This is something I can do myself?? Here I thought it was this big long complicated process that I was going to have to pay an arm and a leg for.
Maybe I'll find me an old cheap-o on Ebay
to practice on first. I know my mom did that with my old Bona Allen that I used as a show saddle when I was a kid. We couldn't afford a flashy show saddle so she "made" me one. She doesn't remember what all she did to it, though. I actually have it in my basement...er...tackroom (lol) right now even though it doesn't fit my horse. It looks brand new even though it's a 1937. It's all still shiny and she put a lot of silver conchos on it.
If I wanted to put a clear finish on it, would that help it not to fade or rub off and what do you use? A friend of mine just had her Circle Y professionally done recently and the black is already coming off the fenders. I'd hate for the black to start coming off all over.