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Trying my hand at leatherwork

Discussion in 'Sidewinders Bar & Grille' started by Bodean, Mar 17, 2016.

  1. CigBurn

    CigBurn Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    When I did my buffalo hide ones I distressed the leather using Isopropyl.. worked but was more work than I'd been told it would be. Strap looks great Bo, a never ending talent you have there.
     
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  2. Bodean

    Bodean Just A Simple Man Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Thanks Cig. Because I use veg tan full grain cowhide tooling leather, I had to be creative with the dye and tools. One can buy distressed leather, but you cant tool it. Usually they are thinner hides as well requiring another layer to provide any passable thickness. Sadly they are usually still too flimsy and won't hold up in the strap button areas where it counts.
     
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  3. abnormaltoy

    abnormaltoy Mouth breathin' knuckle dragger Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Bodean Just A Simple Man Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Thanks brother
     
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  5. Bodean

    Bodean Just A Simple Man Strat-Talk Supporter

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    lets blow the dust off my crusty thread.
    Besides working on @heltershelton a new hat, I am working on this knights helmet. I decided to make a replica from poster board to see of everything lines up before cutting a bunch of leather, Good thing I did, it is a tight fit. I need to enlarge the pattern a little. Still looks cool.
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    Bob the builder Senior Stratmaster

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    It's pretty wild
     
  7. Bodean

    Bodean Just A Simple Man Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Yeah, I realize its not gonna tickle every ones fancy. Just spreading my wings a little.:D
     
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    Cool, very, very cool.


    What inspired this?

    Did I forget or miss...heltershelton's hat?
     
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  9. Stormy Monday

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    His urban cowboy ten gallon hat
     
  10. Bodean

    Bodean Just A Simple Man Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Nah. I was browsing around on Facebook and found this dude that makes them. He sent me a pattern.
     
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  11. Bodean

    Bodean Just A Simple Man Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Getting started on @heltershelton hat.
    Almost time to start the stitching.
    Looks weird now, but hopefully it will shape up how I imagine. Shooting from the hip on this one. IMG_20190210_140549_560.jpg IMG_20190211_085627_800.jpg IMG_20190211_085734_650.jpg
     
  12. sam_in_cali

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    I really need to check back in here more...that knight's helmet mock up looks sick! I can't wait to see how that turns out!
     
  13. Bodean

    Bodean Just A Simple Man Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Yeah it seems the ratings on my thread have dropped.:D
    I will knock out Kelly's hat before he has a hissy, then I will work on the knights helmet. I can't wait to see how either turns out, both these projects will challenge me in a good way.
    I want to thank Samuel Lee at Prince Armory for that pattern. Anybody interested in that kind of stuff should check out his website. He makes some wickedly sick leather armor. Full suits no less.
     
  14. Stormy Monday

    Stormy Monday Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    you got a rating? I am impressed
     
  15. Bodean

    Bodean Just A Simple Man Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Self observed rating. :D
     
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    Punched around 500 holes for stitching.

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    Color and oil going on. Trying to give it a worn cowboy boot look. it may lighten a little when it dries.
    @heltershelton

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    Wow that is wicked
     
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  20. Bodean

    Bodean Just A Simple Man Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Should be a fun build.
     
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