Chief Filipino

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    Tucson, AZ
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    All things artistic!

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    Everything to do with leathercrafting

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  1. Are girls allowed? :P

    Very nice work! The best is the doggy top hat! I wonder if you would be able to find some leather from Argentina. A lot of the leather I buy here in the US from Tandy Leather comes from Argentina and maybe other South American country/countries.
  2. My First Biker/Long Wallet

    Thanks, it's not my first wallet over all just my first biker wallet. I've mastered the technique of not being very good with a wool dauber! Hahahahaha! I agree with you that I am not the biggest fan of solid/even dye jobs. I like my pieces to have multiple areas that draw the eye, almost like abstract art. I do try to make it fairly even, but honestly it just comes out that way because I run the dauber until it runs out, load it up with more and try to start where it is fairly even in tone. Doesn't really work if I'm going for an even tone, but honestly I like the look of uneveness.
  3. My First Biker/Long Wallet

    Hello All, This is came from a template provided by Tboyce. I downloaded the revised version of the biker wallet, went to FedEx office to get it printed. I had them put it on 24 in X 36 in paper though there was quite a bit of excess paper at the bottom. I don't know what paper sizes they have though so maybe that's the only size to print on. I really like the template! The only issue I really ran into was in the card slots. The cards are really hard to push in and pull out, but I really think this is an issue with the waxed polyester thread I'm using from Tandy Leather. It might be a little to thick in diameter and a little too waxed. I've had a similar experience with other wallets I've made. So I would suggest to go with a non waxed or perhaps a thinner diameter thread. I've been wanting to try a new thread but haven't found a good cheaper price tag. I want to try Ritza Tiger thread but that's pretty pricey for me, so if anyone has a suggestion to try out I'd love to hear it! Also, I always have trouble with beveling thinner weight leathers. Does anyone have a tip or trick to do get a nice clean bevel? I've tried holding it down with a ruler but it still seems to push the leather at times. Yes I probably need to sharpen it better and I'm trying but I still haven't quite figured out sharpening anything well enough. Yes I know this is the show off section but I am always open to critiques to help me improve my skills, so if you see something feel free to say it, please! Anyways here is my version of this wallet:
  4. Biker Wallet Pattern Uploaded

    Hello All, This is a now a pretty old thread but I wanted to post this here for anyone else who comes across this (like I did a few years later). I downloaded the revised version of the biker wallet, went to FedEx office to get it printed. I had them put it on 24 in X 36 in paper though there was quite a bit of excess paper at the bottom. I don't know what paper sizes they have though so maybe that's the only size to print on. I really like the template! The only issue I really ran into was in the card slots. The cards are really hard to push in and pull out, but I really think this is an issue with the waxed polyester thread I'm using from Tandy Leather. It might be a little to thick in diameter and a little too waxed. I've had a similar experience with other wallets I've made. So I would suggest to go with a non waxed or perhaps a thinner diameter thread. I've been wanting to try a new thread but haven't found a good cheaper price tag. I want to try Ritza Tiger thread but that's pretty pricey for me, so if anyone has a suggestion to try out I'd love to hear it! Oh, the other issue I had was beveling the thin leather, which is why it came out spotty (but that's an issue with the crafter not the template). The inner assembly is from 1.5-2.5 oz vegtan sheep skin, the exterior is 3-4oz veg tan cow. Line twenty snap, waxed thread from tandy and a six inch zipper from JoAnn fabric. Anyways here is my version of this wallet: indidana, mwsbmatt, Griffin Works the dimensions are about 7.5 inch square with the thumb break adding about 2.57 inches. The template itself was easier for me to take to a place to print out on 24 inch X 36 inch paper. I got two copies for about $7.00 USD. There was a bit of excess paper on the bottom but it's easier and faster for me to pay them to print it and I just cut off the excess than to spend the time trying to print from home. I don't know enough about messing with computers to be able to do that. Hope that helps. You did ask about two years ago so you probably figured it out already.
  5. Knife sheath for middleearth style knife

