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#1 meanfidler

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Posted 10 July 2011 - 01:40 PM

Here's my first post and first belt. I started doing leatherwork a month ago because as a New Mexico native I like western wear and cowboy stuff and living abroad in the UK you don't find hardly anything. I am still trying to decide how to finish this project.
I made it from a craftaid pattern and sorry the photo isn't great but any advice/help and I'll be much obliged!

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Posted 10 July 2011 - 05:26 PM

Welcome to Leatherworker.net!!
As far as finishing it, it really depends on what you have at hand. A light coating of oil and some sunshine and it could pass for done. If you want more definition, you might consider antiquing it. Do you have access to "leather finishes" or are you making due with what you can?
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Posted 10 July 2011 - 05:54 PM

When you finish your belt do the edges also.

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Here's my first post and first belt. I started doing leatherwork a month ago because as a New Mexico native I like western wear and cowboy stuff and living abroad in the UK you don't find hardly anything. I am still trying to decide how to finish this project.
I made it from a craftaid pattern and sorry the photo isn't great but any advice/help and I'll be much obliged!



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Posted 10 July 2011 - 06:04 PM

Welcome to Leatherworker.net!!
As far as finishing it, it really depends on what you have at hand. A light coating of oil and some sunshine and it could pass for done. If you want more definition, you might consider antiquing it. Do you have access to "leather finishes" or are you making due with what you can?



I have some neatsfoot oil but sunshine here is hard to come by! Therre is a tandy that I can use by internet so I might try to get some antiquing from them, any brand better that any other? Thank you so much for your reply! It is great to have people like yourself to ask questions.
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Posted 10 July 2011 - 06:07 PM

When you finish your belt do the edges also.

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I used a slicker and some water, but I think I need to put some more elbow grease into it to get a better effect? Thank you for your reply! I will post another photo when I finish. I will appreciate your advice on the finished belt. At least I will have something to wear that reminds me a little of home.

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Posted 10 July 2011 - 06:22 PM

Access Bob Park (Hidepounder) for everything you need to know about burnishing edges of leather.

URL for some of the best information you will ever receive :) http://leatherworker...ges-2-15-11.pdf

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I used a slicker and some water, but I think I need to put some more elbow grease into it to get a better effect? Thank you for your reply! I will post another photo when I finish. I will appreciate your advice on the finished belt. At least I will have something to wear that reminds me a little of home.



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Posted 10 July 2011 - 07:18 PM

In lieu of sunshine, you could always rent a tanning bed for a half hour......
also, besides just slicking the edge, burnish it with a cloth. Look in the 'how do I do that' section and read the tutorial by Hidepounder on edges.
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Posted 12 July 2011 - 03:55 AM

Welcome to Leatherworker.net!!
As far as finishing it, it really depends on what you have at hand. A light coating of oil and some sunshine and it could pass for done. If you want more definition, you might consider antiquing it. Do you have access to "leather finishes" or are you making due with what you can?


Here's my belt with a coat of neatsfoot and some very rare UK sunshine. The keep seems to have darkened a lot more than the belt? I like the color of the keep, so how could I match the belt up with the keep? Many Thanks in advance!

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Posted 14 July 2011 - 05:05 AM

Here's my belt finished. I darkened it some more with oil, then used acryilc to paint the background. I am learning some every day and next I'll try to make some small stuff to go with the belt. This is a great site!!

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