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Leather stock wrap for a steampunk prop rifle.

The carving is a combination of steampunk elements and western.
The finish was chosen to show significant use and wear. After gluing the leather to the stock using contact cement, it was dampened and hit with various hard tools to leave dents and gouges. I then applied saddlers oil to it fairly heavily, then wiped darkening stain in areas that would see more contact, like the area where the cheek would rest, where a hand would hold the neck of the stock, the edges of the leather, etc. Last, I added tacks and the rings for the sling.
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As promised, more WIP
I beat up the leather a bit with various hard objects, dyed it, heavily oiled it, then strategically applied a darkening stain. I wiped it on lightly to catch depressions and flaws, then more heavily in areas that would take abuse, like where the face would rest on the stock, where the right hand would grip the stock when carrying it, and around the edges where it would collect dirt and oil.
Still to do, decorative nails/tacks, and attach rings for the sling. 
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New boots I made.

I have extremely high insteps, and cannot even get my feet into slip-on boots like cowboy boots. But I wanted a pair of early western style boots, so I took a couple of patterns, and altered them for my feet.
The photos below are with them soaking wet while I wet-form them to my feet and legs. (Still wet as I write this.)
The only non-leather construction in these is the brass eyelets and the thread. Everything else was hand cut from various weights of vegetable-tanned leather. Once the wet forming is done, I will oil them, and possibly add some darkening oil to the mix.
I've made shoes before, but much simpler designs, ghillies and caligae. These were definitely more of a learning curve.
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Very cool!
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Completed these a couple days ago, but had to wait until today to wet-form them.
Michael Sheldon originally shared to Leather Work:
 
New boots I made.

I have extremely high insteps, and cannot even get my feet into slip-on boots like cowboy boots. But I wanted a pair of early western style boots, so I took a couple of patterns, and altered them for my feet.
The photos below are with them soaking wet while I wet-form them to my feet and legs. (Still wet as I write this.)
The only non-leather construction in these is the brass eyelets and the thread. Everything else was hand cut from various weights of vegetable-tanned leather. Once the wet forming is done, I will oil them, and possibly add some darkening oil to the mix.
I've made shoes before, but much simpler designs, ghillies and caligae. These were definitely more of a learning curve.
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The soles are four pieces. The formed part that comes up a bit to attach to the upper. That is glued and sewn to a shaped piece below it, flesh side down. An insole, glued down over the stitching. And on the bottom, a shaped piece glued on, cut from a sole bend. 
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Phoenix Comicon is next weekend, this is a repair kit I put together.
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A repair/toolkit for Steampunk cosplay. The style of the kit is similar to 19th century military pouches. It will be worn suspended from the belt with short straps attached to the rings on the back.
Inside is a tool kit including scissors, needle-nose pliers, flush cutters, mini channel pliers and a screwdriver set. Also a box containing thread, fabric and leather needles, safety pins, a variety of glues including conductive glue, jumper wires, etc. I will also be adding USB cables, external battery packs and wire ties.
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All of the contents were selected for doing emergency "field repairs" to various types of cosplay materials, whether fabric, leather or electronic. While I hope I don't have to actually use it, it was intended for use.
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A repair/toolkit for Steampunk cosplay. The style of the kit is similar to 19th century military pouches. It will be worn suspended from the belt with short straps attached to the rings on the back.
Inside is a tool kit including scissors, needle-nose pliers, flush cutters, mini channel pliers and a screwdriver set. Also a box containing thread, fabric and leather needles, safety pins, a variety of glues including conductive glue, jumper wires, etc. I will also be adding USB cables, external battery packs and wire ties.
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add a few metric sockets and I could use it for my motorcycle :)
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Completed stock for the rifle. Probably have photos of the full rifle tomorrow.
Oil has mostly dried, upholstery tacks added at the bottom and base of the stock, ring loop and ring added for the sling.

A note on finding stocks for steampunk guns like this. I sourced a couple stocks from Ebay, both are 19th to very early 20th century. It makes a difference, because gun stocks were shaped differently back then. Even if you don't know the difference, it's easy to tell they're not modern. Now, stocks in usable condition tend to go for large amounts, and frankly, I don't mess with anything that still has historical or collectible value.
The two stocks I got were heavily damaged, and anyone actually using it for a firearm would be risking suicide. (I'm not entirely sure the last person to fire the gun with this stock wasn't badly injured. The hammer face is ruptured, and a chunk of stock is broken away right next to it.) Stocks in this condition are not common, but go cheap, and the damage is nothing that can't be dealt with for prop purposes.

