Shelley has designed and made sets of leather bell muffles for churches such as Waltham Abbey, London (read article here), St Mary's Church, Clapham and St Nicholas Church, Trellech, as well as single made-to-measure muffles as one off commissions.
The muffles are made from quality 2.8 - 3.4mm vegetable tanned leather, which will naturally mould to the shape of the clapper. I use a heavy weight 5.5mm leather for the pads to ensure they are durable, long lasting and muffle the bells well. The muffles fasten to the clapper shafts with heavy duty 1.5" velcro for convenience. To stop the clapper from slipping out of place when in use, I line the inside of the muffle and velcro straps with a rubber gripping which gives it that extra bit of grip.
Half muffles start at £35 (bells 1-6).
(if you require muffles that are a bit different, please be aware that I may charge extra to allow for the time used to make new patterns)
Please send me measurements of the circumference at the widest point of the clapper along with the circumference of the bar at the top (and bottom if it it has one). Please also send photos of the clapper to give me an idea of the shape. I make full muffles and half muffles, so please clarify which you would like to order.
If you would like to commission made-to-measure leather bell muffles, please contact Shelley for a quote.
The bells in the audio are single chiming bells (meaning the bell is fixed in it's normal position and the clapper only comes in contact with the bell on one side), hence the full muffle effect.