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EVERYTHING YOU NEED FOR MAKING DOG COLLARS AND LEADS

Everything you need FOR MAKING dog collars and leads



To help you navigate our wide range of materials and hardware, we’ve put together a short guide showing you our recommended materials, hardware and tools for making collars and leads.


Safety note – we always advise that customers take the appropriate courses to ensure the safety of the pet and handler.
Red, yellow and orange Biothane dog leads and collars
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OUR CONTRIBUTOR

Nadine is the Founder and Director of Trinkety Paws Ltd, one of the UK's leading manufacturer for high quality Dog Collars and Dog Leads made from waterproof BioThane®.

"Over the last few years we have specialised in the design and work with waterproof BioThane® and currently offer over 50 different products for dogs, as well as customised orders for our customers."

Materials

Leather

Bridle butt leather is the best choice for making collars and leads. For longer leads you may want to use bridle back leather.

Please note, some bridle leather can be prone to water-spotting.
bridle butt leather

BRIDLE BUTTS

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Selection of mini bridle butt leather colours

MINI BRIDLE BUTTS

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Bridle back leather

BRIDLE BACK LEATHER

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Biothane

Biothane is a PVC or TPU coated webbing. Not only is it fully waterproof and mould resistant, it does not stretch and is gentle on the dog’s fur. Unlike leather, there’s no need to smooth the edges as they are already finished.

Our Top Choices

Our Biothane comes in standard widths of 12mm, 16mm, 19mm, 25mm. Beta Super Heavy is available in wider sizes for bigger dogs, such as Alsatians, in 32mm, 38mm and 50mm.
Beta standard pink coral


BETA STANDARD

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Our most popular is the Biothane Beta Standard, which is a fairly thin webbing.

Beta super heavy black


BETA SUPER HEAVY

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Thicker than the Standard at 3.8mm thickness, the Beta Super Heavy is still very flexible.
Beta soft super heavy


BETA SOFT SUPER HEAVY

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Beta Soft Super Heavy is the same thickness as the Super Heavy but is even more flexible.
Gold hiflex orange


GOLD HIFLEX

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For a shiny finish, use Gold Hiflex in 16mm & 19mm, which is available in a number of bright colours.

TOP TIP

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When punching through Biothane, it’s important to use a solid workbench and strike over an area of the workbench leg to absorb the force of the punching action. You don’t want a bouncing table!


Strap end punch with a strip of biothane

Finishing the Biothane Edge

You have a few options:
  • Leave edges as they are
  • Use a water based edge sealer such as bioseal or Fiebing’s acrylic dye – easily applied with a brush, usually only one or two coats are required
  • Seal the edges with a hot plate/ iron at 400F (204.4C) or lower (recommended by Biothane.us) 
Caution: prolonged heating approx. 5 mins at 392F (200C) can degrade the webbing and generate toxic fumes.

Webbing

Polyprop webbing pink


POLYPROP WEBBING

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Cotton web olive


COTTON WEB

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Nylon webbing grey/black


NYLON WEBBING

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Nylon webbing grey/black


ALL WEBBING

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Padded Dog Collars

To make a padded dog collar, use soft plastazote or 4mm PVC foam lining and nappa basil hide (or anything between 0.6mm and 0.8mm thickness). See a how-to video further down the page.
Soft plastazote


SOFT PLASTAZOTE

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Pvc foam lining


PVC FOAM LINING

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Nappa basil hide purple


NAPPA BASIL HIDE

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For shaped collars, cut you foam into a strip first and slightly wider than the collar - 1/16” to 1/8” wider – and then use a ball point pen at a slight angle to draw around the collar to get the exact shape for your padding.

Thread

Use Ritza 44 for machine sewing and for hand sewing use Ritza 25, also known as Tiger thread, or Ritza 20.
Ritza 44 thread


RITZA 44

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Ritza 25 tiger thread orange


RITZA 25 TIGER THREAD

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Ritza 20 thread


RITZA 20

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Spool of orange and pink thread


ALL THREAD

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Sewing Tips for Biothane:

  • Sew slowly
  • Use high tension - top thread #277 and bottom thread #207
  • When sewing two layers of Biothane together using a machine it may start to curve. To straighten, simply sew the other edge.
(from Biothane.us)

HARDWARE

Chicago screws


CHICAGO SCREWS

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Caveson buckle


CAVESON BUCKLE

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cast saddle dees


CAST SADDLE DEES

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brass nameplate


BRASS NAME PLATE

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Swivel trigger hook


SWIVEL TRIGGER HOOK

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Tips for a laced dog collar:

  • When threading the lacing through the holes, make sure the laces aren’t twisted and both laces are facing inwards
  • Skive the ends of the laces for a neat finish

TOOLS

To make a dog collar or lead, we recommend the following tools:
Rivet setting tool


RIVET SETTER

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Revolving punch, rivets and leather on worktop


REVOLVING PUNCH

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Abbey crew punch


CREW PUNCH

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Strap end punch


STRAP END PUNCH

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Pricking irons


Stitch mark iron

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Make sure your punches are sharp to avoid frayed edges.


For Leather Dog Collars

For a leather dog collar or lead you may need these additional tools: 
Strap cutter with leather strap


STRAP CUTTER

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Edge tool


EDGE TOOL

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Fiebing's edge kote


EDGE STAIN

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ESSENTIAL KIT - DOG COLLAR

To make a dog collar you will need the following materials:

  • Strap (see choice of materials above)
  • Caveson buckle
  • Cast saddle dees
  • Choice between rivets (9041/9 & 9011), chicago screws or thread
  • Padding (optional)
Pastel shade Biothane dog collars with rose gold hardware
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ESSENTIAL KIT - DOG Lead

To make a dog collar lead will need the following materials:

  • Strap (see choice of materials above)
  • Cast saddle dees
  • Cast trigger hook round eye
  • Choice between rivets (9041/9 & 9011), chicago screws or thread
Images kindly provided by Trinkety Paws

GET INSPIRED

If you require more help or inspiration from the experts, here are some of our favourite videos.

MORE GUIDES

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