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Nikkos Khann ANH Han Solo Belt/Holster Build
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Nikkos Khann (Conley Nichols)
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 01, 2010 12:25 am    Post subject: Nikkos Khann ANH Han Solo Belt/Holster Build Reply with quote

Ok, so begins the journey! I finally have all the parts, pieces and tools to start this thing.

I am hoping to start tomorrow.

I have one question. Should I dye the leather before or after assembly? I am thinking after.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 01, 2010 1:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here are a few tips to dying leather.
1. Test on a scrap piece of leather.
2. Mold your leather using warm water and allow to completely dry before dying your work. I generally do not dye much till I am all done.
3. Do not be afraid to use Dye thinners to get the right colors tones.
4.Set your dye so it does not bleed in the raid on your beautiful costume! This can be done by using a hair dryer or careful use of a heat-gun set to low.
5. Once dyed and dried and set... chemicals for polish for the leather and edges will make your belt look finished.

There are some areas in leather working that are so tight you might want to dye them before you attach them, like some of the small pockets, but I do not think its necessary.

Good luck, and keep us in the loop with pictures of your progress!

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 01, 2010 2:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I always get all holes punched and everything glued and/or stitched first, then I dye and put on a finish. Then set rivets and snaps and buckles.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 01, 2010 2:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I got this for finishing so it wont bleed:
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=200298326669&ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT

Is that good?
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 01, 2010 5:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's pretty much what I use for a finish.

Though I've still got some of the quart of the non-eco-friendly finish that I've been using for years.

For dye application, I use those cheap dollar store foam brushes and for finish application a piece of sponge cut to about a 1"x2" piece that I wet with water first.

Don't forget to wear gloves when you dye. Leather is a type of skin, so it will also dye your skin. I use vinyl gloves that you can find at any hardware store or Walmart.

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 02, 2010 2:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like to dye before assembling. That way everything is still nice and flat and I seem to get a more even coverage.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 08, 2010 2:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Got a little sidetracked this week with work and such..... Thanks for the tips. I think I am going to dye some of the pieces first. I also have some of the exam gloves to use, I use them when I varnish or stain frames, so I have a lot of those around.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 19, 2010 6:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ok, so it took forever to get with this but I have actually started!

This is my work table with everything laid out:




The two brown squares are the pieces for the pouches and the holster.

Not as organized as JediMika's photos......but order comes out of chaos, eventually.

These pics are of the belt after dying and attaching the snaps and end pieces.




I had a heck of a time getting the hang of attaching the snaps! I recommend getting a few extra for sure. I found you have to hold the snap parts tight to the leather and only hit the set piece on the snap ONCE, firmly.

I never thought I would be so excited about this but it is a great feeling working on this and I cant wait to get it all done now.


More to come!
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 19, 2010 11:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Woo!! You're off to a GREAT start! Keep at it!
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 19, 2010 11:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What you have done so far is looking good.

What color dye are you using? Java Brown? Or something else?

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 20, 2010 8:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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What you have done so far is looking good.

What color dye are you using? Java Brown? Or something else?


I am using Bison Brown, however, the leather remnants that I used for the pouches was a little darker so I put a couple more coats on it. It is very similar in color to the CB one I had before. I haven't sealed it yet so that will lighten it a little by giving it a little shine.

Overall I am so pleased with how this belt came out. I wish I had done it earlier. Now I don't have to worry about the flimsy CB belt falling apart on me!

Here are more pics:

This is the finished right side of the belt:

This is the finished left side of the belt:

I took JediMika's use of the cap to the next level and actually glued a piece of leather to the cap and used that! (I intend to sew it in eventually but I need this done for Saturday for Air and Scare)

This is the holster and yoke piece before dying:

This is the holster and yoke after dying, I will show pics of the finished product after sealing them.

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 20, 2010 11:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks really good man! Nothing makes you feel more like Han then a good holster and a blaster at your side.


Well done!


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 21, 2010 2:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks great! Good idea on the cap!
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 21, 2010 5:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, it is finished! I can't wait to troop with it now. Next upgrade? Boots.



Thanks a lot JediMika for the templates you sent. I really enjoyed this build and look forward now to making my own leather pieces from now on.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 22, 2010 12:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You work fast! Looks like you did better than I did. Thanks for sharing this and showing it's not as tough as it looks.
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