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  1. i would be surprised if an unsewn holster would survive even the first insertion of the gun during molding, unless it was a very loosely fit holster to begin with. the cement may hold, but the leather it's bonded to would probably tear. Don't be out off by hand stitching. it's easy, and will look very good if you use the proper tools to lay out the holes. I was thinking of just using cement before i made my first holster, but decided to just go down to my local tandy shop and have them teach me how to stitch. the guys at my local store were all gun enthusiasts as well as really into leather working (a rarity at tandy it seems), and the happily sat down and taught me various methods. it was much easier to get a professional looking end result than i had imagined.
  2. i had applied a second application of stain a day after the first, still a few days before wet molding. someone pointed out to me that this might be an issue when using the ecoflo pro waterstains since they contain waxes, etc. The second coat may have not penetrated well and sat on top of the previous coat, and sloughed off. the lightened area happens to be the area that was directly under the faucet that had hot water running (in the future i will stick to submerging in water). one of the colors I used is yellow, and I've had odd issues in general with yellow. it seems to seal the leather quite a bit when it dries compared to the other colors i have. oil will sit on top for an hour, instead of minutes. odd. so I'm working on a new mix of colors avoiding the yellow.
  3. oil & tons of conditioner took care of it, but now i doubt I'll be able to replicate the end color on the belt. one more accessory to toss in the drawer
  4. I've been wanting to try that, but it's been raining every time i think of trying
  5. this picture may be better for seeing what im talking about.. since then, I've oiled it lightly, stained it some more. its only helped a bit. I'm going to just start over and cross my fingers it isn't an issue with the stain combination i used.
  6. it's a double stack. My father has a single stack (938 no less), I'll have to send him a link to your pattern.
  7. yes, i made the pattern myself. i made one previously with it, and made some small tweaks to it for this one. i enjoy the stitching - i pull up Netflix and watch a movie while i do it i had to reduce the picture size to post here (using my phone) - i think it may have degraded the pic significantly
  8. I've always been fond of the orange-ish British saddle tans. after some experimentation blending ecoflo pro watetstains, i came up with one i was curious to try. so i made a mag holster, dyed it, stitched it 2 days later, then wet molded it the next day. the next day after molding it, the dye had turned splotchy on the most visible part (not the normal fading where the leather stretches) . the wings and back are all fine, so I'm leaning towards it not being a dye issue. towards the top of the holster it has a spot that lighted up considerably (my picture doesn't seem to capture it well) , and the bottom 3rd darkened as if it had been oiled. I'm new to leather work, having made maybe 5 or so holsters the past couple months. I've tried figuring out what i did differently this time besides the mixed dye colors. all i came up with is this: 1) i used hotter water than normally (still from the tap though) . The top discolored part MAY have got a longer blast of hot water. 2) i did not wet the leather as much as i normally do any thoughts? a local saddle shop saw one of my pancake holsters and wants to display/sell some of my work, and i was planning to do a full matching set of belt/holster/mag holster/knife sheath/Leatherman holster for them using this color . (obviously nobody other than batman would wear all of it at once )
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