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#1 hectron

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 01:17 PM

Hello all. I wanted to know if anyone has any techniques or ideas on how i would go about making a snake skin texture on regular veggie tanned leather? Ive got decently close using using a stamp tool but, it looks more like fish scales to me. what i was thinking of doing was tracing a snake texture onto tracing paper, then tracing the design onto my leather, then using an x-acto knive and cutting slighty under the traced texture lines so this was the texure is more 3d and realistic.

i know youre thinking just buy snake skin and what i want to do is very time consuming. thats ok, i have time :D

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 01:29 PM

I'm guessing you are aware that veg tan comes in a snake skin pattern already.

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 02:06 PM

I'm guessing you are aware that veg tan comes in a snake skin pattern already.


lol, really? i shop at tandy and never seen that before. hmmm, thats interesting. still, id like to know how to, if possible do the texture on my own

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 10:43 AM

It's a python print, but yes, they make it. http://www.tandyleat...ts/9150-04.aspx

A pretty good snake pattern can be made with a pointed mulesfoot. http://leatherworker...showtopic=32785

I've also managed more realism with what my coworkers dubbed a "dragonscale" by using a camo stamp shaped to fit at the "base" of the scales and that extends a little less than half the length of the scale.
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Posted 24 May 2013 - 08:28 PM

It's a python print, but yes, they make it. http://www.tandyleat...ts/9150-04.aspx

A pretty good snake pattern can be made with a pointed mulesfoot. http://leatherworker...showtopic=32785

I've also managed more realism with what my coworkers dubbed a "dragonscale" by using a camo stamp shaped to fit at the "base" of the scales and that extends a little less than half the length of the scale.


I had a request for "dragon scale" tooling. Got any pics of the modded tool and pattern? I'd appreciate it!

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Posted 25 May 2013 - 12:34 AM

I'm afraid my camera suffered a tragedy at the last campout earlier this month, and cannot be repaired. The replacement hasn't arrived yet, so I can't photograph what I have. I'll see if I can't take it with me and borrow a camera for a few minutes this weekend. However, you can get the basic idea from these links:

http://leatherworker...owtopic=2890
Bob Beard's Scale stamps: http://www.pslac.org...p3000-3154.html and http://www.robertbea...es,Borders.html
Barry King's crescent and shell stamps and fillers: https://www.montanal...ails.php?id=404
Hackbarth "seashell" stamp pairs: http://hackbarthtool...et-2-tools.html

A more molded scale: http://leatherworker...wtopic=14305

The camo tool was shaped to fit the scale by grinding the points off the sides and narrowing the shape to something like a fan shape. It's ground so that the lines radiate from the narrowest of the fan to the towards the curved edge.
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