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Thread: Wet formed leather pouches. Thr ea ea d Too ls
09-20-2010, 09:46 AM
Pete B Scout Supporter
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Wet formed leather pouches. A couple of guys asked how I wet formed the pouches I used on the Altoids Tin / SAK Pancake I made recently. So here's my attempt at a photo step by step. As I'm still learning I hope the more experienced leather leather workers will will add more info and correct where I've gone astray.
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First off make a former to shape the leather over. I use scraps of wood cut to the shape of what's to be carried. ( firesteel in this case )
It's important to round the corners so that the leather can smoothly follow the shape i.e no sharp corners or 90 degrees. Once you've got your former made and before it's fixed to a base, use it to mark out a hole in the board used to squeeze the leather around the former. I used a bit of ply here , leave a gap for t he leather +.
I use an off cut of the same thickness to work out how much leather to cut, saves waste. Now soak the leather you've cut out in hand hot water until it becomes soft and pliable, usually about five minutes o r so .
Place the wet leather over the former and gently work to shape with you're fingers then place the board with the cut out over and slowly clamp in place.
Leave to dry and then shape edges as required. I used veg tanned shoulder leather here ,around 3mm thick. Thinner leather would probably be easier to work with but there's no need to run out and buy expensive leather if you just want to give leather work a try as some recycled leather works out OK too. Keep an eye out in the thrift shops for old bags etc . This pancake for a firesteel and sharpening stone was made totally from various bits of recycled leather.
Last edited by Pete B; 09-20-2010 at 10:01 AM.
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09-20-2010, 09:53 AM
very cool, and useful. thank you
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09-20-2010, 09:56 AM
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Thank you Pete!
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09-20-2010, 10:02 AM
Pretty much what I pictured but it's nice to actually see it done.
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09-20-2010, 10:05 AM
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Thanks Pete. Great job on the tut. Paul Join Date: Feb 2010 Location: MiSSiSSiPPi Posts: 821 Thanks: 1 Thanked 71 Times in 27 Posts
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right on.. great stuff Pete.. thanks...
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09-20-2010, 11:06 AM
As the old saying goes a picture is worth a thousand words thanks Pete.
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