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  1. They also used shellac varnish. I believe shellac is still used on the boots of the Household Cavalry, the long ones worn for official duties
  2. dog treat pouch

    A nice thing to solve the problem. Did you prep your leather before dyeing? I give mine a wipe over with a clean rag dampened with cellulose (aka lacquer) thinners to remove any surface contamination. Even some grease from your fingers can leave contamination which will prevent dye penetrating properly
  3. Tricycle Restoration? (my second project)

    Most excellent The kid wot rides that will need a leather jacket and cap. ala Marlon Brando in 'The Wild One'
  4. Burnisher attachments

    I bought a brass one from a Chinese seller on ebay
  5. Seal the dye with several coats of diluted Resolene. Then apply several coats of Snow Proof paste. Even apply some soft bees wax and buff it in. Then it will be rain-shower resistant, but not totally rain proof, it will never be that
  6. Found square head Chicago screws
  7. Thats doubly clever, that pipe. For dipping belts I use plenty of dye in my dip tray and pull a belt through, one end in each hand, back and forth. It takes time and care to get an even coating of dye. I forsee a visit to a builders merchants soon for some PVC pipe.
  8. double; I know you can't cut the edges and retain the integrity of the rivet head. Cutting off one part of the edge is one way I use to remove them. The Chicago screws is the way I think. You can buy square ones from Chinese sellers on ebay
  9. copyright infringement?

    A; when someone goes to lawyer and says 'I have copyright on this' the lawyer takes his/her word for it and does not investigate if they have. They act on the word of their client B. Its very, very expensive to take a court case. In N.I. a copyright case is a civil action and the complainant has to lodge a minimum of £10, 000 ~ in cash, with the court before proceeding C. I've had threats by lawyer letter over copyright ownership (I never infringe anyone's proper copyrights). I have just written a letter back to the lawyer; telling them 'no they don't have copyright' give an example or two, and tell them to prove it in court. Thats the last I've heard from them. An eg; when I had a wooden toy company it was called 'Tyrone Toys'. Shortly after I started it I got a lawyers letter saying I infringed his clients copyright, his company name was 'County Tyrone Toys'. The letter told me the date from when the client had used the name, which predated the first of my toys going on sale. I sent back to the lawyer a newspaper advert and the company registration papers for my 'Tyrone Toys' which both predated his clients claim and told him' see you in court'. btw the other toy company changed to 'Wooden Toys of Co.Tyrone'
  10. How to draw floral designs

    Big cheat; get the Tandy Craftaids. They have them all drawn out. Also Tandy have a 'library' where you can buy older designs. Prices are from $0.00 upwards. These come to you as PDF files. With these you can resize and squeeze or expand in your computer to suit your item, then print out, trace over on your item then go to work on it. It suits me cos I'm no artist Floral design craftaid example; from the 'library';
  11. 1/16 Burr Rivets

    Try searching outside of leather work items. Model railway boiler rivets;
  12. Rune bags & some questions.

    I dug through my tools and found the screwdriver interlacing markers. One makes a square edged lace the other makes a slightly wider round top lace; Just a rough drag thru some leather. I don't know if you can make it out the round top shape is to the top of the picture. Proper back-grounding would tidy the lines as well. And finally; if you're not totally set on using wood for your rune beads ~~ I use 'granite' polymer clay. Polymer clay is also known as FIMO and Sculpey. I use the Tandy Rune letters to impress the letter then I fill the grove with liquid polymer clay mixed with gold paint and gold glitter. The two top beads are FIMO straight from the packet, for the two lower I added white polymer clay to lighten them a bit. I make these for games as well as for necklace beads. They have been mistaken for real granite pebbles. A block of polymer clay is 2 ounces (58g) and I get between 14 and 18 beads from a block
  13. Punch hole sizes

    This is a chart from one punch maker. Its not perfect, it doesn't cover all the sizes ~~ and ...... I find that different makers have slightly different sizes for the numbers. Eg, Tandy's #3 is 1/8" = 3.17mm, the #2 above, the #3 above = Tandy's #4 and the above #4 = Tandy's #5 You might need to draw up your own chart
  14. Rune bags & some questions.

    Also; cut the piece bigger than you need. Allow for the stretch, and then you can cut your required shape out, around your worked area when its completed btw; for doing fine interlacing patterns I ground the blade of a stubby flat screwdriver. I ground out the middle of the blade to leave two points. I actually made two, slightly different. Then I use this to draw over the wet leather, leaving two tracks. It means my ribbon width is always constant. I've not used them for several (many) years
  15. Rune bags & some questions.

    For background you do need a range of tools, from very small to the largest which your design can take. One of the common backgrounders is the simple cross-hatch as on Tandy A104 Although this is very small, it might not be small enough. You can buy these tool very cheaply. Use a dremel type tool, or just a file to shape a backgounder to size and shape that you need For interlacing; the most important aspect imho is to have the widths of the ribbon the same size throughout. Modern drawings of interlacing are all nice and regular, but the ancients didn't have it that way; so for a 'rustic' / 'ancient' look the design can be a bit uneven As with all design stamping, but Celtic interlacing patterns especially, work slowly and carefully, taking breaks from it every-so-often