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  3. YIKES! I had no idea they'd be that expensive!! LOL Got a pig farm nearby? :D - Bill
  4. thanks I keep them in a ziplock bag in my car, when I go out I put one from each branch in my pocket, in case I see a vet, which most of the time I do in the super market
  5. Those look good Bert !!!
  6. Absolutely stunning !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  7. Welcome! Look forward to seeing your work.
  8. Thanks posting extra pics of the belt! Once again fantastic work! ~Frau~
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  10. Very nice work Alex. Thanks for sharing.
  11. That is indeed awesome work! On the belts and other pieces with the black backgrounds, do you dye the background separately from the rest of the piece, using a fine brush?
  12. yup same thing as tug was referencing
  13. It's cool. Didn't take it as a criticism.... I appreciate the input. If I get to make another one, for a paying customer, I will stitch them
  14. Just to make sure, Is that what are we talking about? I was thinking of stitching the logo on the sides, but then I went for the rivets The other strap guides, yes, maybe a stitching would have been better, but I'am still learning, and that was the design, and didn't think "will curl up " one day I do appreciate the comments and suggestions though. I basically learned leather craft from Youtube tutorials Cheers
  15. WOW, that's some beautiful work thank you for showing.
  16. Thanks Alex. I was a little nervous going with green, but I wanted to try something different. I started out with Kelly green, and I subdued it adding black and a little bit of Mahagony dye.
  17. New batch of key fobs for Vets. They take a while to make because there made from left over scrap. I make 1 or 2 some times more at a time.
  18. Wow, yes, there are still used for that! How cool is that? But $55 is way too steep a price when I only need a very small amount: Genuine boar bristles I could buy a small brush like a shaving brush, though, for much less: https://www.fendrihan.ca/products/omega-boar-bristle-shaving-brush-beech-wood-handle
  19. Just wondering if it is possible to re dye a bag to a different color (light color to darker color) using pro dye. 2 bags in question have marks, fading, blotches and wondering if it will cover this up? I believe the process is to firstly clean well with rubbing alcohol then wipe the dye over evenly with a dense sponge? Will it dry to a dull matte finish and need some sort of polish? After the dye has dried / set do I need to apply some polish or finisher to bring out the color and shine a bit? If so what would I use? Is rubbing alcohol suitable for de glazer? I have attached some example photos? Do you think the dye will cover the fading and un evenness? The grey bag may have even had some mould at some point but both bags are soft and pliable and surface good. Just want to make sure if I dye the bags, the dye will likely cover up the uneven color and blotches / marks. Will be using a dark mahogany red / brown color, similar to what I would say standard red / brown saddle / tack color. The dye etc will cost close to what the bags worth so need to make sure the job will be worth the trouble. If I get less than decent result will have to throw the bag away losing the cost of it and the dye. Appreciate any help https://drive.google.com/file/d/1zkXOArr0nhhiCSn3hqVqshvmqry5NGJY/view?usp=share_link https://drive.google.com/file/d/1fgqsNsLknhkPQARrKeuPIvieLZ4lR3wJ/view?usp=share_link https://drive.google.com/file/d/1EfTGrg88fY9z8tsJmluM1UslTG5FDuGu/view?usp=share_link
  20. Sone shoe makers still use boar whiskers for some sewing. You may be able to get some of 'em. What could be a better whisker than an actual whisker!? - Bill
  21. I just recently got into Leather maker after my Grandfather had made some stuff many moons ago. I was looking at the stuff that is out there and thought that i could do better than any store bought item. My background is in cabinet making and cad drafter so i could produce any set of plans that i need. I have been making the usual beginner stuff wallets, bags belts. I also do Civil War Reenactments that i have been making my own stuff for that as well.
  22. Love the colour on this, and also ditto about the neat design around the lock
  23. Hi all, A bit of a photo dump as I haven't posted anything here in a while. I've had to compress the pics to pretty lousy quality to get them all in but you get the idea. Here is a load of stuff from the past year or so, some of it stock things and some of it custom work built to client specs. One of my bestsellers since I started making them has been cases for vernier and digital callipers, so lots of those, as well as cases for scalpels. Then various belts, pouches, knives and sheaths. I upgraded my tandy swivel knife to one from leather wranglers, quite a big investment once you add UK customs fees but it is a big improvement, stays sharp for much longer. Ditto for Barry King stamps, I am a little jealous of the US for leather tools as shipping etc has cost me a fortune, but oh well, I doubt I'll have to buy them again. Stitching here is all by hand with waxed linen, and edge lacing is with kangaroo lace. I had never double loop edged a belt before the one here, did not realise quite how long that would take... My real interest and most of my day job is making historical things, and so there is also a replica here of a Tudor archer's bracer from the British Museum. I made quite a bad version of this years ago when I was just getting started so it was nice to give it a revisit with better tools and experience. It was asked for with a lining, which the original does not have, and mine has no gilding where the original probably did, but otherwise a fairly close copy. Hopefully more stuff like this to come. Anyway thanks for looking, any queries about particular pieces or tips for me to improve then fire away Cheers, Alex
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