One of my costumes for DragonCon 2012 is a Steampunk Bounty Hunter.
In my hopes of hopes it will consist of:
A short stay (much like a Bra)
A bolero jacket
Leather chest Harness.
And I want to make as much as I can.
After much googling on many many harnesses , I found my inspiration. (Note, when you Google image, make sure you search STEAMPUNK harness, unless you want to see some 50 Shades type of stuff)
The harness is from an Etsy shop called Misfit Leather. All props goes to them
I decided that I wanted only 2 rows of buckles and I want the holes to be grommets. (We will see if I follow through with that)
So I know what kind of harness I want. We are all good, right? WRONG. I’ve never made a belt and I’ve sure as shooting never worked with leather. I toyed with the idea of using faux leather. (Not for moral rreasons, for I will bite the hell out of a cow. But I thought it would be easier and cheaper) . But, at the end of the day, I thought leather would look better.
Off to Google making a leather belt.
I looked at a lot of stuff. This video helped me loads.
Simple and straight to the point.
Next, Google where to and how to order leather.
After much searching I decided that Tandy Leather Factory was the place to order online. I could get everything I needed (Leather, dye, all the hardware). My plan was to buy several inches of 1 inch wide pre-cut straps. The only thing, I was a bit nervous about buying material I never felt before. I wasn’t sure what thickness to buy, etc. If only I could find a place nearby.
OH SNAP. Turns out there are only four Tandy stores in Florida and one was 15 minutes from me. I was in my car and on my way in 10 minutes.
My Leather Store Experience
That place is way cool. And the people were super helpful. Cost-wise it was better to buy the leather in slab. There was sale on scrap belly leather for $9 a pop. Two would be more than enough. It would mean that I would have to cut the straps myself….. More adventure, and googling..
Time to make the hareness
Word to the wise, although very obvious, use gloves when dying. For some reason, I did not. I started to panic, “Oh crap, this dyes leather. Skin is like leather. I’m doomed!”
No. I googled a solution. Lather hands with laundry detergent only (no water) then rinse. It comes off after a few rounds.
That’s all for now. Next up will be the building of the harness. Part Two