There is usually lots of interest when the list
discusses the use of fur and I read this at the Lochac
list and thought it may be of use. Forwarded with
permission of Mistress Madelaine de Bourgogne, OL,
--- lenehan <lenehan@...
> wrote: > From:
> To: <lochac@...>
> Subject: Re: [lochac] Working with Fur
> Date: Fri, 4 May 2001 09:05:26 +1000
> Reply-to: lochac@...
> Hi Jan.
> re your interest in hearing from others who work
> with fur, i've done some in
> the past. Firstly if you are using 2nd-hand fur, be
> mindful that the skins
> tear easily and may be brittle. Also be aware that
> you don't know what
> these furs have been exposed to in the past, so
> getting a furrier or
> specialist dry-cleaner to clean them for you may be
> an advantage.
> The reason for caution is because when I worked with
> it, nomatter how
> careful I was not to cut the fur itself, dust
> particles and really fine
> under-fur got into the air and into my lungs. I
> used a particle dust mask
> after my first breath of it.
> WHen it's time to work on the fur, put on a
> disposable particle mask (a good
> one), and take the garment lining and interfacing
> off carefully, to expose
> the skin side of the fur. Using a really sharp fine
> blade such as a
> surgeon's knife with disposable single blades
> (available in all good art
> supply shops), cut the skin rather than the fur to
> the desired shape. If
> you need to use a paper pattern, cut one out in
> ordinary paper and trace the
> shape onto the fur with a paint brush and some
> acrylic paint. Then take the
> pattern away and cut out the shape inside the paint
> Sometimes you may cut across where two skins have
> been sewn together. A
> little wax will stop the seam from undoing itself.
> If you wish to separate
> all the skins from each other, there will be greater
> risk from tearing, and
> there will be a lot of loose fur in the air. Do it
> outside for everyone
> else's health.
> Always use a fine 'leather' sewing needle (they make
> them for sewing
> machines) that will slice through rather than punch
> through. When I trimmed
> a dress with fur, I sewed the fur to a separate
> lining and then sewed the
> lining onto the dress. This meant I could wash the
> dress occasionally
> because I could unpick and resew the trim at will.
> Only ever sew leather or
> fur once. Unlike material, the sewing holes in
> leather & fur don't close
> up, so it you make two rows of sewing holes too
> close, you actually cut the
> leather like pin-pricking we used to do in
> kindergarten. My advice nowdays
> is to experiment with glueing the leather-side of
> fur to some felt and then
> sewing the felt as if it was lining. No idea about
> what exact glue to use,
> except it should be compatible with leather.
> Remember that all fur has been chemically treated in
> some stage of
> preparation for garmenture, so be aware that those
> same chemicals will go up
> your nose along with dust and fur particles if you
> don't wear a mask.
> Hope this has been usefull.
> Madelaine de Bourgogne OL
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