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  1. In search of a vegetarian friendly collar...

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    Jumpin Jackflash [sign in to see picture]
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    I have exhausted my research into vegetarian friendly collars .... I have only seen one product on here, which was ok but the colour/design wasn't to my taste.

    Rubber and metal collars are a no go, so down to "Pleather" or PVC varients. It has to be a "play" collar with 'D' ring for attaching a leash.

    If anyone could suggest any other materials or areas to explore I would be grateful.

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    Lubyanka [sign in to see picture]
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    I found two:

    http://www.lovehoney.co.uk/product.cfm?p=16077

    http://www.lovehoney.co.uk/product.cfm?p=14454

    I agree, it's difficult to find collars in materials other than leather or rubber. In my experience pet shop collars are ok just to wear, but can be really hard on the neck once a lead is attached. Which is a shame because pet shop collars come in many sizes and materials.

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    Jumpin Jackflash [sign in to see picture]
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    Thank you for posting the one I missed, but still not what I'm looking for lol - I am looking for something sexy preferably in faux leather . I have looked on several pet sites, but found these collars have the 'D' ring at the rear of the collar and not the front where I would like it ;)

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    Ecksvie [sign in to see picture]
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    Have you considered making one? I dont imagine it would be too hard. Faux leather can be found in most material shops (and it doesnt fray!), and D rings are reasonably easy to find too. For the back you could attach a buckle or velcro or something similar.

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    Jumpin Jackflash [sign in to see picture]
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    I have thought of making one, but I don't think my craft skills are that advanced ie for attaching the 'D' ring etc

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    Lubyanka [sign in to see picture]
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    Ecksvie wrote:

    Have you considered making one? I dont imagine it would be too hard. Faux leather can be found in most material shops (and it doesnt fray!), and D rings are reasonably easy to find too. For the back you could attach a buckle or velcro or something similar.

    The neck is a vulnerable area which can be subject to injury. In my opinion, simply making a collar which is intended for a lead being attached is risky. Kvetch used to have neck-ache when wearing a pet shop collar for short periods, even when I wasn't pulling on the lead, just holding it.

    So I'd advise getting one specially made from a specialist.

    These people make a metal one which looks nice. Although I have no experience of it, I do have some of their products and they're fabulous:

    http://www.top-to-bottom-leathers.co.uk/itemdetail.asp?mid=1&iid=136

    They also make everything themselves, so I would ask them if they'd make you one of their collar models in a material to suit you.

    Kvetch has this collar and he can wear it all day and feel comfortable in it, even if I tug on it:

    http://www.top-to-bottom-leathers.co.uk/itemdetail.asp?mid=1&iid=59

    It's not too expensive. Maybe they could make you one in another material? They are very friendly, I recommend you email them to ask. I can unreservedly recommend their collars.

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    Ecksvie [sign in to see picture]
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    I dont see how a collar you made yourself could really hurt you as long as you made it right i.e. no eyelets sticking out etc. The kind of leather you get from fabric shops is pretty thin compared to the kind of stuff you'd find in collars from the pet shop (which are designed to withstand your cat/dog scratching it and trying to get it off).

    The D ring really shouldnt be that hard to attach. If you've got a hot glue gun then it's easy, you just sandwich it between two layers of leather. If you can sew, even better.

    Im kinda inspired to make one now, even though I have no use for one :P

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    Lubyanka [sign in to see picture]
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    Ecksvie wrote:

    I dont see how a collar you made yourself could really hurt you as long as you made it right i.e. no eyelets sticking out etc. The kind of leather you get from fabric shops is pretty thin compared to the kind of stuff you'd find in collars from the pet shop (which are designed to withstand your cat/dog scratching it and trying to get it off).

    It's not about the collar itself hurting a human, it's just that those collars are not designed to ergonomically accommodate the human neck when worn, especially when the weight of a lead is attached, even without pulling.

    I'm just saying, my experience with collars is that a properly made one is worth the investment, because necks are precious. )

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    Lubyanka [sign in to see picture]
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    Nexas wrote:

    Lubyanka wrote:

    It's not about the collar itself hurting a human, it's just that those collars are not designed to ergonomically accommodate the human neck when worn, especially when the weight of a lead is attached, even without pulling.

    I'm just saying, my experience with collars is that a properly made one is worth the investment, because necks are precious. )

    True, as they're designed by animals. But surely if we're making one ourselves then it'll be tailor-fit to our OH/ourselves so it'd be even better?

    It's just that my experience of collars and human necks and leads attached is that collars which have a slight curve at the back (like a leather belt gets at the back when it wears in) and a more pronounced curve at the front to ensure it stays below the larynx are infinitely more comfortable, and instead of suffering from an aching neck the net day, my partner feels fine. :)

    In my experience it's not just about a strap around the neck, it's about design and ergonomics.

