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Old 06-23-2005, 09:15 PM
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First Inlay

A client wanted some rattlesnake skin inlayed into a sheath for one of my "Mesquite Mistresses". So I made this sheath. A couple of things wrong with the photo, I need to rework the tint, plus the sheath wasn't completely dry, and is splotchy. I didn't sew the individual windows, but cut the skin large enough so that the outer stitches caught them. I had glued the skin to another piece of leather, thin, about 3/4 oz I guess.

This was a fun project, learned a lot, and ready to try some more of them. I would like to get a overstitch wheel that's 10 SPI, if someone knows where I can order one. Also, what thread and needle would I use for stitching in something like this inlay? Pretty small I'm guessing.
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Old 06-23-2005, 09:19 PM
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great job, robert.if my sheaths looked like that, i might make them when i'm supposed to.


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Old 06-23-2005, 11:14 PM
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That looks great Robert. You did yourself proud.I like the asymetrical cutouts as well. One thing that you may need to learn to do is pad the inlay. I was told this when I started and for the most part I do.There has been a few that it just didn't look right to me.To pad it cut a piece of 1/8"- 1/4" foam a little smaller than the opening .This will be glued to the sheath body and the inlay material will be glued to the foam.I think Chuck says he uses thin elk skin but whatever works for you.Try it and see if you like the difference. Overall though you did good my friend.Dave
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Thanks Ton and Dave! Actually, I did use padding Dave, but it was WAY to thin, barely a 1/16th". Next time I'll go thicker, lesson learned. Appreciate the comments guys!


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Old 06-24-2005, 05:59 PM
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Robert:

That is a great looking job........You are getting the hang of this leather work very quickly.

Congratulations.

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Robert, Youve done well my man.....That a beautifull combination. Great first !

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Old 06-24-2005, 08:28 PM
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Thanks you two!


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Old 06-24-2005, 10:09 PM
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Sweet Sheath Robert !!!
I like the way you made the cut outs, The extra piece for the snap is a nice little detail that adds allot.
Over all a great looking piece. Good job!!
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Old 06-25-2005, 09:37 AM
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Thanks Darren. Actually I owe the sheath design credit to Mike Tea. He was kind enough to email me some pictures a few weeks ago of this style of sheath. I did my own cutouts however for the inlays. The little piece of leather that you're referring to, Mike calls a "Chevron". It provides a nice base for the snap to attach to, and isn't next to the blade steel. I "recesses" the back of the chevron to receive the snap, and it's very flush.


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Robert, there's something very wrong with that sheath... and that is, those aren't my initials! Very nice job!

As to a 10 SPI overstitch wheel, Drac mentioned in another thread that he thought his wife's sewing pattern transfer wheels were a similar size.

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Old 06-25-2005, 10:03 AM
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Sorry Jim! I messed up on your initials! That's interesting about the sewing pattern transfer wheels. I did find that Siegals (sp?) does have them, but the tool is something like $130, and includes 4 or 5 wheels, one being a 10, and a 12 I think. I'm still looking for a "less expensive" wheel outfit. I currently have the three wheeler from Hide crafters, which is good, but still to large for the small inlays.


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