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  1. G'day guys! I got my hand on this hand press,anyone know where I can find the dyes for it? Please!!!!! ;))
  2. I'm trying to make a replica of Darth Vaders original codpiece from the 1980 movie Star Wars Empire strikes back. A codpiece is the part that covers the crotch. It's made from foam rubber covered with leather. I realise that the rubber foam underneath might be giving the lumpy structure and not the leather it self. It is made in the seventies. Can anyone see what type of leather it is from these reference photos? Cow, lamb, deer etc? What type of finishing etc? I don't know much about leather so any help you can provide about what type of leather this could be is very appreciated. http://s6.photobucket.com/user/starwarscollector/media/PropReplicaForum/ESBPromotieposter.jpg.html
  3. Hi everyone! I've been lurking awhile, thought it was time! I'm Lori Jo (Joey) McFarland and have been playing with leather on and off for years. I absolutely love the this forum, and really enjoy seeing what everyone is making. The information here is terrific, thank you! Here are a couple pics of my work. Ok just one cause I can't seem to make them smaller ;-) This journal uses composition notebooks. The design is from a Byzantine mosaic from St George's (I think) cathedral.
  4. Hello, everyone! I am so glad I have found this place as everything I did in the past, was done "testing" and looking up tutorials that do not exist. I started doing some leather harnesses and accessories, and I need to cut thin strips of leather. I used scissors to begin, and then I bought a professional cutter, but the trick with the cutter is that when I have to cut long strips, the cutter tends to "slip" and if that happens the whole stripe is lost. What are your suggestions for properly cutting leather? Thank you!
  5. Hi all, I'm totally new to leather working and have been having a little trouble skiving. I just made a veg tan camera strap that I inadvertently cut off a couple of inches from when I was trying to thin out an end that I wanted to wrap around a D-ring. Anyway, I came across this video on the internet and was wondering if anyone had ever tried skiving with a dremel or rotary tool, and if so, how it went, and what they recommended using in terms of tools/grit? Any thoughts or advice are appreciated. Thanks, Courtney
  6. A friend commissioned me to make this belt for her husband(it is inspired from a dog collar I made). It is light weight saddle skirting(about12-13oz) with 3-4oz deertan cow hide lining. You can probably tell it is hand sewn. Did not know what to charge as this was the first belt I have sold, she gave me $100….. Feel it was a fair price but I would feel better about it if I stitched it on a machine, would have saved 3- 4 hours work(I need a sewing machine, don't know how much longer my shoulders will last. It is a lot of thread to pull for an 8 foot run, about 30 feet. Thanks for viewing Allan
  7. hay there, i started my small leather business, and want to sell a watch strap, a 2 pieces zulu strap, and every strap is made by order only. it comes with silver brushed buckle and white thread. the straps are handdyed and 100% handcrafted. the price of this strap is USD 31 and free shipped worldwide. PM for my email or order it using my etsy shop : https://www.etsy.com/shop/MakaiHandmadegoods check the attached image to see the strap. thanks in advance, Raditya,
  8. I've been sewing a lot, but only on others machines (industrial walkingfoots as well). I picked up a Brother LS2-B837 the other day and changed from a thin cotton thread to a tkt 20 (tex 150) nylon thread. It had a 130 needle, which would be about right accordingly to the thread brand (120-140). Seams to do well on the slide test. (Tried 120 and 140 as well) At first I tried with original thread tension, but it broke the thread. I losened both top and bottom tension a little, the bottom so that the bobbin doesnt slide down holding it in the thread, but loose enough to slide a bit with a gentle "jojo move". I would say its on the looser end now. The top tension I did loosen a lot, because the thread did not move at all, to a point where it falls off from the tension wheels. By the moment it will curl the top thread, and do a lot of birdnesting. Ive tried all day, with my limited error searchings skills, and I'm not even close to make one normal stitch, feels like a needle in a haystack!
