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Full size leather skull 1 by GriffinLeather Full size leather skull 1 by GriffinLeather
Here is the end result of the 3D leather skull project. Part of the Stolen Souls Armor project.
The skull was cast in leather. I went for a front and a back cast so I could combine them into a box or a purse. I donít know squat about purses so I decided to not place a handle on the skull until the wife and her friends educate me on that.
I did use resin and fiberglass to add strength on the inside for durability. Hand saddle stitching is used as well and a limited amount of machine stitching.
For the first try I was pleased to get the undercuts and high reliefís I got. And the detail on the back of the skull as well.
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:iconinfidelurbantactical:
InfidelUrbanTactical Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
What a cool idea.
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:icongriffinleather:
GriffinLeather Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013
Thank you.
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:iconbrunoski:
BRUNOSKI Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012
would you be willing to tell me how you get the leather to keep its shape ,is it a sugar and water base paste for shaping?
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:icongriffinleather:
GriffinLeather Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012
Its a process that took months to develop. And its one of those trade secrets.
I have not heard of sugar and water to form leather.
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:iconmrself13:
mrself13 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012   Digital Artist
Where am i able to buy this item ?
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:icongriffinleather:
GriffinLeather Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012
I sell them on Etsy when I has surplus available. But right now I am taking orders and shipping in about 4 weeks, and have a notify when available list as well. You can email me at BGandAssoc@yahoo.com if you are interested.
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dugbud62 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Did you steam set this.? very nicely done.
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:icondugbud62:
dugbud62 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Did you steam set this .? Is very nicely done.
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:icongriffinleather:
GriffinLeather Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012
Thank you. No I did not use steam.
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:icondugbud62:
dugbud62 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
A friend of my does a bit of leather shaping that way. It is haphazard.
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:icongriffinleather:
GriffinLeather Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012
I have heard of it. And steam is another way to do it as well. But I developed another method. But like all of the methods, its time consuming at best.
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:icondugbud62:
dugbud62 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes I run into that same wall. With my experiments in primitive methods, it can really stack up the hr.s
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Skinz-N-Hydez Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
These are awesome man! Good work. Nice to see you got all the little crooks and crannies. That much more detail really makes it that much better hey! Is this done with rawhide or a very thin veggi tanned?
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:icongriffinleather:
GriffinLeather Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012
Thank you. Glad to hear you like it.

It is done with a thinner vegatable tan leather. But I put it through a process prior to forming. It goes through a curing stage and gets quite firm and keeps its shape. Was a real pain to develop and a pain to work with but the results are quite rewarding.
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Skinz-N-Hydez Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Goodd idea on the resin too!
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:iconandroid3000:
Android3000 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Hobbyist
Oh, sweet!
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:icongriffinleather:
GriffinLeather Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011
Thank you. Im glad you like it.
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fatih35 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011
excellent..very cool work
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:icongriffinleather:
GriffinLeather Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011
Thank you.
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:iconmarcusstratus:
Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
brilliant job of detail and getting it to take such shape! What do you mean by "casting"? do you mean pushing the leather into a negative form?
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:icongriffinleather:
GriffinLeather Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011
Thanks. By casting I refer to the process that changes the leather into a limp form. Much like flesh taken from the animal before it is tanned. Its will not hold a shape of any kind and is very maliable. So for lack of a better word I refer to this step as casting.
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
I figured it was something like that.
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:icondans-design:
Dans-Design Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Very clever, I never knew this sort of thing was possible. :clap:
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:icongriffinleather:
GriffinLeather Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011
Thank you. Actually I only know of one other person that could do this with leather and he passed away in april. But his workshop (Bob Basset) still lives on. Google it and check it out. Really cool work.
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FrockTarts Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
BOB BASSET IS DEAD? :O Man..... :( I was wondering why there were no more posts in the Steampunk LJ group. :(
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:icongriffinleather:
GriffinLeather Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011
Actually Oleg Petrov is the name of the artist that died. He started a group of artists called Bob Basset. He was the THE guy. There is no Bob Basset. Bob was Oleg Petrovs dog that was a basset hound that died quite a few years ago and it became an inside joke to refer to the work group as Bob Basset.
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FrockTarts Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Heh, never knew that... Just new that a LJ user with the name "Bob Basset" always posted stuff that made me wish I was bloody rich enough to afford it. Still sad to hear. :(
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:icongriffinleather:
GriffinLeather Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011
What group are you talking about?
Tom Banwell contacted me through facebook after he found out.
He was, as Tom said, one of the great ones. And I agree.
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:iconfrocktarts:
FrockTarts Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
SteamFashion on LiveJournal. It's kinda dead now, was popular for a bit there.
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:icongriffinleather:
GriffinLeather Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011
I am always looking for press if I can get it. Being that this is what I do for a living its like having 2 jobs.
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Red-Dragon-Lord Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011
This turned out most excellent!
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:icongriffinleather:
GriffinLeather Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011
Thanks bro.
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:iconarchanejil:
Archanejil Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011
good grief! That's an incredibly interesting piece and very different. Gosh!
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:icongriffinleather:
GriffinLeather Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011
Thank you. I intend on using the same technique for other leather items. This was just a starting point.
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:icondanaan-dewyk:
danaan-dewyk Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011
woah, that;s kind of intense. nice work!
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:icongriffinleather:
GriffinLeather Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011
Thank you. Glad you liked it.
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:iconlabyrinthcreations:
LabyrinthCreations Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011
incredible! :faint:
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:icongriffinleather:
GriffinLeather Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011
Thank you my friend.
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:iconlabyrinthcreations:
LabyrinthCreations Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011
most welcome--always love looking at your work!
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DarkRiderDLMC Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011
:clap:
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:iconkenniewolf:
kenniewolf Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
EPIC!!
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:icongriffinleather:
GriffinLeather Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011
Thank you
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:iconkenniewolf:
kenniewolf Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
your welcome
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Malevolancy Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011
Second thought also to make the side stitching a bit more stylized you could make the two seams like metal bolted rings and the latch the lock.
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Malevolancy Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011
I personally would recommend a stretch fabric on the inner sides of the skull halves at the seam so when it opens the stuff does not fall out the sides. This would also make it so that it will pull itself together a little when you need it to close. Great work btw
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:icongriffinleather:
GriffinLeather Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011
Thank you for the suggestions. I do need to add sides to it somehow.
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:iconmalevolancy:
Malevolancy Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011
My pleasure. I get joy just from seeing good art like this completed.
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:icongriffinleather:
GriffinLeather Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011
Very kind of you. Thank you.
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:icondrifting-damage:
Drifting-Damage Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011  Student
Wow. I Didn't even know you could cast in leather. Great result!
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:icongriffinleather:
GriffinLeather Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011
Well, I call it casting for lack of a better word. Its not really wet forming so casting or sculpting is what I refer to is as.
And thank you.
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