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    I am sorry it has been so long since my last post here.

    This is my most recent project I was inspired by a chap at Dragonthorn leathers in the US who made a pen case from leather and kydex for added protection.
    Anyway after a few attempts this was my second case


    IMG_5752 by my0771, on Flickr

    The red case is my first effort with kydex I did make another while I waited for the kydex to arrive.

    IMG_5523 by my0771, on Flickr

    I have cut back on my box projects due to being unwell and wanted to try something lighter I have found leather very easy to work with and when kydex reaches the correct temperature it is also very easy to form.

    Thanks for looking

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    Very nice case. Are you making these for sale?

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    I have thought about it and to be honest I am not sure.
    I have made seven slightly smaller than the first ones to see how long they take to make and they take hours.
    As each one is hand cut dyed and sewn together but if you really want one and had an interesting pen to swap then I could be persuaded.
    The second batch look like this it is veg tanned leather dyed with oil or spirit dye then waxed with carnauba wax. Lined with high quality suede. I made this one for a friend who has a thing for Mont Blanc pens.


    IMG_5865_1 by my0771, on Flickr


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    love them. I either need to learn to make those or need a supplier of them for my pens. I see the basics of what you did, do you mind sharing some photos along the way as tutorial?
    Expect the glass to break---------------And accept it.

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    I dont mind sharing at all there is a chap in the United States who makes them professionally but they are way out of my price range so I decided to make my own.
    I started with two pieces of 18 mm thick plywood and cut out a pen shape
    Like this.


    IMG_5644 by my0771, on Flickr

    I kept the other piece which I will call the negative I fixed the positive piece to another piece of wood then I heated up a piece of kydex and placed it in the mould


    IMG_5552 by my0771, on Flickr

    Pressure from clamps then once cold I removed the excess


    IMG_5463_1 by my0771, on Flickr

    the next stage involved putting a piece of suede over the form applying glue and forcing the kydex over the top the moisture from the glue helped the suede to stretch and keep the shape.


    IMG_5673 by my0771, on Flickr

    The form was too tight to have suede kydex and leather all together so I formed the leather wet and then applied it to the other two parts before it was dry and stretched it to fit by hand.

    I made up a back section a piece of suede and a piece of leather and a piece of kydex


    IMG_5677 by my0771, on Flickr

    I then joined the two pieces together with glue .



    IMG_5687 by my0771, on Flickr

    I am off for a cup of tea now

    More to follow later

    Michael
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    The next stage was to dye the case the desired colour, I bought six colours for seven cases dont ask why.


    IMG_5727 by my0771, on Flickr

    A second coat and the colour was fixed


    IMG_5762 by my0771, on Flickr

    I started sewing this case up and at this point realised that I had missed out the loop to hold the flap in place so I unpicked what I had done but in doing so weakened the thread, so that when i got back to the same point again the thread snapped


    IMG_5867_1 by my0771, on Flickr


    IMG_5873_1 by my0771, on Flickr

    It took over an hour to sew that side each time.

    I need a stitching pony which I cant afford at this time of year so I will be making my own next week although I have a very busy week so it might take a little longer.

    What have I learnt needles are sharp leather awls are sharper, leather dye is meant to dye skin hands are skin wear gloves, Kydex gets soft when it is hot because it is hot wear thicker gloves.

    I used goat hide for the first ones because it is thin and easy to work with it is also a third of the cost of kip leather the original maker used.

    I am happy to help anyone who wants to have a go and answer any questions

    Thanks for looking

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    How thick is your kydex? What kind of thread did you use?

    Thanks for the tutorial.
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    You’ll have peace of mind. And that, my friends, is a welcome surprise.

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    Kydex is 0.75mm not so sure about the thread it is waxed thread for leather.
    I have bought the kip hide as I want to try to make a case for my new Sony phone.
    If you do have a go then please post some pictures.
    Michael.

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    What a splendid job you've done, Michael - bravo! I hope that you you're no longer unwell?
    Last edited by AndyT; December 8th, 2013 at 05:51 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AndyT View Post
    What a splendid job you've done, Michael - bravo! I that you you're no longer unwell?
    Thanks Andy

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    Here is the finished article (well almost) stitched up at last this one is for a friend in America I dont think she is a member here so I have also posted these pictures on fpn but I thought those following here would like to see it.


    IMG_5889_1 by my0771, on Flickr


    IMG_5893_1 by my0771, on Flickr


    IMG_5888_1 by my0771, on Flickr

    I just need to dye and trim the edges and give it a polish.

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    Looks great and you have helped many on the forum to be encouraged to try this for themselves....thanks for posting the pictures.


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    The final pictures for this case


    IMG_5897_1 by my0771, on Flickr

    The inside with a 15 mm pipe inside


    IMG_5903_1 by my0771, on Flickr


    IMG_5901_1 by my0771, on Flickr

    I will allow everything to dry and then wrap it ready for posting

    Thanks for looking

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    Very nice work Michael - Well done - as always

    Regards

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    [Darth Vader]Impressive, most impressive.[/Darth Vader]
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    Thanks CW


    IMG_5729 by my0771, on Flickr

    I think Vader would appreciate the xxl size black on black case.

    Thanks for the comments guys

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    My batch of six cases is now complete some will be sent tomorrow others are waiting until after the Christmas seasonal post to travel in opposite directions around the world.


    IMG_5952_1 by my0771, on Flickr

    Thanks for looking

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    Those really came out very good. Congratulations.
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    I have been asked to make an different shaped fountain pen case.


    IMG_1374_1 by my0771, on Flickr


    IMG_1376_1 by my0771, on Flickr

    It is for an Omas 360 took a little working out but I got there in the end

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    I am also in the process of making two other leather kydex cases these are larger than my previous cases they have been designed to ahold a pen 150 mm long and 20 mm in diameter. I punched the stitching holes last night but have been a little side tracked by some important birthday, no not mine that is next week sorry I thought it was funny.


    IMG_1329_1 by my0771, on Flickr


    IMG_1330_1 by my0771, on Flickr

    This is going to be oxblood in colour the other case will be mahogany.

    Thanks for looking
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