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poncy
« on: September 17, 2005 06:36:57 PM »

I found a gorgeous vintage snakeskin handbag at a thriftstore.  I know, I know- the poor snake died an evil death, but...Its in great shape except that a few of the scales are peeling in spots where the bag rubs against the shoulder, etc.  Any ideas how to repair this? 
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Notamermaid
« Reply #1 on: September 18, 2005 04:59:39 AM »

Snake and lizard  bags have limited lifespans because they dehydrate, and I don;'t know that there's anything that you can do that would be **good** for the bag. If you want a quick fix, maybe try painting a little clear nail polish over it, or a teeny bead of supergllue beneath the peeling scale.

OR - wrap a scarf or some ribbon around the handle of the bag (I'm assuming thats where the damage is because you said "rubs against the shoulder", but I could be wrong). Ive done that before and it looks really nice. Plus you can change the ribbon/scarf to match whatever else you're wearing Smiley
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poncy
« Reply #2 on: September 18, 2005 01:58:12 PM »

Thanks Notamermaid...I thought of glue but didn't want to do anything permanent in case there are other options.  I did find a shoe repair shop in Maryland that specializes in exotic skins and leathers.  They offer something called reglazing, which sounds like what the bag might need.  If it can be repaired, I guess the important thing is to keep it conditioned.
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