a local shoe repair store. These grommets are used in hiking boots and military boots for the top most section of the lacing. Or look on ebay for "lace hooks". There are plenty different styles available. Depending on the hook design you will have to place the holes for the rivets for the hooks a bit more to the center of the armguard.
Step 6: Lace the bungee cord
Insert the bungee cord through the holes like shown in the picture. It might be easier if you melt the tip of the cord a bit with a lighter. Let some additional cord stand out and don't shorten it already. After a few shootings you will find the tightness that is snug enough but still comfortable. Or you can let it stand out permanently, so you can make it fit looser if you're shooting during autumn and winter with a pullover under the armguard. Just make a knot in the cord to keep it in place.
Step 7: Finished armguard
If everything worked out you will have now a very unique armguard for very little money. If you want to, you can still add some decoration or name/sign with a soldering iron.
I hope this instructable helped you.