Gauntlets are Black Ice Shaping Profession Assets that can be acquired as necessary components for completion of most Black Ice Shaping tasks and/or as optional components that will improve the chances of increasing the quality (Tier) of finished Black Ice Shaping tasks.
[Worn Gauntlets] are acquired by completing the "Baerick's Iceforge I" task in the Icewind Dale Campaign. Gauntlets of higher tiers may be acquired from profession booster packs and asset packs purchased in the Zen store. Gauntlets are not bound and may be traded on the Tarmalune Auction House or transferred between players.
A task requiring Gauntlets as an asset will take any tier of Gauntlets in its slot. Higher tiered Gauntlets serve only to improve the chances of producing a higher tiered result in tasks for which they are used.
At Profession Level 2, 4 [Iron Gauntlets] can be upgraded to produce [Steel Gauntlets].
At Profession Level 3, 4 [Steel Gauntlets] can be upgraded to produce [Mithral Gauntlets].
There is no task that will allow [Worn Gauntlets] to become [Iron Gauntlets].