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  1. I vote knapsack and knife
  2. This. I'm setting up my website now, so please come up with lots of classy, cool and witty replies to the OP....
  3. I also used to think/worry about putting acrylic paint on leather and that it took away the 'characteristics of leather' from the piece. But then I came to the conclusions that: 1. I choose to work with leather because of the great possibilities of the material; shaping, carving, fabrication, dyeing, painting and so on. So even if a finished piece can look and feel plastic, it isn't plastic. 2. The strengths of leather are still there, toughness, heat resistance, flexibility etc. 3. The customers who are buying the piece as 'art' cares about mainly two things: It's pretty, and it's handmade. (And some of course don't care about the handmade part.) 4. The people who want, need, the pure leather look and feel won't buy it anyway, and I sure can make things in saddle tan for them if they wish... (Anyone else who's noticed that people tend to think brown or tan is leather's natural color?) So for me that strap is just pure, good leather work. Very nice.
  4. I think you need to tighten up your bevelling, overlap and 'walk the tool'. And I got really excited about the Castle of Chocha, but googling 'College of Wizardry' it didn't quite turn out to be anything like what was in my mind. But I'm sure it's a great place anyway.
  5. So you and your client decide to steal an unsuspecting ETSY seller's design and get PO'd when you notice that they're 'stealing' from you by delivering overpriced shoddy work? Or did your client also purchase the pattern along with the crude bag? Or is it not stealing because your work is much better and there's a few details changed on your version? I know the latter is true legally, you can copy other's designs and it's ok if at least a small detail is different, so you're good there. But if I started this thread I would have mentioned the price and the shoddy work and held out on the copying of a small time leatherworker's design for (as I read it) mass production for a wholesale client.
  6. The bracelet in the photo looks 'funny' as the leather is distressed/"vintage" and the concho and snaps are pristine.... Anyways, first paint the piece using acrylics as billybopp said (dunno about the antique tho) then distress the piece by putting it on the ground and stomping it, running it over with a car, hitting it with a bike chain, sanding it etc etc until you're happy with the look. Then put finish on it, unless you want the piece to further 'develop' during use.
  8. That's my bet. It was neutralised but probably not washed good enough making the black solution bleed later. My point though is that however it happens people need to realise 'roon isn't a 'fire and forget' kinda thing, and need to handle it correctly.
  9. Sure man, in a perfect world that's how it works. And I admit that I and the others that have posted here in the past about 'roon rub off have made some errors along the way, but the truth is that you can get color transfer after using 'roon. After the fact I think I know what I did wrong and how the roon came to rub off, may have been my fault and I'm posting it here so that others don't make the same mistake: Made belt-dipped belt in 'roon-dipped belt in baking soda solution-rinsed belt in water-let dry-buffed with white cloth until no color transfer-sealed belt with 50/50 Resolene and water-wore belt during summer-found black spots on jeans-yes, they came from the belt... So yes, while it's a chemical reaction to the leather it doesn't mean that 'other stuff' can't make the leather 'bleed'.
  10. Thanks, I appreciate the tips and I guess some of them were learned the hard way...
  11. Thanks for the reply, and yes, with the edges it takes a bunch of layers to get it done good. Regarding the stitching I think it looks awesome with the distances but as you can see in your first pic in the OP it's a bit uneven between the handles, did you use any kind of marking of the stitchline before pre-punching? In the few Hermès vids I've seen on youtube they use a creaser to mark the line before sewing, did you do something similar? I'm about to make a small handbag just for 'training purposes' so trying to figure out how to make things the best way before I ruin quite a lot of expensive leather...
  12. Nice. Stitching looks good, which technique did you use? Pre-punched holes or by awl one by one? Edges looks to need some work though. How many layers of paint, and did you heat treat them? Don't mean to steal your thunder, just that I just finished a bunch of bracelets using Fenice and learned the hard way that it's more difficult to work with that than just burnishing the traditional way (which of course can't be done on some leathers...), so I'm very interested in how people use it.
  13. Thanks, bad lighting and a crappy phone makes it look more twisted and 'blotchy' than it really is, the lines are actually quite straight. But I did go for the non-conventional...