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Posted on Thu Aug 30, 2012 2:05 am
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Newest endeavor in my marriage of leather and mail! I've got plans for some saddlebags next...

Stats: Dragonback strap 16ga aluminum 5/16ths rings and attached to the leather with 18ga 3/16ths aluminum rings which are also knitting the edges together.


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Posted on Thu Aug 30, 2012 2:19 am
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WOW! I would be very proud to carry that! Beautifully made.


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Posted on Thu Aug 30, 2012 10:59 am
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That is a stunning piece of work! I like what you've done with your marriage. X


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Posted on Thu Aug 30, 2012 11:50 am
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yes, well done. i like how the rings that attach to the leather are all going the same direction. i also like the dragonback pattern choice.



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Posted on Thu Aug 30, 2012 12:12 pm
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Thank you so much guys Smile the high praise means a great deal to me! I've struggled a bit with my niche in chainmail but I think this is it.


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Posted on Thu Aug 30, 2012 12:47 pm
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Wow!!!!! Just wow. Absolutely gorgeous! Love it. Great work and I look forawrd to seeing what you do next!


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Posted on Fri Aug 31, 2012 12:17 am
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Absolutely amazing!! One of the most fantastic bags I've ever seen. The chain goes so well with the leather, it's like they were meant to be together!

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Posted on Fri Aug 31, 2012 1:57 am
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Leave it to a "Chedar Head" to come up with an ingenious and beautiful piece of work! (Sorry couldn't help it I grew up in Minnesota Smile )

I think you have done a great job on this and I can't wait to see what you come up with next.


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Posted on Fri Aug 31, 2012 6:52 pm
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*Blushes* Thanks guys, I've always been inspired and amazed by everyone's work and willingness to help here on this forum I just hope I can give some inspiration back! Coif Cool Smiley


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Posted on Sun Sep 02, 2012 1:18 am
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Beautiful piece! I love the blend from seam to strap, too. I also love the idea of melding chain with leather like this. Have you considered boots? I had a chain/leather inlay idea a while back I'm still kicking around. Question: I haven't actually worked with leather before and so I've been wondering, how well do the holes hold up through which the rings sit? Do they kinda wiggle the holes wider or does the thickness of the leather keep the whole thing sturdy? I keep assuming you'd need to use grommets to protect the leather.

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Posted on Sun Sep 02, 2012 5:07 am
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Hi Didge Smile Thank you! I hadn't considered boots - I've wanted to do some boot chains but an actual inlay on some boots would be awesome! I may have to play around with that... Needlenose Pliers

As for concerns about the leather wearing with the rings through it, I haven't had any issues so far. I've been wearing this cuff


for about a year now without problems/repairs, here's what it looks like now:



I am pretty careful leave enough leather on the edge when I'm punching holes so there's no threat of tearout or weakness. There is some play in the rings that connect the weave and leather but I try to keep it to a minimum. I thought I'd have to use grommets too but so far it seems unnecessary.


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Posted on Sun Sep 02, 2012 7:33 pm
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Twee both pieces are pretty dam awesome. I made a leather satchel years ago almost identical (save for the maille), I've loved it, but its always felt a bit plain. I'm not a leather worker by any stretch and have been wanting to experiment with what you're doing with marrying the 2 crafts. You've just given me some great ideas to add to my list of things to try now. Keep up the good work.

Very Happy Coif Smiley


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Posted on Sun Sep 02, 2012 10:04 pm
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Amazing work! Kudos Very Happy



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Posted on Tue Sep 04, 2012 3:30 pm
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Of course now I wish I would've waited until I knew what the theme contest was going to be before I posted... Laughing I might've gotten one of those sweet shields after my name! Hm, maybe I'll have to get going on my saddlebags...


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Posted on Thu Oct 04, 2012 9:38 am
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Wow, those are really cool. Especially that bag, it looks amazing. The edges are very clean and well done. Smile Can't wait to see what you make next.

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