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Can Anyone help by telling me of suitable materials (other than leather) that can be used for making bellows. And where I may purchase such material.
-- George DeSaxe (email@example.com), November 30, 2001
Check out this site:
http://www.cyberbeach.net/~dbardell/bellows.html. If you dig around on the site you'll find some info on material he used to make bellows.
You may also want to check out http://http://www.flexproducts.com/.
I also remembering reading somewhere about using a material called UltraSuede, or ballistics cordura with a liner.
Try searching on groups.google.com. Lots of info there.
Hope that helps!
-- Ken Miller (firstname.lastname@example.org), November 30, 2001.
This is so cheap I'm almost embarrassed to mention it, but over the years, I've folded several bellows by layering ordinary Kraft paper and dark-colored Contact paper. The Kraft paper holds creases nicely, and the Contact covers pinholes and gives the final product a "leather-like" look. End results have held up under moderate use for quite a few years. I lay out the fold pattern on Kraft paper, and fold a few "prototypes" to be sure I'm getting it right, then before folding the final, I stick a sheet of Contact to the side that's not marked with the fold pattern. Obviously, you can buy these materials just about anywhere.
-- Lyle Aldridge (email@example.com), December 01, 2001.
A material called "Pleather" is exellent. I found it at JoAnn Fabrics.
-- Dennis Gazso (firstname.lastname@example.org), December 05, 2001.