Friday, June 27, 2014

Christopher’s Leather Care Tips

I get asked from time to time about the best way to care for leather gear. Here are a few things I've picked up over the years: 

Leather items can last for decades if properly cared for. Age and use can bring out leather’s natural patina, making it more beautiful. It should fit you better too, as it will stretch to conform to your shape over time. 

Dry dust with a soft cloth or vacuum in crevices inside and out before cleaning or conditioning. 

No, I don't actually have my own branded suede brush!

The inside of your unlined leather item (with suede-like nap) can be brushed and cleaned with a brass-bristle suede brush. Follow up with a vacuum to suck up the little bits of nap that may brush off. 

Lexol Leather Cleaner: the orange bottle.

Use Lexol PH Leather Cleaner to spot clean if necessary before conditioning.

Lexol Leather Conditioner: the brown one.

Use a conditioner like Lexol Leather Conditioner every 6-12 months. Be sure to test it first on a hidden area first to make sure it doesn’t discolor the leather. I like to apply with a soft cloth, then buff with a clean soft cloth and finish with a horse hair brush. 

Horsehair brushes are great for the final buffed finish.

Don’t over condition! You don’t want to clog the pores of the leather, or make it sticky, which can happen if you apply too much or too frequently. 

Note that a conditioner may darken the appearance of the leather. You may want to test a small inconspicuous area first. 

Protect your leather from direct sunlight, which can dry it out and make it fade over time. 

Wipe up spills immediately as they occur with a clean soft cloth.

If necessary, use a lightly moistened soft cloth with lukewarm water to clean a spill. 

Let any damp leather air dry naturally before putting it away. Don’t put it near a heater to speed up drying, as it may result in hardening the leather. 

Do not use soap or heavily soak the leather with water. This may cause more damage than the stain itself.  

Avoid cleaning supplies or soaps, detergents, solvents or bleach. Don’t use furniture polish, oils, varnish, abrasive cleaners or ammonia water. 

Butter and leather don't go together!

Be careful with butter, oil or grease, which can stain leather. Wipe off with a clean cloth, and leave alone. The spot should dissipate after a short period of time. 

Use a chamois to buff out minor surface scratches. 

Store in a cool, dry well-ventilated place, never in a plastic bag! Leather needs to breathe, and can grow mold if kept in a plastic bag. 

A dust-bag can help keep your gear clean, but make sure it’s breathable, natural fiber. 

Avoid strong perfumes or cologne when wearing your leather, as it is porous and will absorb smells quite easily.

Follow these tips, and your leather should give you many years of enjoyment. 

Incredible Lockable Leather Suit from Overall Bound

I got an email a while ago from a gentleman (nom de perv: Overall Bound) who had an incredible custom-made bondage suit he had made for himself by a leather artisan. It had an integrated heavy hood which attached with a zipper, making it removable from the body, if desired. This bondage suit is fully leather lined, with smooth leather facing the inside throughout, including the hood. 

The blindfold and mouth zip can be locked in place. 

Pretty much every strap you see can be locked. 
As he mentions: "With the padlock in place on the arm strap, with the arms passed through the central hole and two lateral loops, there’s no way to get the arms free".
 The locking harness covers the rear lacing panel, and the collar (of course) locks on as well. 

There is a two-layered pouch at the crotch - one tight fitting with a hole for the penis, and a second lockable layer to cover everything up. 
"With the padlocks in place, even with the arms free you don’t get out of that suit. With everything one, and wearing boots (he has heavy leather lined boots to go with it too), it’s 100% total leather enclosure except for the two nostril holes". A man after my own heart. 

For the leather enclosure enthusiast, I would think this is kind of an ultimate trip! I wonder if he ever got anyone to take his picture while inside the suit?

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Red Armbinder and Hood from Restricted Senses

I've been going a bit nuts lately over the work being done by my friend over at Restricted Senses tumblr site. "Mr. X" has been exchanging emails with me about his projects, including some gear he's been making based on the patterns I've posted. 

He did a great job modifying the armbinder pattern to fit his shapely (and quite flexible) slavegirl. He also is taking and posting countless incredible sexy photos of said gear in use  and sharing with us (for free) because frankly he's just awesome.

I swear it makes me want to cry... In a good way! She's so pretty!!!

 My weakness for gorgeous tight-fitting leather gear on a willing and stunningly beautiful Asian model has never been so fully exploited. 

He did mention that he enjoys seeing the feedback, and really that isn't asking for much, is it? 

Dear Mr. X, Please keep up the amazing work, and know that you and your slave are making pervs everywhere very happy. We're not worthy...

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Drea Morgan photo sketch comparison

Looking back at the initial sketch I did for the Lew Rubens armbinder/collar combo, it's kind of cool to see the rough idea next to the final piece. Drea Morgan looks incredible in the outfit, but I'm already planning to push a bit further with a tighter-fitting version... I think she can handle it!

Monday, June 23, 2014

Karen Hsiao with pony hood

Karen Hsiao sent over this image a few weeks ago... I really love this photo. I'm sure I'm not the only one a bit jealous of her little pony. She has a show coming up in a couple of weeks that I'm really looking forward to. 

 She's been taking photos and making beautiful drawings... Invitation with information below, hope to see you there.