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BeeJay (Bradley Bristow-Stagg)
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 03, 2013 11:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

^^^ - Great info Rog, thanks! Looking forward to the tutorials.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 04, 2013 11:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the feedback everyone.

I did a little more research into this and contacted a very large leather company here in Aus. They specialize in all things leather and have vast experience and knowledge.

They were quite surprised that I would have any concern with leather "bleeding" if "sealed". Pretty much confirming what you said Rog, simply stain your leather, let it dry, then use a sealer to "seal' the colour.

I asked again " So there is NO WAY a belt would bleed if a sealer has been used" he confirmed " absolutely no way"

I asked if the sealer made the belt stiffer or had any other effects on the belt. He said that technically, it is a micron thicker so would be marginally stiffer by default but nothing that would ever be perceivable by the wearer.

Ha ha, " trust me" - yes heard that before I know Wink , so let the buyer beware but I hope this helps those that had the same concerns as I did.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 08, 2013 6:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Excelente job Shay!!!
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 10, 2013 9:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Eric, I really appreciate that Smile
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PostPosted: Tue May 07, 2013 11:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi everyone,

I just wanted to update the progress on dying the inside of this belt as I know a few of us are dying belts at the moment and had a few things to share including some sage advice from local leather gurus.
I hadn’t considered dying the inside previously as I thought it would risk bleeding onto the obi and let’s face it, who would ever see it? Well check out this pic of the cinch strap misbehaving.





As all Jedi know, keeping the belt, pouches and food caps neat and tidy during a troop is harder then successfully navigating an asteroid field already without having unstained leather letting the side down.

So here's the front..


and the back...


If you are staining from scratch, obviously just use the same colour dye but if you are just dying the back of the belt down the track from the original dying, it doesn’t have to be an exact colour. Its really just to stop the very contrasting light coloured leather showing up.
I’ve just used a “mahogany” that turned out pretty close once it dried.

First observation – these little furry things that usually come from leather/ craft shops to help apply the stain evenly, when used on the back of the belt ( quite rough surface ) left quite a lot of “fluff” mixed into the stain. I ended up changing to a paintbrush with a much cleaner result. I guess I was supposed to wash and dry them thoroughly before using – rookie mistake! Embarassed



I think a really good tip given to me buy the leather guy, was to do the exact same thing to a piece of scrap leather. You can then rub it, scratch it, wet it or whatever you need to, to see how durable the actual belt will be.

This was my piece of scrap leather..





Let the leather dry properly



After it dried I applied the all important sealer. This will stop the belt from “bleeding”



The next good tip that was mentioned to me was that, the sealer will suck some of the natural oils out of the leather and result in the belt being a little stiffer. Personally I didn’t find this an excessive difference but applying a leather conditioner will restore the moisture and keep the belt supple.



After everything was dried and conditioned, I took the scrap piece of leather and rubbed it aggressively with a white piece of material. Nothing came off. I then wet that piece of leather to simulate sweat and again REALLY srubbed hard. There was the tiniest hint of dye - barely perceivable but this was SCRUBBING wet leather - far harder then anything it would go through while trooping.






The finished belt turned out pretty good and I was glad that I went to the effort. The colour dried to be close to the belts front but as I said earlier, it wouldnt need to be exact to still look "right".


Hope this helps if you are dying your belt Smile
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PostPosted: Tue May 07, 2013 12:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

wow, looks great!!
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PostPosted: Wed May 08, 2013 12:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey Wookmiester ! Smile Thanks buddy... cheers
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PostPosted: Thu May 09, 2013 2:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sweet.. good to know Shay.. may do that to mine.
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PostPosted: Fri May 10, 2013 1:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah I definitely think it would be a good idea Chad. Especially for someone such as yourself who is planning on staging a lot of public dueling. Smile
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 24, 2013 12:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

" Long live the Rebels" !


Had a great weekend at Sydney Supanova with Miss Fisher.

We were privileged along with our brothers and sisters of the 501st to form an honour guard for the Princess as she entered the auditorium for a Q and A with around 1000 fans.

Darth Vader and Obi Wan then led two lines of charcters ( around 50 in total ) in a security escort for Carrie to the stage. The 1000 strong crowd screaming / humming the Imperial March!

It was just a small stage flanked by two R2 units. We then lined either side of the stage remaining there for the 40 mins or so of the appearance.

Carrie was extremely cheeky and funny with almost all of her responses to fans questions. Unfortunately, no recording devices were allowed to be used during the session, so no photos Sad Hopefully one or two may surface Wink

Standing just a few feet from the Princess for around 40 minutes while a 1000 people hung on her every word was a bit of a fan boy moment and really capped off a great convention.

After the crowd thanked Carrie, the announcer asked if they would all put their hands together for the Rebel legion and the 501st.

They gave us a standing ovation . Very cool. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 28, 2013 3:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hahaa

I knew it wouldn't be long before one leaked out Wink

I think this one is a little out of focus as it was taken covertly. Carrie is really tiny up close!


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 02, 2013 10:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very Nice Shay... will be one of those events that you have done that you put at the top of the list. Cool
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 05, 2013 10:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Chad.

Thanks very much. Yep I think you are right, I will remember this one as one of the special ones. It was unexpected actually. We only got approval from the minders / organizers a short time before the Q and A was due to commence. Must have been SW fans though, cos someone said " OK " Very Happy

Here is another picture Ive found of the guys getting ready for the honour guard.



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PostPosted: Sat Dec 07, 2013 3:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This tunic has always been received very well and looks about right in person, but I was noticing that in some photos ( usually with flash ) it was looking a bit too light - whiter then reality. So I went ahead and made an identical tunic but with slightly more colour.

Can somebody tell me, will I have to re submit this ? If you saw me troop in the new tunic you probably wouldnt even notice the subtle difference but I just wondered if it is considered just an update or a new costume ??




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PostPosted: Sat Dec 07, 2013 5:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Shane,

That's a subtle difference, and doesn't change the overall appearance of the costume and is within the accepted colors of Obi-wan's OT. There's no need to resubmit, in this case. The differences are so minor...there's not even a need to "update" your costume either Wink
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