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  1. "vegan" leather suitable for straps?

    not sure if you're trying to be funny, but I am looking for faux/vegan/vinyl leather, as in, not from animals. I recognize this is a leather worker forum, and I primarily work in animal leathers - but I wanted to use the same techniques for someone who objects to wearing leather. That sadly doesn't give a sense of where to buy, or how to talk about the thickness of faux leathers
  2. Emailed buckleguy and ohio travel bag and were told they didn't carry it and suggested I look on ebay :-/
  3. Hey all, A friend asked for a few piece made out of vegan leather. I'm looking for something that's thick/stiff enough to work for straps (bracelets, collars, harnesses) without sewing/gluing. Anyone have a suggestion of where to look / what to look for? Thanks, David
  4. I looked at both, didn't see anything that matched - no spring, no tongue, ~1/2inch wide
  5. that's a brilliant suggestion, thank you! I've had tape take a bit of the finish off chromexcel, but the drum dyed stuff I'm using in the laser cutter should be fine.
  6. Hey all - A buddy asked me to make him a camera strap like the one pictured, and I can't find a comparable slide anywhere. Any suggestions? Thanks, David
  7. Hey all, I've recently started working in leather and playing with a laser cutter. I've found that engraving on the laser is really beautiful, but hard to see, especially on a black leather. I accidentally discovered that if I paint the leather with a sparkly/pearlescent acrylic paint, and then quickly wipe it off, I get a pretty nice effect where the engraved parts hold a lot of the paint and the rest of the leather ends up taking on a slightly sci-fi sparkly antique shine. But I'd like to figure out if there's a way to get paint in the engraved grooves without affecting the rest of the leather much. Any suggestions? The best technique I've come up with so far for this is to use fiebings acrylic white dye, and then quickly cleaning it off with Bacardi 151 (didn't have any rubbing alcohol last night when I was experimenting) You can see some of the experiments below - the piece with straps used blick pearlescent white acrylic paint, the one with all the moon phases at the very bottom was the fiebings, and everything else was experiments with Tarrago metallic 507 gold and different solvents. Thanks, David