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How To Make Snake Skin Texture On Leather?

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

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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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It's a python print, but yes, they make it. http://www.tandyleatherfactory.com/en-usd/search/searchresults/9150-04.aspx

A pretty good snake pattern can be made with a pointed mulesfoot. http://leatherworker.net/forum/index.php?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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It's a python print, but yes, they make it. http://www.tandyleatherfactory.com/en-usd/search/searchresults/9150-04.aspx

A pretty good snake pattern can be made with a pointed mulesfoot. http://leatherworker.net/forum/index.php?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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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.net/forum/index.php?showtopic=2890&hl

Bob Beard's Scale stamps: http://www.pslac.org/stamp3000-3154.html and http://www.robertbeardtools.com/Basketweaves,Borders.html

Barry King's crescent and shell stamps and fillers: https://www.montanaleather.com/product-details.php?id=404

Hackbarth "seashell" stamp pairs: http://hackbarthtools.com/hackbarth-stainless-leather-stamping-tools-small-seashell-set-2-tools.html

A more molded scale: http://leatherworker.net/forum/index.php?showtopic=14305&hl

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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