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    laces,straps, and backings List-pics and snap tutorial

    I just bought LOTS of leather, this is the list of the kit that was offered (list is closed):

    All leather will be dyed and sealed, and for the laces softened with lexol.

    Things you will need to get/do yourself: 1) Sandpaper for the back of greeblies-so the glue adheres better when you glue the leather to the greeblies, and barge cement, or a leather to plastic type glue (e6000?) 2) Set snap onto left front leg of neoprene.

    Laces5-6 oz.-will be dyed purp, close to neoprene color
    -2 for the cumberbund
    -2 for shoulder flaps of vest
    -2 for the side of vest
    -2 for arm greeb
    -2 for the mouse greeb
    -1 for the bottle greeb, one o ring screw provided
    -1 for the beads
    Straps2-3oz.
    - 2 for the football greeb, dyed mauve like, sealed, 4-line 20 snaps inserted in the back, to clasp together the leather.
    - 1 belt for the leg greeb 1 cm wide with 1/2" buckle and 3 belt loops, all dyed blueish, sealed, glued, and hole punched to fit.
    Backings 2-3 oz.- will be dyed brown
    -1 leg greeb, with 1 line 24 black snap attatched and other side of snap provided to attatch to neoprene. (See snap tutorial)
    -1 for football greeb
    -1 for armband greeb

    Price $45.00 not including shipping.

    List of those interested:
    1)Maulmaus -PAID And recieved
    2)Hothgirl -PAID And recieved
    3)Cutest Sandgirl PAID and recieved
    4)Dark Trooper PAID and recieved
    5)Lady Zam -PAID and recieved

    PIC OF KIT:
    http://zamiam.home.comcast.net/SnapT...es/lacekit.jpg
    Snap Tutorial without a snap setter:
    http://zamiam.home.comcast.net/SnapTute.html

    ALL DONE! For those listed above, please email me with your addresses. My email is zamiam@comcast.net
    Last edited by Zam I Am; Aug 22, 2006 at 2:17 PM. Reason: list edit

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    Admin Staff MaulMaus's Avatar
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    Re: Interest list - laces,straps, and backings (not incl. skirt)

    Well... I would be

    Save me from having to buy the 2-3 oz leather... and then wondering what the heck to do with the rest of it!

    Let's see ZIA... that would get you 1100 eyelets if you want to trade!

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    Re: Interest list - laces,straps, and backings (not incl. skirt)

    Yeah, I have to have at least 5 people sign up for it to be worth it for me to do. Cause I have like a mass of snaps, leather, dyeing stuff,lexol, tools, but to do each individually would be a time wasteful on my part. Cause dyes, need to be mixed, remixed for each color, cutting all at once is better than one at a time etc.

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    Re: Interest list - laces,straps, and backings (not incl. skirt)

    Well for those who are considering it I would love to point out that I allready have the straps undyed from Zam I Am in my possession. These are good quality items and you will pay about double what she is asking just to get predyed stuff that will not match right at all. Unlike myself she is offering to dye for those who buy them from her. I got mine undyed a while back as I plan to dye my stuff on my own.

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    Re: Interest list - laces,straps, and backings (not incl. skirt)

    Not looking good for me is it?

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    Re: Interest list - laces,straps, and backings (not incl. skirt)

    Have faith sis- there are people thinking about it, and want me to post pics of what I mean.

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    Re: Interest list - laces,straps, and backings (not incl. skirt)

    *sighs*

    I do have faith... but I've also got bad karma!

    *keeps fingers crossed*

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    Re: Interest list - laces,straps, and backings (not incl. skirt)

    The reason why I am offering these is because it would be cheaper for me to do a mass quantity, and, everyone would also save money because they wouldn't have to buy the one-time use type of tools for this costume. For examples, line 20 and line 24 snap setters, daubers, blue dye. Packs of extra snaps you won't need. And, these leather tools, you have to have in order to make these: lace cutter, leather shears, leather hole puncher, x-acto knive, lexol, dyes. Not to mention, I would save everyone time and money too, looking for all these objects: Dark (almost black) gun metal snaps, buckle for the leg greeb, 2 different oz leathers, dyes, tools, etc.

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    Re: Interest list - laces,straps, and backings (not incl. skirt)

    Sure, why not. Add Cutest Sandgirl to the list.

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    This is why I think all the backings are brown leather. And I also think they employed a really really awesome leather worker for this costume. Gobs of glueing and leatherwork all over this costume. Very smart ideas and improvising with the leather too. I am guessing about some of the ways they used the laces, but my guess is they knotted all the leather laces on the greeblies to a belt to keep them from shifting forward and smooshing the cumberbun *and/or* they put a whole separate backing on the cumberbun altogether to keep it from smooshing and that is why we all see this white line on the bottom of the cumberbun. From infamouse zoomed in upshot #DSC04309.

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    Re: Interest list - laces,straps, and backings (not incl. skirt)

    Since most of you can't install the back snap on the neoprene of the pants, I will do two things. I will send a snap already assembled onto a piece of lycra (same pantone as the neoprene) and then, you can just sew the lycra to your pants. I will also send an extra snap incase, you want to install the snap yourself. Zam I Ain't and I will try testing a philip's screw driver on a line 24 snap to install, but I have my doubts it will work. If it does work, then you all could install that one yourselves to the neoprene, instead of sewing the lycra patch and won't need to buy the line 24 snap setter.

