StacySmith
StacySmith

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Location: New Orleans, For now
Member Since: 6th Apr 2006
Total posts: 9
Posted:I'm making a simple set of fire fingers, with leather straps, (fitted with a clip so they don't slip off) But the leather is still really stretchy. Is there something I can do to it to get it to tighten up? (the leather...)

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UCOF
UCOF

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Member Since: 17th Apr 2002
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Posted:Dry it in an oven?

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simian
simian

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Member Since: 11th Oct 2002
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Posted:Soaking the leather in water and then baking it should make it shrink, and get harder. I'm pretty sure that anything which makes the leather shrink would make it harder and less flexible too, which may not be what you want.

How much it will be affected at different temperatures is dependent on the leather.

Can't you just make the straps shorter?


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maus
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Location: Sihanoukville, cambodia
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Posted:For my fingers i made a spiral out of wire to fit snuggly around the fingertip,then put the leather over the top,
Soaked it in warm salt water then blow dried it.

Bit long winded i know but worked for me!

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Ade
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Location: australia
Member Since: 14th Mar 2001
Total posts: 1897
Posted:if you can find bits of wood similar to the thickness of your fingers, you can wet the leather and attach the leather to the wood to size it.

I'm not sure that I'd put it in the oven - have never tried that myself - I would just pop it in a spot to dry naturally. The leather should shrink down from there...

...but I have to ask - why is the leather stretchy in the first place? and how would this work on a set of fire fingers - will they be loose and prone to falling off shrug


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Fire Bunny
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Posted:o thats a good point hay.

when i made my fingers i got brass tube, and some thinish number 8 fencing wire. i just twisted the wire to fit my fingers and then put the wire up the brass tube. worked really well smile


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Posted:Good old #8 fencing wire, you can do anything with it. Kiwi Ingenuity at its peak eh?

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Gnor
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Posted:Maybe use less strtchy leather and soften it with hot water to make it pliable then put it where you want and let it dry.

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