I'm making a hat band

Discussion in 'Hats' started by MagicMan, Nov 26, 2020.

  1. MagicMan

    MagicMan New in Town

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    Sooo, I'm just getting into hats and picked up my first one - a Bailey Sperling in Lite Felt. While I appreciate the genuine leather band that came with it, I believe I can dress it up a bit. I'm a fairly experienced leatherworker, having done mostly holsters, belts, handbags, and wallets. Let's try a hat band.
    Here's the Bailey now.
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    And here's the band that I'm working on. I'm waiting on some supplies to arrive before I finish it.
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  2. belfastboy

    belfastboy I'll Lock Up

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    I have been making a few leather bands and for me it is a great entry point into leather work. I have done a few with random mottled finishes via a stamp. But am more attracted to a nice piece of leather plain......joined by thread and then the join hidden by a concho. I buy real buffalo nickel conchos on Etsy. The maker domes them and welds a Chicago screw back. I have yet to attempt a punched pattern....one day I will make the time. Your work looks great!
     
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  3. MagicMan

    MagicMan New in Town

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    Thank you, sir.
    I will have to look into those conchos.
     
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  4. glider

    glider One of the Regulars

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    Tandy leather has about any kind of Concho you can imagine in there stores. Good quality and any hardware you might need.
     
  5. belfastboy

    belfastboy I'll Lock Up

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    I buy my conchos from Tandy. Once in a while I will get a bad batch and the Chicago screw threads are wonky but for a few buck I just eat the loss. I really like the Etsy buffalo head/indian head nickel conchos as they are real nickels that the craftsman has somehow domed. They are pricey at about $24Canadian with the shipping but having the real deal is worth it to me.
     
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  6. glider

    glider One of the Regulars

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    sounds cool
     
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  8. glider

    glider One of the Regulars

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    I may need to make the trip down there to check them out.
     

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