Thursday, April 7, 2011

Project: Steampunk Pacemaker

So I already had the materials and tools for starting the harness, so I got to work on it. I figured I would make shoulder holster and then add on a few straps for extra stability. That way I could also have it hold a steampunk gun should I ever make one. (it seems that modded nerf guns are in every steampunk pic I see)

I grabbed a pattern from the leather working store in the area and got to work. For those of you that have never done this before, it's not really that hard if you have a good pattern. Cut the stuff out with a sharp knife of leather scissors. Trim the edges, slick the edges, made a pretty cut 1/4" inside the edge, dye, seal, done. Took me a more hours than I wanted because this is my second leather project.



Problem #1: The shoulder straps angle out like wings. I even tried wetting and stretching the leather, to no avail. I think I'm going to try and attach them to a belt that goes all the way around my chest and have the pieces of the harness act like suspenders to it. I'll try that out tonight. (if you haven't seen this type of holster, the gun holster gets added to the small piece under my left arm. The big hanging piece on the other side is a counter weight that you put clips/bullets on)



The pattern is in the pic, so if you wanted to try this, you would know to make it out of paper and try it on first. (;

21 comments:

  1. Interesting idea. I've seen holsters like that with clips for a belt, but haven't worn one. The one's I've worn were very flexible and used d-rings like hinges to help everything lay flat.

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  2. Lolz you are rly good at it! post ore more!!

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  3. Awesome idea, but imo you should add something to it; maybe wear the leather down a bit... Great job though!

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  4. wow it's looking great! a lot of progress in a short amount of time!

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  5. Hahaha awesome mate! While I'm far from putting this together myself, I think it's very very sweet

    Would love to see some sort of headpiece/eyewear in steampunk fashion - Love the idea of binocular/microscope goggles made of brass

    Thanks for posting :)

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  6. Wings are not... bad per-say =p.

    I would more opt for a tail =p.

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  7. That's awesome! You're really good.

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  8. Is this a holster for your iPhone?

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  9. Great blog! Just started following! Keep em coming!

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  10. nice. so, i'm bipolar. runs in the family. thats what the blog was about. I'm fine, though.

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  11. Straps will fix that.
    Did you seal it with finisher before you tried reshaping it? It's harder to do that after the dye and finisher are on. Not impossible though. Did you soak it or just sponge wet it? Did you try folding the hangers to crease the middle?
    -BH

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  12. Bit inactive lately. I am going to hope that you are building something exceedingly awesome.

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  13. Ugh, had a 1920's party and built some stuff for it that I will post as soon as this hangover goes away.

    As for the straps, I was dumb and dyed/finished it before I tried it on. I wet it pretty heavily with a sponge and it did shape a bit, but not enough. At this point just making a harness from the pieces and some belts seems the easiest path. Next time I will know better, which is kind of why I'm doing all these projects.

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