Jason Austin

  • Content count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

About Jason Austin

  • Rank
  • Birthday 07/17/1970

Profile Information

  • Gender
  • Location
    Austin, TX

LW Info

  • Leatherwork Specialty
  • Interested in learning about
  • How did you find leatherworker.net?
  1. I am in the middle of one of those as well. The shapes are roughly triangular. The bottom edges are straight but the two sides that go up to the top are curved outward. I actually started with rectangles and wet molded those over the appropriate area of a wig stand (fake head). I then inserted the pieces into the "frame" and trimmed until the edges lined up with the middles of the "cross bars". I hope that helps without pics.
  2. Making Straps For Bags

    You could also design the strap to be adjustable with a buckle. That way you can cut two shorter pieces instead of one long one and you gain a nice "feature" for the item. Jason
  3. Wallet Chain

    Yeah nothing ruins a nice wallet like a cheapo chain. At http://theringlord.com you can get all the rings you can imagine and they also have instructions on how to do various chain weaves. It is really quite easy to do.
  4. Rivetting Two Thin Layers Of Leather

    I have this problem all the time. What I do is put the post through both layers and cut it off flush with a pair of wire cutters. I then push my awl through the post from the back(they normally have a hole back there). Since the awl blade is round, this will make the end of the post round again. I also use some small pliers to smooth out the end even more. As long as the end of the post is round again it will work. Works every time for me with no reduction in strength.
  5. I would just add that rivets are not the best choice where strength is a concern. I would always use stitching and/or chicago screws in stress points.
  6. Cutting Fur

    Try cutting from the flesh side with a knife instead of scissors. Scissors catch the fur and cut it when you don't want to.
  7. Surface For Stamping On.

    I have always used a sink cutout from a granite counter top but I am starting to feel it is not "dead" enough. If I could choose anything, I would get something at least 2 inches thick. The trouble is finding it. It seems the only things available are counter top remnants (1"thick) and gravestone remnants (4-6" thick and super heavy). My 1" thick piece definitely gets the job done and it was free, just not ideal.
  8. Marking Stitching Holes In Black Or Dark Leather

    I would just poke it with my awl but I suppose you could get a white pencil from the sewing area of a craft store.
  9. My First Armor Set

    My advice on armor for show/ren faire is to really consider comfort when designing as you will be wearing these items all day. My experience with bracers has been that straps with buckles are much more comfortable than laces. Laces are totally fine but the fit tends to change throughout the day and may require retying. When I make laced bracers I space the holes one inch apart and do not use any grommets. Grommets would really just be for looks. The same goes for the rivets. Use the size that compliments the design. Depending on the thickness of your leather, you may have limited choices for rivets. They make some really cool small rivets now but they are so short their usefulness is limited. I normally use some thick leather laces if I dont use buckles. Not lace made for decorative lacing but lace that has been cut from a piece of leather. Its thick and can stand up to pulling. Paracord is a great choice for functionality if you dont care about "period" look.
  10. How Do I Make This Simple Tote?

    Try this one. http://kingsxcustomleatherworks.blogspot.com/2013/02/no-more-plastic-bags-reusable-market-bag.html
  11. Get some modeling clay, roll it out thin, and experiment. It works great.
  12. Wet Forming

    The hotter the water used, the more shrinkage and stiffness you will have. I use room temp water unless I am making armor.
  13. Does Anyone Know Who Makes This Braid Stamp?

    It appears to be a Springfield stamp. http://springfieldleather.com/34763/Stamping-Tool%2CR452%28B%29%2CBraid/
  14. If You Could Give Just One...

    Don't be afraid of hand stitching. You don't need a machine to do beautiful work. Check out Nigel Armitage's work and videos.
  15. Leather Candle Wraps

    You could also overlap the ends about 1/2 inch, skive them down so they lay flat, glue it up, and do a line of normal stitching in the middle of the overlap. In this project you have the luxury of being able to make the thing off the bottle and then slide it on so you really don't have to worry about stitching/lacing it in place.