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About immiketoo

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    Rhodes, Greece
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    Learning, teaching and being.

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  • Leatherwork Specialty
    Figure carving
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    Master level leather coloring, and figure carving.

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  1. Not sure how I missed this thread, but thanks for the mention @Rockoboy! There are so many people that have inspired me over the years, its difficult to mention them all, but I find inspiration in unusual places. Some of my main mentors have been Bob Beard, Peter Main and Serge Volken, but early on, guys like TwinOaks, Katsass and JLS were inspiring. Heck, those guys are still inspiring if for different reasons than when I originally started. One thing I find continuous inspiration from is noobs who have the fire and the same insatiable thirst for knowledge that I have. Especially those who take what they learn and do something with it right away. It's good to see someone get it and move forward. So, to all of you, keep it up!
  2. Nylon webbing of the sort used in upholstery would probably do the trick. Or any other synthetic material that doesn't stretch?
  3. Swivel Knife blade profile question

    Those are for creating borders. They can be handy, but they can be a bitch to run. There are easier and more reliable ways to create borders, but if the price is right, go for it. You might like them!
  4. waterproof finish and vivid colours

    The only water proof finish are any of the lacquer products. And even then, water can still leech in through the edges. Aniline dyes have the most vivid colors in my experience.
  5. Happy Birthday Johanna!

    LOL... why haven't I thought of that before!
  6. @Johanna I wasn't sure to put this here or in leather history, but here goes! As you probably know, Johanna is the boss here at, and today is her birthday. I know that what she has created here has changed the lives of many people, myself included. Without her and this website, I wouldn't be where I am today, and I mean that both literally and figuratively. Please chime in on how much the forum means to you and wish her a happy day! Thank you Johanna and I hope you have a lovely day, doing whatever it is you want to do. Happy birthday! Mike
  7. Sponge for casing leather

    That's ok. You guys can use whatever works for you. Having terrible luck with the sponge technique, Peter Main suggested I try a fine mist sprayer. I can control moisture far better with a bottle. Since then, I haven't had any issues with too much moisture. I agree with you about the sopping wet sponge, though. Most people don't realize that too much water causes a ton of problems.
  8. Sponge for casing leather

    I would recommend against using a sponge, at least for re-wettin leather in the middle of a project. Initially its fine, but when adding moisture, a sponge has the tendency to allow too much into the cuts and then causes those cuts to open up and show the core. I recommend getting a spray bottle for adding water to leather.
  9. Sharpening stamps??

    I know a LOT of people who do leather and none of them sharpen their stamps, ever. Link me on the video and I'll try and decipher for you.
  10. Bag straps- what weight do you use?

    Don't use bellies for straps. Too stretchy. I use backs for belts and straps. Minimum 6 oz unless its for something really lightweight. I don't like the look of anything too thin though.
  11. Leaf Carving Tutorial

    Ok cool. Here’s where we’re going with this.
  12. 1911 Holster

    You'll have trouble with the draw of the pistol from that due to it sitting too deeply in the holster. You should be able to get your whole hand on the weapon in a combat grip, meaning no adjustment to grip from draw to presentation.
  13. Leaf Carving Tutorial

  14. Leaf Carving Tutorial

    Here is a brief picture tutorial I did for a friend about how to bevel and lift carved leaves. Steps: 1. Cut 2. swivel bevel 3. Steep checkered bevel 4. Checkered matting and lift. I use pro lifters. 5. Background 6. Enhance lifts with modeling spoon 7. Make certain lifts flow into non-lifted parts 8. Using a modeling spoon, I begin creating the negative impressions and smoothing out the lines from the craftaid. If you'd like me to do the rest of the tutorial, let me know and I'd be happy to oblige. This was only for beveling, so I didn't go into the rest.