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post #16 of 38
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I got the leather from this guy: http://myworld.ebay.ca/rolipel/

 

Get lambskin around 0.6mm in thickness like this: http://cgi.ebay.ca/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=200401651040&ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT

 

You should also be able to find leather like this locally wherever you are as well at a leather shop. Just look for garment quality leather and make sure it has a decent amount of stretch to it.


dang, I accidentally ordered from the wrong guy. Oh well, I'm just doing it for looks anyway, I've got an HD580 band on the way (if I ever get around to ordering it)

post #17 of 38
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Just wanted to post up some pics of the headphones I just finished customizing for my girls christmas present. I got a lot of inspiration from others on this site.

 

They're Alessandro MS1's. The headband is made from lambskin that I got from a guy in italy on ebay. The cables are custom sheathed with techflex and I'm just waiting for a viablue plug to finish it off.

 

Anyway here's the pics...starting with my mess lol

 

mess.jpg

 

I didn't think to take pics until after I did the embossing but it was done by cutting a the headband shape from very thin sheet plastic and then gluing a layer of 2mm dense felt to that. I then printed off a template for the headband lettering "HBOMB"(her nickname), taped it in place and trimmed out the felt where the letters where. contact cemented the leather in place working it down into the indents and then put the cut out pieces of felt back in place on top of the leather and put a weight on the whole thing for an hour. Here's the end result being test fit...

 

embossing.jpg

 

Next up was the inner headband padding. I wanted to go for something a little vintage looking to match the MS1's so decided on a ribbed pad. The foam was built up first with three sheets of self adhesive foam from michaels. the top most layer is slightly smaller to give the ribs an angled side when done.

 

inner.jpg

 

I then contact cemented the leather and the foam. once it tacked up I worked my way from one end forming the leather to the contours as I went using the back of a butter knife with a straight edge.

 

wrapping.jpg

 

I then trimmed the excess leather leaving enough to wrap over the back edge.

 

Here is the finished pad, cushy and breathable ;)

 

wrapped.jpg

 

 

And last of all the completed shots.

 

finished.jpg

 

finished_2.jpg

 

I almost don't want to give them away any more. lol



 

great! man i just love that... maybe you can start selling bands for the grado lovers and wants it personalized... been looking for nice headband cushion for mine since last week. glad i saw yours.. please pm me if you think you can do another one with red and sell it to me. thanks


Edited by noinoi24 - 12/23/10 at 12:06pm
post #18 of 38

that is one nice looking headband

post #19 of 38

how did you make it yellow?

post #20 of 38

It came that way.

 

And on that note, I'll be having fun learning to sew leather soon...anyone know how to cut memory foam using something other than an electric knife?


Edited by Ishcabible - 12/23/10 at 10:18am
post #21 of 38

A suggestion to the OP. If you want to go full on with the yellow, you should order some HD414 pads and maybe paint the grill yellow as well. bigsmile_face.gif Although I must say, you did a GREAT job on that headband

post #22 of 38
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A suggestion to the OP. If you want to go full on with the yellow, you should order some HD414 pads and maybe paint the grill yellow as well. bigsmile_face.gif Although I must say, you did a GREAT job on that headband



Overkill, just IMHO. :) Looks beautiful right now.

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A suggestion to the OP. If you want to go full on with the yellow, you should order some HD414 pads and maybe paint the grill yellow as well. bigsmile_face.gif Although I must say, you did a GREAT job on that headband



Overkill, just IMHO. :) Looks beautiful right now.


I don't think so. I think it'd look sweet.

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Originally Posted by BobSaysHi View Post

A suggestion to the OP. If you want to go full on with the yellow, you should order some HD414 pads and maybe paint the grill yellow as well. bigsmile_face.gif Although I must say, you did a GREAT job on that headband



Overkill, just IMHO. :) Looks beautiful right now.


I don't think so. I think it'd look sweet.


Might as well have gone the whole 9 yards and made yellowheart wood cups!

 

yellowheart.jpg

post #25 of 38

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My old beat up pair. yellow grills and pads = more better

post #26 of 38


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I didn't think to take pics until after I did the embossing but it was done by cutting a the headband shape from very thin sheet plastic and then gluing a layer of 2mm dense felt to that. I then printed off a template for the headband lettering "HBOMB"(her nickname), taped it in place and trimmed out the felt where the letters where. contact cemented the leather in place working it down into the indents and then put the cut out pieces of felt back in place on top of the leather and put a weight on the whole thing for an hour.


Ingenious, I will follow your footsteps sometime! darthsmile.gif

 

Great result too of course!

 

Two questions though if you don't mind. Probably because I'm not a native speaker: what's the difference between "contact cement" and "superglue"? I feel like they're not the same thing when reading this forum. And did you glue the original metal stripe to the plastic?

post #27 of 38
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Originally Posted by blend View Post

I didn't think to take pics until after I did the embossing but it was done by cutting a the headband shape from very thin sheet plastic and then gluing a layer of 2mm dense felt to that. I then printed off a template for the headband lettering "HBOMB"(her nickname), taped it in place and trimmed out the felt where the letters where. contact cemented the leather in place working it down into the indents and then put the cut out pieces of felt back in place on top of the leather and put a weight on the whole thing for an hour.


Ingenious, I will follow your footsteps sometime! darthsmile.gif

 

Great result too of course!

 

Two questions though if you don't mind. Probably because I'm not a native speaker: what's the difference between "contact cement" and "superglue"? I feel like they're not the same thing when reading this forum. And did you glue the original metal stripe to the plastic?



no difference, CA, super glue, contact cement

post #28 of 38
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no difference, CA, super glue, contact cement



 



I do not believe that is true. Contact cement has a longer working time and remains flexible after curing while super glue (ethel cyanoacrylate or acrylic resin) sets almost instantly and remains hard and inflexible. The strength and longevity of the joint is also different (super glue being more permanent structurally).
post #29 of 38

well I know where my money is going for the next few paychecks......mind if I ripoff the yellow and black, it just looks godlike. 

post #30 of 38

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excellent work on he headband!

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