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    Laser cutting, Horween leathers

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  1. Chrome Tan / Veggie Tan edge treatment

    You will also want to order a small funnel to fill them with.
  2. Chrome Tan / Veggie Tan edge treatment

    And I'm sure it will look just fine. To apply Edge Kote (or any dyes), I found an item that keeps the dye from running onto the surface of your project. It is Montana Black Empty Marker 3 mm Chisel that I got from Amazon. Works great. I use it for Edge Kote, which is water based, and also for spirit based dyes. Does not work so well with the edge paints mentioned above.
  3. Chrome Tan / Veggie Tan edge treatment

    They are not the same. Getting an decent edge (i.e., polished smooth with a finished look) on chrome tan is very challenging, so edge paint is a common solution, with the burnishing done using a heating iron (but not always). Beveling the edge is an option, but not commonly in use, as it makes painting the edge more difficult (my opinion).
  4. SLC "oil tan" and yankee wax?

    If my memory serves me well, when I started working leather in the late 1960's, leather was marketed as being either oak-tan or oil-tan. When I came back five years ago, the terminology had changed to veg-tan and chrome-tan. I have some chrome-tanned and hot-stuffed Horween leather that just about drips oil, so I can see where that terminology comes from. To answer your questions: I almost exclusively use non-veg-tan leathers in my work. Because they are vat-dyed and come in rich and wonderful colors, they are very good for wallets and such. I almost always clean my leather with saddle soap, and finish with a oil-based conditioner. There are many finishes available, so I take that into consideration. I typically use a Dremel tool to burnish my edges, and often with some edge coat along with a wax-based conditioner (not sure what Yankee wax is), but, again, it depends on the particular leather, and of course, the look I'm going after. But I must confess, I use a laser to cut the leather, so my edges come out of that process somewhat burnished.
  5. "Genuine" Leather

    This reminds me of something I've learned in advertising, that the seller could contend that it is a "printer's error."
  6. Which rivet?

    I can only address your rivet question. The other questions are a little too open ended for me. You might want to check out a few websites to see the specifications for various rivets. They are typically measured by cap width and post length, and that should be clearly stated in the description. Since rivets are produced by many different manufacturers, I tend to buy from one supplier so that I can mix & match when necessary. My favorite is The Buckle Guy because of the way the rivets are packaged. This site advertises other suppliers who, I'm sure, are just as good.
  7. Help with Round braided cord

    Round braids can consist of 3 or more strands. You might check out Bruce Grant's book, "Encyclopedia of Rawhide and Leather Braiding." It is available on Amazon, and will answer any braiding questions you might have.
  8. Cutting table top material?

    This is the largest cutting mat that I have been able to find. Not as big as you are seeking, only 3" x 5", but it has been a good mat. I found it available on Amazon:''x59''+gridded+cutting+mat+for+home+hobby+table
  9. You might try is site: leather-carving-leather-art-leather-working-leather-tools-leather-craft-tools-leathercraft-tools-handmade-tools-CSL-08?search=hermes&description=true&category_id=60
  10. Setting odd shaped rivets

    You will be more likely to get help if you can post some pics of the rivets in question.
  11. check me on stitching tools

    That is where to start. Some more books on leather are available (maybe even at your local library), and the various authors will help you decide what tools and supplies you will want to stock up on. Good luck.
  12. Is this leather any good?

    If you can afford to gamble, you might consider ordering something to see what you get. Personally I would be hesitant, as there are imperfections in most hides, and if what you get is not to your expectations, it will be a lot of trouble returning the item and getting a refund from what looks like an offshore company. I would say "buyer beware."
  13. Choosing the right laser

    You have provided quite a lesson on laser cutters/engravers. Wow. Maybe you could put it into a document that people could download. This information is not readily available, and can easily get lost in the abyss of postings here on the website.
  14. Pricing?

    I'm feelin' ya. Most of us are not following a "business model," and do this more for fun than for money. There are people on this site who seem to be profitable, but they have extraordinary passion and drive. I'm retired and just "making art," and pricing in the art world is a whole different animal, that is why I said "whatever the market will bear." When I factor in my overheads, materials, time and depreciation, I am making minus dollars per hour, but boy, am I having fun and leaving a leather legacy.
  15. Pricing?

    Exactly. What ever the market will bear.