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  1. Sweet wristbands; and quite a healthy bit of variety! Nice creativity.
  2. Also, our toolwork is driven pretty deep; I use a heavier maul. So, that makes just dying the untouched surface area much easier; Christine (my wife) just uses sponges and cotton cloth cuts (ratty t-shirts). As long as the applicator won't get in the grooves (unlike like those fluffy wool applicators), and as long as the toolwork is deep and even, it shouldn't take too long to consistently just stain/paint the surface and leave the toolwork.
  3. I just bought that D447. I'll often layer one of the craftool stamps with a hand-made stamp to give it a new look. Here's the last piece I did with that same stamp. Nice coasters, Storm!
  4. abn: No matter how many coats of finish we were putting over them, the dyes would still rub off easily with a moist towel. I was having customers call with the dyes running from getting the covers wet in the rain, etc. ArtS: My wife does the dyes and stains, and any light toolwork is just the natural leather. She stains the non-stamped surface, but is sure to not let any get into the deeper stamp grooves. In all honesty, it's not any more complicated than that; no resist. She's getting pretty good. Myriam: We bought all of our stamps in Argentina. Most of them are recycled railroad spikes. Where we learned to do leatherwork, in Cafayate, Argentina, the technique is very different then American "saddlework." In fact, we just had a story added in the moleskinerie (http://www.moleskinerie.com/2008/04/sojourner-leath.html) about our trip where we got into leather. Thanks all for the support. abn, any thoughts on water damage and eco-flo are extremely welcomed. We were sad to give them up; we're trying to do things as ecologically as possible, which is a pain in the leather business.
  5. I know we've been MIA for a little bit, but we've been busy with schoolwork. We've had some free time the past couple, and we've restocked our etsy store (sojournerleather.etsy.com). Here's some of the latest projects we've finished. We've given up on eco-flo (we were having too much trouble with easy water damage), so we've switched entirely to Fiebings, and so far we've been able to keep a good selection of strong colors going; but I still feel like we sacrificed a tad bit of the eco-flo's vibrancy.
  6. Wow! Twelve replies in less than 24 hours! What we'll be doing first, I think, is calling up a couple print shops in town that may be able to do the printing for us, getting an estimate. But there's an aweful lot of good ideas here I think. I'm gonna scour the web for a bit tonight to try to find that article as well on the old printing type! Thanks all!
  7. So, we've been doing a bunch of custom work at our leathershop (leather book covers mostly, like sketchbooks, journals, and photoalbums), and we've been asked about doing engravings. Now, we've agreed to do small things like initials since we have one of those craftool abc stamp sets, but now we've been asked a couple times about bigger inscriptions, like short quotes. Now, I really don't want to stamp out short quotes. What are some of the things ya'll do when someone wants full names or inscriptions put on their leather? And if you end up stenciling it on with ink, how do you go about doing short quotes with that? Thanks ahead of time. I've been really racking my brain, but I'm not coming up with much on my own here.
  8. These are some great website finds, guys. It also is a good way to begin to understand the differences between the leatherworking methods. You just can't find stamps like those being made in the U.S. (If you have, let us know! We'll make it worth your while!)
  9. The stamps were purchased in Argentina. My wife and I crawled through every major city looking for the small leather shops that sold the stamps. In Argentina, the leatherwork is more geometric than floral, so the leatherworker's pride is her stamps. The majority of the stamps made are hand cut and one of a kind designs. Usually there's symbolic meaning behind the stamps. When we came back to the states, we were aghast to find out that every leather store sells basically the same stuff, whereas in Argentina no two shops sell the same stamps! We were aghast because, had we known that, we would have bought three times as many (we came home with 25 I think).
  10. Does anyone have any clue where I would begin researching how to make those cool italian leather book spines, in particular, how to make the raised ridges that run horizontally across the spine? I've attached a picture of one I found on the net.
  11. Johanna, you're absolutely right about the convenience factor. We're thinking of ways to add at least a pocket. Slayer, true enough about the flap. I guess you'd have to tool the flap up nice instead of the actual cover, or both if you'd really want to soupe it up. In fact, a flap technically might add a bit more surface area to play around with. Abn, I like the way it looks too. In fact, I was really happy with the way it turned out, so I think we're definitely keeping this one as one design, and then maybe have a flap design to choose between. Knight, unfortunately, we don't have a stitcher. But, to be frank, we're not really planning on getting one! We kinda prefer the covers right now being all handmade. So, that being the case, thanks a ton for the offer, but a zipper, at least for now, is almost certainly not possible. Thanks, though, for considering digging into the files for us . Thanks all for taking a look at it.
  12. Christine and I are working on a few new designs of bible covers for custom orders. This is our first prototype that we made this week as a display model for a show this week. Any comments on the design? We're trying to design something that would fit over study bibles (so rather large surface area for a cover). The difference between ours and your traditional cover is that, since ours aren't factory made (like these), we don't have zippers that enclose the entire book; so ours don't protect that big book as well. One idea we had was to add a bit of a leather flap and a cord to wrap around like some of the fashionable journals around today (like these ones). Any thoughts on designs for a book like this would be great.
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