Wedgetail

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  1. What type of buckle is this?

    Also, looking at other fixed prong buckles, those prongs are likely to have a bend to them so that when they are inserted they don't pull out under tension. Edit: after watching the video, that's exactly what they do! Lol
  2. What type of buckle is this?

    It's a double fixed prong buckle... I can't find one like it, though can find plenty of single fixed prong buckles. Not with that little pull bit on the end though. Best bet? Find a mate who can bend and weld small parts.
  3. It's commonly called the Australia tax. How does it work? Let's do the math. Take the price of something overseas, in its local currency. Add the shipping cost to get it here from international (measured in kidneys), including any import duties and taxes (at least GST applicable, which is 10%) Convert it from the local currency to AUD (currently about US $0.75)... so multiply base cost + import tax + shipping by 1.25 Add a minimum markup of 20% Then add another 20% to total that for the Australia tax... which is an extra gouge at the price because it costs too much and takes too long for someone to get just one of that thing from overseas. Then add GST, which is a government tax of 10% charged on to the end customer. Australia tax... It's how we go from $12 per sqft leather to $29 at some (actually quite popular) suppliers here.
  4. Tuck Lock In Solid Brass, Does It Even Exist?

    What about buying a solid brass one with plaiting, then stripping the plaiting? Gotta be a solvent out there that will do that... then just polish on the mop. Sounds like an experiment! With regard to comments about not wanting to pay that much... it totally makes sense. Personally, I would pay multiples of the price if I know it will last for heirloom quality leathergoods. When spending up to a few hundred bucks worth of leather, plus time, an extra 10 bucks for hardware is nothing to make sure it will still work and look good after 30+ years. I think many others are the same, though I also understand that people will shy away from buying more expensive hardware when they don't have specific requirements, or a paying client, and are just adding to their hoard for 'maybe' projects. In that way, it is understandable that expensive brass or stainless steel hardware will be much slower moving than lower price items... and since businesses run on selling stuff frequently, it makes sense why nobody carries them! Just sucks when trying to find something better than average.
  5. Leather Portfolio

    Very nice! Good design, and functional too. Well done.
  6. I got into making dog collars

    Beautiful work! Well done.
  7. Leather Wrapped Bicycle

    Lol not wrong about that mate! That is the steam punkiest bike I have ever seen, awesome stuff! I love the pipework too, really cool. It's the leatherworking equivalent of "just one more bite and then I'm done"
  8. Finally finished belt

    Great job! He's going to love it for sure!
  9. Bridle bubbles

    It is called spotting. Abbey england has an article on leather care that mentions it, from their blog page. Recommends applying a wax finish regularly, as well as avoiding solvents or ammonia, to HELP prevent it... but nothing will make leather fully waterproof. Can't say you didn't do all of that in this case, but good tips for all of us regardless. How does it look now that a few months have passed? Blog post is here: http://abbeyengland.com/Blog/top-tips-for-taking-care-of-your-leather
  10. Latigo won't stop bleeding

    I've got a border collie with the typical black and white colours. His neck is as pure white as white can get (unless he's been in the mud!) I make my dog collars, that I sell, almost exclusively out of latigo for its weather resistant properties. And I just make sure to tell customers exactly what to expect from the latigo, from my own experience. In Charlies case (my border collie), the latigo did bleed the first two-three months. Mostly when it got wet, but also with a bit of rub off. I did take him swimming a couple of times during that period, and left his collar on while he was in the water. During that time it did colour his neck hair a fair bit. But it was not permanent, and I have not seen it bleed or discolour his neck since... despite swimming several more times. On a side note, I haven't treated the collar at all in about 2 years. And lets just say that Charlie is not a gentle animal, nor one to stay clean and dry! I have updated my collar design though, but his doesn't show any signs of giving in to the harsh treatment any time soon. Which means he will be keeping his old collar rather than getting one of my new design for the foreseeable future! (Or maybe Christmas if I am feeling inclined) My point is, make sure to set customer expectations up-front. If they know to expect it, how long it will last, the reason, and the benefit (durability, wear resistancs, etc) then they often won't care about a bit of temporary colour rub off. And if they do? Then a latigo collar is not for them... but a nice harness leather one just might be!
  11. Some more dog collars

    Oh, and for hardware you can't go past Adelaide Saddlery and Leather. They are my go-to for buckles, keepers, rings, dees, and pretty much anything else. All good solid (or even cast) brass stuff.
  12. Some more dog collars

    Thanks mate, depends where you are at. If you are like me and live a fair distance away from a tannery or wholesaler, then tandy can be a good option. That is where I got the latigo for these collars from. But if you're around Brisbane, Packer Leather, Crispin leather, and Maclace i think they are called would be good options. East coast leather is quite good too, like a kid in a candy store at that place. Located at Mt Cotton. Toowoomba saddlery were recommended to me too, but I havent had a chance to get up there uet. They have stuff listed on their site (ozsaddle) you can look at. Getting anywhere on a school day is hard for me, and some of them aren't open on weekends... so i do order from Tandy quite a bit.
  13. Riveted handbag

    Would be beautiful in Essex! Fringe Is a great idea too, I've never done a fringe before. let me know how you get on with it it you make one! Oh and one more thing... Because it is thicker leather (this one about 3.5mm or 8-9oz) I needed to gauge and dampen the areas where it bends. I don't own a V-gauge but used a stitching groover and a ruler to make a few deep score lines both on the sides and the bottom. That helped it bend nicely! @Mattsbaggerif you're interested I have a video on YouTube going through making a couple of these from softer leather.
  14. Riveted handbag

    Thanks guys! No glue needed, just rivets. But i did use little bit to help everything stay together while it got assembled. I would love to use copper bur rivets for this, i use them in most things... the rigidity of the bag makes it hard enough to get even single cap rivets in though... For hole punching I had to use a drill, and for the rivets I basically had to hammer it down on my benchtop from the inside.... if I get a nice anvil i could slide it over to face up instead, that might be a different story! #lifegoals Mrs wedgetail is much better! Turns out she needed surgery after baby was born to repair a lumbar shunt she has had for many years. The shunt literally snapped in labour. Crazy! But she's healing well, and getting ready to go back to work soon. This one was a bit of a "back to school" gift too.