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addieleigh

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  1. Awesome. Thanks for all the great info Bob! Love your wallets, that is definitely the look I am going for. And great tip about the wipes I will definitely have to try that.
  2. I have scoured the forms for some time now and cant find the exact info I am looking for. I use antique often and am quite familiar with all the different wiping, resisting, painting techniques, but I still cant figure out how this look in the pic is achieved. The tooling looks to be heavily shadowed with black but the leather itself still looks completely natural like no die has ever touched it. Giving it a high contrast look. How is this done? Even if you dunked the whole piece in resist and then applied the dark/black antique to the tooling, the untooled part of the leather would still catch some of the antique in its natural nicks and dents. Was this piece just washed and scrubbed super well after the antique was applied?
  3. Art - I'm with you..Bob Beard is a genius. That would definitely make things a lot easier. I might need to get myself one of those.
  4. Wow. After staring at it for the last 20 min, It did not even occur to me that it was just a normal basket weave stamp that was turned back and forth. That is defiantly what it is. Not sure how long that one would have taken me to figure out on my own. Haha thanks Kevin!
  5. Sorry the pic didn't go through the first time I guess.
  6. Anyone know what stamp this is and where I can get it? I love how it gives a chevron look but I can't seem to track it down.
  7. Thanks for all the great info Red Bear. One of the websites I was looking at was quoting me for $170 per stamp so I guess anything above that would be a crazy amount for what I am wanting. Haha. Hoping to spend as less money as possible but enough to get few quality stamps. Checked out the Grey Ghost Graphics website. Looks like he does great work for a fair price. I will try calling him up later today. And I will definitely have to look into the arbor press. For that price it why wouldn't it be worth it, as I am sure it would be useful in later projects as well.
  8. Hi everyone. I recently made up some custom key holders for a buddy of mine's truck group. He wanted an exact replica of how they used to make them in the 60s-70s like his. I cut/stamped/carved everything by hand and not gonna lie it was a giant pain in the ass just to do 10. but they did turn out pretty cool. 1st pic is mine on the right and the original 50+ year old one on the left. pretty damn close! Anyways the owner of the shop/group loved them and posted a picture on his instagram of it. Well now he has 100+ people who are dying to buy one. So he wants to order 500 key holders with his logo and info. So obviously I am going to automate the process as much as possible which means I am in need of a custom die and custom stamps! I am just looking for quotes at the moment so I can determine a wholesale price for him or if this is even worth doing. What I need exactly is the attached logo and the 3 text lines in the picture of my hand stamped one. He want to do the shape of the 3 in the 2nd pic so logo and info will need to fit in that rectangle space. He also want the embossed stitching border if possible but I am not sure if that is something that will be worth doing for the price. I am having trouble finding a stamp maker who does more than just make small maker's marks but doesn't charge a crazy amount for a bigger stamp. I do not have a clicker so it would need to be a mallet stamp. Both stamps will probably be in the 1''x 2'' range. Anyone have any experience with getting bigger logos and stuff done in a stamp or know of any contacts? I have the die design ready to go with Texas custom dies but I am not getting anywhere with the stamps and he wants these asap. I am pretty new in leatherworking and may or may not have bitten off more than I can chew. There might be a good reason you cant get these new anywhere...But I really want to try to make this work if possible. Any advice or ideas would be greatly appreciated!
  9. Thanks for all the kind words everybody! I definitely studied a lot on here before I started on it. And will do the same for my next project. Keep your eyes open for it! Funny how everyone sees green it actually a turquoise color, more blue in person.
  10. Now thay I finally got all my tools together, I decided that I would try to make a belt sheath for my knew knife. Kinda intimidating for only ever making a key fob. But I think it actually turned out awesome! Because I am a girl who as been blessed with a rather large prominent behind..I have found that vertical hanging belt sheaths tend to dig into my butt just below my lower back. Especially while sitting on my horse. So I decided if I slanted the knife to a more horizontal angle I could avoid this problem. Couldn't really find an example of what I was envisioning so I just winged it and made up my own. So all in all im pretty proud that I had come up with a custom pattern, wet formed, and hand sewn all for the first time ever. And that the finished product came out way better than I ever expected! Haha.
  11. Now thay I finally got all my tools together, I decided that I would try to make a belt sheath for my knew knife. Kinda intimidating for only ever making a key fob. But I think it actually turned out awesome! Because I am a girl who as been blessed with a rather large prominent behind..I have found that vertical hanging belt sheaths tend to dig into my butt just below my lower back. Especially while sitting on my horse. So I decided if I slanted the knife to a more horizontal angle I could avoid this problem. Couldn't really find an example of what I was envisioning so I just winged it and made up my own. So all in all im pretty proud that I had come up with a custom pattern, wet formed, and hand sewn all for the first time ever. And that the finished product came out way better than I ever expected! Haha.
  12. I was just given a full back, hair-on horse hide from a friend. Seen many different hides but never a horse! It still has the mane and tail on it and everything. Kind of creepy as I have one of my own and she is very alive. But still pretty cool never the less. Anyways it was given to my friend by her neighbor (it was her prize show horse who she had skinned after it died) who was moving and decided to give it away for some reason. Don’t think I want to hang it on my wall like she did but I do want to make it look somewhat nice again. It’s super dry and is pretty warped. Some of the edges are very brittle and tearing. It is now in a big box that it was kinda just shoved into for what seems to be a little bit of time as it’s kinda crumpled up. I was just wondering the best way to condition it? I know there’s some hydrating spray type leather products out there for cow hide rugs. Not sure how expensive they are but I really don’t want to spend a ton of money on this thing if possible. It doesn’t have to look perfect I just want to try to spruce it back up a bit. What is the cheapest way to do this do you think? I left it at my friends so I will post some pics of it tomorrow. Thanks!
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