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  1. Ostrich skin question

    I think I will try a little glue on them. How do you cut yours? I read elsewhere that they cut them at a 45 degree angle to get a mixture of plate sizes. Is that similar to what you do?
  2. Ostrich skin question

    I recently bought some ostrich skin that I was going to try and make some watch straps from. I have never used it before and when I looked at it the large middle 'scales' seem to separate when the skin is curved over as seen in the photo below. It looks like this middle section cannot be used for a watch strap (or anything that bends) as these will not lay flat. Has anybody used ostrich for a watch strap? Is there a way around this or do I have to avoid using this section which takes up quite a portion of the skin
  3. Rounded edge beveler?

    Check out Goods Japan. They also come with an accessory to sharpen them
  4. Satin Laid Linen Thread

    Thanks for the comprehensive answer. I think I will go for some 532 and 432 initially.
  5. Satin Laid Linen Thread

    YinTx, Thanks, I think I might invest in some. Up until now I have used 18/3 thread for pretty much everything so what do you think will be the most useful sizes to buy. I'm thinking 532 for something like watch straps and 332 for wallets. Would I need to go bigger if using it for bags?
  6. Satin Laid Linen Thread

    I am looking for a decent linen thread opposed to the bog standard stuff I am using at present.. As I am just a 'table top' leather worker making things for pleasure I cannot really justify the price of something like Fil Au Chinois. While having a look around the internet I came across Campbell's Satin Laid Linen Thread at the link below. The price looks a lot more affordable; has anybody used this and can give me any information on its quality. http://www.marchand-medieval.com/medieval/lang-en/164-satin-linen-campbell-thread-n532
  7. Dying new leather shoes

    Frdk, I am thinking cellulose thinners to remove the glaze, then dye, then mink oil to rejuvenate the leather and finally shoe cream and wax polish. How does that sound?
  8. Dying new leather shoes

    So I picked up a bargain pair of quality leather shoes at TK Maxx but I am not in love with the colour and want to dye them black. I know I have to deglaze them first, but will my Feibings dye be good for dying them or is there some sort of specialist dye I should be using?
  9. kncory, Thanks for the detailed reply. 2mm (5oz) seemed a bit thick to me but I assume chrome tan is more flexible, I have never actually used it. Perhaps it's time I invested in some; one of them has a birthday coming up!
  10. Very nice. Lovely and clean.. as someone who has a couple of daughters who would like something like this could I ask what type and weight of leather it is and did I you have to skive the top where you folded it over?
  11. Hand stitching thread and needle preferences

    Reading the earlier posts about the beeswax coming off the thread and having to be reapplied while sewing got me thinking. I coated my thread with beeswax as normal but then got out my ironing board and iron. I stuck the thread between a couple of bits of brown paper and gave it a few runs over with a hot iron. Some wax came off on the paper but you could definately tell most of it was absorbed into the thread. It definately seemed to give a stiffer smoother thread that was easy to sew with
  12. Leather edge paint

    I use a roller pen like this one from Tandy https://www.tandyleather.eu/en/product/craftool-pro-edge-dye-roller-pen I have tried a few methods and I find this by far the best. By the way if you go to the Giardini site they will send a few free samples for the price of postage
  13. Leather edge paint

    I see a few posts on here regarding the use of leather edge paint and I thought I would share my experience of using the Giardini leather edge paint that gives you that rounded 'rubberised' edge you see on bags etc. I made a watch strap about a year ago and used this on the edges. I have used the watch every single day since and despite the fact the edge rubs on the buckle (I made the strap the correct width for the buckle but once I put a few coats of the paint on it was tight) and it is as good now as when I first applied it. It shows no signs of peeling or cracking. I want to make it clear that I am nothing to do with the company but I am just really pleased with how the product has performed.
  14. This is similar. I have never actually orders of these people but they look to have a lovely range of tools http://elfitakorea.blogspot.co.uk/2014/03/bearing-roller-for-coating.html
  15. Question on rolled handle cores

    When I was talking to someone recently about making rolled bag handles they told me to go to a local leather goods and fittings shop and ask for stuffing for Bugatti handles. Apparently (I may be wrong) they were he first to do this type of handle and it has become named after them. I went to the shop and they had rolls of it in two different thicknesses and it was very cheap. It is a fibrous type of material with a thread like webbing over it. I haven't actually made a handle yet so I can't report how it works.