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Knifemaking - Generic Leather Sheaths
A basic explanation on how to make leather sheaths for different objects.

Sheaths Details:
-For a digital camera.
-For a small sword (decorated)

Sheath making process
If I can't press the actual item or I know I'm going to make several sheaths for the same kind of item (lighters for example), I make a mold out of wood. In this case I make the outer parts fixed, but you can have that adjustable and just make the inner part. (Picture 1)

After you have the proper mold, you have to wet the leather with water or alcohol, so it can take the exact desired shape, place it on the mold and then press it till it dries. (Pictures 2 and 3)

Once it's dry, you can take it out of the mold and just sew he other half of it. (Pictures 5 and 6)

You can add the desired method of closing and choose a color to dye it and later polish it.

You can also add materials on the mold to add textures on the leather.

To make a sheath for a knife, I make an exact copy of the knife in wood, as I don't want to scratch the blade. Then I make a female version of it and cut some window shielding steel plates to place there and mark the designs into the leather. After I have that I glue the metal to the inferior layer of wood and place the knife mock up into place to confirm the fit. (Pictures 7 and 8)
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After that, I place the wet leather sheet between the knife mock up and the windows shielding plate. (Picture 9)

Next step is to make a nice sandwich with that and press it until the leather dries. (Picture 10)

Once it dries up, you get are ready to cut this half of the sheath to sew it into the other one. (Picture 11)
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Finished Sheaths
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