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  1. Has anyone applied a finish over Angelus paint? I have Tandy Professional Finish on hand and trying to decide whether to use the finish or SnoSeal. Thanks
  2. Thanks for the replies. I’ll be using those suggestions in the future.
  3. I tried using wet cotton swabs. It helped a little, but not enough.
  4. Sometimes after I’ve sewn my leather work the threads pick up the dye and appear dirty. Is there a way to clean them to make them nice and white again?
  5. Would anyone happen to have a crossdraw pattern for a right-handed person? Thanks
  6. Thanks for the reply Fred!
  7. I have some extra leather I need to store for maybe a year. I was thinking I might apply neatsfoot oil, let it dry for a couple of days, and then put the pieces in a cardboard box. Would this work?
  8. Mungo

    Stitching groover

    Thank you both! Very helpful.
  9. Can a stitching groover be sharpened or do you just buy a new Grooving blade?
  10. Thanks max. I got a painful case of bursitis from hammering all those rivets. I’ll be getting a hand press for sure.
  11. Thank you for the reply. I’ll get one before I use a bunch of rivets again.
  12. Will the hand presses sold by Tandy, Springfield, et al, set tubular (hollow rivets)? After making the bandolier in the Show off section by using a ball peen hammer, section I now have a painful case of bursitis and would like to avoid this in the future. Thanks
  13. We were discussing authentic old west bandoliers in the holster section, and I decided to make one. It’s not perfect by any means, but it is at least serviceable. It is 66” in length with fifty .44-.40 loops. I used a buckle on it because at least some bandoliers had them. I saw some that did not. Some were short and some were long in the period photos I saw. I did go ahead and use hollow rivets, but I used two between each loop instead of one. I incised a simple botanical pattern rather than fully carved -and- stamped designs because many of the old holsters and leather goods used similar techniques. Most of the period bandoliers appeared to have had no decoration at all. I didn’t spend a lot of time on the edges because I just wasn’t interested in that for this project. The dye is the Tandy antique gel and sealed with Sno-Seal. Mods; if my photo sizes are too large, just delete or whatever else you need to do. I could not figure out how to make them smaller.
  14. It looks like a rivet base between the loops just to the left of the left-most bullet. I think. The photo in the book is slightly clearer than the posted photo.
  15. How much of the rivet (hollow type) should be protrude through the leather pieces? Using a 5/16” rivet leaves a little less rhan 2/16” coming through to be peened over. I should probably use a 7/16” rivet, yes? BTW Sinpac, those are beautiful California holsters.
  16. Sorry, but I’m not sure I should do that due to copywrite laws. Maybe someone with access to the book can take a look.
  17. I’m wanting to make a bandolier or cartridge belt, and be as authentic as possible. I’ve been researching old west gear and noticed in the book, Packing Iron, that the bullet loops on one belt(dated 1875-1880), page 93, appear to be attached with hollow rivets. I thought hollow rivets were a modern innovation, but apparently not. If any of you have the book have a look and tell me what you think. I’m seriously considering using these instead of sewing the loops.
  18. Does anyone have any info on historical ammo bandoliers from the old west? I have seen photos of Pancho Villa wearing them. His carriers had buckles on them so I’m wondering if they were just extra long gun belts or dedicated ammo carriers meant to be worn over the shoulders. Thanks.
  19. I’m going to compare models and get one.Thanks fot the input folks.
  20. Thank you for the reply. I think the linen thread would be better for historical leather goods and I’m definately going to try it.
  21. When and on what projects do you use it? Advantages? Disadvanteges? Also, is Niltex the best thread for holsters? thanks
  22. Anyone have one of these? I don’t have the woodworking equipment to build one. I also don’t have room for the full sized bench horse and don’t need one very often, so this looks like it might fit my needs.
  23. Beautiful, it belongs in a movie. I like that dark dye and serpentine border.
  24. There's a walnut tree near me. Think I'll go collect some shells after deer season. Thanks.
  25. I have just finished tooling a picture frame mat. The frame is a dark antique looking frame, and I'm thinking of just using neatsfoot oil to finish the mat. Maybe letting it darken some in the sunlight for a more "olden" look. What did leather crafters use, say, a hundred years ago to dye and finish their products?
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