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#1 silkfatblues

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Posted 06 September 2011 - 05:53 AM

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more than 60 year old seat (the owner said so...)


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some fresh paint and plenty of rust...


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don't know what this is...

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more rust and something hairy :head_hurts_kr:


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trying to get the rust off...


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first layer of some special kind of rubbery spunge (don't know how to explain in english)


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here I put 2 more layers of spunge and that rubber type of thing... don't have the photo of the inside but it is like sandwich with two thiner layers (water resistant) on the outside and one 1" softer spunge in the middle...

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nice peice of cow shoulder (vegetabile)

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pfaff 335 sewing machine

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painted and polished edges, nice round and slicky... lacquered and polished all over...


a days work but should last for another 50 years


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Posted 17 September 2011 - 01:48 PM

nice work.....silk

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Posted 27 September 2011 - 02:37 AM


thanx pellegrino!




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another seat from me...

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Posted 29 September 2011 - 12:30 PM

A day's work? I'd be weeks! LOL

Question: I don't see any anchor points etc for forming the top to the foam? How do you do that??
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Posted 03 October 2011 - 12:43 AM

A day's work? I'd be weeks! LOL

Question: I don't see any anchor points etc for forming the top to the foam? How do you do that??


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I make the top piece of leather larger than the bottom one, get it wet in a warm water (put some glue on the edges and try not to get that wet), bond the upper and lower part just enough to keep in place during hand pressing the shape... at first I was a bit scared that leather wouldn't agree for that kind of action but after a hour of sweat and tooth crunching it turned just fine, looks to me like the top of the dr. martens boot... then I dried the top leather (took it of and dried the inside part also), glued it even better, cut the extra edges, sew it on an old pfaff machine, did the edges, lacquered it, polished and that is it...

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Posted 03 October 2011 - 08:56 AM

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Posted 03 October 2011 - 10:42 AM

no problem!!
btw. I baught a new camera so there will be a short movie next time I make a seat... :showoff:

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Posted 03 October 2011 - 10:50 AM

excellent - look forward to it :)

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Posted 10 October 2011 - 10:59 AM

another one from me... I made this one almost two years ago... still looks cool to me...

the one above is the first seat I ever made and this was the second one...




the plate and taking mesures...

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one layer of thin rubbery spunge, one layer of softer spunge and again thin and dense rubbery stuff (not sure how to call it)
the cool thing is when you use the neophrene glue on the edges (you must make the middle spunge thicker and softer and SMALLER)
the air gets stuck in the mid part... I like it like that, the whole seat looks thin but is much more confortable than it looks... (the driver said so)

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engraving before glueing... stamp of my workshop hidden from the eyes of public... (I just didnt want someone to sit on my logo :head_hurts_kr: ) ;)

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softening the edge part with water and shaping it to the plate...

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graphic (from a bikers arm actualy)

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graphic transfered to the main peice of nice cow shoulder...

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few pictures missing...

simplest way not to use the sewing machine :D

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finitoooo!!!

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nice contrast with green in the back...

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Posted 25 October 2011 - 04:10 AM

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another bike, another seat... average seat but the bike is awsome :gun:

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Posted 25 October 2011 - 08:51 AM

Not sure if it's the picture or your technique but your graphics seem to have smooth rounded edges to them - do you carve the design and then stamp etc, or is your work all done with stamps? Either way, it's a great look - just curious about your technique :)

I really have to do some playing around and teach myself to form leather - haven't tried it yet at all - looking forward to it :)

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Posted 25 October 2011 - 11:53 AM

tnx mcJeep!!

the roundness is a result of puting some rubbery spunge (very hard) under leather (between the leather and anvil)... that gives a slight roundness and 3d...
after stamping that peice of spunge was remuved... in fact I used it only under the leathers and the skellet... the seat is now about a year old, I saw it today and it kept the shape very well...

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Posted 25 October 2011 - 03:23 PM

Nope, I was referring to the tooling itself - the edges of the lettering etc seem to have a nice round (as opposed to a sharp swivel blade carved edge) almost rolled edge to them

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Posted 27 October 2011 - 06:55 AM

not sure realy... most of my stuff is pure improvisation, I never read a single leathercraft book so it is all on first strike and very impulsive in my head :brainbleach: :D


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this one was laser engraved... I am very lucky to meet people with such bikes... you just cant go vrong with this...

ok, maybe someone can...

this is a repair that I did

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I wasnt to happy with result cause the engraved (the original) leather was to hard and thick... that is why the guy that made it couldnt shape it right...
the owner was unhappy couse the seat was hard and it gave him but pain i guess... for me it was as much work as making a new seat but the owner wanted this engraved leather peice to remain as it was... in the end he was very pleased and ordered a side bag also... :)


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Posted 10 December 2011 - 12:54 PM

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another seat for HD...

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