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Well That Was Fast!

I thought the belt gizmo was going to be a terrible nuisance, but it's actually come together very fast, thanks to hantamouse's collection of electronic geegaws collected over the past 30 years. The hardest part is going to be figuring out how to dye the holster black. O.o

I ended up using the readout panel of an old dead laser printer instead of the nixie tubes, which worked well with the "more contemporary trip to Radio Shack" motif of the rest of the costume. The body of the gizmo was made from the circuit board and part of the frame of an old dead hard drive; the daughter board is a failed circuit from hantamouse's do-it-yourself-programmable-Christmas-tree-lights project. Both have had suitable gluing of extraneous bits on to make them look more techie, even though the stuff being glued on is actually lower tech than the actual board it's being glued to.

Some of the paint is still drying and the final assembly has yet to be done, but I'll take some pics and post 'em when it's done.

-The Gneech

PS: Any of you costumers have advice on how to dye a leather hardware holster black? Currently it's basically "unwashed tan."


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Jun. 5th, 2011 03:56 am (UTC)
To do it 'right': Black leather dye. Tandy is a famous brand. It isn't that expensive, but might take a bit of time to get to you. To do it 'quick' grab a tube of black acrylic paint, thin it down with water till it's completely liquid and put a couple coats on the leather. Let dry between coats. Seal for consistent color, leave unsealed to get more visible wear quickly.
Jun. 5th, 2011 09:53 am (UTC)
A friend of mine is a leather worker, I'll ask what he suggests.


My Friend says:

Can you show me a color example?

Is the surface glossy, or mat?

If it is the one I think it is, it's non colored, natural. And then it's a lot easier to make black. Clean it up from dirt. Use a groundprimer/thing that helps the color sink in. Use a color, such as one use on on the edges. Then a top coat.

If he as a leather workshop nearby, he should go ask them.

With the stuff he would have to get, it might be cheaper to get a new pouch.

Edited at 2011-06-05 10:36 am (UTC)
Jun. 5th, 2011 02:45 pm (UTC)
Well, you can see the holster here:

Belt Gizmo progress

If the pouches were available in black, I woulda got that instead. ;)

Jun. 5th, 2011 03:07 pm (UTC)
What's the surface of the leather like? Glossy? Matt? Any coating on it or is it plain, untreated leather?
Jun. 5th, 2011 03:20 pm (UTC)
It appears to be untreated as far as I can tell. The front surface is a little smoother than the back, but not much. It's almost more like heavy cardboard than anything else.

Jun. 5th, 2011 03:55 pm (UTC)
Hiya! I am CR's friend.

It seems to be a good leather to color black.
Your really best bet is visit a workshop or shop that works with/sell leather products, be it shoes, furniture or whatnot. If they work with leather they should know how-to and what products there is. And bring the holster with you to show them.

The general steps for dying leather is:
1. Clean it.
2. Prepare it.
3. Dye it.
4. Protect it.

However, with natural leather as what you have, cleaning is a lot harder and one might skip that step as it might just make it worse.
There is special stuff for preparing the leather. What you have over there I don't know, we use Swedish/Danish/German products, such as Ernst P.
For color we use Narvsvaerte, it's Danish.
As for protecting it there is color lock products. A shoe-polish such as Kiwi can do it too. And you want to do this step, else you might find black all over where the leather touches.

/ Delu
Jun. 5th, 2011 04:19 pm (UTC)
Heyas! :) Thanks for the info. :)

Kiwi shoe polish I've got. :) I'll hit the local craft store and see what kind of dyes they have.

It's not important for the thing to look pretty by any stretch; in fact it should look pretty worn as times goes one 'cause it's supposed to be a "working Joe's" piece of super-high-tech equipment. ;)

Thanks again!

Jun. 5th, 2011 02:02 pm (UTC)
A 'more contemporary trip to radio shack" look would amopnt to a bunch of cellphone and cellphone accessories doing whatever it was that needed doing.
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