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  1. Agreed. In the end I think it is up to the consumer to decide what they feel is worth the money. Someone else here posted about digitally printing artwork (which I suspect is not even their own) on to holsters to sell. That to me is an artistic compromise. But they will probably sell a ton of them because they can do it cheaper that way. If someone is looking for a leather item that is truly handmade, they will likely see that for what it is. Or eventually realize once they learn to admire the art. Your use of a laser does not even come close to any sort of deception in my opinion.
  2. Excellent. Thank you!
  3. Yep, what they said. Although it also looks like there may have been a black antique used after.
  4. I don't think it was the dye. I think it was not sealing it properly. You mentioned coating it with leather sheen ... is that Super Sheen? One coat won't do it. And if you are also using oil, that would go on first. Oil won't penetrate properly applied super sheen. I would make sure to use at least three coats of super sheen, or use a finish that contains beeswax.
  5. I would try and return it, or at least contact your supplier and see what they say. Maybe it was a bad lot.
  6. Just wanted to bump this thread. I have not tried the saddle soap yet. Hoping for maybe some more opinions. Thanks.
  7. These truly are amazing. I am curious about the process if you'd care to share more. I assume that the majority of the stitching is done with the ball inside out. I can't figure out where the final stitching takes place. Is it the laced portion? Is the finish acrylic paint? I understand if you don't feel comfortable putting it out there publicly. But I do feel that the process could benefit many people. Thanks!
  8. I second that opinion. There doesn't seem to be a unified pattern there like you would expect from a stamp.
  9. Golden was my preference when I was painting on canvas. They are much more expensive than other acrylics in part because they contain more pigment than many other brands. That is probably why the coverage is better. The only question left standing is what is the binding material and how does it act with leather. I would like to know. The very nature of acrylic paint means it is flexible regardless of who makes it.
  10. You'll probably be able to sell a ton of those. But then I wonder what separates you from an outfit that is mass producing this sort of thing in China? Don't get me wrong, I'm not slamming you. I mean it is business after all.
  11. You can probably get away with 5/64" hole but it will be a fight to get the lace through each hole twice. You may need to use pliers occasionally to drag the needle through. I went up a size instead of down, but the foam did end up being visible. The stitching went easy that way. If it was me I would probably make the holes 3/32". Keep in mind also, because it is round, you will occasionally have to go through a hole three times. The reason being is that you will have more holes on the side piece than you do on the top piece. As far as spacing, my 1/8" holes are spaced 5/16" apart. Mine are spaced at that distance because I made myself an arbor press jig that holds five hole punches to speed up the process and save myself the physical pain that rotary punching all those holes can cause. You will want your holes closer together with a thinner lace. You will want to stay under 1/4" on spacing. As far as spacing from the edge, keep it as close as you can without leaving it so thin that it could potentially rip through. I would punch holes, dye, then resolene before lacing. The resolene will help protect the leather. You may then decide on another coat after lacing. Be prepared, this will take some time and effort. But in my opinion, nothing else looks as good as the mexican braid.
  12. This feels like an introductory post, so welcome to the forum. Looks like you are up to some really cool things. With your machining abilities, I'm sure you will make some really awesome tools to aid in your leather work.
  13. Dog collars, gauntlet or other armor, tool pouch, suspenders maybe.
  14. I didn't even know they made a black resolene. That's interesting. I like the round holes because you go through each hole twice and both times coming from different angles. Some of the folks doing the motorcycle seats would recommend a smaller hole than what I used but it does make it harder to force the lace through that way. I'm using 1/8" lace and the holes are 9/64". The sides are just at 90 degrees to top edge. Lace it on the foam just to try and keep the top centered. You might even use a couple twist ties to hold it in place. Same lace pattern in both images. It isn't hard to do but takes a bit to get used to it. Everytime I start one, I go back to the Tandy Lacing book to remind myself how to start. LOL
  15. Veg tan would be fine. If you seal it with resolene or super sheen it will give it some grip. There is absolutely no reason you can't lace the edges. Look at most of the motorcycle seats being made. Use a sturdy lace like kangaroo or premium calf lace and do a round braid (mexican braid).