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    Buford, GA

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  • Leatherwork Specialty
    Belts, and Bracelets, Dog collars and leashes
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    Anything for improving my skills
  1. 3/16” Flat Head Spots?

    Standard Rivet has tons of them. Great customer service as well.
  2. Get a blank stamp pad. Soak it with your ink. I actually use oil based Fiebings dye. Get a rubber roller that you can dedicate to it. They have them at Micheal's for rubber stamping and such. Now, roll it on the stamp pad and then, roll it on the face of your stamp. Put it carefully on the leather and press or hit lightly to slightly indent the leather and lift straight off. You only get 1 shot at this, so a press would help. Take a photo when you try it and let us see the results!
  3. Keeping dye off back of project

    I make mostly dog collars and leashes. I just dye the back. Most of my stuff is dip dyed, so it's automatic. If I have a project that I am hand dying and want to keep the dye off, I've used blue painters tape. Just be aware that when you pull it off, it will fluff up the nap of the back side and may require some light sanding to get rid of it. I've heard that the frog tape or something like that has less stick and should fluff less, but I have not personally tried it.
  4. Personally, I've used a number of different pens and found that they tend to clog easily I now use the refillable Moltow with replaceable nibs and acrylic paint
  5. On the back side, yes.. for sure. But on the top, the blue tape should not affect the leather at all in most cases
  6. Try covering with blue painters tape and engrave through that. Air assist will help
  7. Dye problems looking for advice?

    I use a slow speed buffer to buff out the loose dyestuff on the darker colors.. black, navy, etc. Then, I rub in a coat of Leather Balm with Atom Wax. Buff Then, I seal with several coats of 50/50 Resolene. Water to dilute. Let dry thoroughly between coats and buff with a piece of lambs wool between. I have never been able to 100% stop bleed in every case, but most of the time, it does the trick.
  8. Purple Leather Balm

    I'm not a pro at all of the different compounds, but.. In the comments someone asked if he was using beeswax to burnish and he said yes. A few comments down someone asked about the process and he said it was just balm. I know there are many concoctions for treating leather. Lots are based on beeswax, mineral oil, tallow, fariry dust and magic I use Fiebings Leather balm with atom wax for many of my products, but it's a liquid. Recently, Fiebings stopped making the various colors of it and just sells Neutral now. I used the black and brown versions daily and preferred those over Neutral so I email and was put in touch with one of their chemists. He said that I could make my own by combining the Neutral with Tandys Eco-Flo water-based dye. He said to experiment with ratios, I settled on 25% dye and it seemed to work well. HOWEVER, I have gradually just stuck to the neutral as I have switched to dip dying most of my items and it works as well as the colored wax. For small, hand-dyed items, the colored versions seem to even out andy sponge or dauber marks. NOW, if you have some of the paste type of balm, try taking a small dab and mixing some dye in and see how it works. It might or it might not. Can't hurt to try!
  9. Chinese knock offs

    The listing says it's a chain stitch machine. If I remember correctly, that's the type of stitch that you see on top of dog food bags so you can remove a lock stitch at one end and pull the thread end. You literally unzip the bag. Not what you want for leather, clothing or any durable goods. Plus, it sounds pretty lightweight. Hopefully, someone much more knowledgable than me will chime in. Tom
  10. Zipper installation multipurpose guide

    Wow. Great idea and concept. I'll print some out as soon as I reassemble my printer. Adding some upgrades as time allows
  11. Printed PDF patterns

    Print the pages 100% to 8.5 x 11 inch paper. Trim all the pages to the outer black lines. Thanks just line up the ticks "A" to "A", "B" to "B" (or A1 - A1, A2-A@, etc)> Then tape them together as you go. You will then have a full size pattern.
  12. Does someone have this motor and have it set up to sew really slow. Can you share your settings with me? Mine does sew pretty slow, but it's hard to do a single stitch. I feel I'm close, but just need a little tweek. Also, does anyone experience it stitching a couple of stitches after you left up on the pedal? Usually ONLY within the firt couple of starts.
  13. Leather Piping

    Does anyone make a piping foot for the Consew walking foot machines?
  14. Knot help

    Use a Hangman's Knot. It also has a few other names. Fishermans knot, etc. You can use it on rope, string, jewelry cord, fishing line and whatever. I would suggest no less that 4 wraps.. more for larger rope/string.
  15. How to fully close split rings

    No way that I know of. They are not meant to be opend so far that they bend. I use a pocket knife to open them just enough to slide over the ring I'm putting them on and then just rotate around.