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About jmann8686

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  • Birthday 08/06/1986

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  1. I have a customer that got a wallet that had a snap fail. The customer is in Glen Ellyn (Chicago) area. Anybody out here that can help. Thanks
  2. very nice work. Would love to try making a saddle.
  3. You could always do some backgrounding around the images. Just another thought
  4. Ok so in my book $350 for a wallet is crazy. I could not charge that much for a wallet. But to each his own. I don't claim to be a pro. I'm not trying to undercut anybody. Just like you I charge what I charge I'm still new to the game. I feel like what I charge covers my work that I do. And as I improve and I get better at what I do then yes I will charge more.
  5. My thoughts are you are make a one off wallet with a custom design you need to get paid for your work. If the customer is asking for a custom piece which takes time to draw up and to cut and tool then dye and then make the interior and then stitch together and slick edges and do whatever it is you do. You need to get paid for that. even if it is a hobby it still takes time and you shouldn't be working for free. Yes you may have 20 dollar into material but how much time do you have involved. Now charging $350 for a wallet is crazy. But for a custom wallet I charge no less then $90. Depending on how much they want done with lots of tooling and detail dyeing it goes up from there. Now if it a random stamp design that you did just for fun and are just making them I start those at $75. If people want to pay $20-$30 dollars for a wallet then let them go buy an off the shelf wallet. I do not try and compete with them. I don't compete with anybody. You should not be trying to keep up with the other leather worker down the street or the next town over. You should only compete with yourself. Make each wallet better then the last. Learn from each wallet. If your going to try and make some extra cash on the side you don't want to be known as the cheap guy. They customer is paying for a HANDMADE item from a craftsmen. Just my .02.
  6. So I had a request to make a belt with "DIE LIVING" with a maple leaf background. She wanted the belt brown with orange leafs and pink flowers. This is what it looked like when I gave it to the customer yesterday.
  7. If your going to be in New York we would have to meet in the middle. That is quite the trip for me to get to NY and the same goes for you getting to Washington State. But hey you never know.
  8. Thank you. for the outside I used 4/5 oz vag tanned and the inside is 2/3 oz veg tan.
  9. I have always been a fan of tattoo's. Since I can't get all the ink that i want I tool it on leather. Not quite the same fix but close. So I decided to do a Sailor Jerry Theme "Homeward Bound" long wallet for fun. This is what it ended up looking like
  10. Weather is suppose to turn gross this afternoon. Have two projects at home. But i'm stuck at work with no motivation to work on anything but leather

  11. Me personally I think it depends on the design. I have a version of a trucker wallet that I made and I decided to do a mirror image of a design on the wallet with a horse shoe in the middle. I have been sitting on this thing and using it for about six months now. And the tooling is holding up in the middle and shows no sign of the leather wearing out where i have made the cut and the tooling. I'm also working on a Sailor Jerry theme wallet now with a ship and a rose. All the detail would have been in the center of the wallet so when it was folded over it would look bad. That one I decided to Put the ship on one side then the words "homeward bound" on the other. That is just my .02 cents
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