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    Buford, GA

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    Belts, and Bracelets, Dog collars and leashes
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  1. What the others said. Properly treated and stored leather last many, many years. I have a bunch of belts that i friend let me have and they have been in storage about 15 years. Still good as new. Since you used Mink Oil Paste, I'd use that to give them a fresh coat.
  2. Even if you can find the white dye, don't waste your time. It has an extremely bad smell, and it would take many coats to get even a grey color. Just buy the drum dyed white Veg-Tan and save yourself the frustration and effort.
  3. If the leather is soft, as it appears it might be, use a little rubber cement and glue it to a piece of backer board or bag stiffener. Or even a manila file folder cardboard. Use a pair of wing dividers to mark the exact same distance from each end. From the photo, it looks like it's actually punched off.
  4. We can see the photos now. I. for one, have not solution for you.The only latex coatings that I have used were used as a resist on black dye projects and it was peeled off after. It's almost like you are going to need some sort of vulcanized coating, but not sure how or where to do that. If I want to waterproof leather, I use SnoPruf, but that has to be reapplied from time to time. And, to my knowledge, washing it would take it off or at least weaken it. I've also use Mink Oil paste, but the same caveats apply. Maybe a saddle maker has an answer for you. But, I think the washability factor is going to be your stumbling block here.
  5. Download the Fotosizer program. It's free and does a great job of resizing without loss of quality https://www.fotosizer.com/ Max file size is 1.46MB. Not sure of what photo formats this site accepts, but .JPG is always a good choice. Not sure what you are doing to post the binary type code, but it won't work. Just click on the choose files at the bottom of the message and pick them from your folders
  6. Called Vinegaroon here in the states. Like other said. Avoid Tandy if you want a good leather. I buy from Thoroughbred on KY. Always got good stuff.
  7. A lot of folks have easily modified these to act as a manual clicker. They add a cutting block and plates. This is the 20 ton press. They have a 12 ton for less. At one time, they also had a pneumatic model, but I didn't see it on my quick search. But, it sure would make it faster to do repeated cuts. https://www.harborfreight.com/20-ton-shop-press-32879.html
  8. I could be wrong, but I think is needs to be an odd number of strands. I've seen YouTube vids for 5 stand and I THINK there was one for any odd number. Have you tried cutting 6-strands and just using the same groups of 2 and do it like a 3 strand? I'm not sure what it would look like, but pretty sure it would be weird, LOL.
  9. A lot of it is strap rings and end pieces. The ones with the prongs should have a matching backplate the the prongs go into on the inside of the bag and then fold over. the ones with the 2-3 holes mostly go onto an edge or slot in the bag and are secured with screws from the inside. A couple look like that would go on the ends of the shoulder straps, one or 2 might be magnetic closures. They look like nice pieces, and gives you a good excuse to make some handbags.
  10. Maybe remove the metal pull and tie some leather lace in its place as a pull.
  11. 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.
  12. 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. .
  13. 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.
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