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    Los Angeles, California
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    graphic design, model airplanes, computers, leather working

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  • Leatherwork Specialty
    watch bands and small leather goods
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    improving my skills

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  1. I have the small hobby laser from Boss Laser 65 Watt. It's a good machine. I bought it to cut leather but found it's better for engraving. Of course, the bed is often not quite big enough. It does have pass-through doors on all 4 sides which helps. I'll attach a couple of examples
  2. 130 Watt CO2 Laser

    Very clever idea Brian. I was talking to some guys who were cutting belts with a laser. They put them in the washing machine to clean them up. It worked but the soft thin leather I'm using didn't look so good afterward.
  3. 130 Watt CO2 Laser

    Brian - I'm running a 65 Watt machine. I've tried many different combinations of speed and power. My machine has automatic focusing so that's not a problem. I have used light tack tape to mask off areas I'm cutting. The tape mainly keeps the soot that's being generated and blown around from the air assist from staining the leather. I've done some fairly intricate cutting as well and a laser is probably the only way to do some of this sort of cutting. But you spend time weeding out the tape after cutting. Another problem with the charring is if you paint the edges with brighter color edge paint like a red or blue, the charring will darken the paint
  4. 130 Watt CO2 Laser

    I've been disappointed with cutting leather with the laser. I'm using mostly soft leather about 3mm and the charring is just too much work to get off. What I do is use the laser to score the pattern on the back side of the leather and then finish the cut with a knife. That way there is much less clean up. It's more work than if I had a clicker and some dies but at least I can get the pattern outline on the piece accurately.
  5. Mansur Gavriel Manufacturing

    No the bags are made in Italy. The leather is also sourced in Italy. Just the two woman who design the bags are based in LA.
  6. Mansur Gavriel Manufacturing

    From what I’ve read they (Mansur and Gavriel based in Los Angeles) experimented with a lot of different techniques including silk screening the inside of the bags. Eventually they found a company in Italy that could do this fused lining. Some of the bags have a shinny patent leather fused lining
  7. Mansur Gavriel Manufacturing

    This is interesting. I've been curious about their manufacturing myself. I assumed that outside lap seam was done on a post machine. Please post more photos if you find any. I also wondered what company in Italy fuses the lining to the outside leather. That black bag is a somewhat stiff Saffiano leather but the fused lining is smooth. I have a post machine and its difficult to get through the machine.
  8. Wanted Strap Cutter

    Thanks SaltyDOgg. I did finally find one.
  9. Working with Saffiano Leather

    I've made some bags with Saffiano and it is hard to work with. I can be a real pain to get through the sewing machine.
  10. Wanted Strap Cutter

    I know Brian. You'd think someone would have one to sell by now Chuck
  11. Wanted Strap Cutter

    I am in need of a strap cutter. Ideally a powered machine but a good manual machine would be considered. If any one has one to sell please let me know. thanks chuck
  12. How I make Wedding Ring Boxes

    I have a set of 12pt san serif. Some generic font I don't know what the name of it is. But what I use most is 48pt Lydian caps for monograming handbags. It a nice sans serif with just enough style. I also had my brother make a makers mark for me out of brass on his CNC machine that fits the Kingsley holder Chuck
  13. How I make Wedding Ring Boxes

    Thanks again Brian. Always interesting. I have a couple of Kingsley machines myself. They use to be made just down the street from me. Chuck
  14. How I make Wedding Ring Boxes

    These are very beautiful Brian. I've enjoyed reading every step. I marvel at how you are able to create whatever tools you need to accomplish a task. Thanks for sharing. Chuck

    I rarely use the binding attachment on my 335 because it take a lot time to set it up, and after I remove it, it takes so long to get the machine perfectly set up again for regular sewing. Just not worth it for binding one bag.