got it that time
This is a discussion on novice leatherworker and holsters within the Defensive Carry Holsters & Carry Options forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; got it that time...
Hoorah!! It worked
That is a very good effort, and leaving aside ''prettyness'' factors does I am sure do a darned good job for you. Good job.
Chris - P95
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Very imperessed, I'd say oil that baby down.....
I gotta try this one day......
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hey, thats not half bad- especially if it's comfortable!
Hey, that looks much much better than my first 5 attempts.
DON'T Oil it. If anything, buy some dye and dye it inside and out. Then seal it with resolene. If you just oil it, it'll soften too much and lose retention.
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Thanks jarhead79. I myself worried about oiling it. It does soften a lot. I think I would ruin some pants as well.
I will look into this resolene stuff. Is it a wax base?
Jarhead speaks the truth.....
Buy enough dye to dunk it....completely. A qt. usually is plenty.
Resolene is an acrylic and you mix it 50/50 with water and let it dry after dipping it in the solution....this will seal the leather and dye and make it highly water resistant.
DONT OIL IT! Unless you want a nice paper weight.
Shoot well and god bless
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Very nice first try. The ONLY thing that I can see that you could do on the next one is make a sweat shield to go between you and the pistol's hammer.
When I first started tinkering with leather and holsters some of the guys on here were a tremendous source of information and were quick to offer assistance and advice on other boards and through email before I found this one too.
Even if you only make your own gear you will learn the right way to do it here just by asking questions.
I learn new tricks everyday..................
That looks a lot better than some of the first holsters I attempted to make...............
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Adding to what Greg and Eric said, dye it and coat it with some type of clear acrylic. If the inside is already rough though, the acrylic will stiffen it and make it abrasive when it dries. To avoid this somewhat, while the leather is wet with the dye, use the flats on a bone folder or similar tool to get inside and burnish and smooth out the interior. You are basically compressing the loose fibers while it's wet. You may have to re-mold the outside to the pistol after you do this; but if you don't do it the acrylic resolene will stiffen those rough fibers.
The leather most of us use is referred to as hard-rolled, gum-backed, or plated (different terms for basically the same process depending on supplier) so the backs are very smooth with very little rough fibers; so we don't have to go thru the process I described here.
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