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    The color of that piece is beautiful!
  2. Maybe its just me. I intentionally don't use the all topics bar, I'm not too interested in all topics, honestly. Less ultra specialization seems to bring more participation in general, but it sounds like my opinion isn't shared. Carry on!
  3. You dont have to neutralize vinegaroon. You can just rinse it significantly and let it dry. I like vinegaroon because it absolutely unconditionally will not rub off, ever.
  4. Tell me about linen thread

    Linen is definitely more historically accurate. But for overall quality, I think modern synthetics truly are better, in every way. They dont rot or fade, they're waterproof, and extremely strong. They're also cheaper and easier to find these days. They dont unravel either!
  5. Ive always lined stuff with more veg tan, and that makes finishing the edges pretty easy. Glue, burnish, done! But what do you do about edges when using suede for a liner? My initial thought was to burnish the veg tan edge and just leave the suede as-is, but is there a more attractive option? Thanks in advance!
  6. I just received my bottle of bag kote, and it sounds like its the finish im looking for. I have some leather projects I've finished, and have previously coated with my homebrew beeswax-olive oil blend. Are those pieces done and can no longer be coated with bag kote? My understanding is that the bag kote is not an acrylic or plastic type finish, but Im not finding any suggestions to or not to apply over wax! Im working with veg tanned leather. I have some chrome tanned ill use in the future as well, but this is mostly about bag kote'ing the veg tan. Thank you!
  7. I need good clasps.

    Lets see if that one works. I really like that style, but they're not strong and deform easily. Ill go for the buckle guy stuff, seems like you guys have had good luck with them.
  8. I'm on some other forums for other hobbies, but internet wide even the biggest and strongest forums are noticing a huge dropoff in traffic in recent years. I love the forum format for clubs and information sharing, so this trend feels like a loss to me and some other people. Those trying to keep it going seem to be trimming down their forums, and it often seems to work. There is a LOT of subforums here. Like a crazy amount, with some stuff so niche that it seems to spread the place thin more than add value. I mean "Show off!", "member gallery" and "critique my work" are all basically the same thing, right? Many other subforums can be condensed. It can take a LOT of time to read through everything, so I just don't. I know im missing conversations that either I could learn from, or contribute to, but theres just so, so, so much to sort through. Many people post in the wrong place, so searching isnt intuitive. While some things, like saddlery and holster making are fairly specific, they still share techniques and tricks that can be widely applied across any leather project. I do a lot of wallets and occasional bags, but I learned edging and stitching from holster making first. I think the newer member whos into making wallets isnt going to find the resources he or she needs in our wallet subforum. Its too niche in focus, but the skills involved are pretty broad! Just an idea. It easily could increase participation from the existing traffic, which may over time drive in more traffic.
  9. Im having trouble finding what I'm looking for. I need clasps with a low profile, sort of like this: But... not a piece of junk. Ive bought a bunch and they're all cast/powdered metal. They deform easily and break. I really don't need them to swivel either. Snap hooks like whats found on leashes are plenty strong, but I want something that looks nicer, for a higher end look for bags. Anyone have favorites or good sources? I feel like my stuff is pretty high quality, I want my hardware to match!
  10. Anyone want to share an order of men's belt buckles with me?

    I'd imagine the quality is less than stellar at 85 cents a piece. Have you gotten a sample piece or anything? A lot of the cheap Chinese hardware is strictly decorative.
  11. Best place for veg tan strap?

    I don't think I suggested what strap should cost... Or how much i need, but moving on! Best way to compare items is with comparable units. Strap isn't sold by the square foot, but if you calculate it out, its a monster premium. I wasn't sure if I was a bad shopper or if that's strap price in general, so I asked. Better to ask than guess I think. I found what I need for $9/sq ft. There's no source for affordable strap. I need lots of strap, and it looks like double shoulders get me there, at about 10 square feet.
  12. Best place for veg tan strap?

    Pre cut strap is great because I get so little waste and less cuts... But at $20 per sq ft premium Its ridiculous! I sent a few messages back and forth with weaver, I'm going to end up buying sides. No one sells affordable strap. Even considering waste, its way cheaper to cut my own strap.
  13. SB Foot 4.5-5oz Olive Sids $2 per foot

    Hope im not too late! I'll take a side. I'll email, thank you!
  14. Best place for veg tan strap?

    Im looking for 5/6 or 7/8 strap, at least 2 inches wide, in veg tan. I've been getting 3 inch 5/6oz strap off ebay, but my price is about $35 shipped per square foot. Seems high! Any suggestions for a better supplier?
  15. I'm working with 5/6 oz, and 9 oz. At most I'm attaching 18oz total, but more commonly its just 12oz. Cosmetic appearance is important, but so is strength. Which rivet and burr size do I need? 9? 14?