Big O

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    new at holstermaking
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  1. Lh Owb For Xdm

    Nice work. The stitching looks very neat. One thing I usually do is curve the top of the front piece. I feel it's more pleasing to the eye than a straight line.
  2. Nice work. I do the very same thing with Zack White, and they've never let me down.
  3. 6/7 oz cowhide, Russet dye (and neatsfoot oil). Hand-stitched.
  4. Big O Gunleather

  5. That's a beautiful rig. I make them out of horsehide as well, oiled to bring out the patterns. I've taken to using thick suede for the straps, though, for comfort.
  6. Take a nice piece of horsehide with plenty of visible pattern in the hide, and hit it with a very small amount of red dye mixed in with neatsfoot oil. Repeat the oil/dye treatment until the pattern pops out. It should be close enough to a tiger stripe pattern to satisfy your client. Example (not pink, though):
  7. Beautiful! GREAT job on the edges.
  8. I soak mine for about 2 minutes for molding. I've found that to be hit or miss. I'll have to try going longer and see how that works out. For stamping, I've found that when it's cased just right, the stamping comes out VERY crisp. The trick seems to be GETTING it to the right level. I still haven't mastered that.
  9. From a business model, considering time invested, no. It's a hobby that pays for itself, plus a little extra. The time I put into it is "multi-tasked" with watching TV, which I'd be doing anyway, on my nights off from the real job. Most cutting and all stitching are done in my recliner.
  10. Not even close to the first. But, yes, it's tricky to stamp and mold. I really haven't done any other "tooling". Probably doesn't help that the black is from those cheap Springfield drum-dyed strips. The backdrop is just the seat of an office chair.
  11. Aiwb 4" 1911

    Awesome detail molding.