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  1. I really like the dye job!! Nice work.
  2. Hey Bob .. Dont they have any Tandy's in Tucson!! Tempe seems like a bit of a trip! I am joking of course. Tempe is where I get all things Tandy and they are always polite and helpful. I get leather elsewhere but there is still a bunch of stuff I get from tandy.
  3. It is a tandy backgrounder I have had for years E294-03. There are several sizes but that is the large one and should get you on your hunt.
  4. Thank you everyone for your kind comments and I hope the pix and the others I post help jostle your imagination!
  5. Hey Clintlock I am sorry but that color is a combination of colors and techniques I use so you wont find it from a bottle but I have found that if I use Mahogany and then mist it over with burgundy that I get a very similar shade. The color on the throut support is that same mahogany and burgundy. The black is air brushed and there is a very subtle fade from cordovan at the edge. Hard to pick up in the photos but I try most times to have a transition color so its not so hard edged. Most people who get my stuff probably dont even notice but ... I do and think it makes it just a little nicer. I use an airbrush from most anything that isnt going to be a solid color. I will make quick work with a dauber if its going to just be brown or black and such.
  6. Here is another one I am posting just because it might help others look harder at things and come up with cool new stuff. Design ideas for leather are all around us so dont feel obligated to do what has been done.I have done this design on pancake style holsters but was working with someone and we came to an Avenger style holster (my favorite) with the same design. I am posting a link to more pix and you can see where the crazy leg stamp is kind of representing the grey organic tile in one of the landscape images. I dyed it based on the shadows that you see cast from the sun on those same organic grey tiles. But ... the other images have hard lines and one landscape image has a very defined floral edge against hardscape. I took all of this and mushed it into this design. More pix here
  7. I use a hair dryer and it works fine. I have a hair dryer just for this kind of stuff and what I did was make a funnel out of some light cardboard and taped it to the end of the hair dryer to concentrate the heat a bit more and works like a charm
  8. perfect! Thank you!
  9. I am making a handcuff case for the first time. I have made other molded cases mostly for knives but never a handcuff case. I have made a wooden form to form the top but have a couple of questions. It will be basketweaved. My 6/7 will certainly mold around that small a shape better than my 7/8 but this is for a working PO and it needs to hold up. If you have made one what leather weight did you chose? Send question is how did you chose to handle the back. It has to fit a duty belt 2.25". I was thinking simply sewing a flat strap across the back wouldn't be aesthetically pleasing although no one should ever see it but .. I will know what I did there and I dont want to cheese it out. If you happen to have a pic of how you handled belt attachment that would be AWESOME. I dont wan tot do a loop because these guys belts are like batman belts with all the stuff they carry so I know it should sit tight to the body and not booble. Any heads up or advice would be appreciated. I like the guy and have made a bunch of stuff for him so I want to do something nice.
  10. If you are asking about the engraved floral design I think it is a resist before a stain. If you are asking about the basketweave I believe it was block dyed with black or a dark brown (looks like it could be Cordovan which is what I would have chosen instead of a stark black). Were I to do this I would dye the "reddish" color then take a piece of tee shirt and wrap it tightly around a small wooden block. Put some dye in a little flat receptacle like the lid of a Chinese food container and gently load the tee shirt up with some dye. have a clean rag of paper towel near by and just blot off some dye so the rag is not to wet or it will get everywhere. Now gently rub on the surface of the basketweave and Wala .. you will have that effect.
  11. will you be hard waxing or boiling the armor plates?
  12. I cant imagine they get a commission on selling Tandy branded products but maybe. I think you just got a bad salesman. I almost immediately wince whenever any salesperson of any good or service starts his speech with negativity about something else. Having said all that .. most products have their place and use for me. I have done more than a thousand projects with Fiebings over the course of 26 years and never had a problem. I have literally used GALLONS upon gallons of it. I think it was and probably still is the go to dye for many once they graduated from the little bottles of solvent dye tandy used to sell. I have been using more Angelus because I like the brightness of some of their colors over the fiebings and I love ecoflo for painterly things I may do on leather such as flowers or vines. I like the way it blends and most things I am going to do painterly designs on aren't destined for real hard use. So his admonishment about fiebings is unfounded and you should feel comfortable with using it.
  13. I have used a variety of colors on the burgandy dyed. I really like the Havana Cigar (light brown), white is awesome and Black works nicely too especially if its a heavier thread. Maine thread has a color called ECRU that is killer on burgandy and you may want to get their free sample card. My bigger issue would be the latigo. I have gotten some that is somewhat dry and almost colorfast but also have gotten some really oily stuff that bleeds like a pig. Latigo is Rub-y. If you are sewing by hand and chose a lighter color thread be sure to buff your stitch area some and be very sure to leave a good foot or more of lead thread so it will act as a cleaner for the stitched thread.
  14. I find there is a sweet spot. My setter often gets stuck to but I can usually get it out with a tiny bit of work. If I set it to hard in a soft material it happens. I have learned kind of where the sweet spot is as far as pounding it in. You don't have to mash it to get a good tight fit with those. At least for me .. Segma was just a practice thing. Still after having set 100 .. I still get em stuck now and again
  15. I am usually the first person that says "if I can make it or fix it by myself I will" but .. I have several logo stamps from Studio N who is a member here and the price was so cheap it would have cost me three times as much in time to cobble something together that works half as well. I believe they were under $30 and he was great to work with. His are made to be struck using a hefty handle or pressed in a press. I thought they were a bargain Halitech is right though .. this will only work well on Veg tan. Anything else and I would look at brands and yea .. I want one but they are pricey.