Tuesday, December 8, 2009

I hate it...

When I do this!

This skirt piece was completely finished. It had been cut out, skived, stitch-marked, Edge Koted and sealed. There was nothing left to do it it save actually put it on the saddle... Unfortunately, I just couldn't leave well enough alone. I decided it needed a little more skiving right there along the lower front edge. Bad idea. I skived right through the leather. Ugh!

I've remade the piece, but I can't quite bring myself to throw the damaged one away. I have a whole pile of little scraps like this in the bottom of my tooling leather box. Maybe someday I'll find a use for them. Maybe someday I'll stopping making more of them. Hope springs eternal, right?

10 comments:

  1. Been there...done that! I have a lot of scraps to prove it LOL

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  2. Me too. I am ashamed to admit how much leather and fabric I waste because of trial and error and little "oopsies" like this. aargh.

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  3. So familiar...! I know I don't have to skive any more, it's ok as it is, but there's always this tiny voice in my head - "do it, do it, you'll see, it will look/fit so much better". Yeah, right! That usually happens with bridles.

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  4. This is probably really obvious, but how do you do the stitch markings? How do you do them at SM scale too?

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  5. I use a pounce wheel to make the stitch marking. I bought mine from MicroMark a decade ago and it's still going strong!

    I'm no expert on stabemate scale tack. I've made two saddles that size and I didn't stitch mark either of them. Instead I tooled a light groove around the edge.

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  6. Skiving is the reason I don't make my own tack; I just couldn't figure it out, and I would probably spend more time and money trying to do it myself, then purchasing tack from the experts! I stick to my props and dioramas instead; those I can handle, but not the slicing of microscopic leather in half!

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  7. That always happens to me with lace. Usually right smack-dab in the middle where I can't just trim it off and make a slightly shorter strap. Especially infuriating on harness reins.

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  8. What about making a saddle out of this sort of scraps to be a really "used" sort of saddle? Might turn out really awesome!

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  9. I have an idea for stuff from your scraps bag. You could use it in an unconventional scene set up: a tack restorer at work!

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  10. Shannor--that would be so cute. I could even make a little stitching horse to go with it!

    It's too bad I'm always better at ideas than execution!

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