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  1. I've have a cocobolo burnisher from ProEdge and also one of the Armatige burnishers both on a bench grinder. I've noticed that I get some dye build up that is transferring onto my edges what is the best way of cleaning these burnishers. I have been using canvas soaked in isopropyl wrapped over the edges of scrap leather is this the best way or is there something else I can use instead of isopropyl to remove the dye build up. Is a fine grit sandpaper a better option, I know cocobolo is toxic so I would have to use a mask but to be honest I would rather not sand in case I damage the profile of the grooves.
  2. Thanks, that’s kind of what I’m thinking about the black that it will frame the orange and yellow making them appear brighter.
  3. Just bought some orange dye recently and I thought I’d try it out on a card wallet for a friend at work. I’ve used a KS Blade punch 3.28mm, Kevin Lee awl and some .55mm Sky Blue waxed linen thread by Yue Fung. I’ve also just got a delivery of some Giardini edge paint so I’m going to try it out on this. She said she liked bright colours so I’m thinking I may use some yellow for the edge but I’m still undecided on that I’ve also got orange, light blue, and bright red to choose from but I may also just opt for black. Any suggestions?
  4. I'm getting a bit better with practice, for the samples I used a roller pen which was ok. I'm busy doing a couple of card wallets and for those I'm using a couple of modelling spatulas bought from eBay for £4 for the 2 and I am quite liking those. I think a combination of those with the roller pen should work ok for me. I've ordered the Giardini sample kit of dense base coat and black to try out. The cost difference of these to Giardini is quite a bit though as you have to order a min of 125ml of Giardini whereas I can get 50ml bottles of these for £2.10 which is ideal for trying out and working on small pieces. another benefit is Attentius is in the UK as I am, so postage is just a couple of days and £5.
  5. Eventually got round to trying some of this edge paint. I've no previous experience of edge paint but this seems to work ok. I put some on a card wallet a couple of weeks ago and it has been in my pocket with loose change and keys and so far it is just as it was when it was first done. Going to try some Giardini soon to see how it compares. Some example of the colours below, I have only one criticism of the colours and that is the violet (2nd top) is very dark looks just like black so I'm going to get some white and add that to lighten it up. These example are 3 coats first impressions is it is quite tricky to apply edge paint and time consuming so I think I will probably only use it on smaller items like card wallets watch straps etc.
  6. Well it has turned out to not be the total disaster I thought, as alpha 2 says it is not so noticeable due to being on the back of the wrist when worn. Another lesson learnt though is that when using edge paint I need to allow for the slight thickness that adds to the strap it is tight going through the buckle but I think I have got away with it.
  7. Yea it’s a good match for your holster you should do matching sets
  8. I've just received some Fil au Chinois 832 thread and some Attentius 2000 edge paint so I thought to try them out I'd make myself a watch strap. All was going ok till I decided I'd use my scratch awl to put a little bit of black dye into the holes I'd just punched. So of course only one hole to go and the dye drops off the awl onto my stitching at the end covering 4 stitches. I may have sworn a little at this stage :o). Photos are a bit rubbish as from my phone but the actual stitches are darker than appear on the photo. It's a good job its just meant for me otherwise I think I'd still be swearing now :o)
  9. Here's a before and after of my small work space it's amazing how it gets so messy in such a short time I'd love a bigger desk but imagine how messy I could make that :o)
  10. Good few of these are well known on the forum some maybe not so much. KS blade punchFeng toolsCrimson hidesYang toolsChartermadeNash anonymous Kevinlee4426Wutaleather Hexnhit
  11. I've recently bought an Awl from him and the quality is very good came already very sharp. I put Instagram on my phone so I could message him from there it worked out cheaper doing it that way. problem is now I have found lots of people making some great tools on there and the temptation is massive to buy more. I've got to stop adding people who make tools
  12. Has anyone got any experience with this edge paint
  13. Thanks everyone it is very encouraging to see positive comments . Personally when I look at these I see the mistakes but I’m naturally critical of what I do. Trying to make something better than the last one is what makes me keep going and also it’s fun working with leather I wish I had done this years ogo.
  14. Thanks, the black edges are first sanded then burnished with saddle soap then dyed black sanded then burnished with tokonole a couple of times.the brown one the same but no dye.
  15. Thanks I forgot I did a double crease on the bifold I had to check the photos I'm a bit hit and miss doing creases especially on curves but I'm gradually getting better, I'm currently waiting for some Wuta Creasers to arrive so hopefully they will help me improve to the point I can do doubles on curves and not just on straight lines
  16. Thanks for the comments its been good to have a bit of time to get some stuff done. I must admit I like to put a bit of colour into what I do but seeing as I only really do stuff for friends and family and they have quite conservative tastes the more colourful stuff will go into my one of my boxes of stuff that may make there way onto Etsy, if I ever find the motivation to sell some of my work.
  17. I’ve been off work last week so I’ve had some time to play. This is a sample of what I’ve done so far got another week off this week so I’m busy with more wallets and passport wallets. This is way more fun than going to work. Luggage tag Wallet Card Wallet Card Wallet Card Wallet
  18. I think the following was my first post on the forum Saddle Stitch but it may be of some help to you. I was asking about using right needle priority in the post but the photos I attached were using left hand priority as described in Nigels video and I believe it is that method you are using. I get a good slant on the left side using this method and the right side is not as good as you will see.
  19. I use veg tan goat it’s about .8 - 1mm it’s strong and skives well
  20. Thanks, They are burnished with saddle soap first and then Seiwa Tokonole. They could probably be better but due to my messing up the press stud this one will just be kept as a reminder for the next one so I just did the one application of Tokonole
  21. I thought someone would mention that I’ll sort out some photos tomorrow
  22. Unfortunately I seem to have been distracted today whilst assembling my latest wallet by listening to Dark Side of the Moon I wanted this wallet to have a press stud closure on a short strap but instead of the strap coming around from the back with the press stud on the front of the wallet I’ve put it on the back!! Have I inadvertently produced a left handed wallet
  23. Thanks, the leather is 2.5mm so I’m guessing that is around 6oz.
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