  9. Hey guys, I'm looking for a supplier (other than direct from HO, as I can't afford their minimum), that carries Grade A HO backs WITHOUT the moss flesh. I have always purchased through Goliger as they seem to be the only supplier that sells true Grade A HO sides without a minimum, but they only carry the backs with the moss flesh. Well, I guess I should back up a little and say that I have had no experience with their "moss" flesh, and have never seen it, it just doesn't sound like something I would be happy with. With that said, is there someone out there that has purchased said leather with moss flesh, and would kindly post a picture, or at least describe, in detail, what exactly it looks/feels like? Is it like suede? One of the big reasons I like HO is how tight the grain is on the flesh side. Thank you!
  10. Hello, My name is Juddie (pronouced like muddy but with a "J") and I have new to leathercraft. Just started doing this back in June of 2016 when I made a sheath for my Leatherman. After doing that I made a few knife sheaths for fixed blades and a couple folders, then started into making some holsters and it just keeps going. I been looking for a site that I could ask questions or maybe even get some ideas on ways to improve. I am a member of several Facebook groups about leather crafting. Here are some examples of some of my work. I am very tuff skinned so any comments whether good or bad, any suggestions are appreciated. Thanks for allowing me to join the site. Juddie (aka WVHunter129)
  11. This bag was designed for an exhibition in Taiwan. I wanted to design a bag that I thought reflected something unique about Taiwan and my experiences living here for the past 20 years. One of the 1st things about Taiwan that grabbed my attention the 1st day I arrived was the swarm of motorbikes that covered the streets. Motorbikes or scooters are by far the preferred form of transportation throughout Taiwan and they vastly outnumber all other forms of transportation on the densely-populated Island. These compact modes of transportation are favored for their convenience in parking and inexpensive maintenance. But as convenient as they are, they are also quite dangerous and it's not uncommon to see accidents daily. I myself have been in 2 over the years, resulting in breaking a shoulder in each accident. I have since thrown in the towel and now drive a car with lots of airbags..! Regardless, these bikes have left a deep impression on my life and so I decided to create a luxury bag built around the properties of a scooter tire. Coming up with a design I really liked that would work well with the shape and weight of the tire was challenging at 1st, but eventually the concept came to life. The 1st challenge I had starting out was finding the right tire for the job. So, I went to a large motorbike shop and to my surprise after hearing about my plans to design a bag out of a tire they began to enthusiastically bring out every tire they had in their collection for me to choose from. This made finding the right tire a whole lot easier and they have my sincerest appreciation..! To make this project a piece of art and not just a bag I wanted to incorporate the use of a variety of exotic leathers, such as horse leather, gazelle fur, and fine Italian tanned leathers on different components of the bag to give it a richly exotic look and feel. To lighten the weight of the bag I have removed any unnecessary rubber from the tire and have used extra thick (3mm thick) Leather to provide the bag with strength and support for the tires shape and weight. Every component you see on the bag was cut, dyed, and stitched together by hand using only traditional techniques... The end result was better than I could have expected! After spending about 2 months coming up with a design I spent about another 50 -60 hours to build the bag itself! Since then I have come up with 3 distinct designs for the tire bag for both larger and smaller tires. If you'd like to see more pictures of this bag and some of my other leather artwork and designs, please visit my page at www.fischerworkshops.com Thanks!!!
