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fredk

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  1. Those are most very excellent I mean this as a compliment; they look like they belong on the pages of 'Packing Iron'
  2. I sketch out on paper, try it on paper then make the pattern template out of cereal box cardboard
  3. On this, if you use something like a nail or nail setter to punch a few ragged edge holes in the spring steel strip they'll give the lead something to grip and the lead won't slide off. An old idea I used to do when making heavy lead sea-fishing weights
  4. Someone else had a similar problem,. They posted up back in February Two people at different times & places (maybe, I guessing) using the same product have the same or similar problem I'd suggest that its the Antique paste at fault. Maybe some change in its formula Have you tried Tandy Eco-Flo Gel Antique?
  5. I once worked with a chap who had lost 3 fingers on each hand. We called him Kevin
  6. These are on hold pending collection
  7. I think you have found the 'kings new clothes' syndrome with watch straps ALL the straps I've come across have been very stiff and uncomfortable to wear and they don't soften up. When enquiries were made the answers were " they are all like that, thats how they're supposed to be, no-one makes a 'soft' one because they're all supposed to be stiff" , et cetera, et cetera A watchband should be comfortable to wear. So comfortable that you forget you are wearing it. But just try finding one like that on the market Your nappa one looks fine to me. Wear it
  8. fredk

    Lacing Fid

    I know all of these as lacing needles
  9. fredk

    Lacing Fid

    You don't need, nor, afaik, can you get a chisel for making diamond shaped holes for lacing. The holes are straight sided rectangles I use my 'fid' to widen the the hole when a second lace has to come through. It doesn't cut the leather it just pushes through to make the hole wider, then I have to be quick to lace through as that hole closes up soon btw; I use 4mm chisels for 3mm/1/8 inch lace. The chisels punch a hole but do not remove leather. After lacing up, an easy tap with a mallet to flatten the lace and the tapping also closes up the holes more. I use 4mm not only just for the extra working clearance but I've bought '3mm' lace that was closer to 3.5mm, and 1/8 inch which as wider as well.
  10. My use of lemon juice was taught to me by a top museum conservator at the RAF Cosford Museum. They use it on all the metals used in an aeroplane. Strength of solution dilution dependants on metal and amount of corrosion
  11. You don't 'need' to buy a new tool for making a groove; your ruler and an old used up ball-point pen. A used up pen, no ink, press it hard and it will leave a fine groove for you to follow
  12. 9 hours ago fredk said afair, and I may be wrong, the political chat was supposed to be in a hidden section, just like the 'life style' leather section, and you were supposed to ask to be allowed into that section. However, it appears it didn't go that way. The 'permissions' doesn't seem to work properly. I've never asked to be allowed in to the 'life style' leather section but I see everything anyone posts in there
  13. afair, and I may be wrong, the political chat was supposed to be in a hidden section, just like the 'life style' leather section, and you were supposed to ask to be allowed into that section. However, it appears it didn't go that way. The 'permissions' doesn't seem to work properly. I've never asked to be allowed in to the 'life style' leather section but I see everything anyone posts in there
  14. 1. If they are steel or iron, put them in a closed up bath of very strong lemon juice & water. Leave them for a couple of days, inspect, and renew the juice. Eventually the corrosion will be converted 2. once cleaned up you can give them a light coating of spray paint. You can get a spray-on zinc coating [at least you could]. Car restorers use it on steel/iron parts
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