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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 (, November 30, 2001


Check out this site: 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://

I also remembering reading somewhere about using a material called UltraSuede, or ballistics cordura with a liner.

Try searching on Lots of info there.

Hope that helps!


-- Ken Miller (, 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 (, December 01, 2001.

A material called "Pleather" is exellent. I found it at JoAnn Fabrics.

-- Dennis Gazso (, December 05, 2001.

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