  12. This bag was designed for an exhibition in Taiwan. I wanted to design a bag that I thought reflected something unique about Taiwan and my experiences living here for the past 20 years. One of the 1st things about Taiwan that grabbed my attention the 1st day I arrived was the swarm of motorbikes that covered the streets. Motorbikes or scooters are by far the preferred form of transportation throughout Taiwan and they vastly outnumber all other forms of transportation on the densely-populated Island. These compact modes of transportation are favored for their convenience in parking and inexpensive maintenance. But as convenient as they are, they are also quite dangerous and it's not uncommon to see accidents daily. I myself have been in 2 over the years, resulting in breaking a shoulder in each accident. I have since thrown in the towel and now drive a car with lots of airbags..! Regardless, these bikes have left a deep impression on my life and so I decided to create a luxury bag built around the properties of a scooter tire. Coming up with a design I really liked that would work well with the shape and weight of the tire was challenging at 1st, but eventually the concept came to life. The 1st challenge I had starting out was finding the right tire for the job. So, I went to a large motorbike shop and to my surprise after hearing about my plans to design a bag out of a tire they began to enthusiastically bring out every tire they had in their collection for me to choose from. This made finding the right tire a whole lot easier and they have my sincerest appreciation..! To make this project a piece of art and not just a bag I wanted to incorporate the use of a variety of exotic leathers, such as horse leather, gazelle fur, and fine Italian tanned leathers on different components of the bag to give it a richly exotic look and feel. To lighten the weight of the bag I have removed any unnecessary rubber from the tire and have used extra thick (3mm thick) Leather to provide the bag with strength and support for the tires shape and weight. Every component you see on the bag was cut, dyed, and stitched together by hand using only traditional techniques... The end result was better than I could have expected! After spending about 2 months coming up with a design I spent about another 50 -60 hours to build the bag itself! Since then I have come up with 3 distinct designs for the tire bag for both larger and smaller tires. If you'd like to see more pictures of this bag and some of my other leather artwork and designs, please visit my page at www.fischerworkshops.com Thanks!!!
  13. Hi Steve, You said you had a Pilot manual you could copy for me for a few dollars. Any chance you could do this please?

  14. Schwabe Model D 25 Ton 14" Swing Arm Head Hydraulic Clicker Press - Baldor Motor Asking $4,500 Email for Pics Mtgreen32@gmail.com Click out Patterns in the thinnest or thickest leather, Kydex, Plastic & tons of other materials in seconds with the press of 2 buttons! The head swings side to side with just a finger push. If the Die fits on bottom table(About 45"x20") it will Click it out Every Saddle, Gun Holster, Knife Sheath or Tack set will be exactly PERFECT and uniform making much more professional products. Open to Partial Trades. Great Machine that is a great addition to any shop. SAVES TIME Instead of spending HOURS Cutting and it never comes out perfect, same amount of work in Seconds even have holes punched or anything else SAVES MONEY With a Clicker and Dyes you can lay them out to get the ABSOLUTE most out of your leather, no need for trim, every piece will be exactly how you want it and you can make every inch count! Can be moved or unloaded with Bobcat or Forklift Freight would be determined on distance, also could pick up from my shop or I could deliver if it was no more than 400 Miles from Greenville, SC Email me for Pictures Mtgreen32@gmail.com
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  16. So far, I have been using Tandy's rubber cement stuff to hold two pieces of leather together so that I can sew. The problem I have been having is with wallets in particular. I make the inside portion of the wallet shorter lengthwise than the outside, in order to assist the wallet in folding. So the cement I have been using doesn't work great because the two pieces wont hold in place while I wait for it to set up (I tried using clamps, but they mark the leather). Long story short, does anyone know of any glue that hold leather on leather really well that isnt extremely messy or overly toxic? I have read that Barge's is extremely toxic and contains carcinogens. Does anyone have experience with Weldwood? I guess I am looking for more of a permanent bond to hold the leather in place without clamps.
  17. Hello there! I have a small independent handbag brand based out of Queens NYC. I need an assistant that hopefully has altelier level skills. I'm making my samples but I need help. There is some Heated edge finishing. Bags themselves are not complicated at all but my edge painting skills are not up to par yet and I also need help to produce faster. I don't want to hire a manufacturer at this time because I have been through 3 in NYC and the quality is not what I'm looking for. Please comment below anyone who is interested thank you!
