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About KYCat

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  • Birthday 04/21/1963

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    Photography, Laser engraving, Woodworking, General Craft, Bible Study, Camping, Enjoying Family and Friends, Grilling

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    Wallets, Belts, Other Stuff
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    Laser for Production type work/medium duty leather sewing machines
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  1. Ditto on the Chicago screws
  2. Agree... if you 'preseal' before engraving you can also use a moist Magic Eraser. The char won't stick to the front of the piece and you can use it to clean the edges. I have also done as Brian mentioned just scrubbing very gently under running water with a soft toothbrush. I like the 'preseal' option as you don't have to wait for the leather to dry before proceeding. Also, be sure to use an alcohol/oil based dye if you use the running water method (don't ask how I found that out! :))
  3. Thanks so much for the response and the inspiration-- my Bible is all broken down in the spine. Was thinking of trying to reglue and make a permanent cover for it. Your info will help tremendously! I wholeheartedly agree with Dwight, I made a checkbook cover for my wife and didn't think I'd EVER get all the way around it!!! It was really good for my sanctification!
  4. Love your work! Top notch!! Where do you source your zippers? And what size do you most commonly use for a Bible? Thanks!
  5. Thanks so much!! I had notifications turned off so didn't see this. Appreciate the info and will hopefully be able give this a go soon! Thank you! You're always a fount of good info!
  6. That is beautiful!! I would love to learn how to do the beading but have no clue where to start. Any good resources you'd recommend?
  7. Dwight- a GREAT resource for learning Lightburn is The Louisiana Hobby Guy on YT. He has a step-by-step on basically any process including getting going with the software. That's how I learned and his teaching style really lends itself to getting me how to think outside the box. If I can help, let me know...
  8. I haven't tried the resolene but did try blue painters tape as a mask and it was a PAIN to weed off the more detailed areas. Won't be doing that again!!
  9. Awesome- thanks for the quick reply. I'll give it a try and see what I can come up with- I've used a soft toothbrush under running water to clean post-burn and have been really pleased. Got some smearing using a wet sponge/cloth. Congrats on the Cobra!! Enjoy that beast!
  10. I'm doing a little laser engraving and have gotten an unusual result. AFTER engraving, I applied some Fiebings medium tan and around the engraving there was a noticeably darker area. I would post a pic but I tossed the sample. Would this be due to engraving first then dyeing? I noticed your cow tag looks good so I assume you applied the finish before lasering? Also, do you hand stitch or use a machine to attach to the hats? Thanks- your work looks great!
  11. Thank you for the information . . . 

    Really . . . I'm just interested in engraving wood and leather . . . if it would use patterns to cut out blanks for leather projects . . . yeah . . . I could go for that too.

    It's proposed job work though would be simple decoration.  I'm thinking of Bible Covers . . . belts . . . holsters . . . with absolute personal type decoration.  

    I did a black belt with purple butterflies on it for a niece who made me promise to never do another one for anyone else.  Been hanging onto that promise.

    But anyway . . . I'll check those guys out . . . thanks again.

    BTW . . . whereabout in KY?  My first home as a squalling crib rat was in Carter Co . . . near Olive Hill.

    May God bless,


    1. KYCat


      I'm in Frankfort -

      I'll try to post a pic of some of the leather stuff I've done. Most of it's on my phone and I use a PC for forums such as this.

  12. Like all tools, which one you choose 'depends'... it depends on what you want to do. I jumped into the laser pool back in November but did considerable YouTube research for a while before. There are several different types of laser which accomplish different tasks based on their make-up. I'm no expert and did not stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night but I'll try to give you a basic overview. The 'starter' laser is usually a diode laser and they are differentiated by the wattage OUTPUT of the laser head. They will start around 5 watts and currently go up to 40 watts (which is relatively new and $$). Be sure to look for output as some listings will confuse the issue by giving other wattages and volts. It really depends on what you want to do with it- cut or engrave. I have a 10w Comgrow Z1 and it will cut 4-5oz veg tan (don't use chrome tan on a laser- nasty fumes that are really bad for you!) in one pass. It's a game-changer as far as accurate and clean cuts at least for me. You can set it up to do production-type runs and cut out multiples all on one job. You can't cut metal but can engrave on aluminum although I have no experience with that. Have made some slate coasters that came out really nice. Next are CO2 lasers that are faster and more powerful but you do pay for that. You've probably heard of Glowforge. These are CO2s but you're getting into mid 4 figures and the cutting bed/capacity is pretty limited IMHO. These do have more capability with what material they can work with especially acrylics (think making templates) that diodes don't have the oomphf to do. They are more of a production machine. They are considerably larger as far as footprint so require more floor space. Then you get into fiber which I know pretty much know nothing about except they are what you want to work with metal. This is VERY basic and doesn't cover the ins and outs as this is an expanding craft. I haven't even touched on the software which is a whole other discussion- however, I would recommend learning about LightBurn as it's pretty much the industry standard for hobbyists. I would highly recommend doing a search on YouTube as this is where I got a TON of info- some channels I recommend: ~The Louisiana Hobby Guy (LightBurn guru) ~The Clack Shack ~Vintauri ~Samcraft After watching some of these, you'll have suggestions for other channels pop up. I have the Comgrow Z1 which I've been really pleased with and it's does what I expect. It's really cool what you can do with it and you'll start to come up with new ideas- I originally got it for woodworking (cut a zero clearance insert for my tablesaw) but it is really versatile with leather, too. I'll try to answer any questions you've got...
  13. Thanks so much for the info--- I've been working with leather for a while but just got a 10W diode laser in November. Have been working in Lightburn figuring out 'stuff' and have finally gotten around to leather. Would like to also incorporate the accuracy of the laser (read: straight lines :)) with tooling. What thickness leather are you using? Thanks for any tips!
  14. I've also heard of using Kydex as a stiffener but haven't not done it personally. Thinking about adding to my next carry belt.
  15. Sorry if this has been asked/answered before but I searched and had no luck finding anything about it. Looking for a machine that will imprint brass tags for belts or bridles as seen below. Any tips or user insight is greatly appreciated!! Thanks so much!!
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