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post #1 of 8 Old 12-07-2011, 11:52 AM Thread Starter
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Question Making Custom Tack - Help?

I have decided that instead of spending tons of money on a custom tack set (bridle and brestcollar) I am going to try to make my own. I already have the set I am wanting to customize. It is just a plain harness leather bridle and brestcollar of an unknown brand. We picked it up from an auction years ago for dirt cheap. I figure that if I am going to be trying this for the first time I might as well be using inexpensive tack just in case. I am wanting to replace the buckles on the bridle and add a few conchos/rhinestones to both. I have a few questions first.

1) What kind of conchos are best to use? Ones with chicago screws or glue-on? Which ones last longer?
2) Where can I find some nice conchos with some bling on them?
3) Is it possible to change out the buckles on a bridle? There are two sets of buckles. One set of two is held on with chicago screws, the other is by a removeable piece of leather.
4) Do you just use a leather hole punch to put on conchos with chicago screws? If not, what else do I need to do to make it work?


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post #2 of 8 Old 12-07-2011, 12:11 PM
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I can't answer your questions, but I'd love to see your finished tack!
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post #3 of 8 Old 12-07-2011, 01:20 PM
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Personally I wouldn't go with glue. I've seen/have pieces coming off in no time (not sure the glue was bad or not enough or what).

As for conchos I think I've seen someone is selling them in "Classifieds" section here. Swarovski Crystal Rhinestones Conchos and Necklaces! I think. May be you can contact about custom order?

I'll be curious to see the final product too!

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post #4 of 8 Old 12-07-2011, 03:09 PM
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Conchos - Zack White Leather Company

They will have everything you need. There are all different ways to attach doodads and conchos, screws, slots, rivits, this store has all the hardware and tools you could possibly want.
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post #5 of 8 Old 12-07-2011, 05:03 PM
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Tandy Leather Company has a lot of conchos and buckles, too. Also, if you're buying in bulk.

Get the hole-punch, Chicago screw kind. You can buy Swarovski crystals to put on them, very easily. A lot of people use E-6000 glue with good results, but I've always preferred epoxy....unfortunately, I don't know why kind my industrial-grade stuff is, or where to buy it commercially. Buckles can be changed out, too, but depending on how yours are put on you may have to get creative. If they're sewed or riveted on, you'll just have to destroy that and replace the stitching with a Chicago screw.
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post #6 of 8 Old 12-07-2011, 05:05 PM
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Crystal concho + concho back + Swarovski crystals.
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post #7 of 8 Old 12-07-2011, 07:28 PM
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Its very do-able and not all that difficult, once you get the right equipment. Use the screws, not glue. Glue doesn't hold up over time and can be affected by the coatings or cleaning products on the leather. A leather hole punch will do the trick for punching the holes.

You can get conchos and crystals from lots of retailers -just google it.
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post #8 of 8 Old 12-11-2011, 07:08 PM
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i am attempting the same thing as you are and I bought my conchos (scew back) and cryatals at

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