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About TheCyberwolfe

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  • Birthday 05/31/1972

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  • Leatherwork Specialty
    SCA gear and archery tack
  1. How do I cut a straight belt border?

    I use the border tool myself. I tend to sand the edge down to get a nice straight, smooth edge, but I cut the border before I bevel the outside edge to give the border tool a good 90-degree edge to rest against. Go slow, and if possible set yourself up so that you're pulling the blade toward you rather than sideways and you'll be less likely to wander off the edge.
  2. Curved Seam/ Hammering Out

    I'm with Webicons, I think a narrower "V" cut and spaced more closely may help smooth things out. Typically when I do a curved seam I fold both ends to one side or the other instead of rolling them back to both sides the way you have, but that tends to make one side sit differently than the other, so it may not work for your project. As for the stitches showing, the only thing I can think of outside of using a welt or piping would be to not hammer the seam quite as flat. Or go the other way and use a nice contrasting thread and call it a feature

    Or you could just buy the $15 hand sharpener at the craft store and not risk accidental death or dismemberment
  4. Exposed Flesh Side on Wallet Spine

    I made a long wallet once with similar gaps and used pigskin to line the entire thing, it worked out pretty good. The pigskin was about the same thickness as canvas, so it added very little to the overall thickness.
  5. Arm Guards

    Fist Bump to my fellow purist
  6. Arm Guards

    Once you teach yourself the difference and see how it changes your arm's shape, you don't have to do the full twist to get it. I still wear the bracer anyway, I think it looks cool and sometimes I forget Plus it goes with the knuckle guard I wear when I shoot my English longbow with no arrow rest.
  7. Arm Guards

    For many, a change in technique can save your arm (and the fancy carving on your arm guard): Hold your bow arm out straight, with the bow horizontal, parallel to the ground. Now bend you elbow just enough so you know it's bent and hold it there. Now rotate just your wrist to bring the bow to vertical. Voila. Never smack your arm again.
  8. Another vote for airbrush. No streaks, no bubbles, apply several thin coats that dry quickly.
  9. Show me your wallet

    I made a long wallet on a whim, and realized I just can't use one on the day-to-day, so I made a bi-fold afterward. Then one for my brother's birthday:
  10. Ending a Welt in a Dart

    Al Stohlman's "The Art of Making Leather Cases Vol. 2" has a pattern with similar welts, it's a bowling ball case. Page 87 is where the stuff specific to the welts starts. His method is to end the dart with a punched hole, and fill it in with a fat welt.
  11. Folks, I'd like you to meet Frank. Many years ago, a buddy dragged me onto his office's bowling team after one of their original members bailed on them, and one of the perks of joining the league was getting my own custom-drilled bowling ball. Ever since, I've had the ball sitting in the closet in a ratty old backpack as a means of carting it around. This has gotten exceedingly more boring as time wore on, so I decided to build something better. Luckily enough for me, Tandy released one of their old bag patterns a while back, so I didn't have to engineer the thing from scratch. For the design I turned to my more-artisticly-talented daughter, and requested something suitably 50's Rockabilly, which seemed like a solid choice. Full assembly was actually pretty simple, once I finally convinced myself to do it the hard way (the pattern pack is designed for simple lacing), but the hard way involved sewing it together inside-out and then inverting it when complete. I'm here to tell you that the toughest fight I've been in these past 25 years has been today's job of turning a bag made from 7/8 oz Herman Oak right-side-out. The cats heard some new words while Frank and I wrestled him back onto the outside of the bag. Got a new use out of my stitching horse - used it to push up the middle while I pulled down the top. For those of you who may be interested in the full tale of the construction and the things I learned, feel free to head over to my leather blog for the three-part series: Bowling Bag Part I Bowling Bag Part II Bowling Bag Part III Otherwise, here's a few pics of Frank
  12. Shield 9 pancake

    I was watching a video from another maker who mentioned something about Glocks: When you get done molding in the ejection port, pull the gun back out and then push that bit back out with your finger. Glock ejection ports are deep, and if you leave them fully molded in like that, the gun can hang up on it and makes for a difficult draw.
  13. Edge painting

    It would appear that what you have bought is a suede, not a top-grain leather like that which is normally used by folks here. If that's what it is, yeah, it's never going to burnish and you'll want an edge paint like the one you linked. If you don't want to buy a filetuese, then edge paint is a process of layers - apply a coat, sand it smooth, apply another coat and repeat until you have the edge you want. I don't know how well it will work with the leather you have here, or how long it will last on something that's just glued together instead of stitched along the length. Experiment and post your findings!
  14. getting the 2 different veg tanned color pieces to match

    If you want a very close color match for undyed leather, it all has to come from the same hide since each cow will have a slightly different color just like people do. This is where owning a leather splitter comes in handy, so you can take a thick hide and split down certain sections as needed. If you go the conditioner/oil and sunlight exposure route, be aware that you may get the pieces to match to start with, but age and additional exposure will darken the leather further, and each piece will likely darken at different rates so some months down the road the pieces likely won't match again. Leaving a project natural is always an experiment in aging and color change.
  15. Vegetable tanned watch strap lining and sweat?

    I used plain veg to line this one, and the second pic is one year later. Not sure what caused the splotch. I don't show folks the inside, so I'm not really concerned.