HeatherAthebyne

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  1. I'm not the only one who constructs bags that way! I was beginning to think I was all alone Anything fancy going on in the interior?
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    Help needed, my leather wouldnt harden :(

    Likely relevant: @Gullex's https://medium.com/@jasontimmermans/a-comparative-study-of-leather-hardening-techniques-16-methods-tested-and-novel-approaches-8574e571f619
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    SLC "oil tan" and yankee wax?

    I'm not sure whether this is more or less confusing, but Horween has a nice chart of their tannages and properties at https://www.horween.com/tannages/ . None of which helps with SLC's offerings, but I've found it useful, particularly when browsing Maverick's Horween selection.
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    My first project

    Beeswax is also helpful with getting the chisels out.
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    Dyed, painted, or pre-dyed leather?

    Most of the tooling leather you see around for sale is undyed and unfinished, but there is certainly pre-dyed tooling leather out there. Springfield Leather has brown and black Hermann Oak, and there are other sources for other colors which escape me at the moment. That said, the piece you posted is probably tooled and hand dyed, then painted with acrylics, then given another coat of an antiquing stain. Learning to dye by hand is fun as long as you're open to getting a nice and completely unexpected result for your first attempts. For LARP armor, I'd definitely try it! When you try to dye a piece, then add a couple more coats to try to even it out, then add a darker layer because you're so frustrated by the unevenness, then finally embrace the variation and sponge on a few more blobs just to pretend you meant to do that, you will get a lovely texture and depth of shade which will kick your outfit up several notches. Not that, ah, I know anything about failing to apply an even dye job.
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    bezel on a rivet head

    That sounds like custom fabrication/casting territory. Depending on your resources in that area, you might want to consider repurposing a commercial finding and getting creative with your method of attachment. Do you have a project in mind for the rivets? Also, please share pictures of your stones! I'm an aspiring (but time-poor) lapidary and love seeing what others are up to.
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    Is this a leather working tool?

    Anything is a leatherworking tool given enough creativity... It doesn't look like any kind of fiber arts tool I've seen, having done just about everything but felting. It first struck me as something for culinary use. Huh, the number of teeth alternate (4-2-4-2-4).
  8. HeatherAthebyne

    Sticking with chisels instead of pricking irons...

    What results do you get from an awl that you don't get from the chisels?
  9. HeatherAthebyne

    Turquoise wrist cuff

    I'd never heard of needing to leave a mounting open in the back for "breathing". A quick search suggests it's just a term for using an open-back mounting to 1. protect the culet (pointy end) of a faceted stone from being knocked against the back of the mounting and 2. allowing the gem to sparkle on its own instead of having stray yellowish gold reflections coming back out of a white diamond. (Third reason: uses less gold.) As far as specific stones' atmospheric preferences, opals and pearls like humidity, but that's about it. I don't know of any particular concerns with adhesive on the back of untreated turquoise, though you might have trouble if you ever wanted to remove it. The GIA suggests that it's susceptible to discoloration from chemicals and skin oils, which may also include whatever's used to tan the leather. The absolute safest bet would be a tall metal bezel to protect the stone from scratches and eliminate the need to use any adhesive against the stone. The metal bezel approach would also be safe for any dye or stabilization treatments the turquoise might have received. If it were me I'd either do a metal bezel of some sort (perhaps wire wrapped with copper) or a veg-tan bezel for minimum reactivity.
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    fingertip protectors for hand sewing

    I use office supply store rubber fingertip protectors. They get sweaty after a while but the improved grip is worth it. I have a pair of silicone index finger/thumb tips, too, but haven't had a chance to try them out much yet.