Damage can even be worked into your story. This stock has a horrible dark crackled finish that looks like it was very near a fire (possible). So the story...
"I was out hunting down a rogue automaton some madboy set loose. So I comes upon it in this little draw, thing looked like a Gila monster 'bout fifteen hand tall. So I'm all ready to shoot right down its gullet, reckon I has it dead to rights. Next thing, I'm diving for the rocks while fire comes spitting out of its mouth! Now what kind of crazy coot puts a flame-throwin gun in an automaton's mouth? Singed me right down to my union suit."
"Oh, and a word of advice. A canteen's right good for puttin out the smoldering bits of your trousers. The hip flask though wasn't one of my better idears."
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Wow! That is beautiful.
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A work in progress. +Phoenix Comicon​ is just 36 hours away, and this is the last project I'm working on for it.
Leather wrap on a rifle stock. Decoration is a combination of Steampunk elements and western. Pretty sure I'm going to just oil it, with darkening oil used unevenly, then abuse it a bit with scratches and abrasives. The gun stock is actual 19th century, but was low quality and horrifically abused, so I'm going to keep the theme of this being a very used weapon.
More pics later, as I complete the assembly. 
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This is killer!
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Michael Sheldon originally shared to Leather Work:
 
New boots I made.

I have extremely high insteps, and cannot even get my feet into slip-on boots like cowboy boots. But I wanted a pair of early western style boots, so I took a couple of patterns, and altered them for my feet.
The photos below are with them soaking wet while I wet-form them to my feet and legs. (Still wet as I write this.)
The only non-leather construction in these is the brass eyelets and the thread. Everything else was hand cut from various weights of vegetable-tanned leather. Once the wet forming is done, I will oil them, and possibly add some darkening oil to the mix.
I've made shoes before, but much simpler designs, ghillies and caligae. These were definitely more of a learning curve.
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Most of the visible stitching is machine, the welt joining the sole to the upper was all done by hand.
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New boots I made.

I have extremely high insteps, and cannot even get my feet into slip-on boots like cowboy boots. But I wanted a pair of early western style boots, so I took a couple of patterns, and altered them for my feet.
The photos below are with them soaking wet while I wet-form them to my feet and legs. (Still wet as I write this.)
The only non-leather construction in these is the brass eyelets and the thread. Everything else was hand cut from various weights of vegetable-tanned leather. Once the wet forming is done, I will oil them, and possibly add some darkening oil to the mix.
I've made shoes before, but much simpler designs, ghillies and caligae. These were definitely more of a learning curve.
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I'm not sure if I have that boot pattern or not.  I'll get it if I don't.  I do have a plainsman leather pants pattern.  I collect too many interests.  The leather work I've done so far is very basic, but for now I'll just do small simple projects.  I do like your boots.
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Michael Sheldon originally shared to Leather Work:
 
A repair/toolkit for Steampunk cosplay. The style of the kit is similar to 19th century military pouches. It will be worn suspended from the belt with short straps attached to the rings on the back.
Inside is a tool kit including scissors, needle-nose pliers, flush cutters, mini channel pliers and a screwdriver set. Also a box containing thread, fabric and leather needles, safety pins, a variety of glues including conductive glue, jumper wires, etc. I will also be adding USB cables, external battery packs and wire ties.
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Good work on the leather.  And good thinking on putting it together. 
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Finished this yesterday. A "Cowboy Cuff' with gear decoration in the center.
Cowboy Cuffs are heavy leather wrist/forearm protectors. Worn to protect from brush, ropes, barb wire, etc. I made this for a Wild West Steampunk theme.
Floral decoration was pretty much the norm during the Victorian period. Just about everything, even industrial machinery was covered with raised floral or vine patterns. In fact, some older tools can be dated to within a decade or two just by how much of it is covered in these patterns. Western leather and saddle hardware is one of the last holdouts continuing this tradition.

This piece is pretty much straight from a Tandy pattern, only the center decoration is different.
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Wow... That's amazing!
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