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    Another sporran makeover project

    As usual I'm taking inspiration from sporrans seen in vintage catalogues (top row, far left) and in surviving old sporrans I've come across on the internet (top row, second left).

    I bought a Pakistani sporran on Etsy (top row, far right) because it was an inexpensive way to get a reproduction London Scottish officers/Pipe Major's cantle. I've always loved their cantle design. Oddly, though the Pakistani sporran was clearly a replica of a London Scottish sporran the seller didn't mention it in his listing (or indeed might not have been aware of it).

    A sketch (top row, second right) blends these various things.

    Also on Etsy I got a rabbit pelt printed to resemble a Lipi Kat pelt (2nd row, left, with the weathered cantle).

    I cut the various leather bits including using Pinking Shears to cut the leather liner gasket, which I'd not done before (2nd row centre). Then I weathered the leather (2nd row, right).

    I had to figure out the strap arrangement and attach the straps to the leather liner gasket (3rd row, left) copying the sporran seen at top left. Then it was attaching everything together (3rd row centre and right).

    Bottom row shows the finished thing.

    I don't think that strap arrangement would work with thick fluffy fur, the short flat hair of the rabbit pelt is perfect.

    Last edited by OC Richard; 9th February 24 at 07:39 AM.
    Proud Mountaineer from the Highlands of West Virginia; son of the Revolution and Civil War; first Europeans on the Guyandotte

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    Well done, Richard!
    Allen Sinclair, FSA Scot
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    Nice job. Love it!

    Frank
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    Very nice!
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    Gorgeous! You could start selling some of these sporrans and have a nice flow of income in your new retirement!

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    Wow! Impressive!

    Do you mind sharing the Etsy seller? I might like to try my hand at something like this.

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    Thanks!!

    About the rabbit pelt printed in Lippikat aka Lipi Cat is here https://www.etsy.com/listing/4882068...search_click=1

    About the Pakistani "pipers sporran" I see that the seller isn't on Etsy anymore.

    The shop was called Elinebay and the guy was a bit shady.

    I left a pretty bad review due to him taking forever to ship it to me.

    When the sporran finally arrived one of the knobs was missing. Most of the knobs were loose and there was a hole in the flimsy box that the errant knob had probably escaped through. I contacted him and he promised to send another knob, which he never did.

    Luckily I had a close-enough knob from a different Pakistani cantle that I could use. (It's why the middle knob doesn't quite match the others.)

    Here's the new sporran being worn. (The kilt is Grey Stewart by Marton Mills.)

    Last edited by OC Richard; 14th February 24 at 05:35 AM.
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