I decided to try playing with some kydex material. I orderd a kits from http://www.knifekits.com/store/s-pag...main.htm~smain
this site. Complete kinfe sheath kit.
I decided to try and make a holster first. I cut the sheet in half. Took my 1911 SA and drew an outline on the kydex. I created my holster from 2 pieces of identical sheeting. i next drilled 4 holes , 1 in each of the corners, aprox. where I figured I wanted them to be placed.
Once the sheets were connected I warmed the sheeting and inserted the pistol (unloaded) between the sheets. more heating and using heat resistant gloves, my gas range and pushing w/ my finger , moulded the kydex to the shape of my 1911.
the kydex moulded easily with enough heat. A little trial and error to figure how much heat required. once the shape took, I redrilled fastener holes closer to the gun outline.
Finally I used my dremel withthe cutting wheel and sandpaper drum to finalize the edges and shape. added 2 belt loops (IWB holster) and smoothed remaining sharp edges and rough spots.
I heated the back of the holster once more and shaped it to my hip. Then pinched the top of the holster a bit , for retention.
Some hints for working kydex.
1. don't over do the heat, it can be scorched .
2. you have to hold the kydex in place until it cools.
3. if it doesn't quite form perfect the first time, just heat it again.
4. I found a few punches will set rivets , instead of buying and expensive rivet machine.
link to photos. sorry , but my camera isn't all that good.
Anyone wishing to try this , I am willing to help you along or answer any questions you might have.