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  1. Thank you Hilldale I searched on bezel but found only blanks, earrings, or pendants. Nothing that would even remotely suitable for leather. I guess I'll have to solder my own settings.
  2. Thanks but that suggestion was not useful. Anyone else have any ideas?
  3. I want to set half pearls and other costume jewelry into leather. I assume that there is a setting for half pearls and other similar jewels that have a rivet stud. But I don't even know what they're called. I've tried searching on Google, but can't find the correct search term. Can someone help? Thanks.
  4. Soak those babies in Evapo-Rust to clean them up.
  5. The usual procedure is to drill a hole in your anvil the same shape and size as the rivet head. Then place the head of the rivet into the hole and peen as usual.
  6. Absolutely nothing in any of those photos is historically accurate. Questions: How do I get the shape molded for the pectorals? I've read about wet-forming but what would use/make as a mould? You could make a foam mold, or emboss the leather The chest seems to have a split down though the center to the bottom of the pectorals, I assume this is to be able to get in and out of the armor? You're reading too much into what you see. The armor is fantasy. What you see has nothing to do with purpose or function, it's all fantasy. The design, layout, methods of attachment, etc., are all fantasy, and are not similar in any way to any type of historical armor. Do I need to put metal eyelets in at the shoulders for the lacing? Not necessary, since the suspended weight is minimal and you won't be fighting. Just be sure that you set the eyelets in the leather far enough away from the edge that they don't rip through. The sides come together and attach with clasps under the arms, It looks like it's a perfect fit but should I make it slightly overlap instead? Yes, that makes it easier to adjust and fit properly The neck has a collar that comes up, how do I make it so it attaches all around? How do I attach it? Historically the neck protection was a separate piece (in most cases), worn under the chest piece, not a collar. Again, since this is fantasy you can make it and attach it in whatever manner you want. Question: For the edges which hold down the chainmail, do I cut one set of the side pieces short so that they don't overlap? or do I overlap them? Don't understand your question
  7. I use animal (hide) glues. Initially I bought a glue pot like yours, but discovered that it's worthless. It's too big and holds too much glue. Now I just mix up what I need and heat the glue in double boiler on a hot plate. Anyone want to buy a lightly-used glue pot?
  8. Oops! Forgot to say that the iron-tannin-acid dyes are all black or grey. Vinagroon is a black dye.
  9. Walnut husks are not useful in making a leather dye. Use green walnuts before a nut forms. Break them up into 1/4-inch chunks, boil, and strain. Wear gloves or you will have brown fingers and fingernails for WEEKS!!!
  10. I have made about 60 to 70 natural leather dyes, and here is some detailed information on what I have learned. 1. The best mordant for dyeing leather with a vegetable dye is potassium alum. Don't use too much, 5 grams dissolved in 100 ml of water is adequate. Apply only one or two coats of this mordant solution, and then allow to dry before dyeing. (The following vegetable dyes do not require a mordant: indigo, lac, walnut, woad.) 2. The following vegetable substrates are proven leather dyes, but generally they are not wash-fast or sun-fast: Brazilwood (pernambuco) (red and purple) Buckthorn berries (green, lavender, purple) Indigo (blue) Lac insects (red) Poke berries (red and purple) Turmeric root (yellow) Walnut (brown) Woad (blue) 2. You can either soak the leather in the dye, or paint the dye onto the leather. Indigo - very powerful, so dilute and brush onto leather sparingly Walnut - soak the leather for a day or two Every other dye - soak the leather for 1 to 3 days, or brush 5 to 10 coats of dye onto leather. Allow each coat to dry before applying another coat of dye. 3. To prepare a vegetable dye usually requires the following process: (a) crush the vegetable substrate and soak for one to seven days in either water, vinegar, or potassium carbonate solution (depending on the color that you desire); (b) boil and simmer for an hour, or two, or three, and then soak for a few days to fully extract the colorant; (c) strain the dye to remove the vegetable dregs; (d) brush the liquid dye onto the leather. 4. In general, you want to concentrate the final vegetable dye by simmering. A good goal is a final dye volume of 1 milliliter for every gram of dry vegetable substrate with which you started. In other words, if you start with 400 grams of dry brazilwood shavings to make a dye, then add as much water as you need to boil the shavings, but simmer the final dye bath until it is down to about 400 ml. 5. Adding crushed gum Arabic powder to the dye thickens it and gives the dye a nice texture. 6. There are a few natural non-vegetable dyes that are excellent. Iron-tannin-acid reactions produce wonderful grey and black dyes that are wash-fast, sun-fast, and rub-fast. A mordant is not required. 7. You can make an iron-tannin-acid dye by dissolving steel wool in household vinegar for 1 to 2 months (with the cap off). aka "vinagroon." Soak the leather in the vinagroon overnight, then rinse well. 8. To get grey, you'll need to boil 1 part ferrous sulfate with 1 part copper sulfate in a vinegar and tannin dye bath. Boil and simmer for a few hours. Allow to cool and settle, then decant the liquid and discard the dregs on the bottom. Apply only one light coat of liquid dye. The color takes about 3 hours to fully develop, so be patient before applying any more dye. 9. Making and using natural leather dyes is a bit of an art, so don't be too disappointed with your first results. Practice, experiment, practice, experiment.
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