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PERSONALIZED LEATHER DOG

COLLAR
W/ PERSONALIZED ENGRAVED
SOLID BRASS I.D. PLATE
INCLUDED
PROUDLY MADE IN THE U.S.A.

For owners who only want the very best for their pets. Our
collars will satisfy even the most discerning tastes.
All of our collars include a solid brass professionally engraved I.D.
nameplate
with up to 4 lines of any text you wish included at no additional
charge.

DETAILS:
COLOR: CHESTNUT - LIGHT BROWN
SIZE: XL

3/4" x 25" END TO END


3/4" x 22" END TO CENTER HOLE

STYLE: RAISED
HARDWARE: SOLID BRASS BUCKLE AND "D" RING

I.D. PLATE: 1/2" x 3" x .025"


ENGRAVING: UP TO 4 LINES MAXIMUM, 32 CHARACTERS
INCLUDING SPACES PER LINE

ORDERING INSTRUCTIONS:
WHILE ON THE CHECK OUT / REVIEW ORDER PAGE
SIMPLY CLICK ON

"ADD A MESSAGE"
AND PLEASE INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION:
NUMBER OF LINES REQUESTED
TEXT TO BE ENGRAVED FOR EACH LINE

**IMPORTANT**
PLEASE SUBMIT ORDERS IN FORMAT AS
SHOWN BELOW

EXAMPLE:

LINE 1 - FIDO
LINE 2 - 123 MAPLE STREET

LINE 3 - SPRINGFIELD, MO 12345


LINE 4 - (123) 456-7890
OR SEND A SEPARATE EMAIL WITH THE
ABOVE
INFORMATION INCLUDING THE EBAY
LISTING #.
WE WILL GENERALLY CONFIRM YOUR ORDER WITHIN 24 HOURS
(EXCLUDING WEEKENDS/HOLIDAYS)
WITH A PROPOSED SHIPPING DATE OR IF WE HAVE ANY
QUESTIONS.

PLEASE BE SURE TO CHECK OUR OTHER EBAY ITEMS


TO SEE ALL STYLES AND SIZES AVAILABLE.
http://makezine.com/craft/how-to_leather_dog_collar/

Editors Note: The following DIY originally appeared in CRAFT Volume 10.
Pictured above is author Ana Poe with her adorable pup Paco. Paco
tragically passed away in January of 2009. RIP dear Paco.
DIY Dog Collar
Build a leather collar with style and substance.
By Ana Poe
i began working with leather seven years ago when I stumbled across it
during the hunt for the perfect collar for my dog, Paco. Since Ive never
taken a class, most of the following techniques are either self-taught or
passed on to me by old-time leather workers. When working with leather,

remember that it falls under the same rules as wood, metal, and stone:
measure twice, cut once, and when you cant beat it, learn to work with it.
MATERIALS

Leather strip or piece of hide


Collar template
Buckle, D-ring, and rivets
Water-based edge dye
Leather conditioner I recommend a combination of mink oil, cream
conditioner, and beeswax.
Decorative studs and/or conchos
Leather stamp and paints (optional)
Using high-quality materials will pay off in the long run. Use brass hardware
whenever possible (nickel finish is available) and start with a high-quality
latigo leather. Originally used as horse tack, latigo leather is meant to
tolerate sweat, dirt, and weather, and will not only stand the test of time but
will look better doing so.
TOOLS

Ruler
Strap cutter
Mallet
Tack hammer
Leather scissors
Small scissors
Needlenose vise-grip pliers
Skiver
X-Acto knife
Hole punch
Scratch awl
Screwdriver
Rivet setter
Edge beveler (optional)
Some of these tools you may already have lying around your house. You
can find the specialized tools online at tandyleatherfactory.com or at one of
its many branches. If you need to speak to an expert leather worker, call up
Chris Howard at the Michigan branch and tell him we sent you.

DIRECTIONS

Caution: The nature of leather tools sharp! means that your skin
poses no serious obstacle. Use every tool appropriately and safely, and
before you begin each step, watch where your hands are!

Step 1: Strap-cut the hide.


If you have a piece of hide, adjust the strap cutter to the width of the collar
you want and run along the straight edge to create a strip from which youll
cut the collar. You can also buy pre-cut strips from most leather suppliers.

Step 2: Cut a generous length.


To determine the length of leather to cut, take your dogs exact neck
measurement and add 10. Its a healthy measurement, and you may end
up cutting off some excess, but while you can always subtract, you can
never add. At both ends, crop off the corners for a finished look.

Step 3: Bevel the edges (optional).


Using a keen edge beveler, run the tool along the top corner of the leather
to remove the edge. Repeat on all sides and ends. This step creates a
more polished look and a comfortable fit for the dog.

