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  1. Burnishing Chromexcel Edge

    Heating the edge to 350++ F 2-3 times? Seems to me you're cooking the leather making it brittle and even the beeswax won't stop it from basically falling apart after some use. For me, if I can't burnish just by water and elbow grease I use Giardini or Fenice.
  2. Staining after burnishing?

    Try sanding the edge to below gum trag penetration, then proceed according to the above. It still may not work though, then try acrylics.
  3. soldering iron edge creaser question

    You can't run the soldering iron on full effect, you need a temp or voltage regulator attached somehow unless it's already built in to the iron.
  4. Thanks, Edges are just Giardini semi-dense with some wax and elbow grease.
  5. Watched too many pinstriping vids on Youtube, then made some bracelets...
  6. Doing the flesh side (bracelets)

    This. I strive for perfection. But what is perfection? That every piece I make looks exactly the same like it was made by a machine? I used to think so, but not any more. Perfection for me nowadays is when everything looks professionally Handmade by a skilled artisan. If something is off, like the stitch on the leftmost piece I posted above (easy to see) I still sell it at full price as it is on the inside of the bracelet and not visible. If it was on the front and visible 'to the world' I might toss the piece, and if it was on the front but more to the lock and thus not very visible anyway I reduce the price, make the customer very aware that I have reduced the price and exactly why so that they don't 1. tell their friends I sell stuff real inexpensive and 2. show/complain to their friends about 'what shoddy work I do'. It seems to work but I read here that marking 2nd rate pieces as such might be a good idea also, may try that later.
  7. Doing the flesh side (bracelets)

    Thanks. And yeah, keeping it clean is always a good way to go. Please post some pics when you get your process down pat. I quite like your artwork, especially on the hairpin.
  8. Doing the flesh side (bracelets)

    Hi, I'm just starting up a leather jewelry business, and have looked into this quite a bit. The best way to go is to use lining leather on the inside of the product, or even doubling the leather to have to grain sides, which I do with thinner leathers. This will of course affect your cost and effort and thus the price as well (I hope...) and if you're not going for the higher end of the market you may not want to do that. In that case my advice is to use quality leather with a smooth flesh side or sand/split it down so that it is suede like. Then use an edge paint like the Fenice mentioned for example, making sure the back stays spotless. Using dye on the edge only could work but it's easy to have it bleed into the back or otherwise make a mess. In my experiments coloring or dyeing the flesh side I have always managed to get color transfer some way, but there are ways to minimize it. The best way I found on some cheap(ish) leather was: Dye the flesh side, Rub out as much as possible after an hour or so, Dye it again, Rub after an hour or so, Apply Gum Trag, Burnish the entire back, Dye again, Let dry 24 hours, Rub, Gum Trag if necessary, 3 coats of Resolene/water 50/50 -let dry between coats. This still transferred when rubbing vigorously with a white T-shirt, maybe because of friction, but wearing it on my wrist for a week in the summer produced no transfer. Things I think about when designing are climate, where the product is worn, will it have contact with clothes, what kind of clothes (jeans, dress etc) and how it will be used. Attaching a pic of a few bracelets, these all have pigskin lining and Giardini edge paint, leather is Tärnsjö veg tan. Hope I could help some.
  9. I vote knapsack and knife
  10. Leather Catch Phrase

    This. I'm setting up my website now, so please come up with lots of classy, cool and witty replies to the OP....
  11. Pop-art bass strap

    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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.