Wulfing

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  1. yea the watch bed is seperate. You can put any watch in it if you wanted
  2. Ive been making belts and selling them for a while now, adding this to the 'collection'! I'll wear it for a few months to see how it holds up before i make more and start selling them. It's made with italian calf leather, solid brass buckle. Inspired by a watch strap James bond used on a few films. Test pilots used to wear these incase they experienced extreme temperatures at altitude. It would stop the metal on the watch burning their skin. What do you think? How can I improve it?
  3. Nice. Green n black make a good contrast with leather.
  4. Use veg tan goat leather for the card inserts. Its very strong and under 1mm thick so doesn't get too thick
  5. Nice. Very tidy straight lines. How did you achieve that colour yellow? Was it dye or acrylic paint??
  6. Just dont leave a nice piece of italian calf leather rolled up on your work wench where you were previously dying something.......... Im sure those little stains will just add to the charm of the finished item :-(
  7. I dont know how much straps are in usa but over here 4 pre-cut straps like that cost the same as a half shoulder of veg tan. Better off getting a shoulder and cutting your own. Last week I brought a side of 4m thick veg tan. It's a great shape for straps. I got loads out of it. More beer tokens for me next month when ive sold em lol
  8. Just thought I'd share another idea. Use resolene to make the brush stiff and hard giving it a fine point. Then dip it in dye. Good for colouring fine lines on leather tooling. Perhaps better than a sharpie. Just tried it. Works really well. The brush didnt go soft.
  9. type into google image search Billiards line drawing. You might be able to use a round seeder to do the balls then colour them. In the gallery on this forum there is a picture of a cowgirl playing pool, have a look for that.
  10. Just ordered the tandy refillable dye pen that someone mentioned above as I hadnt heard of them b4. Only problem is they say it will only work with water based dyes. For example if im making a wallet, i do my tooling and bevel then dye with oil based dyes and let it dry over night When its dry and buffed the next day if I use the water based dye with the refillable pen to touch up fine lines on the tooling will the water dye cause any problems / reactions when applied on top of dried oil based dye?
  11. I've strted using a fine tip sharpie to neaten up the edges of my tooling as I struggle to apply dye without it bleeding over the lines a little bit as I suspect my tooling lines arent deep enough. Still learning though. Without the sharpie it wouldnt look neat enough to sell to public. I need to get better at applying dye somehow lol
  12. I've just ordered several edge creasing attachments for a soldering iron (Single edge,1,2,3 and 4 mm gap attachments) Im going to use them to create a crease and lip on the fine edge of my belts and maybe on wallets and other projects too. Do I need a 30 watt or 60 watt soldering iron??? Would overheating it cause damage? Also would you do this type of hot crease after dying or before?
  13. Basically I make belts but hope to do other stuff in the near future. I use that nylon mallet to create borders with stamping tools, to bevel cut lines and set rivets / snaps. For l the hole making and heavier stuff I use my new arbour press rather than hitting tools with a bigger mallet. as to your question My nylon mallet has never moved or slipped off. I like it as its top heavy so feels good for stamping.
  14. You need full grain, thicker the better veg tan leather that hasn't been dyed or finished yet in any way. Also leather that has waxes and oils added dont take stamps so well if at all. Case the leather properly first (youtube search for casing leather for stamping) Whilst its easy to get right, its even easier to get wrong. Bruce cheyney does some amazing videos on youtube to look up as does ian atkinson. I use the attached nylon leather mallet. About £10 on amazon. Works fine. Not to big. In fact quite small. I never hit more than once for a basic stamp that leaves an image impression inthe leather. Hitting 2 or 3 times risks missing your lines and creating a blurred image. Obviously beveling cut lines needs lots of taps but if you keep the cut shallow you wont have to bevell so hard. Its also worth mentioning that there a lot of inferior low quality stamps for sale on the net that dont leave much of an impression due to how they are constructed. Even the tandy stuff is good compared to some stamps ive bought on ebay thinking they were a good deal lol Also worth mentioning that with the bras stamps that fix a handle to you can purchase a hefty handle which is chunky compared to the normal handle. This hefty handle is much better. the key is to do lots of research before starting. I've only been doing it for 6 months and learn stuff with every project and there are people on here who have been doing it for years and say they still learn new ideas and better ways all the time.
  15. Even ms paint that comes with windows can resize pictures. Photopad editor suite is a free one thats ok too