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  1. Totes and a Belt

    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!
  2. Totes and a Belt

    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?
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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.
  6. 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
  7. 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.
  8. Tiger Thread query

    I know a lot of people use Tiger thread and really like it but I have had a couple of issues that I am wondering if anyone else has had. I made a couple or items wallet, key fobs and belts about a year ago which are in daily use. They were all a medium to dark brown thread colour and I have now noticed that that the colour seems to have drained from them and they are much lighter. My other issue is that when I am saddle stitiching with Tiger thread, when I pass my second needle through The stitch hole I am much more likely to put my needle through the thread already in the stitch hole than I am with linen or cotton thread. Anybody else noticed this?
  9. Help Concoct a Leather Conditioner Recipe

    I have done a few bits of playing about with different recipes and one of the problems I had was the amount of beeswax used in most. It seems to me that it prevented the the lotion being absorbed into the leather. What I am using at present is the following (remember this is parts not percentage) 10 parts beef fat 5 parts lard 5 parts lanolin 0.5 parts beeswax. i also added a few drops of citronella essential oil. I read that it has anti-septic properties and it also makes the conditioner smell really nice! i have used it on quite a few items and it is readily absorbed and it has been in a jar in a cupboard for quite a few months without any sign of going off
  10. British Leather suitable for watch straps

    Jonathan, I assume for making watch straps you probably want to order small quantities. I am wanting to practise making some and am going to order from the Identity Store where they sell small lots of calf, kangaroo or stallion
  11. Folded Edge Card Holder

    Matt, I have recently started using similar to a paring knife having tried the safety sliver and similar before. I have found that it is initially harder to get to grips with but with more practise I am finding that it offers you more control. I have went to one of our local Argos stores and bought a marble kitchen board. It isn't thick enough for hammering, or similar, on but it was cheap and hopefully will do for skiving. I will see how I get on. RockyAussie, Sorry but I am lost in what you are saying. Warm the corners? I don't even know what a slicker press is, is it similar to a hand slicker (burnisher)? If you know any videos that would be much appreciated.
  12. Folded Edge Card Holder

    So I tried my first folded edge wallet and I have a couple of questions to help me improve. I skived the edge with a blade and I know I have to practise; it isn't as easy as those videos where people run their blade along the leather like a knife through hot butter! When I look at this they always skive on a surface like glass or polished marble, does this really make a difference? I have just been doing mine on my cutting mat. Also how do you do your corners? I tried to cut them so the two edges aligned at an angle but it hasn't quite worked. Do you overlap them?
  13. Red Harness and Bridle leather

    What about this? Maybe the fact it is on sale might compensate for postage http://www.metropolitanleather.com/Vegetable-Tanned-Leather/vegetable-tanned-shoulder-clearance/vegetable-tanned-old-english-bridle-half-side-clearance
  14. Thread Sizes

    MadMax, Thanks for your help. I haven't come across the Sajou site before, I might try ordering some bits from there to compare them
  15. Thread Sizes

    I have just seen some thread that comes in smaller bobbin sizes and looks more affordable. It is Lin Retors Glacé (which in my limited French I believe means waxed twisted linen) however it is listed as size No. 40. Does anyone know what this equates to in either mm or 332, 432 etc? I can't find the answer anywhere. I thought I was starting to get a grip on thread sizes but new ones seem to keep turning up! The thread can be seen here: http://www.decocuir.com/Mobile/fil-chinois-lin-glace-bobine-couture-cuir-france-c2x19022122