Step 4: Dye the edges.


Select a water-based edge dye that matches the color of the leather youre
working with. Keep a wiping rag handy and use an applicator or specialized
dispenser to cover the exposed edges with an even coat of dye. Take care
not to drip over the leather, as the dye stains quickly.
Step 5: Condition the leather.
Taking the time to apply conditioners will extend the life of your leather
goods. They can also bring an old leather product back to life. Apply mink
oil and cream conditioner on a rag and, using your hand strength, work into
the leather. To finish, wipe beeswax lightly onto the leather and then wipe
off the excess. This last step protects the collar against water.

Step 6: Mark the holes, and trim.


Download the appropriate template from craftzine.com/10/doggone_collar.
Take the side marked buckle end and slide it flush to the end of the
leather. Use a scratch awl to mark the leather where indicated. For the tail
end, follow the instructions on the template and line up the second hole at
your dogs exact neck size. Mark the leather at the end of the template, cut
off the excess, and bevel and dye the end.

Step 7: Skive the collar.


Working from the suede underside of the leather, use the skiving tool to
remove about half the thickness of the leather from the mark on the
template to the buckle end. This step will remove bulk and make it easier
for the leather to conform around the buckle.
Step 8: Punch holes.
The hole punch tool comes with many different head sizes, from #0 to #5.
The template will tell you which size punch to use for each hole. When
preparing to punch, always lay a scrap of leather underneath, as impact
with a hard object can crack or bend the punch.

Line up the punch, using the scratch awl mark as the center of a bulls-eye.
With several firm whacks, use the mallet to depress the punch through the
leather. Repeat until all holes are punched.

Using an X-Acto blade, cut out the leather where indicated to create an
oblong slot for the buckle.

Step 9: Add the buckle and rivets.

Weave the punched leather through the buckle and fold the tail underneath.
To set a rivet, push the male end of the rivet through both layers, from the
bottom, and top it with the cap.

Place the rivet-setting anvil on something hard, like a piece of marble.


Select the appropriate anvil (it will be the slightly concave one the same
size as your rivet cap) and use the mallet to set the rivet firmly. You cannot
hit the rivet too hard! If you dont set it firmly enough, the collar will fail, so if
youre not sure, tug the leather the same way your dog on a leash would,
and reset the rivet if need be.
Set the 2 rivets closest to the buckle first, slide on your D-ring, and set the
remaining 2.

Step 10: Decorate!


Now comes the fun part. Select your decorations and map out their
placement on the collar. Mark the leather by using the actual decoration
itself (apply pressure to make a mark) or a scratch awl. For studs, it helps
to lock them in a pair of needlenose vise-grips so you can easily mark both
tails at once.

Decorations attach to the leather in 1 of 3 ways: screw-back, rivet-back, or


tails. For screw-back conchos, use a #4 or #5 hole punch, punch the hole,
and then screw into place. For added security, apply a drop of threadlocker
on the backing.
For rivet-back decorations, use a #0 punch and the appropriate setting
tools. Without machinery, setting rivet decorations securely enough for daily
wear while simultaneously not damaging the decoration can be tricky, so
we recommend staying away from rivet-backs if you can help it.

For studs, cut parallel holes with an X-Acto blade, push the stud through
the holes, turn the tails in with a screwdriver or pliers, and then gently tap
with a tack hammer. Studs are an easy way to add a lot of flash to a collar,
like spelling out a dogs name, thats sturdy enough to last.
There are also a variety of leather-stamping tools on the market as well as
paints and finishes, so you can stamp shapes or re-create your favorite 70s
belt.
Leather working can be challenging, but the reward of creating a piece of
art that can potentially outlive you or your dog is worth it. Most leather
workers are more than happy to share techniques and solutions if you find
yourself stuck, so dont be afraid to call on us!
Note: Most leather decorations are calibrated for the thickness of leather,
so if you want a vegan option, the best thing to do is start with a pre-made
vegan belt that measures at least thick. Treat it like a strip of leather, as
all the tools and instructions stay the same.

About the Author:


Ana Poe is the owner of Paco Collars, maker of custom handmade leather
dog collars. Anas been working professionally with dogs since 2001. She
has a B.A. in art practice from UC Berkeley and is an all around smart
cookie.

GOLI MOHAMMADI

Im a word nerd who loves to geek out on how emerging technology affects
the lexicon. When not fawning over perfect word choices, I can be found on
the nearest mountain, looking for untouched powder fields and ideal alpine
lakes.
I was an editor for the first 40 volumes of MAKE. The maker movement
provides me with endless inspiration, and I love shining light on the
incredible makers in our community. Covering art is my passion after all,
art is the first thing most of us ever made.
Contact me at snowgoli (at) gmail (dot) com.
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