Attaching Sheepskin to a grackle/grakle/figure 8 noseband

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    04-25-2013, 04:21 PM
Attaching Sheepskin to a grackle/grakle/figure 8 noseband

So I fell for buying a cheap bridle off ebay. I got it for all of about $40 new, probably should have realized it was going to be horrible quality, but I'm often times foolishly optimistic. Anyway, the circle where the noseband crosses came with a backing on it already that can't bee seen from the front. I did not know it was there when I purchased the bridle, so I also purchased a separate sheepskin disk to attach to the grackle simply because I like the look of the sheepskin. But now that I have the both the pieces here I'm not quite sure how to attach the sheepskin to the bridle, something I probably should have thought out before hand .

So the thing is this bridle is cheap. It literally looked and felt like cardboard when I originally got it, to the point where I wasn't even sure if it was leather... But after some oiling and conditioning it's darkened up a bit and feels like leather! But by no means good quality leather. So needless to say I'm not completely attached to or in love with the bridle...but I still want it to look as good as it can for it's quality.

My question is, should I try to remove the present backing and then replace it with the sheepskin or attempt to glue the sheepskin over the present backing? The current backing feels almost like velvet with some sort of hard cushion beneath it...but it may just be a VERY short shear sheepskin. Also any ideas with what I should use to attach it? I was just going to use some Gorilla Glue and see what happened...

I know I could probably send it in somewhere to get it attached professionally but I'm not entirely inclined to do so because I can only imagine it would cost me just as much or more to get it on there after shipping as the bridle itself cost me lol

I'll attach some pictures to help with visuals.





Ps- Would you cut the disk a bit smaller so it doesn't wrap around quite so much? I personally like the look of the chunky sheepskin, but I know it can be over whelming on some horses.
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    04-26-2013, 10:39 AM
Just an Update

I decided to be brave and go for it. I removed the previous backing, it was velvet with foam underneath it. I accidentally cut some of the threads the were holding a section of the upper piece of leather on, so I had to re-sew that back on. Then I took a permanent marker and the sheepskin disk, laid it under the grackle how it would lay when finished and traced the size of the grackle's center onto the leather of the sheepskin with the marker. I then carefully cut along the line from the back using a very sharp knife (I would have used a razor blade if I had one on hand) and then trimmed up the messy edges with scissors. I compared it to the center piece to see if it looked tidy and cleaned it up some more. Then applied a generous helping of Gorilla Glue and set it under one of the legs of my heavy chairs to "clamp" it. It's currently drying, but I think it's going to come out nicely. I'll post a picture or two once it's set.
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    04-26-2013, 12:06 PM
Ok it's finished and I'm happy with it. Hopeful this is useful to someone who wants to do the same thing or just needs to replace their sheepskin. If you're wondering where I got the disk from, I got it off ebay from a seller called happytack. Sheepskin was about $9 shipped so not bad. I'm sure you can find the disk elsewhere its a brand name, CSO, I've included a picture of the logo to help anyone who might need it find it.


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    04-26-2013, 12:38 PM
Nice job. I really cheaped out when I did the same thing, I bought a faux sheepskin wash mitt in a discount store, cut out a disc, theln the puppy killed the rest of it, a whole of $1.99.

I didn't know you could buy the discs, sounds like a far better idea. LOL, I clamped mine under the chair to dry as well
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