Custom made for Gary in Ontario - Canada
The scales are hand cut in a 1 mm thick vegetable tanned cowhide, they were first dyed then airbrushed around the edges. I then stitched them to a 1 mm thick backing leather strip. This was inserted in the main part of the strap, a 1.5 mm vegetable tanned cowhide dyed dark brown and stitched right around with a braided waxed thread as used by boot makers and saddlers. The cross is a plug of thicker leather covered with snake skin ( I am not sure which kind of snake it is ) I bought a box of mixed snake skins from an old man a while ago now, he used to make exotic leather handbags in Austria when those things were in high fashion. Could be Python but I'm really not sure .

The strap was lined with a thick suede ( cowhide ) then the all lot was laced with Kangaroo leather, the best thin leather in the world for lacing due to its tight grain. The edge braiding is called a Spanish edge lacing. The button holes are reinforced with Kangaroo leather underneath and the buckle ( a solid brass buckle ) is also covered in Kangaroo leather which I airbrushed 2 tones.
Every piece of dyed leather has been sealed twice for good measure with a leather sealer and then a top coat of finishing varnish.
Well that's about it I think.

Gary's Comment
A Woman on top of her business! It is so nice to see that someone truly cares about their product and how they serve their customers. I am grateful for people such as yourself. Prompt, courteous and results! You Go Girl!
I shall await patiently.
Thank you Chantal

Strap Arrive in yesterday's mail. Thank you so much. I know I will be the envy of the others on stage.

length 48 "to 55", width 3 " at shoulder

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