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    knife sheaths
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  1. making my own Stamps

    I use a jewelers saw when I am making stamps, only use the hack saw to square up the bolt heads. I find the hack saw to unwieldy for delicate work. Make sure you use good blades, a lot of the blades that come out of India are not that good. I use Hercules or Laser Gold blades from a jewelers supply house. # 1 or 2 would probably be sufficiently fine for the work you are doing
  2. Tool Modification

    the next stacked leather handle you do you might want to use a clear epoxy, it will soak into the leather and help to stabalize the handle ( seals and keeps out moisture ) is what I have used for knife handles, was recommended by the company that manfactured the blade in their finishing directions
  3. Metal mold maker

    Are there any art / bronze foundries in your area? carve./ mould a pattern in wax and have them cast it
  4. Has anyone ever turned a charm into a concho?

    did you ever check to see if the charms were magnetic? if so could silver solder. if brass bronze or copper also could silver solder, anything else would not try to solder. And not to be negative but epoxies like jb weld will not hold up over the long run. (My old jewelry teachers would have fit if I suggested its use) the only sure connection is to use solder or a mechanical connection (ie rivet)
  5. Has anyone ever turned a charm into a concho?

    What kind of metal are the charms? anything other then silver, stainless steel or regular steel will be difficult. with the mentioned metals they can be silver soldered to a back pin of some kind and instant concho. with pot metals not so easy, the pot metal will melt before the solder. you may be able of epoxy a post to the charm, but it is almost certain to pop off. you might also try to solder to charms to a post with stabrite solder, a low temp solder for things like pot metal, but would be iffy in that you still might melt the charms first, but it is probably your best and strongest option.
  6. Bolo Cord

    was going to use 6 strands
  7. Bolo Cord

    What should I use for the core on a bolo cord?
  8. Stampin

    what stamp is used for this pattern
  9. making my own Stamps

    Just learned of a new book out at Amazon, Making Jewelry Design Stamps, runs about fifteen dollars
  10. making my own Stamps

    Its actually a page from Indian Jewelry Making by Oscar Branson
  11. anyone using this stamp?

    I think you answered your own question, Your other work sells in a timely manner, this does not, time to put this stamp in the back of your drawer. If someone asks for it then Ok, burt otherwise stick with what sells.
  12. silver belt tip

    How is a silver belt tip attached? The kind that come with the three pc ranger buckle set, the buckle, keeper and tip.
  13. Belt buckles

    Here is a new pattern for me that I carved from wax last fall
  14. Belt buckles

    I do cast lost wax in bronze and Sterling, and also fabricate from sheet and wire.
  15. Belt buckles

    I do belt buckles in Sterling silver and Bronze, and have never had a problem with the metal and leather reacting with each other. Do not know if there is a reaction between pewter and leather but do not think there is as there are a lot of die cast pot metal buckles out there. Are you going to be fabricating (start with sheet and solder on parts) or casting?