panku82

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About panku82

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    DFW Texas
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    My Harley Davidson Roadking !!

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    How to get better at tooling and making leather goods

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  1. panku82

    Fender bib

    I've not tried forming them yet as I don't have a extra fender (yet, I work at a dealership so maybe I'll get one from the scrap) but I've seen a few here in TX that have curled up ... I presume it's from the heat and drying it out. They obviously weren't kept conditioned properly as well. Ty for the tips Mark842. Ty for the compliment. I put painters tape on the fender then a cloth over that to protect the paint. Remember the Kydex will need gaps cut into it so it can form more easily with a smoother finish. Then I use a heat gun and wear gloves to help form it by hand w/o getting burned too many times anyway O.o
  2. Thanks for the back shot ... excellent work like I said before!
  3. Very nice work! Wish you showed a shot of the back of it as well. Beautiful piece!
  4. panku82

    Fender bib

    Ty for the kind words and glad you like my work. Like you, I'm just learning and I promise, I learn something new everyday! I just started learning a little before you did.
  5. panku82

    Fender bib

    Ty leathermunchkin, the carving itself took most of a day. But I kinda suck at drawing so it took me longer to come up with the design than to carve it
  6. panku82

    uk, getting myself all confused

    LoL, Alpha are you sure about that?! or do you just remember my seat fiasco O.o BTW I did a new piece to go on my bike its a Fender Bib and is shown in SHOW OFF if you want to see it and Munchkin I recommend the Encyclopedia of Rawhide and Leather braiding, if you want to do braiding of any kind https://www.amazon.com/Encyclopedia-Rawhide-Leather-Braiding-Bruce/dp/0870331612/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1521670554&sr=8-1&keywords=encyclopedia+of+leather+braiding
  7. panku82

    uk, getting myself all confused

    Welcome to the craft! I haven't been doing this long either so I can definitely empathize with you. This can get confusing and you're going to see a lot of different opinions. Differing opinions doesn't mean they're wrong it's just what works for that individual but there is a TON of useful information here and some of it applies universally. For instance I sure wish I hadn't used Olive oil on a seat then used a water based dye!!!!!! (Yeah I have to remake the seat all over) First you have to know what are you looking to achieve, ie. are you tooling the leather, or making garment style articles. different styles of leatherwork require different tools obviously. You're going to buy tools that you almost never use, it's going to happen (at least at first you won't use them). I started with just a basic Tandy tooling kit and then started adding tools as I got to understand what I was looking to do or how I wanted the piece I was working on to look. I have found I can do a heck of a lot just using basic tools and some creativity. Have fun !
  8. panku82

    Fender bib

    Thanks Dave I appreciate it. The lacing is a Round Braid or Mexican Basketweave. It's called both in the Tandy guide to lacing.
  9. panku82

    Fender bib

    yeah that is exactly why I came up with that idea. that and the edges tend to curl after awhile so I'm trying to prevent that as well. I really like the result I got I used.028 thickness and got it off of Amazon. Here's a link to it ,https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BR38ZS8/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 The nice thing about covering it front and back is that your Kydex doesn't have to be pretty
  10. panku82

    Fender bib

    the way I made it was I tried something new with this one. I used Kydex and formed it to my fender then glued the top piece to that and used a pig skin lining on the back. made the lace out of 1/2 veg tanned leather cut at 1/8th in. And Thanks Battlemunky much appreciated!
  11. panku82

    Fender bib

    My latest piece a fender bib for my Roadking. Overall, I'm happy with it but can always use advice.
  12. It looks like you're doing a good job on it all. As far as an adhesive I use DAP Weldwood (It's a red can). I first read about it here on the forums and yeah it works great and it's about all I use now.
  13. panku82

    I Need Help!!

    lol thanks Rockoboy, it's a struggle for me it honestly is. When I started learning I read a thing that really gave me the patience to keep trying and that was just remember when we started learning our handwriting as kids it wasn't that good but you keep at it and you write better and better. I thought yeah that is true! And then I thought Holy Shit I'm never gonna be very good at drawing if it's anything like my handwriting and I've been doing that for 50+years ...
  14. panku82

    I Need Help!!

    it's actually just a veg tanned side of 2 oz leather that I used and cut it with one of those inexpensive lace makers. and thanks for the sympathy on having to redo it all !
  15. panku82

    I Need Help!!

    hey thanks for joining the party late Bodean but yeah as was covered earlier!! ... just playin my man! Thank you for your nice comments on my work ... Like I said I was just playing and I really do appreciate you taking time to read it and comment.And yeah I get the "heebee jeebees" alot when I'm trying to dye especially when I have a effect in mind and I'm trying to pull it off like getting a reddish effect to go with my bikes' red tank and fenders. but I read a great quote which said that every piece no matter how much we do is an experiment and we just hope it works lol ... Thank you again my friend much appreciated!