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  1. Thanks fredk Any chance you could supply web sites. Thanks Michael
  2. Like many others I have seen videos by Ian and Nigel about high quality professional stamps made from brass. I was wondering if anyone here has experience of the lower cost options from a forum sponsor or the various other ones available from the internet. Ideally I would like to start with a smaller set and expand this in the future if required. I have an arbour press and plan to use it hot and cold. Thanks Michael
  3. I follow buckleguy on Instagram he is based in MA 01950 foundry made brass ware looks high quality. I have never ordered from them as I buy from Abbey England in the UK. Regards Michael
  4. After I posted this I was contacted by a member via PM with an alternative supplier in France who was willing to supply thread without a minimum purchase of 150 euros. I have asked their permission to share the prices. Mando Fr are an authorised supplier of Fil Au Chinois Lin Cable and carry the full range Fil Au Chinois Lin Cable 332 price 12.39 euro plus vat Fil Au Chinois Lin Cable 532 price 15.56 euro plus vat Delivery is via UPS and for my order was 16 euro These are whole sale prices from Mando France I have been dealing with José he can be contacted via email at this address their website does not contain prices but they are happy to provide them on request. I hope this helps others to try this excellent product.
  5. I am by no means an expert however as you asked. i would not attempt to dye the whole thing black as some of the straps seem to be lined with sueded leather. I do think you could improve the look by finishing the edges with black edge kote by Fiebings it is easily available. Darker edges will change the look of the harness IMHO it is much easier than dying the whole thing. and welcome to the forum.
  6. I used a local model store unfortunately it has since closed I will most likely use this store in future as I have ordered other items from them previously. Macclesfield Model Engineers I have attached a link to their website they are very helpful and respond to email questions quickly.
  7. Thanks my customers were very happy indeed let me know if you need help with a key. Michael
  8. The leather on my bag looked good until I removed the stitching the remaining leather along the bottom turned to dust. Once I had a buyer who wanted to carry up to 20 fountain pens inked (vertical) I created a new outer cover and a folding inner section to accommodate her wishes. IMG_0584_1 by my0771, on Flickr This picture was provided by the owner 20 pen case 1 by my0771, on Flickr Having thought about it I am pretty sure the rivets were bifurcated rivets rather than peened rivets. I struggled to find the tiny rivets that held the bag edges to the metal piece so I used tiny nuts and bolts which gave an industrial look. I have a few of these small bags in my restoration queue some of which may need a leather lining I did restore a larger case which was carried in the Second world war by a USAAF Ranger. DSC_0277[1] by my0771, on Flickr I think it worked really well I wanted to dye the Kip a darker colour but the owner wanted to allow it to colour naturally. If I can be of any help please feel free to ask.
  9. I have restored such a bag in the past I used white metal rivets which I got from a model store in the UK. Those little sliders need special care I managed to release the little folded over metal tabs that secure them and even managed to get them back on unfortunately I had to remove one a second time. One of the little tabs broke off a model train supplier came to my rescue with a 1 mm diameter nut and bolt to fix it in place. IMG_0456_1 by my0771, on Flickr As you can see I had to change the leather too.
  10. I would like to order some Lin Cable thread from France if I order 12 spools there is a significant discount I cant justify that expenditure in one go. if there is anyone else who would like to order with me I am happy to share the discount. regards Michael
  11. Hi Christine I have posted a link to a member here who teaches saddle making I have not taken his course and don't know him but I have watched many of his videos and my stitching has improved. Michael
  12. I am not an expert but it looks like the front flap has been wet moulded over a cord or thong. During the forming the leather has become burnished by the tools used to mould it that is why it looks like a burnished edge. The stitching is not just to draw attention to the piping but will also secure the backing that holds the cord in place.
  13. I am sorry no one has replied I don't have any advice to offer but I have enjoyed reading your story so far and look forward to seeing how you progress.
  14. Why not combine your name and your fathers Jay Lynn sounds ok I like Jay Hoffman. My favourite would be Hoffman Lynn for a stamp you could have the capital L wrapped around the H I still miss my Dad. good luck with your new venture.
  15. I have recently upgraded from the standard clicker knife to the Vergez Blanchard L'Indispensable Flat Knife I think it is great, The grinding was a little rough I prefer my knives to have a polished edge I believe it cuts better now it has been smoothed and polished it holds its edge very well.