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  1. Getting ready to try this for the first time. Is it best to dilute with water first or wet the leather and apply full strength? How many coats is normally needed?
  2. Should oil dye always be diluted 50/50 with reducer and then several coats applied?
  3. Burnishing and Edge Kote

    Just received my edge kote and instructions say to burnish before using. Problem is if I burnish with gum trag, won't this prevent the leather from soaking up the edge kote?
  4. Lining leather for holsters

    Would veg tan in 3/4 be about right for a fold over western holster in 8/9 veg tan?
  5. Lining leather for holsters

    Tks. What weight?
  6. Lining leather for holsters

    What would you choose?
  7. Tragacanth

    Great Tks.
  8. Tragacanth

    For burnishing, how much water should be mixed with tragacanth?
  9. Pricking Chisel Size

    It looks like pricking chisel size nomenclature is different from that of a overstitch wheel. Is there a rule of thumb for equivalency? For example, what size chisel would be similar to a number six overstitch wheel?
  10. When to dye or oil

    Thanks guys. What about with a holster, knife sheath, or anything that is going to require wet molding? I'm thinking dye, stitch, wet mold, and then oil and finish. Is that about right?
  11. I just received a Will Ghormley pattern that suggests using olive oil. Anyone do this and how does it compare to neatsfoot oil?
  12. When to dye or oil

    been watching a lot of YouTube videos on leather craft. Most finished with the dye or oil they are using after stitching. But, what if you want the white stitching to stick out visually? Will the waxed thread not pick up whatever you are finishing the leather with?
  13. Need some advice on thread and needles for heavy leather bolsters and belts. I got some of the Tandy waxed thread and needles and have done some practice with them but they both seem kind of light for the job.
  14. Tks guys. When using glue like barge or weldwood do you just us a very thin layer? Should a little push out when the two sides are squeezed together