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    American Southwest (Casa Grande area, AZ)
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    Holsters and gun belts
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  1. Need Flat Braiding Help

    YouTube does have a lot of good videos to show how to braid something. My question is what will you be using to braid it and how many strands do you want to use? You may need to cut your own lace for it if you are using leather. And it will probably need to be fairly thin. There are a lot of variations on braids too. I'm thinking either a 4 or 5 strand flat braid would be best. And if you can go up to 1/2" you can do a 4 strand braid with purchased 1/8" lace.
  2. 4-strand round braid bracelet

    Like big Sioux said, get 2 boards or if you have a granite slab a one board and the slab will work. Put the braid down on the board or slab and lay the other on top of the braid and roll back and forth untill it looks tight and uniform. You can try and Google/YouTube whip makers and it'll show them rolling their whips. Same process. It'll really make it look good.
  3. 4-strand round braid bracelet

    Hmm, I'm assuming you meant the braid got tighter which made the bracelet looser.. correct. I have some thoughts that may help if you try this again. You obviously want to use a leather that isn't too stretchy. In some cases you can pre-stretch it too. Latigo is usually a good choice. Second, beveling the edges of the lace will help it lay flatter giving you a tighter braid. Third, rolling the finished braid will help everything sit tight and nice and even. Also, some braiders soap may be a good idea to help everything slip together. It also conditions the leather a bit. Your design is good and solid. Can't go wrong with that. You can do it one of two ways I know of. You can cut a yoke with a hole in it big enough for your end knot and cut the 4 lace strands from that. Or you can cut two strands on either side of a central yoke, then fold that in half giving you your loop. I hope all that made sense. Let me know if it didn't haha.
  4. Nigel armitage Jase wonderful saddle stitching tutorials on his YouTube channel. If you aren't familiar with him check it out
  5. Hmmm, I'm not sure what will fix that. I have a couple ideas. First, have you tried laying out your stitches from the corners? As in start from the corners and work your way out? Second, I have seen in some cases using a round hole in corners will make the thread lay better and look nicer. I've only seen it on 90degree angles though. But maybe work a try. I would put it right in the middle of the corner and see what happens. I hope you get it figured out
  6. Skiving

    What they said haha. I think he glues the pocket section down and does a bound/rolled edge. The skiving on the top helps glue the pocket and the bound edge will hide it.
  7. How to make a coaster with a design on it

    A laser would work well. However, if you find a wood burning tool or soldering iron with a fine tip, you could burn that into the leather with it. It's called pyrography, usually done on wood but I've seen stunning examples on leather too.
  8. Leather picture frame mat

    No problem. There's usually a little wiggle room in frames. A typical frame has the glass, mat, and foam core that the picture is typically mounted to. You might even be able to use up to 12 oz leather if you have a thin substrate to mount the picture to. Depends on your frame.
  9. Western Style Heel Bar Buckle in 1.75"

    As Dwight mentioned buckleguy has a few heel bar buckles but they are plain. Alpha is right, they are called ranger buckles. Unfortunately I haven't ever seen them larger than 1.5". Have you considered tapering your belt from 1.75" to 1.5" and using the 1.5" set? Just a thought. You may have to find a custom maker for something like that. Perhaps a bronze sculptor or someone who does sand casting and can cast one in brass for you. Let us know if you find one for sale somewhere.
  10. Leather picture frame mat

    Matt board is about 1/16" thick which equates to 4 oz. However if your frame allows for double Matt thickness you can use up to 8 oz. Thicker leather gives more depth. So, I would say 8 oz but 5-6 is still ok to tool. Just my opinion though.
  11. Tooled and Wet Molded Multi-Tool Case

    This is awesome. How did you tool that? What size tools? I would think you would need something fairly small.
  12. Barge Cement

    I would let it set up longer. It shouldn't be wet at all when you go to stick the pieces together. Bikermutt mentioned on another post using wax paper between the layers to line everything up nice without them sticking together when and where you don't want them too. Just remove the paper little by little to line them up and stick em together.
  13. Onto the third bag....

    I've seen it in some stohlman books. He used it in between the layers of leather to keep the contact cement from touching and setting while he lined it up. Usually a square piece in the corners and one or two on the straight seams to align it. Then stick it down piece by piece and remove the paper as you go
  14. Working with Saffiano Leather

    Oh and a brief search turned up this somewhat depressing bit of info. Apparently saffiano leather is any tannages that is coated with opaque resin and finished with the cross hatch texture. So that's why it's plasticy feeling. But apparently it's more durable and easier to clean. But, even those attributes just dont make it worth it to me.
  15. Working with Saffiano Leather

    Have you considered piping? My knowledge on bag making is next to nill but it's a thought that crossed my mind. It would hide the stitching fairly well I think.