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About Sheilajeanne

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    Ontario, Canada
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    Dog, archery, horses, reading

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    leashes and collars
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  1. Bracers

    Just another word for the same thing. If you click on my link above, you'll see both terms used by posters on this site. I've seen bracers used many times in literature, too, as I'm into authors that do Lord of the Rings/Game of Thrones/ type stories. I'm familiar with braces as well, because both my dad and grand-dad used to wear them to hold up their pants back in the 1950's! Edit: further research shows a bracer is actually an archery arm guard, while a vambrace is a piece of armor. However, people who do LARP don't distinguish between the two. So. 480 volt, you were right! Technically, they are different.
  2. How do I do this carving coloring?

    It looks like the carver would have used a resist on the carved areas, then dyed the background using a very fine brush. The final step would have been to apply an antique, and rub it off to highlight the carving, followed by a finishing coat of something like Super Sheen or an equivalent top coat. Whoever did this belt is a highly skilled artist, and what they have done here takes talent, experience, and lots of patience and time. The carving is excellent and the stitching along the edges is flawless. I recently completed my first hand-tooled belt, so I know from experience just how hard it is to dye the background and not get anything on the carving!
  3. Tandy Splitter

    Thanks, Dwight!
  4. Bracers

    Very nice! I'm sure he'll gret good use out of them. Just a bit of correction on the terminology here, though. Those are braces, used to hold up pants. Bracers are quite different: They are used to protect the arms for people who like to play around with swords and medieval armour! (LARP stands for Live Action Role Playing).
  5. Tandy Splitter

    Yin Tix, I only was able to find ONE thread. The price right now is about as low as it will ever get, and I really don't want to wait for something better to come along. Saw a video of the exact machine I'm planning to buy, and they guy was saying, "WOW, that blade is really SHARP. You need to be careful not to cut yourself." There's some other stuff I am wiling to wait for, but this is something I would really like to have now, so going to take the chance on it. I never buy anything from Tandy unless it's on sale, or something that's really cheap to start with. For instance, got a package of 5 scroll stamps yesterday for $13.00, and a bottle of gold dye for $3.99. [sigh!] Okay, for better or for worse, I just pulled the trigger on this. Ordered it over the phone, and will pick up tomorrow. Edit: feeling jealous of this guy's work bench! Will have to figure out a way to mount the splitter in my rather tiny work space! This is the model I ordered.
  6. Tandy Splitter

    Okay, I really NEED a splitter, unless I want to just continue using Tandy's overpriced kits! They have the deluxe splitter for same for $274.00 Canadian this weekend. Going to go for it. Being In Canada has its disadvantages when it comes to buying leather machinery from elsewhere. There's not a lot available here, and you have to pay hefty shipping and custom fees. Did find some info when I did a search, and seems it's a pretty decent machine.
  7. what do you do for a living

    Gosh, I've had SO many different jobs in my life... Started working at 15 in a factory at $1 an hour. Had a number of factory jobs in the summer while I was in H.S. Hey, anything to earn a bit of green! Also worked security (crowd control) at major public events in Toronto while in school, then spent a summer as a P.I. (loss prevention in drugstores.) Eventually got a science degree, but couldn't find a job, so bounced around doing temporary secretarial work (those Grade 9 typing classes sure paid off!) for the university and the government of Ontario. One of the more interesting jobs was working at the Best Institute at U of Toronto. I got to meet Dr. Best, the co-founder of insulin, and actually typed a letter for him once! Eventually wound up getting my teaching certificate, and teaching for a number of years. The only part of it I really enjoyed was teaching outdoor education during the summertime! I finally got tired of playing traffic cop to kids who really didn't want to learn, and decided to get my nursing diploma (R.N.) Eventually got the job I really wanted: doing visiting nursing. Then my life kind of fell apart when my husband was diagnosed with cancer and heart disease. He suffered a stroke in January of 2004 and died in November. I also lost both my mom and dad during a 10 month period from May 2004 - March 2005. After the estates were wrapped up, I tried to continue my nursing, but my heart wasn't in it anymore. A friend was wanting to try running a dog kennel, so we went into business together. She dropped out after a year or so, and I kept at it until I sold the business in 2015. I continued to work for the new owners for about a year, until we got tired of each other, and went our separate ways. Now I'm 64 years old, unemployed and wondering what the heck to do with myself! I let my nursing license lapse, and getting back into it would be extremely difficult and expensive, and take at least 2 years. Just not worth it at my age, but I don't feel ready to retire either! So, dabbling in leatherwork, and hoping maybe to make a few bucks with it. May run an ad in the local paper, and see if there are any seniors out there that could use a retired nurse to help them with their daily lives. Not really interested in going back into teaching. My next door neighbour is a teacher, and tells me stories of students coming to class high on drugs. Don't care to deal with that sort of nonsense at may age!
  8. Tandy Splitter

    So, I know the Al Stohlman head knife is not something I want to add to my leather tools due to the poor quality of the steel. Has anyone good or bad things to say about Tandy's splitter? This was the one they had on sale earlier this week: It was listed at $200 U.S.
  9. YAYYY!!!! Knipknives

    One thing I wanted to know is what's the difference between a head knife and a round knife? What's best for what task? Terry, I have a detail knife. It's one with a disposable blade, and I don't use it often enough to want to splurge on a really expensive one. Like someone said recently, even the disposable/snap off blades can do a good job if you look after them, and strop them! I suppose you could even sharpen them, if you wanted to.
  10. YAYYY!!!! Knipknives

    I am thinking of getting a head knife or round knife in the near future. Which one did you buy, and what were your reasons for picking that particular one? As I'm female, with a small hand, I'm thinking the Texas Rosebud might be a good choice, but would like to know the pros and cons behind different knives.
  11. A visit to Tandy is on my schedule for today! :D
  12. Enough of hand sewing

    Absolutely! There is no way these boots could have been fixed using a machine, as the split was where the toe of the boot meets the upper, where 3 pieces of leather come together. Sorel is a very reputable make of boot. I was surprised by the low quality of the construction. Stitching sucked, the dyeing sucked, and the boot had lost a D-ring for the lace because the loop holding the ring never got stitched! Just finished reading the thread on how to make a living with your leather work, and if this is the quality of (no doubt!) overseas mass-production going into the things we buy, there definitely IS a market for well-made quality leather goods.
  13. Enough of hand sewing

    A big help in sewing is a hemostat or pair of needle nosed pliers to help get the needle through the holes. I was repairing an old pair of Sorel winter boots tonight, and just about went NUTS hand-stitching a seam that was only an inch and a half long! Couldn't find my hemostat, and the leather was thick and stretchy and the holes just very small slits. I needed my strongest glasses and a very bright light to even see them! Using my awl to stretch the holes a bit did help, but it was still a real PITA! Had me wishing for a needle with a smaller eye, and sharper point!
  14. That head knife sheathe tells me you have a talent for this, no doubt because you are already an artist. However, you may want to get a kit for your first purse. After that you can use the pattern that came with the kit to cut your own, and tweak the pattern to your liking. One thing I'd darn well like to do with the Tandy kits is get rid of all the holes for lacing, and saddle stitch the purse instead.
  15. There Are Some Good Tandy People Out There!

    Hey, I know Tandy has its downside, with quality issues on a lot of its stuff, but I still like to give credit where credit is due! Interesting how most of us giving positive reviews of Tandy are from Canada! Maybe things are a little different here than they are in the U.S.