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  1. stamps

    Waiting for stamps to arrive ... Can't wait to try them.
  2. I haven't tried it, so can't say for certain .. but super sheen and resolene are both acrylics and should be OK together. Bill
  3. The "herd of naugas" joke is an oldie but very much still a goodie! Marketing departments started actually advertising naugahyde as a "feature" in the 70's - before that it was just vinyl. I suspect the change came about to set newer more durable vinyl products apart from earlier products that became brittle after a few years. Vinyl is pretty useful even for leatherworkers. It's a great cheap material that behaves much like leather, and can be used to make mockups for stuff. I'm pretty sure the original is at least partly vinyl. If you look at the piping around the center piece you can see a bit of very light color peeking through. Since garment leather is usually mostly struck through, we wouldn't see that. The inner liner does look like it might be leather, however, since that does look right for chrome tan (a bluish color). I'd also guess that there's some sort of bag stiffener behind the main front piece to help keep that curve. There's also some sort of stuffing material there to give it thickness, particularly around the bottom edge and behind the center piece to give it fullness. The piping around the center piece has either no cord or very thin cord. Outer piece, piping and center piece are probably glued and sewn from the back side. Front and straps appear to be a single piece of leather, so could take some creative design to get the straps folded over as in the picture. (forgive the comments about a codpiece with stiffener and stuffing please - I know it's hard to believe that a bad-ass like Vader might need stuffing and stiffening - but then again he had a lot of medical problems - I guess the force can't do everything). Even if the original is pleather, there's no reason why you can't make yours from real leather! Goat is pretty nice to work with in garment weights, but others are fine too. The surface finishes on garment leathers can vary greatly, so your best bet would be to look at some in person to find the texture that you want. I have some that is so smooth and shiny that it looks like vinyl, and other with various surface textures and amounts of gloss. Oh. And just to make y'all jealous - I got meet James Earl Jones a couple of years ago when he did a play on Broadway. His voice is even more amazing in person, and presence on stage is phenomenal. Bill
  4. Jim Linnell did an OK video series for Tandy on tooling and making a wallet. It covers most of the basics at least in 13 parts that are short enough to be digestible. Nothing too fancy but not bad! Bill
  5. Printed / copied is the way to go provided that it fits on your paper. If you still like to be able to see through, use transparency film - just be sure to use the right type for your printer! The wrong type can cause some expensive problems. Bill
  6. Barry King offers up blades for his own knives, and for Tandy. MOST other mass produced are Tandy size - but no guarantees. Bill
  7. Here's an example on my round knife sheaths. It's a fancier cam with seeds, but same idea. Bill
  8. I've always used cams as in the picture, although much closer together so that the "rays" overlap and little to no gap for the cutout part. Bill
  9. Maybe this will be helpful .... Groz-Beckert_Needles_for_the_processing_of_leather.pdf
  10. It looks really good! Well done.
  11. One o' these days I've gotta come by Keysew when you're actually open. I usually pass by on my way to Standard Tap from the blue line - I love good beer even more than leather.
  12. Welcome from West Philly.
  13. Matt cutters are awesome. I have a so-so Logan five footer that makes nice long straight cuts every time. Love it. My "boss" used to be a pro framer, and we needed to frame some artwork, so bought the cutter and framing materials for about what it would have cost to have somebody do the framing for us. Leather cutting turned out to be an added bonus. Win-win! Love it! Bill
  14. If you ever give up glassworking, they'll make awesome steampunk goggles! Well done. Bill
  15. Just tap the punch lightly - just enough to make an impression - not enough to cut through.