Not sure how a real noseband is made? Sometimes the best way to figure things out is to take something apart. Luckily, I happen to have an old broken noseband at my disposal. This was part of my very first bridle, and despite the fact that it's no longer usable, I've been reluctant to throw it away. It's been lurking at the bottom of a bucket for the last couple years.
Close up of the center section of the noseband. This particular noseband has fancy decorative stitching on the middle of the raised portion. I've seen a few enterprising tack makers mimic this effect with paint. I've never tried that myself, mostly because I don't think I could do a good job of it.
Here's a look at the backside of the noseband. You can clearly see that the raised section of the noseband has a second piece of leather sewn to its backside.So that's the real thing. Tomorrow I'll focus on its model sized counterpart.
In this picture I have started to pick apart the stitches that are holding the two layers together.