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  1. Makers mark stamp

    Susan, Sorry it took me a while to reply but we moved house and the internet connection only went live today. Le Prevo stamps have proven fine for what I have needed; nothing that required fine lines or great detail. Fredk is right about really deep impressions not being crisp at the edges but I have only found this a problem once with a font. Now the smallest font I use with their plates is 12pt though you can get away with smaller if you choose a clearer font. Le Prevo have always been very helpful and, a couple of times, have phoned to point out problems (once was size and once was layout) and allowed me to send in amendments as I was speaking to them which saved me paying for a larger plate than I needed. Most of my stamps are 2.5cm x 2.5cm or smaller and a couple of smaller ones have been mounted on bolts for use with a hammer. The others I have mounted in dies where they need to be placed repeatedly and I use a vice to imprint them. I mostly use bridle leather and the impressions are great 95% of the time. I haven't used russet much and I seldom use dyes so can't say much about that. Hope that helps. Gary
  2. http://abbeyengland.com/Store/txtSearch/Buckle/ProductID/68508 They start at £7.00. You have to register with them to see prices and there may be import duty at your end as well as p&p. Mind you, the £ is probably worth about 50c at the moment. There was a kickstarter a while ago ... Ha! Found it ...
  3. Brass lock and escutcheons pins

    They used to come with escutcheon pins but the last few I bought did not include them. I had to buy a bag of pins from abbey and they were a swine to use as I think they are brass-plated steel and very hard to burr over. In frustration I found a musical instrument supplier who sold solid brass rivets which did a better job than the original escutcheon pins. Hope that helps.
  4. Need SQUEEZE coin purse mechanism

    http://www.leprevo.co.uk/leathergoods.htm £0.15 each. MOQ 10.
  5. Makers mark stamp

    The company I used in the past has, sadly, closed. They did supply fully-mounted stamps. I did find one other UK supplier but they charged far too much. I have ended up using http://www.leprevo.co.uk/embossing.htm several times. The drawback is that you have to cut out and mount the stamps yourself. The positive aspects are that I have found them to be quick, reliable, easy to deal with and very reasonably priced. There may be other European users on here who can help. Gary
  6. Jig for getting rigging straight

    Dusty Johnson shows one in one of his books that is made of clear perspex and the design is beautifully simple and it looks day to use. Someone here should be able to help more than me.
  7. Recommended Leather Suppliers (US)

    I only started using aa crack a little while ago and they do have a good selection and their service is slick. The one drawback is their post and packing charge but that may have been a one-off.
  8. Recommended Leather Suppliers (US)

    Kings county leather, Even though it says watch straps, there is a list of uk suppliers in ...
  9. British Leather suitable for watch straps

    Jonathan, British leather or British made - That there is a can of worms. The trade descriptions act 1968 states that: "36 Country of origin. (1)For the purposes of this Act goods shall be deemed to have been manufactured or produced in the country in which they last underwent a treatment or process resulting in a substantial change. (2)The Board of Trade may by order specify— (a)in relation to any description of goods, what treatment or process is to be regarded for the purposes of this section as resulting or not resulting in a substantial change; (b)in relation to any description of goods different parts of which were manufactured or produced in different countries, or of goods assembled in a country different from that in which their parts were manufactured or produced, in which of those countries the goods are to be regarded for the purposes of this Act as having been manufactured or produced." could depend if tanning and/or currying is seen as making the most substantial change. Taking leather and making it into a watch strap must be a significant change so the straps would be 'made in Britain' and the leathergoods be from British suppliers or sources. probably best to speak to someone professional in trading standards. Hope my input produces more light than heat. Gary
  10. Neatsfoot is made from extracting the fats/oils/gelatine and so on from cows' feet only and the elements are, presumably, in historically accepted proportions. AFAIK, tallow is made from refining suet (the fat from around the kidneys) of cows and sheep. If a whole cow was boiled down there would be all the other fats and in, presumably, different proportions from just the feet.
  11. British Leather suitable for watch straps

    Sorry this list isn't exhaustive but I was a bit short of time and only managed to look at the first page of internet search results for 'UK leather supplier'. aa crack metropolitan sedgewick abbey artisan leather pittards le prevo j wood neumann a w midgeley ebay amazon
  12. I was wondering if you had any contact details for this chap please? Gary
  13. How to get a deep shine finish on veg tan.

    Thought these two links may reduce the likelihood of repetition for more recent members. And nostalgia for others.
  14. Try http://www.leprevo.co.uk/fittings.htm for the decorative plates. In the UK but I don't know where you are located.
  15. Dog Harness

    Damien, check your mail. Gary