Bob Blea

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About Bob Blea

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  • Birthday 06/21/1967

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    Fort Collins, CO
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    Leatherworking, cooking, my kids.

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  • Leatherwork Specialty
    Floral Carving and notebooks.
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    Case making, saddle making
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  1. My first thought when I saw the stamp in your post was the movie Frozen. It looked like a snowflake to me at first. I'm guessing there isn't a market out there for Frozen themed holsters...
  2. Another possibility is a filigree blade for your swivel knife. I have a narrow blade for my Leatherwrangler's swivel knife that they make. It gives me very good control of the blade and I feel a lot more comfortable using this than a scalpel or Xacto knife.
  3. Thank you for posting these!
  4. I would recommend contacting the people at Bee Natural Leather products. I know they have several different leather cleaners and conditioners depending on the type of leather you have. My guess is that is probably a chrome tan leather but they would be able to look at your pictures and make a recommendation. Their products are very good but I doubt they will be able to remove that stain. But, you never know till you try.
  5. Really nice Chief! It looks great!
  6. I like it, especially the edges. The stitching looks nice too.
  7. Acrylic paint certainly could work for this since it's for the wedding and it only needs to look perfect the first time. I've had really good luck using acrylics on veg tan leather and having them hold up well. I've even had a small wallet with a acrylic butterfly painted on it survive going through the washer not once but twice! For a dog collar where there will be moisture and wear, I would think the paint would work off eventually but it will still look fine for next weekend. Just make sure your leather is well cleaned before applying the paint. If you oil your collars make sure the oil has plenty of time to soak in (at least 24 hours) before trying to paint. NOTE: If you normally use Latigo or some other type of leather that comes with lots of oil or fats already in it, I don't know how well the paint will bond to it. I just don't have any experience with those. Hope this helps, Bob
  8. Looks very nice inside and out. You've got that basket stamp running perfectly straight! Bob
  9. Hello Tommo, I oiled the leather using Neatsfoot oil (and yes Kelperts, it did get a really nice color from it) and then I applied Wyosheen (formerly from Sheridan Leather Outfitters but now distributed by Barry King) as a resist. I then antiqued it with Tandy Eco-Flo Tan. thanks, Bob
  10. I think it turned out really nice. I like the final color of the bag. Nice job on the stitching too.
  11. Absolutely Colt, its been my lining of choice pretty much since I started making these.
  12. Tom, I've been impressed with these sorts of journals too and thought about making them. For the middle one I've assumed there are veg tan leather plugs under the brows, cheekbones, nose and lips giving them structure and then the thinner leather skin is glued to it. The others with the finer wrinkles are probably formed similarly. At least that's how I planned on going about making one someday. Haven't tried it yet to see how well my theory works out. Bob
  13. Yes Sir, it's a thin pigskin from Tandy. The outside is a side I picked up from American Leather Direct, and I was pleasantly surprised by it. It tooled very well. I'll probably be purchasing more leather from them in the future. Bob