Leather cutting help PLEASE!!!

Discussion in 'Replica Costumes' started by GBrittelleJr, Apr 18, 2012.

  1. GBrittelleJr

    GBrittelleJr Well-Known Member

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    I have some vegetable tanned leather, about 1.5mm thick, that I need to cut about 1500 1 inch circular discs. Hand cutting using shears is out of the question, as I only have 6 weeks to get this suit done. I've looked into punches, but the largest I can find are 0.75" diameter...

    So, I ask you all- does anyone have any advice on tools or techniques I can use to expedite this process? Thanks everyone!

    Greg
     
  2. elro

    elro Active Member

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  3. GBrittelleJr

    GBrittelleJr Well-Known Member

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    Elro, I feel like a noob. I scoured the Internet looking for just that, and it's on amazon. Figures. Thanks so much!!
     
  4. SmilingOtter

    SmilingOtter Master Member

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    If you have a Harbor Freight nearby, I got a punch set from them a while back for pretty cheap. It's not in front of me at the moment, but I'm pretty certain it includes a 1" among them.

    What sort of suit are you making?
     
  5. Kevin Gossett

    Kevin Gossett Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Sounds like leather scalemail to me...
     
  6. IMFletcher

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    GB,

    Depending on what you are doing, you can either get half or whole circles. The half circles are strap-end cutters. Here are a couple of mine and examples of what they can do.... Just make sure you get good, QUALITY punches and keep them sharp!

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  7. Havok69

    Havok69 Well-Known Member

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    You might also want to get some beeswax to help while removing the punch from the leather.
     
  8. GBrittelleJr

    GBrittelleJr Well-Known Member

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    Everyone, thank you! I'm going to order the punch from amazon on Monday. And Kevin, you nailed it. Scale mail. For a comic book Captain America.
     

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