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  1. Newbie to leather work

    I also suggest you check out the rolled handle concept. Hand stitching handles that size would take that much time to do. You mentioned tooling. I think if you were to continue with the flat handles, just adding a bit of detail by using an edge creaser and some antique would work well to bump up the details without too much work or expense. Your baskets look great. How long does it take you to make something that size? I would think you could do well with that type of nearly-lost handmade craft.
  2. I have noticed that different leather comes to me in different shades. Perhaps if you go buy it yourself you can pick out the lightest colored side. Have you also considered that it might not be cow, but perhaps is a different type of tanned hide?
  3. Ha ha, yes very important to be sure to buy the right one. That truly could be an expensive mistake ... "be careful kid, you could take an eye out with that thing"
  4. I would repaint the white. If you notice the white accents on the red ribbon don't have discoloration. You can see the antiquing on the yellow and the red, but not the white.
  5. Thanks, I only found the solution out of necessity of not having the $$. It works quite well too. All that I need for now
  6. Rub n buff

    You should be able to buy Golden Acrylics at any art supply store including Michaels. I would get their fluid acrylic to use on the leather.
  7. From Spain with love

    I could not agree more! Welcome to the forum. You have a lovely website, keep up the great work. - Cheryl
  8. Tooling help for a long time newb

    Interesting question and one that I have never considered. Since I use the swivel knife in my right hand, it just seemed natural for me to use my right for the mallet. I can see how the control might be better if it was switched, especially for beveling. I may just have to try to that
  9. No, the spindle is threaded in the opposite direction of rotation. The wheel is just hand turned on and the spindle essentially threads itself into the wood. It becomes self tightening when it meets resistance. This is typically used with polishing wheels by jewelers.
  10. I was looking for a motorized burnisher to save my hands. Hand burnishing is okay for small things but when you move into working with long edges ... Uggh! So I was looking around for options and I ended up with this setup. I had the cheap Harbor Freight bench grinder that I got on barter a couple years ago. The spindle was $13.10 from eBay http://www.ebay.com/itm/TAPERED-SPINDLE-1-2-HOLE-RIGHT-SIDE-OF-MOTOR-POLISHING-BUFFING-WHEEL-HOLDER/190689483141 And the wheel was $8.00 from Tandy. Yeah, I'm cheap ... broke is more like it. But I highly recommend this setup for anyone that needs a little help doing edges and doesn't have a fortune to spend. Enjoy!
  11. Painting Small Letters

    Yeah, that has been my experience. Use that brush to pick up the paint and then wipe it off the brush right away so its ready for the next "oops:
  12. Acrylic paint over dye?

    Nice. I think I stopped with three and agree that a fourth would have been better. Ha ha, guess I just lost my patience I guess. I don't thin my paint very much, just enough to let it flow smoothly for me. I like and use Golden acrylics. An art professor once told me they have more pigment than most other common (artist) brands.
  13. Acrylic paint over dye?

    I just did a project just like this also. I used a coat of resolene over black and red dye and then white paint on top. For some reason the red kept pulling through until I got about three coats of white paint. The black covered much easier, Resolene is an acrylic sealer. The paints are acrylic. There really shouldn't be an issue of the paint not sticking well to the leather with a coat of resolene in between.
  14. Painting Small Letters

    You really just need to take your time with it. I would use an even smaller brush, like a 0 or 00. It also wouldn't hurt to have a clean second brush that is wet, handy to mop up any overrun as soon as it happens.
  15. do you recommend tumbling nat veg tan?

    What you are describing sounds like what they call milled leather. It is very soft and supple but any attempt to smooth it out will likely make it stiff again. The stuff I have worked with has a pebbled grain surface. i would be interested to see the Hermann Oak veg tan that YinTx mentioned. Any pics of that Yin?