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  1. Angelus is an acrylic - You can just thin with water.
  2. Yes yes yes yes. I was sourcing from Zack White for some time, and just switched over to Hide House. Very pleased with their service, quality, and pricing.
  3. In general, the people who buy from me know and expect that these should be special-use pieces. They're expensive, they're not everyday collars you bum around with in the woods or at the dog park. I don't typically make a point of stating it directly to someone outright if not asked, as the people who pull the trigger do seem to have a good grasp of these just due to the materials and the price tag. I'm asked the question often though from prospective buyers and people with passing interest. I ended up making a handling & care FAQ on my website that I can just point people to, instead of re-explaining how leather, paint, and nice things in general need to be treated over and over again LOL. For reference, here's my collar care FAQ: FYI... Angelus is available on
  4. I use aerosol saddle-lac sprayed as-is, in a number of VERY light mistings instead of one or two heavier coats. That way I can keep the finish more even and matte and extend the longevity of the topcoat. I've found through experience that brushing on a resolene top coat really runs the risk of affecting my paint and antiquing, even after a lengthy and adequate dry time. I won't go that route anymore, even though I prefer the matte level of a resolene based finish.
  5. You absolutely can. Just give care to how you apply the paint, the quality of your supplies, and how you finish the piece. All I do are painted pieces that are subjected to bending - dog collars. Excessive wear will affect the color, but overall it can hold up very well if proper care is taken. Photos via the link:
  6. Mechanical pencil. Bic, specifically. Ha, I buy the exact same kind every time. I also use a nice tracing paper.
  7. You can also do it as a relief. Takes some good timing to catch it before it dries to leave residue, but you'll get the look you want. If using acrylics, you thin it enough (but not too much) that you can use it kind of like an antique finish. Brush on over the letters so it gets into the low points, quickly remove evenly and thoroughly it from the rest.
  8. I use both Angelus and Eco-Flo paints, and then Liquitex acrylics as-needed. Multiple thin layers as others have said, just like painting canvas or any other application, but I also rarely use the color as-is. No trouble mixing colors between brands. All of the above are acrylics and can be thinned with just water. I prefer to finish with Saddle-Lac, but if especially you're using a brush-on top coat, you'll want to give yourself AT LEAST 48-72 hours of dry time before the topcoat.
  9. I use Angelus, Eco-Flo and some Liquitex acrylics sparingly. Nothing is going to waterPROOF these - they aren't meant to get wet. However, the paints have some natural water resistance, and I finish with a Saddle-Lac. And thank you!
  11. Wow! Spectacular work!
  12. Hide House! Their belt grade CA "Salz" sides come in a nice golden yellow.
  13. It's just 6-7oz veg tan! Tooled, dyed & painted. Bottom is 9-10oz latigo. Definitely does a number on my hands though haha. Thank you!
  14. Edit: Didn't look closely enough.
  15. I adore Buckle Guy. They make a fantastic product, great pricing, fair shipping - they are my vendor for all of my product hardware