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  1. Thank you! I used a Cuttle Bug machine to emboss the cross, (using a Darice Embossing Folder) I mixed leather shavings and glue, and filled in the back side, hopefully it will help maintain the embossed impression over time. Here is a picture of a bag I made for my cousin. I used the cheaper metallic acrylic paint. The colors are much more vibrant than this picture is showing. I am going to have to experiment with the Resolene, and figure how and when I want to use it. I love all the input I get from this site!
  2. Wow!.. I knew the acrylic paint was tough, but not to that extent. Did she put a sealer on them? I do use the cheaper acrylics a lot. I am going to take your advice and use the Leather Sheen. Thanks for answering so quick. The Bible I am covering is for my Granddaughter's Sunday School Teacher, so it will get opened and shut every day, I have no doubt. I am going to make one for mysel next!
  3. Thank you so much! Everything you said makes sense, especially the part about the bending. I will add, I mostly use the cheaper acrylic paints, but I do have a set of Tandy's Cova Colors and the Cova Color Highlight Colors and I do love them. They paint on so smooth. You can really tell the difference immediately, but for the price, and me being very amateur, I mostly use the cheaper acrylics. This is a lot of fun, and I have learned a lot from this site!
  4. Can someone explain how to apply Clear-Lac and Acrylic Relolene? I am working on a Bible Cover. I painted the flowers with Tandy's Cova Color and Highlighter Stain. The cross & Cover background started out with beige stain, but was too orange for me. I made the mistake of finishing the edges of the cross with gum tragacanth stuff before staining, so anyway this is what I came up with and am pleased with it. I would like to have a very good seal on it, but I am afraid of running the colors together. I think one more mistake may be one too many...lol I have sprayed a light coat of Fiebings Leather Sheen on it. Would I be better off to use Acrylic Resolene or Clear-Lac? Should I just brush it on? Will it cause the colors to mix together? Will it darken the flowers?
  5. Cutting Fringe...June Taylor Quilting Template...Many different templates to choose from, so read carefully about which one you choose...Rotary Cutter, be sure to get one with a bigger blade...One Template cuts 1/4 inch strips, most cut 1/2 inch strips...I used the 1/4 inch Template and went back and cut 1/8 inch strips...The cuts are clean and crisp...To make longer fringe, (1/4 inch Template is only 6 inches long), I carefully moved the Template and cut longer...I have cut 3 pieces of leather at a time with great success. I found this to be much faster and safer than using a ruler. I have learned so much from this site and I hope this will help someone else.
  6. Thanks for all the compliments! I will search on you tube for video. Seeing is sometimes a lot easier. For the pictures, I used the method that 2-Shews explains in his video. He charges $25/00 for the video, which I ordered from a post here at Leatherworker.net. He uses a product called Picture It by Plaid. It is does not transfer perfect, but better than anything else I have tried. The technique he uses is amazing, and as bad as I hated to hand over $25.00, it was worth every penny! I will check out kingmere craft also. This site has been so valuable!
  7. This book was meant to be fun and personal. I'm still learning, but having a lot of fun, when I can find a little time to work with leather. Daisy is their dog..I guess you figured that our already. I had to do this in a hurried manner so I made a couple more mistakes than I normally would have. I can't figure out how to end the lace properly.
  8. I forgot to mention that I copied my Grandfather and Great Grandfather's signitures from their WWI Draft Regestration Cards and using the picture transfer method added their signitures to the box above the houses. I stumbled onto leather crafting a couple years ago. I also love photography. I have tried all kinds of techniques to transfer pictures onto leather. Billy 2-Shews offers a video demonstrating the technique he uses. http://www.leatherworker.net/whois.htm They ask for a 25.00 donation. I had to think about it for a long time. I finally gave in and got the video. It is worth 25.00, and the technique does work. I was pretty amazed watching him work. Besides transfering the picture, he finishes the picture in a unique fashion. I am really grateful for all the information and advice I have received from people at leatherworking.net! (FOR FREE). Joanna states that 2-Shews has an illness and will not be doing leather anymore. I have no idea about his condition at present, but I certainally hope the donation has helped in some way. There is another technique I learned about from this site. It leads to another site which explains a technique using 80% Zippo Lighter Fluid and 20% Damar Varnish. The image is printed on baking paper, using a Lazer Printer. The mixture is applied lightly on the leather becoming tacky. The image is than transfered to the leather. I have a Lazer printer, but the baking paper will not run through it without getting jammed. I want to try a different brand Lazer Printer to see if the baking paper will feed through without getting jammed.
  9. Our family reunion will be held at Diana, WV this year. We have an auction each year. The proceeds are used to pay for food and emergency money for any family member who needs help. This piece of nostalgia has two pictures of the house I grew up in. One was taken in 1920, the other around 1970. A picture of my Great Grandparents on the back. My Great Grandfather built the house in 1900. The house was passed on to my Grandfather (picture on front). I used the 2-Shews technique to get the photos on the leather.
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  11. Cody, I love your design! I have learned so much on this site. Here is two tool holders I made because I am pressed for space. I used some pvc pipe I had left over after I replaced the water and sewage lined in my house a few years ago. I cut the pieces about 2 1/4 in. long and held them at an angle and hot glued them together making each tier a little taller. In the middle I used large pieces of pvc to hold punches & so on. On the bottom I purchased a box of little long round Styrofoam pieces at hobbly lobby in the kids craft section and hot glued them to the bottom of each the 2 1/4 long pieces. I used a round piece of wood for the bottom and placed it on a 6in turn table thing. Of course gluing them together in a circle pattern, each tier didn't fit in a circle, but it came out ok to serve my purpose. I have been using it for about 1 year and it is very sturdy. I made a smaller one to keep at my little work bench. I don't have a lot of time to do leather craft, ( I gained custody of 2 of my Grandchildren, 3 yr and 1 yr. )but I enjoy it very much. Maybe someday I can get them interested in leather craft!
  12. Here are the tools. The ones on the right are the original size. The ones on the left are the ones I ground down. One Beveler and 3 Background.
  13. I used my Dremel to grind 4 tools down to the size I wanted them. They are so tiny!..and they work great! I was afraid I would have really rough edges, but after running some sand paper around the edges, they are fine. If I ever make any money with leather I might consider investing in some Barry King tools. I'm sure they are worth every penny, but for now my new tiny little tools will serve my purpose.I have tried using the molding tools instead of beveling. I don't really care for how it looks. I 'm sure as I go along and figure out how to case the leather just right it would make a difference. I will try to post a picture soon.
  14. Thanks for the links. The posts sure have boosted my confidence a little. Maybe I am on the right track! I have a couple extra tools I got off ebay, so I am going to grind away and see what I come up with.
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