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post #21 of 33 Old 05-14-2013, 08:05 PM
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Stripping the saddle is the easy part. It's putting it back together and hoping everything fits again.
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post #22 of 33 Old 05-15-2013, 02:22 PM Thread Starter
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Its just putting them in the exact same spot, and doing the layers correct. The only thing that might change a little is the seat. But it's leather and can be worked into submission.
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post #23 of 33 Old 05-23-2013, 11:01 PM Thread Starter
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Seat is glued and stapled and ready to sew! Wheew... It was hard to not have wrinkles!!

FYI- Black leather bled to heavily.
Might dilute to accomplish a slightly darker brown.
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post #25 of 33 Old 06-01-2013, 06:34 PM Thread Starter
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New project!

OK! I got this thirsty, thirsty, paint covered saddle with ruined front rigging. Here's my progress on it so far. 3 days worth.
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post #26 of 33 Old 06-01-2013, 06:38 PM Thread Starter
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Stripped, dyed, and re-sealed with natural sealant (so there would be no bleed). Added new strings, and replaced 1 side of front rigging. New pieces of leather and hand sewn all around with fasteners through 3 layers of skirting.

Still have to do the other side and patch up a bit of the fleece on the underside, and re-shape and rid of the squeaky leather... And find/purchase a pair of stirrups.
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What type of fasteners did you use on the rigging? Most use copper so it doesn't react with and rot the leather like steel will. What was your choice of sealant to contain the black dye? I'd like to try it on a headstall. Always game to try new products.
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What type of fasteners did you use on the rigging? Most use copper so it doesn't react with and rot the leather like steel will. What was your choice of sealant to contain the black dye? I'd like to try it on a headstall. Always game to try new products.
I used an inset bolt w/ a screw head. The bottom Is ground smooth. The person who assembled this saddle prior didn't use copper, and it was a disaster! The leather was all rotted away. And I am using a blue coated bolt. I used a Eco Leather Finish From Tandy Leather CO. Works great, super flexible. Nothing like a Sheen Lacquer.
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post #29 of 33 Old 07-23-2013, 12:56 AM Thread Starter
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Got her done!

Finished the saddle today!
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nice work! how did you learn to do all this?

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