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  1. Next time try Lexol conditioner on your old leather. It replenishes oils and only makes a slight change in color, if any. I don't know of any way to highlight the tooling. All the regular ways to do it make the leather darker. I've never used olive oil, so I don't know how it will react with standard waxes or finishes.
  2. I agree with JLS on the stamping. I always preferred a border line around the stamped area. Kind of cleans it up some. Just my opinion. Other than that, it looks pretty good.
  3. I never cared much for them. I always preferred steel. Try it before you replace it.
  4. It's probably ruby stone. Tandy stores sold them years ago.
  5. Got mine today.
  6. We use the bigger model in our shop. It works very well, and is easy to use. We usually make 40 to 60 belts at a time, so the time savings is tremendous, and that justifies the high cost. I've not used the smaller version, but I'm sure it works just as well. If you're only doing a few belts at a time, that's probably the way to go.
  7. That's an edge creaser. You dampen the edge of your project and push the tool down the edge. It will round over the edge and make a bead line. You hold the tool vertically, and with the long edge of the tool hanging over the edge of your project. Then push the tool with some good down pressure to get a finished edge.
  8. Thanks CraftyNick. The color is Tandy's EcoFlo mahogany gel antique. I applied the antique directly on the raw leather. The picture is slightly browner than the actual color. I finished it with Master spray with lanolin and wax. That's a product made for shoes. Tom
  9. Here's a Christmas gift for everybody's special uncle. Tom .picasa.ini
  10. I don't make a one size fits all. I start at 6 1/2" and go to 9" in 1/2" increments.
  11. The longest bracelet I make is what I call a size 9. It's 9'' between snap centers and will fit almost all big wrists. I also use 7/8 leather.
  12. Thanks to all for the positive responses. Bdpeters- That is a Barry King border tool Tom.
  13. Had a customer request a Western style holster for a Colt 1911. Not the best gun for that type of holster. I came up with this. I think it could have had a little more floral work, and less background, but I tried to match up with an existing belt he uses. I'm pretty happy with it overall. Tom
  14. I tried both and all galleries loaded in less than 2 seconds. We have Time Warner highspeed internet.
  15. Very nice rig. What tool did you use to get that nice beading? Tom