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    Belts, and Bracelets, Dog collars and leashes
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  1. I'd use a dip dye technique. So some test strips and dilute the dye with Denatured alcohol to get the color that you want. I dilute all of my dyes at least 50/50 as a rule. I think Tandy has or had an all in one dye/sealer called EcoFlo or something. Never used them but if they are still.available, it might be worth a try. I personally use Leather Balm with Atom Wax as a top coat conditioner and sealer. Tom
  2. Try the buffing and top coating to see if the purple goes away. As for the marbling, have you bought this particular cut before? I have a side of VT that I just bought and it has the same fatty texture near the belly. I can see it before dying. But, my customers seem to like the effect, so it's not an issue on my end.
  3. The texture appears to be marbling from the fat in the leather. As for the purple hue, buff it out, and hit it with some leather balm or resolene on a test piece or the buckle end that will be on the underside of the belt. I have seen this before with black. Make sure that you have shaken the dye well before applying. I have noticed that the dyestuffs tend to settle out with black more than other colors.
  4. I've been using the popular strap cutter for many years and have meant to ask this question, but never remember when I am on the boards <g> Whenever I buy a new side, I use a straight edge and clamps to cut a perfectly straight edge. As I cut my straps, that edge begins to curve inwards. I have racked my brain trying to figure out why and how to stop it. Any clues or suggestions?
  5. Wow! Great work. I wish I had that skill set
  6. I have a screen printing conveyor dryer and I spilled some dye on it. It doesn't hurt it, but I'd like to get it off of the metal if possible. I tried Denatured Alcohol with no luck. Does anyone have a way that won't remove the paint from the dryer?
  7. Hey Dustin. I meant to ask you how you did the playing card design. Is it painted on, some form of heat transfer, or whay?
  8. What Mike said. Weldwood is every bit as good at Barge, from my experience, and half the cost. Apply to both edges, let set until tacky and then assemble. But, it is not easily repositionable, so make sure all edges line up and then tap the edges lightly with a mallet, or put pressure on them for a while, for best adhesion.
  9. I believe that this user is saying that a small dab of glue under the tongue keeps it from moving. I agree. That would be the easiest and cleanest way to secure the hand size. You could also use a small strip of Velcro the make it adjustable without showing.
  10. First, why would you use Pro resist as a top coat? It's meant as a dye blocker. My go to for years has been Fiebings Leather Balm with Atom Wax. Rub it in with a cotton tee scrap, front and back. Then flex the leather over something from the front an then the back. I make lots of strap goods and use the rounded edge of my desk or a piece of 1" PVC I have mounted as a rack. It will normally be as limber as spaghetti. The wrinkles on the back look like fatty deposits. Usually found when using leather near the belly. The cracks on top are dry leather. I'd suggest using the Olive Oil for cooking and switch to NFO. It's made primarily for leather. One neat trick that you can experiment with is add the dye to the oil and adjust for color. It is a technique posted on Fiebings website and worth a try. That way, you are adding the oil back into the leather at the same time as dying.
  11. Where do I start?? 1) Did you let the molded leather dry thoroughly before dying? 2) The Molded leather looks like it has a lot of scratches on it, maybe from tools or fingernails. Wet leather is very suseptible to anything touching it. 3) Saddle Lac dries pretty fast. How did you apply it? Spray or brush? Both require good technique. I've never had luck with brushing. All of my toppings go on with a folded scrap of tee shirt, in a circular motion. 4) You MUST apply wet stuff in an area with minimal dust and such floating in the air. You may have put too much on at once and made it dry slower. This would add to the dust collection. Multiple light coats is better. 5) On the straps, that folding issue looks like fatty leather. Nature of the beast. it's less pronounced with non-fatty pieces. If you are trying to make a fold such as around a ring, look or Dee ring, try wetting it at the fold and letting it soak in for a few minutes before folding. It will soften the fat and avoid any cracking. 6) I never used the Ecoflo stuff. But, it looks like it was applied too heavily. I have been using Leather Balm with Atom Wax almost exclusively for years. Again, put it on with a scrap of Tee on both sides. Rub it it. Wait 4-5 minutes and buff to a shine. Leather becomes soft and limber. Never had a problem. 7) For a high shine, I use acrylic floor wax (same as Resolene), diluted 50/50 with water. Apply in THIN coats with 3-4 hours between coats, it I need more than 1. Buff when dry. 7) On the edges, get some liquid glycerin soap. Apply to the edges and them rub it in hard with a piece of canvas or other heavy cloth. 8) As for times, I dip dye most of my stuff, so I let it dry at least 8 hours or until the alcohol smell is gone. If I use a sponge or dauber, at least an hour or 2. Again, until the smell is gone.The Leather Balm, only about 5 minutes. Or, about an hour if I'm going to use the wax top coat. Take your time, use thin coats of stuff and try to work in a dust free area, as much as you can, for applying your top coats. Good Luck
  12. That was not it exactly, but it did point me in a direction that I was looking for. The exact post showed construction details. But, some of those photos looked familiar. Thanks!
  13. Thanks. I'll check that out. I also need to go back and do some more searching. I still recall seeing someone who made a nice one for their machine and showed detailed photos of how they mointed it.
  14. I have a Consew 227R2 and need a flatbed attachment for it. Does anyone have plans available to make one? I haven't seen any commercially, but would prefer to make it anyway... Thanks
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