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    Laser cutting, Horween leathers

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  1. I can't be much help here, but curious about your budget. A custom made leather jacket, with all the necessary fittings, finishes, lining, etc., could run into quite a bit of time. What is your price ceiling? You don't really have to answer, just curious.
  2. You might try The Hide House. I can't speak to the quality as I've never used metallic leather, but they do carry it. Some are referred to as "foil" and others as pigmented. The best thing to do is to call and talk to them before you purchase. https://www.hidehouse.com/pc_combined_results.asp?search_prod=(searchlike~p.sku~metallic|Or|searchlike~ p.nm~metallic|Or|searchlike~ p.ds~metallic|Or|searchlike~ p.search_terms~metallic|Or|searchlike~ p.child_rollup_search_terms~metallic|Or|searchlike~ p.child_colors~metallic|Or|searchlike~ p.searchfield1~metallic|Or|searchlike~ p.searchfield2~metallic|Or|searchlike~ p.searchfield3~metallic|Or|searchlike~ p.searchfield4~metallic|Or|searchlike~ p.searchfield5~metallic|Or|searchlike~ p.searchfield6~metallic|Or|searchlike~ p.searchfield7~metallic|Or|searchlike~ p.searchfield8~metallic|Or|searchlike~ child_skus~metallic)&search_keyword=metallic
  3. So true... very important. But I have yet to figure out how to eliminate the "char" on the edges of where the laser slices through the leather. I've used various means to clean it up, but have never been able to avoid it.
  4. From Weaver Leather Supply. https://www.weaverleathersupply.com/catalog/item-detail/65-6075/glue-brush-can-complete-with/pr_43123/cp_/shop-now/leather-care/adhesives
  5. I must admit that mine could be out of adjustment, one of my big challenges. It's a home-made laser, and has a few "issues." Is yours a CO2 or a diode laser... big difference. I've considered upgrading, but I got my machine at bargain basement pricing. And what type of leather are you cutting? I know I'm not supposed to, but I cut mostly chrome-tanned leather (I do use a fume extractor), some of which is considered "stuffed." It weeps oil and is a real challenge to laser-cut.
  6. Did you seal the paint with anything? After applying stain or paint, any people here seal the leather with Fiebing's Acrylic Resolene Leather Finish. There are other options, so maybe someone will chime in with their favorites.
  7. Had I received what you did, I would contact the seller right away to see what they could do to remedy the problem. They probably don't want to lose your business. My two favorite suppliers are The Hide House in Napa, CA, and Maverick Leather in Bend, OR.
  8. This may be out of your reach due to your location, but Campbell-Randall in Texas carries clicker mats in various sizes. I don't have a clicker, but use one of theirs for punching. http://www.campbell-randall.com/shop/clickers-presses
  9. In the his 1950 book Leather Braiding by Bruce Grant, he refers to this as a "Stairstep Applique of One Thong."
  10. Post a picture so we can see what this looks like. Also, what type of paint did you use?
  11. For about $10 you can buy the book on Amazon that inspired me and opened the doors to doing leatherwork over the last 50 years. By Bruce Grant, it is simply called "Leather Braiding." A great place to start. https://www.amazon.com/Tandy-Leather-Braiding-Book-6022-00/dp/087033039X/ref=pd_lpo_14_t_2/145-1872454-7290226?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=087033039X&pd_rd_r=ccc71bae-2187-442e-a331-e0cdd39da7cb&pd_rd_w=qiYp5&pd_rd_wg=aWXHn&pf_rd_p=7b36d496-f366-4631-94d3-61b87b52511b&pf_rd_r=WD965AMQZBR1RAZPY2BH&psc=1&refRID=WD965AMQZBR1RAZPY2BH
  12. I know that people on this forum have expressed concern about cutting leathers that have been tanned with chromium salts. I cut and engrave chrome-tanned and latigo leathers with a laser cutter, so to address those concerns I've invested in a fume extraction system. So far, so good. It gets rid of the burnt leather smell too.
  13. In the drawing the lace looks a little on the narrow side. Wider lace might just give you the look you want.
  14. I'm not sure if this is exactly what you are looking for, but it might help you see what could be going on here. It is Bruce Grant's book "Encyclopedia of Rawhide and Leather Braiding." I've done this braid with punched holes, but straight cuts could work too, depending on the thickness of the lace. His drawings show oblong holes, so he has split the difference.
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