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    Re: Interest list - laces,straps, and backings (not incl. skirt)

    Here is how to glue the backings:


    Maulmaus, hopes this answers your questions


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    Zam I Am wrote:

    Maulmaus, hopes this answers your questions
    But I have sooooooooo many questions....

    Seriously... yes it does. I specifically wondered about the glue you used - I didn't think Elmer's was going to cut it!

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    Re: Interest list - laces,straps, and backings (not incl. skirt)

    [img]images/smiles//icon6.gif[/img] Last call for those interested! I will be working on them this weekend! Today is 11/6/03 You don't have to pay until I am done But, since this is comming outta my pocket first, PLEASE only sign up if you know you are willing to pay up when things are done. And, the list will close by Friday night 11/7/03! I am going to the stores this saturday only, to get all the rest of the supplies I need for those on the list. So, last call. More pics of what you will recieve. All the backings though, will be 2-3 oz leather dyed brown, instead of the raw undyed color. And the laces will have like a light purp and brownish look much like the pics. The leg greeb strap/belt will be fully assembled with the belt loops and holes punched as seen. If those on the list want to pm me the circumference of their upper thigh, that will also help me do the leg belts.

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    Re: Interest list - laces,straps, and backings (not incl. skirt)


    Zam I Am wrote:

    If those on the list want to pm me the circumference of their upper thigh, that will also help me do the leg belts.
    ....

    There are some things even I don't want to know!


    Erm... how about if you make it really big and have lots of holes in it!

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    Whaaat...?? It's only measurement #24 thigh on the measurements list... what gives? it aint that baaad. See, i know i have poundage, but i am not thaaat self conscious about it. Hey, it's not like i am a refigerator repair woman! I will make them about my thigh size if people don't indicate, but I didn't want people to complain if it's not fitting exactly.. and then, if it's too big -them having to cut off the strap end with an open edge without dye. My left thigh size is 21 inches around. So, the leg strap will be longer of course, but the holes will start at around 20 inches, then go up by 1 cm increments- between 8 or 12 holes is my guess. Then the end will taper into a > shape.

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    Re: laces,straps, and backings LAST CHANCE

    Just teasing you ZIA...

    I just went to the store earlier today and tried on some jeans... and needless to say it was a harrowing experience. Thigh size being the main problem ... and then I come here for a little R&R and you're asking me for thigh-size measurements!

    It's simply too much on the same day...

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    Re: laces,straps, and backings LAST CHANCE

    Hey all, sorry I have been so busy, I won't be able to make them this year. Late January, I should be able to get it done.

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    Re: laces,straps, and backings List Closed

    No prob. Zam is a pretty slow-moving project here anyway, and it gives us a chance to recover monetarily after getting the helmet so close to Christmas anyway.

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    Re: laces,straps, and backings List Closed

    Yep... Zam is a slow mover isn't she? No problemo here either!

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    Re: laces,straps, and backings List Closed

    See, DCB is the magic elf during Christmas time. He has elvin magic. To tell yall the truth, Zam I Ain't just got me a sewing machine for Christmas woohoo! So, the "projects" I have in mind to do, are going to be a slow process due to learning rate. This new machine is going to make me fanatically absorbed in how it works for awhile.

    I already cut most of all the laces. I haven't cut the all the straps. I have all the leg belt buckles, snaps and tools, but haven't dyed anything yet or cut out the backings. I cut half of the leg straps on the list. That's where I am at so far... See? I have done some things. Hey-- ya'll owe me pics of your painted greebs in the greeb thread. Talk about me being slow!

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    Re: laces,straps, and backings List Closed

    I finally got to cutting some more lace today. Sorry so slow, I had a major debaucle with some people I know, and have been emotionally distressed.

    I have to let you all know that the vest laces have been giving me the most problem. Since the seamstress told me that the back pattern needed to be shortened in width by about 5 inches, some of the laces for the vest have to be made longer, so I have had to re-cut them. You should have just the right length amount of lace for everything listed.

    It's also amazing how one mm can throw off everything that's related to it on this costume.

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    Re: laces,straps, and backings List Closed

    Just finished cutting all the laces and straps, and leg belts haven't gotten to the backings, punching holes, inserting snaps,buckles, dyeing or glueing yet. Sigh, this is a lot harder than doing the lace for the skirt! At least the skirt, you don't have to measure things or cut with scissors as much. Cutting with scissors hurts your hands after awhile.

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    Re: laces,straps, and backings List

    Thanks for the update ZIA! I appreciate all your work on this too!

    Oh... and congrats on the new sewing machine! Hope ya have fun with it!

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    Yeah! I just finished cutting all the backings for the 3 greebs today. I only have this weekend to really work on any Zam stuff. My next two weekends are booked. Hopefully, I can cut the slits to the backings tomorrow and start the dyeing/getting the dye tests right too. Then they will need to dry. Mebbe I could fit an 10 minutes here or there to get the holes punched and snaps in, we'll see. Zam I Ain't is furiously working on some stuff too

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