All designers aspire to make a statement with their unique designs. That’s why they are always on the lookout for something uncommon to work with. You may be a starter but must have heard or seen (or may have experienced) the exquisiteness of snakeskin. Very few design patterns can beat the patterning of a snakeskin. They are so visually compelling, that anyone wearing it will be identifiable from a distance.
While working with a snakeskin, you must be aware of the different variety of skins available for you to choose from. They are delicate and beautiful leathers, and you must know which skin will work well for making a product. Usually, snakeskin leather is derived from snakes like –
- Python (Burmese, Diamond, Short-Tail)
- Sea snake
- Karung Snake
Depending on the species of the snake, the properties of the leather vary. These variations (like the pattering and the utility) need to be taken into consideration while selecting the leather. They share common attributes too. They have a greater length than the width and are highly flexible.
The deciding factors for selecting the perfect skin for your snakeskin project (making a hatband)
- The panel sizes
When you undertake projects like making handbags or totes, the first thing you will require to note down is the size of the panels that need filling. You do have the option of stitching more than one hide together, but you will not get a uniform finish. Choose leather that is big enough to cover a panel with a single snakeskin.
But a hatband is a small item. Thus, creating a hatband out of a snakeskin does not require much planning. It’s a long and thin object having 1 inch to 1.5 inches of width. The length will depend on the circumference of your crown.
- Scale pattern
The distinctive pattern on the snakeskin makes it all the more enticing to the designers. The panel length of your item may not be the designers’ preference if it’s the pattern they are after. If the main idea behind the project is to use a particular snakeskin scale, then the length or the best fit is not taken into consideration. Different species have their own combinations of shape, size, and color of their scales. This distinctive feature makes snake leather unique and attractive.
For making hatbands, rattlesnake and python skin are the first choice of the designers. If you want to make a rattlesnake hat band, pick good quality leather that has a good luster. You can include the rattles of the snake and also mount the jaw of the snake to give it a striking look.
- The thickness of the hide
The thickness of each snake hide is another significant difference. After the tanning process, some snake skins become thicker than others. Thinner snakeskins tend to flex easily and are easier to work with. Thicker hides, on the other hand, are preferred for designing projects that need extra durability and sturdiness. For making a hatband, opt for thinner leather because a thin band will be easier to attach to the base of the crown.
How to make the hatband
A snakeskin hatband can take several days to make. However, it would be wise of you not to rush through the process because improperly prepared snakeskin can become a sloppy mess or may even mold. If you do not entertain the idea of killing a snake for its skin, you can buy snakeskin from a variety of online vendors (you can then skip the preparation process). You can also purchase snakeskin prepping kits online or at hunting supply stores.
The steps involved
- Measure the circumference of the base of the hat’s crown where you want to place the snakeskin band.
- Place the delicate leather flat on a surface. Cut the snakeskin hide according to the measurement of the area where you will wrap it.
- Turn the hide flesh-side out. Sew the ends lengthwise. A long tube will be produced.
- Turn the tube so that the skin is visible. Snakeskin that has been adequately prepared and preserved is very flexible.
- Sew the tube’s ends together to form a circle, and then place it over the hat.
- If you want to include the rattles for the rattlesnake skin hatband, you have to keep the tail portion intact and sew the band carefully with the hat.
- In case, you want to mount the head of the snake as a showpiece, mention your preference while ordering the hide.
- Including a contrasting buckle can be a good idea to enhance the look of the hatband.
Snakeskin has a charisma that has the potential to make any accessory look strikingly beautiful. Each year the demand is increasing by 40% in the international leather market. So, you can guess how magnificent they are. Even a simple hatband made out of snake hide can change the entire appearance of a person’s attire.