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About billybopp

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  • Birthday 07/06/1964

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    Pennsylvania, USA

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  • Leatherwork Specialty
    Strap goods, cases, etc.
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  1. Zipper installation multipurpose guide

    That's a brilliant piece of design! Kudos and thank you! Now I know for sure that I need a 3D printer! -Bill
  2. I guess that's what happens when ya find yer mate on here! LOL
  3. Pricing leather goods

    At any college biz school, you could take at least a semester long class on costing and another on pricing if you wanted to go to that kind of depth, but Mike pretty much hit it on the head in a nutshell version which should work just fine for small production ( including hobbyists). The only real rule there is that you want to sell for more than it cost you to make (if you want to make a profit). Pricing is generally done by "What the market will bear" .. What are people willing and able to pay for your product. That can vary quite a bit depending on where and to whom you are selling. About the only way to find that is to look at similar items in the market, actually try selling your product, or some sort of pricing survey ( we call that market research ). Mike has a relatively simple costing model, it sounds like - and that can be just fine. If you wanted to go into more detail, you'd start with actual cost of ALL materials which could include materials cost, shipping, storage, even insurance. Be sure to include ALL materials such as hardware, thread, glue, dye, even water if you use it, etc. You'd also include labor (even if it's just your labor) and such. Those are all Variable Expenses: the more products you make, the more things you pay for. Once made you need to think about cost of packaging, storage of completed items and such. There are also fixed expenses which includes the space, heating and cooling, insurance, tools and such that are used for production: these cost you pretty much the same whether you make one item or one hundred. How deep you want to go, tho, depends on you and to some extent how much product you make! Just some food for thought! - Bill
  4. 2 colour stitching

    When saddle-stitching, you simply tie two pieces of thread together and hide the knot between layers at your first stitch. It's that simple. With a sewing machine the thread never actually crosses from one side to the other, so while you can have a different color on each side, you cannot get a "candy cane" stitch. - Bill
  5. Stitching chisels make holes that are much too big for thread that small. I'd consider using them ... or a wheel ... to mark the spacing then a small awl to punch through. You might even get away with a leather point needle as an awl blade to make the holes. - Bill
  6. Money clip source needed please

    LOL. That's the problem with web searches in general. They return exactly what you ask them for, and not always what you intend! - Bill
  7. Murphys law says that all rivets that you currently have on-hand will be exactly the sizes that you do not need. It's a proven fact. - Bill
  8. Yes please!! I've been toying with the idea of making shoes too! - Bill
  9. New Member in Virginia Beach

    Welcome aboard. Wow! Sounds like you got some great deals on those machines. Every time I see one of those 7s with all their exposed parts I can't help but wonder if an OSHA inspector came across one, would they die of a heart attack on the spot? As for the box of tools, you're in the right place to learn what they are how to use them, so ask away! - Bill
  10. You beat me to it @KingsCountyLeather. LOL! @RockyAussie Thank you! I always pay attention when you do one of these posts since there they're always well done and always something to learn from!! Heck, if I had the money I'd buy a croc bag just to encourage you to keep posting, but alas I'm poor. - Bill
  11. Happy Birthday Johanna!

    Happy Birthday Johanna ... And a million thanks for all that you do for us! - Bill
  12. Finally Done!!

    That's one of the best uses for most of the Tandy kits! They mostly pretty decent designs really. Trace out the pieces on cardboard or such, marking out a line where the stitch holes are rather than individual holes. Go ahead and assemble the kit, learning just how to put things together - what order and such. When you're ready to make another, pull out the cardboard patterns, cut your pieces, and mark the stitch lines lightly with dividers and then make proper stitch holes with stitching chisels or pricking irons and an awl. Now you've got a nicely designed bag that's put together with much nicer stitching than you'd get with those big holes in the initial kit! - Bill
  13. Garment Leather inlay question

    No experience with this sort of thing, but why not do an X stitch, a baseball stitch, or some other decorative between white and green in a third ( or more) contrasting color? Make it part of the visual design. - Bill
  14. Knowledge vs. Experience

    I like to think that knowledge is the result of experience, either your own or somebody else's. The main thing that makes experience superior to somebody else's passed on knowledge revolves around this imperfect thing that we call communication. Imagine if the technology existed that would allow a direct brain link from one person to another. Knowledge could be passed along wholly intact, including for example what it feels like to hold a swivel knife just right or hit a stamp just the right way with just the right power. It'd be easy peasy! But that doesn't exist, so we have to rely on communication to pass along that knowledge through some form of communication, whether one-way or a two-way exchange, and in many possible formats such as verbal, written, pictorial, video - any of which could be one or two way. So, we're limited in obtaining knowledge outside our own experience by the communication skill of another person. Furthermore, we need to find somebody that communicates in a way that works for us. What is perfectly clear communication to one person might be pretty much incomprehensible to another, whether because of the format or the style of the communicator. Fortunately, we have people with experience and the knowledge gained from it that are willing and able to pass that along as best they can to us, imperfect tho it may be. Their knowledge is a GREAT shortcut for us! To pick on @immiketoo for a minute. Bad as it was, imagine how long it would have taken to make that first case that he mentioned without the benefit of Stohlman's book - and how many bad versions it may have taken to get an acceptable result. Even then, some techniques and ideas may never have occurred to him! Also fortunately, @immiketoois a pretty smart guy who got it figured out and probably added some new knowledge through his experience, and that of others .. and is willing and able to communicate it to the rest of us. - Bill
  15. Some things never change. Then as now, some people had more money than others and liked to flaunt it with a bit o' bling. When people are willing to pay for bling, there are always going to be others willing to make something to accommodate, for profit. Where there is a craftsman willing to make and sell things with bling, there's another craftsman willing to make the tools needed for said bling. I could be wrong, but I think Bob Beard hand-cuts his tools. Stamps were almost certainly made - probably using brass - possibly cast then hand finished, maybe just cut from a chunk of brass. They would not have lasted like steel does, but long enough to makes lots of bling before they wore out. As for the repeated wave patter, who knows ...Maybe. A Greek key pattern seems pretty likely - they seemed to like that one well enough to have it named for 'em! I also wonder if somebody willing to pay for that kind of bling might have been willing to pay for a bit of metal too for clasps and such, maybe even made from gold? Maybe a gemstone button or two? We'll probably never know, but it's interesting to think about. No matter what the ancients did, your work looks fantastic, Mike! - Bill