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Any of you guys that dabble in Kydex or leather making stuff for themselves ... lets see some of you handy work! I have been playing with leather since '91 and maintained it as a hobby through a good career in other things and after retirement spent a couple of years taking orders and making leather goods but have since stopped taking orders and just make stuff for myself and for friends. Got to be to much like a job!! :D

Here is one I did recently for a buddy whose son is getting into CAS. So dad gives me just two criteria.. he wanted the coloring to look oldish and that it needed to include the boys initials. He let me know the boys favorite video game was "Fallout" so I wanted to do something Steam Punk Post Apocalypse.

I liked the idea of the initials in what looked like an old necklace like it had been a found object in the wasteland or his grandmother had given it to him as a child and the chain was long gone but he wanted to keep the item for good luck ... you know, for all those gun fights!

I used bronze studs on the skirt which felt kind of like rivets and steel studs on the body and I just had to get those 2 screws in there which are brass. Did some creative stuff with dyes and an airbrush and its all hand stitched up with a natural colored thread.

For those interested in such things I took a shot of the welt. I wanted to make it a reasonable fast draw so I used a double tapering welt so its got a fair amount of room at the cylinder and trigger guard. Of course all the edges are burnished.

Here are some pix but I am always interested in seeing what other people are making for their own gear! I may try melting some kydex soon ... only because I never have and want to try.

Truth is most of the stuff I make for myself is plain jane single color :(





 

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Evidently not to many guys are making their own gear or just havent posted yet

Well If any of you decide you want to try I offer you any and all information I can share. I have easily done some 500+ holsters + other leather goods over the last 30 years so if you have any questions, need advice, don't know how to get started or want to know how you can make your own stuff with limited cash outlay .. just ask me here in the thread or hit me on PM. I would be glad to help. I may even have some patterns to share depending on the gun.

Its a great hobby and I am always interested in helping someone get started or get better. While having lots of tools is nice you can get by with just a few things and some household items.
 

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Evidently not to many guys are making their own gear or just havent posted yet

Well If any of you decide you want to try I offer you any and all information I can share. I have easily done some 500+ holsters + other leather goods over the last 30 years so if you have any questions, need advice, don't know how to get started or want to know how you can make your own stuff with limited cash outlay .. just ask me here in the thread or hit me on PM. I would be glad to help. I may even have some patterns to share depending on the gun.

Its a great hobby and I am always interested in helping someone get started or get better. While having lots of tools is nice you can get by with just a few things and some household items.
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I have absolutely no skills at holster making.
My pitiful attempts would make people cry.
 

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I've made a couple out of leather.
One pocket holster for my little Bauer stainless copy of a Baby Browning
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And a belt holster with a flap for my Luger
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That luger holster is sweet! I am doing something similar right now for a Ruger MK but my buddy insisted it needs to have a mag pouch on the body. He is a good friend and has been waiting forever for it so I formed the mag pouch yesterday.
 

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Here's a couple that I cobbled up back before the turn of the century..........

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They are both sharp but that 1911 holster is a Masters piece!! Very nice basket weave and basket weave is a lot harder than it looks! I love the way you curved the bottom of the decorative panel instead of just going straight across.... Its those little things!
 

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OP: That is truly a work of art. From your description it sounded "ghastly fru-fru" and my Opera browser would not show the pictures, but when I logged in on Firefox the pictures came up. Not one bit fru-fru - just totally professional and a holster that can be worn with pride at any age?

Are you going to do a matching airbrushed belt? (Just asking, I do know the marketplace price of holsters and belts of that quality.)
 

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OP: That is truly a work of art. From your description it sounded "ghastly fru-fru" and my Opera browser would not show the pictures, but when I logged in on Firefox the pictures came up. Not one bit fru-fru - just totally professional and a holster that can be worn with pride at any age?

Are you going to do a matching airbrushed belt? (Just asking, I do know the marketplace price of holsters and belts of that quality.)
He had a belt already that he had bought for his boy a bit earlier. It was obscenely expensive and I didn't really get it because I had seen better quality but sometimes certain brands just command more money. I tend to stay away from belts because I hand sew everything so if its going to be double layer its going to take me a bit of time. The boy loved the holster though according to dad and I am actually slowly making something similar for dad!!

Dad wants me to go even more steam punk so I am thinking maybe some steel elements but .. It will come to me. I love outside the box projects!!

I normally get somewhat odd requests

Here is a Holster for a Ruger 101 and the gentleman asked that I do something with the "Knights Templar" I finally came to the cross but I wanted it in the shape as it might look on a standard marching forward into a fight instead of just the cross plopped down in the middle. The inlay is actually a burgundy Frog skin which has a great texture.

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I liked it so much I did it again for a Commander size 1911 .. This frog was a red but the pic shows it a bit weird.

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Like I said .. If I know it, I am more than happy to share if you want to get started on something.
 

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That luger holster is sweet! I am doing something similar right now for a Ruger MK but my buddy insisted it needs to have a mag pouch on the body. He is a good friend and has been waiting forever for it so I formed the mag pouch yesterday.
Thanks! It is my own pattern. I made one small change to it - I rounded the toe because I didn't like the original pointy shape. Never took any updated photos though.
It is made of oiled leather and saddle stitched with heavy nylon thread so it should hold up pretty well.
 

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Thanks! It is my own pattern. I made one small change to it - I rounded the toe because I didn't like the original pointy shape. Never took any updated photos though.
It is made of oiled leather and saddle stitched with heavy nylon thread so it should hold up pretty well.
I am actually doing the same thing .. I squared it off at the bottom. The pointy thing wasnt doing it for me and my buddy knows that I only look at reference he sends me as a starting point but ultimately it will be my own take. I think I like your idea of putting an angle on the bottom more than my squared off version.
 

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Alright I finally finished the MKII holster for my buddy that he has been waiting for for 10 months. He insisted it needed a mag pouch on the body .. and I would have preferred it without but he is the one that will wear it and play with it so if it makes him happy .....

Now I just have to get out and shoot it one more time before it leaves here ... gun is SWEEEEEEET!

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