The tapered angle is facing upward in this picture and is applied with tapered edge against the switch collar.
As you complete the first coil around the hilt handle you should reach the end of your taper. Follow the angle created by the taper and continue wrapping the hilt.
Continue wrapping each coil around the hilt, working your way to the bottom. Be mindful that you have enough overlap with each coil to secure the edge of the previous coil. When your leather wrap makes contact with the bottom collar, pull the leather back and mark that spot with a sharpie. (SEE VIDEO BELOW ON DRY FITTING WRAP TO SEE THIS STEP)
Place your taper template on the leather wrap as seen in the picture below. The starting point of the taper angle should be placed at your Sharpie mark. Leaving the remainder of your template tapering down to the small point. (CUT AS SHOWN IN THIS PICTURE BELOW).
Once you have set your length and re-applied your taper angle, proceed with the final coil.
At this point you should only have the tip left. In this picture I have folded it over and secured it with a small piece of painter tape. This concludes the steps for dry fitting and getting your length correct.
HERE IS THE DRY FIT VIDEO
Your next step is to apply the wrap for real. For this your leather wrap needs something tacky to adhere to so it doesn't slide down or move around on your hilt.
Here are a few solutions:
APPLY HOCKEY TAPE TO YOUR HILT This tape is tacky and will give your leather something to adhere to.
3M ADHESIVE SPRAY Remember you only need enough to make your hilt tacky. Tape off the areas of your hilt that you want to protect from over spray. Give a light spray to the area you will be applying the wrap. Remove your paper and begin your wrapping.
ALL PURPOSE/UPHOLSTERY GLUE This can be the messiest solution so be careful or you'll have it on everything.(See video below. I use Upholstery glue). Use a Q-tip to apply to your hilt..and work a little at a time. Put down a little glue..wrap a few coils, put down glue..wrap a few coils.
All leather strip orders have been shipped. I have plenty more.
I have been cutting the last several orders to 48 inches(rather than 44 inches). This length may be more than you need for most projects, but I would much rather you have too much than to come up short. As always I'll include a cardboard template for the taper.
Last Edit: Sept 16, 2015 15:38:04 GMT -5 by defcon4
A copy of this video has been included in the wrapping tutorial above.
The main purpose for this video is to show how the taper should fall right into place at the end of the hilt.
So, please pardon my excessive use of this upholstery glue in the video. I normally don't apply this much because its not needed, But I was in a hurry to get it right. lol
It evaporates and absorbs quickly into the leather ..so not a problem. But it can be messy if your not careful. A cleaner option may be the Hockey tape application that Aaron teaches.(I need to try this)
For those who have adhesive on hand, just apply a few inches at a time and wrap.
Finish off the last tip of the taper with a dab of loc-tite.
Last Edit: May 27, 2017 12:11:13 GMT -5 by defcon4
ARKM: Happy birthday rblscm!
Aug 21, 2017 2:26:06 GMT -5
ARKM: Happy eclipsemageddon day! I live in Oregon within the path of totality. The sun should be fully eclipsed here at 10:19am PDT.
Aug 21, 2017 11:06:09 GMT -5
ARKM: If I don't get super powers from this, I'm going to be very disappointed. Crap! I'm going to be very disappointed.
Aug 21, 2017 11:07:11 GMT -5
ARKM: The eclipse was cool. It got really dark during totality. I don't think I got any super powers though... wait. I may have x-ray vision... I can see through my retina.
Aug 21, 2017 12:52:12 GMT -5