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  1. Does that machine have reverse? If not, you might find it difficult to lock your stitches with bulky items that are hard to turn 180 degrees to sew the opposite direction.
  2. You can use them in a house, but you need adequate ventilation. Depending on your size constraints, you can do something as simple as buying a portable box fan and strapping an appropriately sized air filter to the intake side of the fan. This will capture the majority of the airborne floating dye overspray. Even better, mount the fan to some kind of box, and spray inside the box. This will create a tunnel and vacuum effect. All this still leaves the hazardous fumes floating in the air. If you put the contraption in front of a window, that will help push the fumes outside. I don't remember who did it, but I've seen one person mount an exhaust fan directly over their workbench and ran the exhaust tubing out of the house. This will help remove fumes from adhesives and such as well. When airbrushing, you can hang sheets of foamcore around the workbench (to create the enclosure / vacuum effect) to contain and remove overspray. Personally, I use a dedicated cabinet. It has two box fans mounted to the back wall of the cabinet, and each fan has its own filter. I can hang a 1x12 from the ceiling and clip a belt blank to it so I can dye long pieces. The air compressor sits at the bottom of the cabinet, and I have a counter-height shelf to hold my dye bottles, etc. while I'm spraying. I have a hinged piece of plywood on the top that flips over and rests on the top edge of the cabinet doors, which essentially deepens the cabinet and creates a semi-enclosure to help contain the overspray. My setup may not be ideal for most people, but I needed something that would specifically work with belts so my cabinet is quite large (tall).
  3. Looks nice Alex! I like how you colored the tooling.
  4. Great job Martin - very nice!
  5. Great looking holster Josh! Love the colors and the flow of the design! I also like to curl the muzzle inward. I think it makes the opening a little more resistant to collapsing, but I try to keep the opening large enough to get an old tooth brush in there to help clean out the holster over time.
  6. I've had two or three holsters over the years that I forgot to oil prior to sealing. I wouldn't normally worry about it, but I needed the leather to darken up a bit to match the rest of the set. If you brush on the neetsfoot oil, it will eventually penetrate through the acrylic sealer (usually overnight). I usually go back and apply another coat of sealer once the oil is completely soaked in. You should have no problem getting acrylic sealer to adhere to the leather if you oil it first. I oil everything I make 12-24 (usually 24) hours prior to sealing, and I have never had a problem with the bond.
  7. Very nice! Love the colors!
  8. Have you tried a different browser?
  9. Seems pretty fair to me (remember, price includes shipping). Comparing price per SF for an entire hide vs smaller pieces isn't exactly a fair comparison.
  10. Great looking holster!
  11. In case you're interested, I'm attaching some reference photos of holsters I've created from that pattern.
  12. As long as you haven't sealed it, you can always dampen it again.
  13. This is a good video showing how one maker forms his. How long are you soaking the leather? I typically soak mine for 7-10 seconds. If you soak it too long, the leather won't hold any definition. If you don't soak it long enough, it'll be difficult to form and will burnish too easily. I use a vacuum press for initial molding, then follow up with a bone folder and a couple other very basic tools.
  14. If you haven't already, you should be able to file a claim against him, which will put a hold on the $80 in his account (if he has a positive balance in his PayPal account). If he doesn't respond to the dispute, you should receive a refund after a certain amount of time.
  15. Stu - I use a system like you're talking about. Cheap vacuum pump, then a veneering bag and pump hardware kit for the hose fittings, etc.