Chief Filipino

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    Tucson, AZ
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    All things artistic!

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    Everything to do with leathercrafting

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  1. Chief Filipino

    Mountain man bag

    Nice! Did you brain tan the skin yourself?
  2. Chief Filipino

    Limited slip lead/martingale collar

    Nice work, beautiful dogs!
  3. Chief Filipino

    My first pair of shoes

    Nicely done!
  4. Chief Filipino

    Oh, come on now. Seriously, Tiny Again?

    Tiny stuff is so hard! Nice work
  5. Chief Filipino

    Bass guitar strap

    Nice detail on the skull!
  6. Chief Filipino

    Is this what I think it is?

    Nice! Thank you! Got it, thank you!
  7. Chief Filipino

    Is this what I think it is?

    My second thought was edge creaser. Do you heat edge creaser's up to get that decorative line? If it is designed to take some heat I may well use it to wax my edges too!
  8. Chief Filipino

    Is this what I think it is?

    What do you mean by a bead on the edge?
  9. Chief Filipino

    Is this what I think it is?

    Hello All! My buddy picked up this tool at an estate sale... is it what I think it is? Is this an edging tool that I can heat up the head and use to melt the beeswax into the edges of my work? Please say it is, I've been looking for one of these for so long (that didn't cost an arm and a leg). There are no markings on it, no brand name, just looks like an inexpensive old tool. If that's not what it is, any ideas what it could be? Thank you!
  10. Chief Filipino

    Working with snake skin

    I'm not an expert by any means, but when I tan the skins some of the scales come off but not all. I then use acrylic resolene to try to keep the scales on with mixed results. If an item has limited bends and less friction the scales seem to stay on (though not a guarantee they will all stay). I've had smaller items that seem to keep the scales on better. The piece that seems to come off is the "sheath" of the scale, as for the feel it still feels pretty much the same though it may not be as defined. When I go back to do my maintenance routine I use neatsfoot oil on the snake skin just like vegtan and haven't had an issue. I personally like to back my skins with 2/3 oz vegtan as it can help the patterns stand out. Some of the skins I have are almost translucent so the backing can help. Attached is a pic of one of my knife sheaths with rattlesnake skin inlay. The top "window" layer, then the snake skin on top of another undyed layer of veg tan. The scales on this one have stayed on, though it does sit in my tub of stuff to sell so it doesn't see much action. I have a bracelet I made and the scale sheaths all came off, still looks awesome though. I've had the same thing happen with my python skins. I have not tried using a polyurethane but I would love to know how that turns out!
  11. Chief Filipino

    My first leather project

    Wow! Nicely done, thank you for the info on the lasts and the links!
  12. Chief Filipino

    Leather in humid/tropical climate

    Thank you for the tips! I am thinking that I will make and sell off everything I have before the move, that way I can kind of start fresh. It’s not 100% for sure but it is definitely something I’m researchig.
  13. Hello all! I am thinking of moving to Maui, Hawaii and I would like to continue crafting there however I am concerned about storing my leather goods and hides. Does anyone live in a tropical climate who could share some advice? Thanks!
  14. Chief Filipino

    Restoration Resources

    Hello Everyone! I've had two people in two days ask me about restoring their leather goods and fortunately/unfortunately I've had to recommend them to look elsewhere because I do not have the experience nor the knowledge it would take to restore their items. I do not know of anyone in the Tucson, AZ, USA area to ask them to teach me their skills. Does anyone know of any good resources (digital, book, person, etc.) to help me gain more knowledge about preserving cherished leather heirlooms? Thank you! Matthew
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    Pen/Pencil case

    If he wants individual chambers/pockets for each pen I would recommend using an overly large piece of leather, do all your dying & sealing of the backer piece for the piece except for edges. Then use some pens/pencils to wet mold over each pen, working the leather in between each pen repeatedly as it dries. You could clamp one side to use as a starting point, then just continuously working the leather to mold it to shape. I've done it a couple times before and found that it is easier to use a larger piece over trying to figure out an exact measurement. Once it has been molded well enough, and seems to hold its shape, I let it dry then stitch it up and then wet mold it one more time with sample pens/pencils in place and allow it to dry. I hope that makes some sense... it's been a long week and a long night so I may be too tired to be coherent.