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Unread 11-02-2017, 03:07 PM   #1
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Raised details on faux leather

I'm trying to make some armour which includes raised detailing on leather. I've tried hot glue but it peels off pretty easily. Is there any way to make hot glue stick better, or a different method that would work? I've already made (and poured a fair bit of money) into the armour so I cant switch material on the armour side of things.
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Unread 11-02-2017, 03:46 PM   #2
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I've been there, if you can only use hot glue I'd recommend scoring the leather. If you can use another glue, use contact cement it'll work perfectly. Just be careful tho contact cement is toxic so do it outside and wear a mask.
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I've been there, if you can only use hot glue I'd recommend scoring the leather. If you can use another glue, use contact cement it'll work perfectly. Just be careful tho contact cement is toxic so do it outside and wear a mask.
Thank you! One thing, by scoring the leather do you mean removing the plastic layer on the areas I'm gluing or have I missed the point entirely?
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What kind of faux leather and what kind of details are you trying to do?

If it's something like metal rivets or something...those exist. If it's a surface treatment, there may be other easy options.

But if it's something that, in real leather, would be made by either stamping into the leather or wet-forming the leather over an embossing mold, that's entirely different.
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Thank you! One thing, by scoring the leather do you mean removing the plastic layer on the areas I'm gluing or have I missed the point entirely?
No, scoring is basically just cutting a cross-hatching pattern into the area you are going to glue. Don't cut all the way through, just cut through the surface layer. Basically after you cut it, if you fold it the mesh material underneath will be visible.
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