Check out the new flask holster:
The same camp mate from our GSC who supplied the color copies for the banners that I shared in the last post about Flipside, a regional burn in Texas, also decided to gift our
camp members each their own hip flasks. When he mentioned his plan to me, I thought it was a great idea. Sounded fitting. I mean, we're gonna need something to transport our personal supply of the multitude of yummy liquor concoctions around with us while off adventuring. But, he almost nixed the idea when it was found to be too costly to have the flasks engraved or otherwise personalized for the camp.
I thought...hmmm...the Mod Podge transferring was so much
fun. Let's try some flask holsters with some smaller images on the front! Working with what I had on hand, a couple more color copies and a little help from the family we assembled 25 of these, which cost about $1 each in supplies to make. After punching lots of hole; attaching a few strips
of elastic band with a
handful of rivets, staining with shoe polish; and sewing the backs on,
we have these:
wear it, the holster slides onto a belt through the slits on the back. The flask slips in/out pretty easily when needed. Though, when
these were passed out at camp, I noticed that many of our camp mates
have exceptionally wide belts that they ended up just sliding between
the flask and leather backing of the holster. One member even slipped
her phone in front of the flask. Cleverly inventive gypsies!
I went through a few different prototypes before I was satisfied. My
original design was all one piece folded around the bottom of the flask
with lacing on the sides. I'd also intended to use some scrap canvas instead of the leather as you can see the start of here:
But, the leather and elastic
looked and functioned much better. And, surprisingly, the image
transferred much cleaner, too. The transferred image seems to be staying on the leather quite well. I
made a sample and put it through some abuse with water and stretching.
It held up great. But, we'll have to wait and see how well they hold up
over time and heavy use. But, they seem like they'll do just fine. Who knew transferring with Mod Podge
actually worked really well on
leather! How cool!
The best part was that our camp members seemed very please with their gifts. And that made me a "happy camper". :) Next up, I should be posting about making your own inexpensive goggles out of stuff from around the house. Should be interesting to the DIY steampunk'er in some of us, I hope.
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