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  1. I have been making custom leather fire helmet shields for a few months now, any feedback is appreciated. We call our little business Big Hammer Shields, because sometimes it takes a big hammer to make them!
  2. Still pretty new to leather working, but ive been doing tons of research, asking alot of questions and going through tandy scrap leather like crazy, done a few little projects as well to practice tooling, dyeing, laceing, etc. So I've got an ok base to start with and wanting to try my first real project. So my question is... lace on a firefighter radio strap, what would be the problem with that, and is it going to hold up?. Ive been searching the internet, and on here and have found no results with a custom radio strap with lace. So im thinking there has to be a reason. Yes i realize that on the strap itself where it sits on your shoulder would be a bit uncomfortable and probably rub bad. But maybe some on the radio holster, and possibly sections of the strap doesn't seem like a bad idea... i saw on tandy they have whats called "logger lace" which meets NFPA standards (basically approved for fire gear) was going to try and use some of that. Lace on strap would be for decorative purpose. (Leaning more on a plate braid rather than edge for strap because i think it would rub less) Lace on holster would be used to for assembly.. Let me know what yal think.. preferably a fellow firefighter that uses them and has some experience with them. But any thoughts are appreciated! Also. Dyeing logger laces and laces of that type of leather. If anyone has tryed that id love to here what the outcome was... i know latigo is pretty much set on what ever color you buy. But idk about the logger lace.. let me know what yal think! I have pictures of my EO'S strap for a referance and im going to photoshop them to try and show some of the ideas i have for it and put them into a pdf to post on here. Look at it and tell me what you think! Thanks for taking the time to read! imgtopdf_generated_2506171206036.pdf
  3. NEW TO THIS FORUM! I want to start making my own fire helmet leather shields for friends and family but I'm not sure what equipment I need to get started. I would like to stamp the letters and carve the artwork myself. What type of paint do I use and tools should I buy? thanks all! I attached a picture of a helmet front I did in like 30 minutes. I was testing Ideas... -Alex
  4. Have not posted any projects in awhile. Just thought i would share.
  5. From the album: RJ's leather work

    Tooled Leather Fire Helmet Shield
  6. From the album: RJ's leather work

    Tooled Leather Fire Helmet Shield.
  7. Hi everyone, I've been a member for awhile now, but haven't posted anything, mostly because when I signed up I was very green in the leather world (still am). I am a 17 year veteran firefighter in a major city, and decided to combine my career and my hobby. Six months ago I made a custom leather fire helmet shield for myself, when I put it on my helmet I immediately got questions about it. That turned into a flyer, which turned into a website. I have now built over 120 shields, having them in departments from California to New York. It has been a whirlwind experience to say the least. I felt like now was the time to finally post some pictures here, where I got a lot of great tips and inspiration. If you would like to see more, you can go to bighammershields.com Thanks, Ryan
  8. Hello everyone, I am brand spanking new to the leather world! I have just started making leather fire helmet sheilds and so far, so good! Once I was done cutting and tooling the leather, I painted the whole shield white and waited for it to dry. I then came back and painted the background and a bugle on it in back and silver, and to my surprise turned out pretty good for my first time. Every thing to this point has been painted with eco flo, cova color. I then tried putting on super shene and within 2 strokes of the brush the paint started to smear. I have seen several post describing this and one of the biggest things that are mention is buffing the leather. I have tried to buff it and it doesnt seem like anything is coming off, so I am not really sure what to do at this point. Now understand that these shields will endure temps of over 1000 degrees at times. I need to know what I can put on them to seal them from the elements and looking for any advise from others who have made sheilds in the past. Also, am I using the wrong paint, I have seen some people have used 1 shot oil based enamel? Any help would be greatly appreciated!
  9. Fd3615

    Firefighting Items

    Have not posted in awhile. Here are a few of my recent projects. Included is a holster I attempted, i think it turned out a little large, however I learned a few things
  10. Have not posted in awhile and wanted to share some pics.
  11. Just finished off a set of suspenders for my first out of state order.. Hope he enjoys them as much as I enjoyed making them.
  12. New back plate design for a pair of firefighting suspenders.
  13. Had a friend ask if I could make a set of turnout suspenders for his fire gear. I was actually thinking of making a set for myself but I settled and took my first attempt with his. Any thoughts or input would be appreciated .. Thanks .. Also threw in an a pic of a friction sheath I made him for his flashlight.,
  14. Recently started playing around with leather working and decided to make some leather fire helmet shields for a few guys at work. There not perfect but after a little heat they should look perfect.
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