  18. Hello everyone, two years ago i lost my mom and she left me her bag. A bag that's in optimal condition and had 10 years of usage without a hitch. But ten years is ten years and the edges started cracking slightly. It was slight but iIwanted to stop it from going any further, so iIook it to a repair shop that substituted the hole edge on the handle as you can see from the pictures. I went to pick it up and the paint was all cracked iIdidn't even bother to leave iIshed them to redo it because it was in no condition. They applied a second layer that when iIpicked up cracked again on the hole. I asked if iIleft it there they could fix it they said they'd just apply more paint and assured me it would last more than the original edge (which lasted ten years mind you). I took the bag and left. Obviously parts of the paint started falling off. So here iIm desperate to somehow repair my bag and return it to its former glory and give it a few more years of usage and keep a part of my mom with me. If tthere's anyone out there that can help me iIold really appreciate it. pictures of the bag
  19. Thought you folks would like a look. I made my first ever messenger bag or briefcase. Did some carving work, Copper rivets, sewing too of course. Has a main inside pouch, a smaller area for paper and pens and pencils. Two outside pockets for the cell phone and what not. Now I wish I knew what leather I used, its stuff I had around but I am not sure they type. I really like the color and the texture. The carving work was just for fun and that is of course tooling leather Veg tan. Open to all thoughts. Enjoy Ross
  20. Shoe parts Cutting Dies Hi all, Can anyone advise on where I can purchase some cutting dies for baby shoes? Thank you
  21. Hello, I’m looking for a name for my leathercraft shop/business. I’m not quite ready to start selling yet, though I would like to have a name and website started and a stamp with my “brand” made. At the moment my Instagram is “Crooked K Leather”: I’m not so fond of it anymore because it’s not too professional. Here is my dilemma, I would have liked “Hoffman Custom Leather”: My last name is Hoffman which is practically unavailable in every realm. I could use my name or middle name but I don’t want anything too feminine. I thought of naming the business after my father from fort worth who is fighting cancer and donate but his name is Jay Lynn. Which is also a big name in the leather world: Jay lynn gore –(Circle Y, pattern designer, Tool maker etc.) So I’m Kind of stumped on name ideas. I want to keep it close to home and short: ____ custom Leather or ____ Leather. I like letters and brands for my logo. im doing western style items and want to do tack in the future. Any ideas would be appreciated.
  22. I have a singer 300u 205 double stitcher , a singer 300w 201 double stitcher , a reece keyhole machine, 2 juki keyhole machines, several single needle lockstitch machines, a couple single needle chainstitch machines. I really need to sell! Please message me with questions
  23. Hello, everyone! My name is Anton, and I'm from the Kiev, Ukraine. I just wanted to say thanks to this forum and all of you for the great information. I've been reading forum for couple of years (without registration). Here is some of my works. I love bags, briefcases, satchels, good leather wallets and so on... And personal site: http://antonragozin.com/ (russian language)
  24. Hello, I originally posted this topic on reddit, but thought that people here might also be interested. I noticed that some of us would like to get Buttero leather (Conceria Walpier), but face high prices, unavailability in Europe or, in case of contacting the tannery directly, high order volume. I'm currently thinking about running a campaign on Indiegogo to crowdfund a purchase of Buttero. I contacted the tannery and calculated that I will be able to sell a single skin (about 1.35–1.50 sq. m / 14.5–16 sqf) below around 150–160$ + international shipping around 20–25$. I will ship from Europe, so no EU import fees. I still can't get a quote from the tannery on their shipping options, but if they are what I expect, the price shouldn't change. For a start there will be only one choice of colour available, but if the campaign in successful I might be able to add another colour. For a start, I'm considering the most popular tan colour. Thickness can be any starting from 1.2 to 2,8 mm. There will be an option to order half a hide. The question is whether any of you will be interesting in purchasing some? If yes, please leave your interest via this Google form and I'll make sure to give you a discount when the campaign starts.https://goo.gl/forms/VnWNSbgLzPnyaD2L2 Thanks!
  25. Hey guys, this is just another video of me making one of my wallets, this time a Leather Card Sleeve. The video is a much shorter one, not a tutorial per se, more of an entertainment video for those who like to watch, hope you guys like it! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VB_br0q1cG8&t=7s