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One Stop Forum Leather Working   Leather Working - General
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medicrrr

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Post a Reply To This Topic    Reply With Quotes     Edit Message     View Profile of medicrrr  Posted on: May 15, 2007 - 5:15pm
I work as a firefighter for a living and was interested in possibly creating a custom leather shield for the from of my helmet. The ones you can purchase from sites just arent that great as far as personalizing goes. I was wondering where is a good source to learn from as far as what leather , and types of tools i would need to do a project like this. Ive included a link for those who dont know what im tlking about.




http://www.thefirestore.com/store/custom%5Fshields/shields.cfm?CFID=10954516&CFTOKEN=32913918

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Post a Reply To This Topic    Reply With Quotes     Edit Message     View Profile of Bob  Posted on: May 15, 2007 - 10:51pm
See:
http://www.onestopcandle.com/leather/carveinstr01.php

You would use vegetable tanned tooling leather.

At the least this would require a swivel knife, beveling tool and a mallet to make it plain, however other tools could be used to make it more elaborate.

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  medicrrr

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Post a Reply To This Topic    Reply With Quotes     Edit Message     View Profile of medicrrr  Posted on: May 17, 2007 - 8:41pm
I was thinking about using a thicker leather for this project. Is it more difficult to tool and stamp the heavier leather? Also I will need to add different colors so the letters or numbers can be seen easier. Is possible to dye individual sections of the leather or should u use paint for something like that? The most common colors will be black and white. What would i have to do to protect these pieces once they are finished to make them last, such as waterproof/resist ?

Thanks again
RRR


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Thickness - I find thick leather easier to tool.

Dying - Dying intricate designs can be done but is far more difficult than painting because the leather has a grain which pulls the dye (similar to a drop of ink on paper). Furthermore, dyes are translucent and take on some of the leather color.

Finish - My finish of choice is Super Shene or Satin Shene. See: http://www.onestopcandle.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?page=OSC/CTGY/LFIN

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  medicrrr

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great advice... thanks for the help.



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I would also point out that there is not a really good white dye. Use paint.

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Yes, white "dye" is somewhat of a misnomer as it can't dye leather in the normal sense.

To make it white, a higher than average amount of soild particles (usually titanium dioxide) is in it, but it still does not provide the kind of coverage obtained with paint.

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