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I finished them. I was given a task, nay, a order by gryphons_hole to make 4 patches.

Actually it was an a order. Gryphon contacted me with the wishes of a motorcycle club in Kansas City that wanted leather back patches. The original design called for red, black, blue and gray leather.
Cool!, no problem, I can do that.... Then they wanted to change the gray for silver. SILVER!! Do you realize how nasty silver coated leather can look. I just have one word for you Naugahyde. I know that the Leather Factory had some and I thought that it might be what they were looking for. Oh, did I mention that I had to embroider some letter on it, so the silver leather had to be kind of thin. I go to the Leather Factory and say the metallic leather. It was bronze.it seems that there is a silver metallic coat and then a brownish clear coat over the silver that bade it goldish/bronze in color. I could see in spots when it had come off and it was a descent silver color. I left the silver part until last. I was not sure how this was going to look with the other colors. I took o ut my acetone and removed the bronze layer of the leather. it left an antique silver look. Pretty nice. I cut out the pieces, background, chevron, engine block, camshaft, and started putting it together. I was actually impressed at how good the silver leather looked on the patches. Well now they are finished.



I will take me up with me when I head up to Kansas City, to visit gryphons_hole for his open studio and we can pre-celebrate his big 4-0.

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dbear77
Apr. 9th, 2007 04:37 am (UTC)
Those look really great. Nice work!

The next time you need a custom or hard to find color, try automotive spray touch-up paint. It's pretty flexible & will last. Great for Leather & Vinyl.
kumazuki
Apr. 9th, 2007 04:03 pm (UTC)
Thanks, I think it is one of my better ones.

Cool, that is a great idea! I will have to keep that in mind for a future piece. I still have to do the ICBB (International Community Boot Black) patch for the contest in Oct....
marmtx
Apr. 9th, 2007 05:54 am (UTC)
Looks neat
The only thing silver I ever had was a raincoat that peeled afterwards :( (bresent with silver film coating)

I wonder if they can do high-reflective white/silver coat on leather these days. That way if someone shines at a back of a biker wearing it, the engine block/ lettering background would glow with blinding light
kumazuki
Apr. 9th, 2007 04:00 pm (UTC)
Thanks, the silver coating on this leather is pretty resilient. I had to work pretty hard with acetone to get some of it off.

Now that I think about it. I should have made the engine block out of a piece of stainless steel sheeting. That would have made it a real multimedia piece.
gryphons_hole
Apr. 9th, 2007 07:29 pm (UTC)
Are you joking? They actually discussed stainless and aluminum sheeting. The final conclusion was the difficult of adhere/stiching it and leaning aginst something in the vest...
marmtx
Apr. 10th, 2007 01:55 am (UTC)
I'd think a thin layer shouldn't be too bad. Plus all it'd need aresome holes along the design for the stitching. Though manufacturing would probably be bad :(
kumazuki
Apr. 10th, 2007 04:33 am (UTC)
I probably would have attached it with rivets instead of tryibng to sew it on. I have could probably get a nice piece that I could cut with tin snips.
kumazuki
Apr. 10th, 2007 04:36 am (UTC)
Maybe a field banner would look good with a stainless steel engin block on leather....
gryphons_hole
Apr. 10th, 2007 05:36 am (UTC)
That could be hot.

Of course, they have a nice heavy weight piece of metallic leather already they might want to use. It seems pretty close to what you used. It also has that antiqued finish to it...
marmtx
Apr. 10th, 2007 01:54 am (UTC)
Or you could use highly-reflective white/silver thread and stitch the engine block edge through :) That way it'd still glow up, and it'd look neat
kumazuki
Apr. 10th, 2007 04:35 am (UTC)
I tried using a really bright white to sew the silver leather but it looked over powering. I then switched it to gray, which shows off the silver better.
r_pity
Apr. 9th, 2007 10:16 am (UTC)
Those are really great. I wish I knew how to work with leather. It is hell being as big as I am and having to custom order just about EVERYTHING.
kumazuki
Apr. 9th, 2007 03:56 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I started leather work with the my first harness. That was 15 years ago. I still am learning new things all the time. Patches and soft leather is a relatively new thing for me. I am more used to latigo for harnesses, armband and codpieces. Maybe if I'm lucky, I'll get the chance to fit you for something.
r_pity
Apr. 10th, 2007 01:55 am (UTC)
YOU could fit me ANY TIME! LOL Ya dont do hoods, do you? My current Sir is looking for a custom hood for my big noggin.
kumazuki
Apr. 10th, 2007 04:31 am (UTC)
I have not tried making a hood, but I am game for anything!
gryphons_hole
Apr. 9th, 2007 07:27 pm (UTC)
Wow!
Those are pretty brilliant!
I wish I saw this post earlier, two of them just stopped by to drop of your payment...

See you Thursday night.
kumazuki
Apr. 10th, 2007 04:30 am (UTC)
Great I will see you Thursday night. I guess Rex has to work so it will be just little ole me, bearing gifts...
gryphons_hole
Apr. 10th, 2007 05:38 am (UTC)
I will see you then.

I just happen to have three leather vests sitting here along with some money. Maybe if saturday isn't too crazy, you can help me place the colors on the vests...
kumazuki
Apr. 10th, 2007 01:47 pm (UTC)
How do they want them attached to the vests? Do I need to bring needle and thread or do I need to me my rivets?
gryphons_hole
Apr. 10th, 2007 05:40 pm (UTC)
Sewn, but I was planning on using the new toy... Or the one I already have.

If you could bring the red thread you used, that would be marvey! I more just wanted some help placing them.

OH OH OH! Rivets and setting tools also, please. I have popped a pocket on my Utilikilt. All the studs and leather tools lying about here and not one rivet to be found. The cool lesbian painter tried a sheet metal rivet, but it did not work so well...
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