Richardrn80

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  1. 800 stitches with one piece of thread?

    If you sew by hand, you can do it with one thread using the saddle stitch. It takes time and a lot of patients, and the right tools. I sewed a briefcase completely by hand. Every seam was one thread. It took almost 2 and a half months, but that was while working 48 hours a week too. If you want to know more, PM me and I can give more details. AF1QipMs0lXDsdP7m9sPQmMYgq-m5kSF7GyXadRIEbo[1] AF1QipOuafhR0DCgy4tKVW9osa1YrLxiQDzFiUCc2G8[1] AF1QipOWm-GpygnDYHx5t7gVulTOBsd8zHmBfJvPTA8[1] sorry. the pics didn't work
  2. Finishing Edges

    Ok. Got it. Thanks.
  3. Finishing Edges

    I do t know if this is the right place to post this, but here it goes. I have recently finished a beautiful tote bag for my wife out of rustic chromexcel horween 3/4 oz leather. Very soft, very supple. I am having a difficult time getting the edges on the handles to not bleed the dye I treated it with. I started with sanding with 220, then treated with feibings saddle soap. Then sanded another time with 420 grit. Then I treated with black spirit dye. After letting it dry, I sanded again with 420, and again spread black spirit dye. Then I treated with beeswax. Now, I rub it on any towel, and Black comes off every time!! It almost ruined one of my wife’s brand new blouses. I am hoping for some input here on how to get the dye to last and not come off with contact. I have even tried gum trag over it, as well as tan kote. Any ideas?
  4. Trouble with setting copper rivets

    I bought them from Buckle Guy and Tandy.
  5. I am working on a project where I am trying to connect pieces of leather with my copper rivets. I have both #9 and #12 rivets. I also have the tools for each size. The issue I’m running into is after I punch down my washer onto the rivet, it comes loose. I have tried switching the different size washers (thinking I had mixed them up) and that didn’t work. I’m really not sure what is going on or what I’m doing wrong. I have ruined so many rivets and I wanted to see if anyone here had any pointers on how to get them to stay tight after I set them with the setter. Is it what I’m using as an anvil? I’m so confused. Thank you in advance for any help and guidance.
  6. One more question. How did you do the handles? I attempted to do some handles like that, but they failed miserably!! What’s your secret to the handles? What type of leather, thickness did you use?
  7. Absolutely beautiful!!! Very well done. I showed my wife and she asked if you had a pattern for this beautiful piece of art. I like how you left the edges unpainted. It gives a contrast to it that makes it still very simple. Well done!!
  8. First commissioned project

    I was worried about that and did some extensive research. Fiebings Resolene waterproofs the leather. I put on multiple coats. It's stiffened it so it fit tightly around the frame. The strap that it's hanging from is more decorative. The real support is the wire in the back. It actually didn't take me that long. The longest part was letting the reaolene dry. I used almost an entire 4oz bottle of it!! Thank you.
  9. First commissioned project

    I was asked by a co-worker who was re-doing her guest bathroom for a leather mirror frame. I am pretty pleased with how it turned out. My wife loves it so much, she wants me to make her one. Some more pics
  10. Wet formed bag tutorial

    I was wondering, do you have to use veg tan? Or can you use any type of tanned leather? I just don't want to try a different type and ruin some good leather.