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    Lubyanka [sign in to see picture]
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    Take a look at these, see how they have that slight bend in them? Makes all the difference:

    http://www.top-to-bottom-leathers.co.uk/includes/getimage.aspx?width=640&height=-1&nocrop=-1&file=../uploads/items/resized/resize%20slimline%20collar.JPG

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    Ecksvie [sign in to see picture]
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    You could easily make one with a curve yourself, it really wouldnt be hard. :P

    You're arguing with two cosplayers here, resourcefulness is in our nature!

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    Lubyanka [sign in to see picture]
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    Ecksvie wrote:

    You could easily make one with a curve yourself, it really wouldnt be hard. :P

    You're arguing with two cosplayers here, resourcefulness is in our nature!

    Fantastic, I'd love it if you could make one with a ergonomic shape! Just calling your attention to it. :)

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    Shouldnt be too hard, you'd just have to measure how much lower you want it to be at the front than the back and factor it into the curve. If you were savvy with Adobe Photoshop/Illustrator you could even make a pattern that way. I've made corset patterns that way. Most fabric shops won't let you buy just a collar's worth of fabric, most I know require you to buy at least a third to half a metre, so there'd be plenty there to play around with too.

    It's a shame I dont have a D-ring, I fancy making one of these collars now. I actually need to make one for my Amber Sweet costume at some point, but hers is one that just goes straight around rather than has a curve.

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    Ecksvie wrote:

    Shouldnt be too hard, you'd just have to measure how much lower you want it to be at the front than the back and factor it into the curve. If you were savvy with Adobe Photoshop/Illustrator you could even make a pattern that way. I've made corset patterns that way. Most fabric shops won't let you buy just a collar's worth of fabric, most I know require you to buy at least a third to half a metre, so there'd be plenty there to play around with too.

    It's a shame I dont have a D-ring, I fancy making one of these collars now. I actually need to make one for my Amber Sweet costume at some point, but hers is one that just goes straight around rather than has a curve.

    if you do an ebay search you can find loads of D rings, or you could probably get them from a haberdashery/ DIY shop

    for example http://shop.ebay.co.uk/?_from=R40&_trksid=p3907.m38.l1313&_nkw=d+ring&_sacat=See-All-Categories

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    Lubyanka [sign in to see picture]
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    Ecksvie wrote:

    It's a shame I dont have a D-ring, I fancy making one of these collars now. I actually need to make one for my Amber Sweet costume at some point, but hers is one that just goes straight around rather than has a curve.

    The curve isn't visible, it looks straight:

    http://ladylubyanka.files.wordpress.com/2007/06/04_collartagsmaller.jpg

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    sweetlove666 wrote:

    Ecksvie wrote:

    Shouldnt be too hard, you'd just have to measure how much lower you want it to be at the front than the back and factor it into the curve. If you were savvy with Adobe Photoshop/Illustrator you could even make a pattern that way. I've made corset patterns that way. Most fabric shops won't let you buy just a collar's worth of fabric, most I know require you to buy at least a third to half a metre, so there'd be plenty there to play around with too.

    It's a shame I dont have a D-ring, I fancy making one of these collars now. I actually need to make one for my Amber Sweet costume at some point, but hers is one that just goes straight around rather than has a curve.

    if you do an ebay search you can find loads of D rings, or you could probably get them from a haberdashery/ DIY shop

    for example http://shop.ebay.co.uk/?_from=R40&_trksid=p3907.m38.l1313&_nkw=d+ring&_sacat=See-All-Categories

    Funnily enough I'm ordering some for my Amber Sweet costume! They're far too big for a collar though. I've seen them in haberdashery shops too.

    I'm not really into collars and leashes and stuff though. Yet!

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    Lubyanka [sign in to see picture]
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    Ironmongers are excellent sources of cheap and good quality metal-ware. :)

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    Ecksvie [sign in to see picture]
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    Lubyanka wrote:

    Ecksvie wrote:

    It's a shame I dont have a D-ring, I fancy making one of these collars now. I actually need to make one for my Amber Sweet costume at some point, but hers is one that just goes straight around rather than has a curve.

    The curve isn't visible, it looks straight:

    http://ladylubyanka.files.wordpress.com/2007/06/04_collartagsmaller.jpg

    I wish I could find the reference pic online that I've got saved on my computer, I dont know where I found it from. Anyway, it's defintiely a straight collar, there's no gravity to it, it just goes straight around with no curve. I'm certain.

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    Lubyanka [sign in to see picture]
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    Ok, I'm sure you'll look fabulous in it. :)

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    If you want more information on this sort of collar theres a pile over here:

    http://www.saroftreve.com/wwl/serpent.shtml

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