epiphanist1248

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  1. epiphanist1248

    Grid rulers - are they useful?

    Yeah bud, I said ^^ I have one. I actually just used it like 20 minutes ago.
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    Grid rulers - are they useful?

    I actually have two of these. They're great. I have a grid mat, too, but that's no good when the leather's on top and you can't see the lines. What size do you use?
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    Grid rulers - are they useful?

    Just wondering if anybody's ever used a grid ruler - Omnigrid, etc. - for working with leather, and how useful they are. If you like using them, what sizes do you use?
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    Sewing Velcro to leather

    I'm not saying you're wrong (if I were buying toddler belts in the store, I'm not sure which one I'd pick for my son). But I actually have belt straps already cut. I'd just need to cut it to size, dye it, and sew the Velcro on. Plus, it's not a lot of Velcro; I can do that much hand sewing during my son's naptime. And, ya know, it would be a paying gig. Not a lot, but still. Enough to justify to the wife why I do this.
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    Sewing Velcro to leather

    A friend and fellow toddler parent was complaining that her daughter is so tiny that her pants keep falling down, and I suggested that I could make her a little pair of suspenders. She wasn't too keen on that idea, but maybe a belt? she asked. But something that would be simple for her daughter to undo when they start potty training. The idea that we came up with (or agreed to look into further) was Velcro. So I'm picturing a 1/2" or 3/4" strip of leather with a little dot of hooks on one side and a strip of loops on the other. So, I've got the belt leather, and Velcro tape isn't that expensive. But I've never sewn Velcro onto anything. (And I want to sew it on, so that it's nice and secure.) Anything in particular I need to know?
  6. I'm repairing/replacing a watch band for a family friend. I want to use the original hardware, but it's not in great shape. It's cheap brass-plated and it has some kind of ... gunk? ... on it from the old strap. I've tried a few home remedies for cleaning brass with only limited success. Should I try taking a wire brush to it? I don't want to wreck it, otherwise I'll have to buy a new buckle set, which means extra cost for the customer (and me). Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
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    What should I use to cover this book?

    @kiwican So do you think something thinner like 2-3 would be ok? Like I said above, I'm mostly just upgrading from a brown paper bag.
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    What should I use to cover this book?

    @kiwican What weight would you suggest?
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    What should I use to cover this book?

    @YinTx Its a new book, hardcover, no jacket, that I'd like to keep in fairly good condition since I reference it quite frequently and I'd like it to last for many years. And I'd like it to look nice, though it needn't be overly ornate with tooling and stamping and the like. Basically, I'd like to upgrade from the repurposed brown paper bag I've got on there now.
  10. Oh great hive mind, lend me your wisdom: I want to make a book cover/dust jacket for a great big slab of a book (like college textbook sized) and I'm not sure what kind of material to use. I really like working with oil tanned but is that right for this project? Would veg tanned work better? (I don't really want to do any tooling on it, so it's more about function than form.) How much stretch? How heavy?
  11. Just curious if anybody's ever bought and used the punching/pounding/cutting boards that Brettun's Village sells and what their experiences have been. They look a little different from the repurposed kitchen cutting boards that a lot of suppliers sell and I wonder what the difference is. My main interest here is in punching (as in, the tool goes through the leather). Thanks!
  12. One of my friends here locally has a Poundo board he doesn't want and is willing to sell me, but it's an awkward/irregular size (I think it might be a remnant or factory defect). Has anyone ever tried cutting one? I'd like to trim it down if possible to make it fit my with my granite slab on my work table.
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    Cutting surfaces?

    "them green mats" are the self-healing cutting mats made by Olfa, I believe. I don't know about that brand, but I have a Fiskars mat and it's terrific. I think Hobby Lobby also sells mats under their own house brand. You can get a huge plastic cutting board like they use in restaurant kitchens at Sam's Club, probably Costco, or a restaurant supply store. I also use that for pounding things like punches and chisels, where the tool goes through the leather itself. I know, I know, I should probably get a piece off Poundo or something, but for now the mat works fine. For pounding rivets and setting snaps and eyelets/grommets, I use a nice heavy piece of poured granite (I think it's actually a remnant from a kitchen counter) that I got for $10 way back when. Durable and it really makes a difference to have something that thick and solid under the thing you're whacking. I super-glued a piece of cardboard to the bottom of it so it doesn't scratch up my table and it's easier to move around. Thankfully, most of these options aren't terribly expensive. I agree with this so completely. ^^ In leather, as in life, there's a tool for every job. Have fun exploring!
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    One Hammer to Rule Them All?

    @SouthernCross I've been afraid to use a dead-blow hammer because I was worried it wouldn't stand up well to hitting something small and narrow, like a hole punch or rivet setter. Has yours stood up pretty well? (And okay, at $5 I could consider it disposable, but I don't have time to run out to HF every week.) @ChasCS Thanks!
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    One Hammer to Rule Them All?

    @Dan Miller Thanks! So do you think a #3 or #4 would be too much? Maybe I generally gravitate towards overkill but I was eyeing the #4 pretty hard.