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    Buford, GA

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  • Leatherwork Specialty
    Belts, and Bracelets, Dog collars and leashes
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    Anything for improving my skills

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  1. I have an acquaintance who is looking for someone to possibly make some camera cases for him. I am not a case maker and really don't have the time to get up to speed on learning how to do it right. I've made a few fairly simple ones, but am no way a pro at doing them. If you might be interested and can do it for a reasonable and fair price, PM me and I'll forward your info to him.
  2. Believe it, Matt. Look at my OP and see the list of suppliers I tried. There may be others, but Google search doesn't pull up anything promising. I know it's not all-inclusive, but fairly thorough. I have 5 wholesalers I use and between them, I was able to get 50 of the 3/4" x 3" , solid brass, square eye swivel snaps. I routinely pay around $1.80 - $2.00 ea for them. 3 of them were out of stock and I cleaned out the other 2. eBay, Etsy, Amazon, and several others had a few in stock..Limited quantities and anywhere from $4.50 to $8 ea. When you are making a quantity of items that sell for $14 ea,, a 20% - 400% increase in hardware costs equates to about a 60% product price increase. Can't do that and the customer's won't pay it. I have checked into both of those sites you referred to and by the time you add VAT, shipping and customs fees, you're in the same price range as US retailers. Hopefully, supplies will open up soon and bring reasonable prices back. .
  3. Thanks. I only saw them in 1" size but sent them a info request. Thanks Hah. For some reason I didn't even check eBay. Probably because I usually buy wholesale and didn't even consider them. I'll take a look. Ya never know.
  4. Thanks, I've ordered stuff off Etsy that came direct out of China, and times run around 3-4 weeks. Unless it's over one of their national holidays.. I'm not sure of the exchange rate from AUS to USD, but as heavy as these are, I would think shipping from there might be prohibitive. But, it's something I'll look into
  5. Has anyone had experience ordering hardware directly from China? Since Covid hit, I have been struggling to get brass hardware for my dog collars and leashes. Especially the 3/4" brass snap swivel bolts with the square eye. I spent hours searching my normal suppliers and new sources and found everyone either sold out or 3 times the normal price. I've checked OTB, Buckleguy, CDW, Batz, Beiler, Ravenox, Amazon and a few others I can't remember of the top of my head.
  6. I used to use blue tape on the back, but with some leathers, it pulled up the fibers and made it sort of fluffy, for lack of a better word. How much, if at all, depended on the quality of the leather and what part of the side I was cutting it from. Since then, I dip dye 95% of my work - mainly strap type of products. I then use Molotow 15mm markers to apply an edge color of my choice and after that dries, to apply a little liquid glycerin soap to burnish the edges with. Makes it super easy, effective and most of all, clean. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B008H47HP2/ref=twister_B07GBDY6LH?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
  7. Shoot them an email and ask them. It's their leather scraps and since they make boots with it, they would be the best ones to advise you. Be sure to show us some of your finished product!
  8. Shoot us a photo when you finish!
  9. Years ago, the letter sets like Tandy's were made of a different metal than todays. Lots of folks heated them up on a gas stove to do this, even going so far as to burn the letters in. In the past 10+ years ago, they have gone to a zinc pot metal that melts pretty easily. I have one of the inexpensive heat presses off Amazon and it works like a champ. I use 125 degrees C (257F) and press the foil for 2 seconds. Works great. If it were me, I'd try it by heating the stamp on an electric stove, skillet, etc, that I can adjust the temp on and measure it. Put the letter face down (no handle) for a few minutes, checking it frequently, then stabbing the handle on and quickly doing the stamping on some scrap. Another remote possibility, depending on the letter size, is to check eBay and see if you can find individual brass letters and just buy those. They can heat up nicely. Best of luck!
  10. Already checked with the 2 folks I know in my area. No luck. Moot point now anyway. She decided to go with the standard western set, so it's all good. Back when Chuck Dorset and John Pribbenot ran the local store, I could have done that, as I was a distributor back then. Since then most won't allow it. Moot point now anyway. She decided to go with the standard western set, so it's all good.
  11. Thanks to both.. I can get one at Tandy for $42 USD with my business discount, but really didn't want to spend that for a set that I will likely never use again. Not worth it for a $35 dog collar. Early on, many years ago, I'd go ahead and buy it, expecting to use it down the line, but I am likely going to be shutting down in the near future. Getting too much arthritis in the hands. Later.
  12. I'm looking for this set for a reasonable price. I need it for 1 project and don't know that I'd ever need it again, so don't want to spend a ton on it. Thanks
  13. Might help to know what kind of leather. I've made 30-40 foot dog training leads from Latigo and VT. I skive the ends down on opposite sides and the use contact cement to glue them together and them do a running stitch up each side at the splice for strength. For a bag, you'll probably want to stitch the whole length of the strap for aesthetics sake as well as strength.
  14. Does anyone know the proper way to adjust the 2 knobs on the front of this item? They don't seem to do anything except adjust the gap and avoid the roller from twisting on the horizontal access. How to I find out the proper relationship of the blade edge to the roller? I've had it for a good while and it cuts OK, but not as well as I want. I need to fine tune it, so to speak. Thanks
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