Rivets vs Handsewing on Browbands

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    04-02-2012, 07:00 PM
Rivets vs Handsewing on Browbands

Would it be safe to use rivets instead of hand sewing when making a leather browband???
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    04-02-2012, 07:16 PM
I would hand sew it. Metal rivets would get to hot in the summer months and may make you horse uncomfortable.
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    04-02-2012, 07:33 PM
Thank you !
    04-02-2012, 08:05 PM
I'd lean towards hand sewing it aswell but if you don't have the tools or the time a rivet on each side would be ok (just make sure the smooth part of the rivet (top part, dome shape) is the part that will be touching your horses head...not real attractive to look at the back of a rivet when it's on your horse but it won't irritate their head).
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    04-02-2012, 08:29 PM
Thank You... your advice is appreciated... and well taken!!!
    04-02-2012, 09:00 PM
I also have tried nylon webbing such as the kind used for dog leashes would this wear well as a backing for beadwork? It is easier to sew, and strong, but I don't know if it is "thick" enough have a nice seating on the brow??? Any thoughts or suggestions are more than welcome.
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    04-03-2012, 08:34 AM
The browbands should be backed with latigo leather which is sweat resistant. Try various thicknesses of small scraps to see what works best. Deer hide is one of the few leathers that can be soaking wet, retain it's shape and remain flexible when dry. With the latigo the smooth side would go next to the horse. You need to get an awl to push holes thro the leather. There is also a small tool that will mark out even holes for stitching. If you go with latigo, the two-needle technique is the only way to hand stitch leather. The technique is on you tube. If you can't find it, email me.
    04-03-2012, 10:14 AM
Thank you so very much... I found a link on Youtube and it was very helpful, as were your comments. Have a wonderful day... I appreciate your input!!!
    04-03-2012, 11:04 AM
As others have said, handstitching gives the best result...provided you have the equipment. Trying to even running-stitch - tidily - through two pieces of leather without awl and clam is hopeless. Trust me - I've tried it.

A two-piece dome-headed rivet is easy to fix (with the punch and die), stays smooth and shouldn't burn the horse, assuming the browband loops around the headstall. The extra thickness there tends to stop the rivet pressing against the horse's temple.

Have fun!
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    04-03-2012, 12:04 PM
Again, Thanks everyone.. the feedback is priceless... I have just started trying to tackle the leather, and you are saving me so much needless trial and error. Hopefully I can invest in some better equipment before I try to venture any further. I will be investigating Youtube a bit more... and keeping posted here. Enjoy your day and I appreciate you all taking the time to respond... LAK

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