    Very nice! Did you make the knife as well?
  6. Sheath For My Custom Karambit

    Nice! To answer your questions, which gave me a lot of food for thought, I think that I want a mix of both. There are times where I do what I want to do and feel perfection is whatever comes out, and there are times where I want it to be almost machine perfect but made by hand. I think this comes from me vacillating between wanting to just make what I want (my own art) and wanting my stuff to sell so that perhaps one day I could do this as a full time job. I lean more towards making art, but then I look at my stockpile of things I've made and think of all the money I've invested and haven't gotten back. Then again, I haven't been hustling as much to sell it. I haven't gone out and gotten a booth to try to sell my work in over a year, mostly relying on my Etsy store... anyways, I'll figure it out one of these days. It is never too late to learn something new! As you said your father's best work came from his heart. I don't really know you personally, but it kind of seems like you are letting your head get in the way of your heart. There are times where I try to go into a meditative state and just focus on my breathing or nothing at all and just create. Maybe something like that could work for you, maybe abstract painting could help you get out of your head and into your heart. Of course if you're trying to sell works, those often tend to be the most difficult pieces to sell, at least in my experience. Thank you! As the saying goes, "I am my own worst critic." I have to remind myself of that and just let go of trying to gain perfection.
  7. Sheath For My Custom Karambit

    Thank you! Thank you! There's still so much to learn, I'm definitely hustling to do my best on pretty much everything (sometimes I skip steps or get lazy when I make things just for myself). Thank you! I'd love to see some of your father's work. Thank you for the tips! I always struggle with tooling because I will often stray outside of the lines. I haven't tried smoothing them out with the spoon... didn't even think of that. As for the beader blade, I haven't even heard of this! I was going for parallel but my swivel knife skills aren't there yet so that blade is a must now! Thank you again! Next pay check I think I'll pick me up a couple blades. Are they hard to sharpen?
  8. I made this a few months ago but haven't been very active on this forum (something I look to remedy). I had Rich Greenwood, a local bladesmith, custom make me a karambit for my gigantic hands. I then made the sheath for it, going for a friction fit. I feel like the tooling is my personal best (I know there isn't much tooling) but I don't do a lot of tooling so my growth is slow. I am a big guy with ham-sammich hands so the handle/knife is big. To many it may be a weird looking knife but I love it and Rich did an excellent job meeting my specs. While the tooling came out well, I ran into an issue when putting the knife back in the sheath. The shape/design and thickness made it very difficult to get a smooth re-sheathing. I still have to fiddle with it when trying to return it, but it draws fairly smooth. I think that I will make another sheath for it someday, perhaps using a combination of wood and leather. I know this is the show off section and people feel a little uncomfortable adding critiques, but I have improved so much because of your input. If you see something you would like to add your two cents on feel free! I appreciate it!
  9. Arm Stuff

    Bracelets, Bracers, Watches, other things that go on arms
  10. Updating My Albums

    I've been a busy bee creating my own little world for the past year. I just realized I haven't updated my albums in a long time and I've created so much! I am having some problems uploading all the images but I will be adding what I can to my albums.
  11. Masks

    I love masks. The following are my attempts to add my mark upon the world of masks.
  12. Added Some Work To Gallery

    It's been a long time since I've shown anything here. In the past 6 months... wow it really has been that long... I made some deerskin bags and I really like how they came out. I know it's not the place for critiques but if anyone feels the need to point something out please feel free. OH and I was out hiking awhile back and came across the left over lunch of a mountain lion! I took the left over deer bones home and processed them. I then used them to make the "ring" and "strap ring" for the white satchel. Hope the link to the gallery works.
  13. I really like the idea you used for the pen holders!
  14. Best Way To Apply Resolene

    how does angelus matte finisher compare to resolene in regards to water resistance?
  15. First Leather Binder

    Hahaha nice pun! I used double cap rivets. I had to pull off the first couple of rivets though, they kept bending on me for some reason. I really had to take my time on it. I can't remember what size I used, but they are long enough to work (maybe a little too long and that's why it bent). Sorry for the late reply. I've been going seven days a week and haven't had a break since September. Hope that helps! Good luck!