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Everything posted by Valarie

  1. Thank you, Matt!
  2. Ooo, I have been using the heavier leathers. No wonder the saddle soap isnt working! Thank you, so much!
  3. Beautiful! I really like the carving in the middle.
  4. That frog is cute! And I like the lining. Great job!
  5. Thank you! I had a bunch of key chain blanks that I started out on. Needless to say, very few "turned out"! Haha! I have been blessed to have people donate leather scraps and leftover project material, and I buy remnants from Tandy to practice on.
  6. Thank you, for this! It helps a lot, and cant wait to see more! Val
  7. No retention strap. The clip on the pistol itself holds it pretty securely. I put it on and jiggled up and down while bent over. No slips! No wet molding, just folded it over and sewed it. So far, it fits good. But time may tell, haha. The harness is the hardest part, trying to get the straps the right length. My hubby helped me out. I made this because I have not been able to find a ready made holster that works for me. Too many belly rolls, haha! Lessons learned: be sure straps are not too wide for the buckles! Thanks, ya'll for the comments and encouragement!
  8. Thank you, Bikermutt! Ive been told saddle soap will soften leather. Been using it like crazy, by the directions on the bottle and I dont see much change. Maybe a different kind?
  9. A friend of mine is requesting a purse similar to this. I realize its a lot of work, and there are techniques I need to learn. Can someone point me in the right direction? Thank you, so much!
  10. Better picture of the front
  11. Hey! I figured it out! Here is a pic of a quiver I made. Tried to find uses for that thick, heavy leather I had bought. This was fairly easy. Copied the pattern from something off pinterest. The symbols on the front refer to swiftness, accuracy, deadliness, etc.
  12. Shoulder holster I just finished. Made with 6-7 oz leather (I think, cant remember for sure). Purchased already cut straps. Tried to antique the holster to show off the tooling, but wound up antiquing the whole thing. Still have much to learn. Sunflowers and dragonfly are stamped and painted. Holds a 380. Got the holster pattern from my daughter and had to cut it down to fit the pistol. The yoke was designed by me. Critiques welcomed. I know the stamping on the straps is substandard. I tried to tool some scrolling and wound up stamping over it. There are extra holes in the straps as I had to adjust for size. But it fits well and I will be wearing it for awhile to see how it feels. The rectangle on the holster is where the clip goes that holds it on. When I was fitting it for the holster, I noticed it scratching the leather, so I made a place for it to scratch without messing with the tooling. It was fairly easy, except for figuring out how long to make the straps.
  13. What is the best way to use liquid saddle soap?
  14. Still working on getting pics on here. Ugh!
  15. Did you use photobucket or figure it out on your phone? Well, should have looked at the date, ah well
  16. Love the flowers and dragonflies! You do some amazing work! And thank you, for your service, sir.
  17. Hi, Smitty! I am a newbie, too. Keep at it!
  18. Hi, Chucky! When you get a pattern for a sporran, would you mind sharing? I play bagpipes and wear kilt and sporran for the volunteer fire dept and would love to make my own!
  19. Yeah, looking at the pic of the gauntlets, I can see the shoddy paint job. Good thing they were for me! Eh, learning experience.
  20. Well, tried another pic and its not working again. Ugh!
  21. Ha! I figured it out! A little history here: bought some saddle skirting thinking I would try a leather corset I saw on youtube, but it didnt work out. Then I had to decide what to do with all that leather! Pictured here is a set of gauntlets. Dyed blue and mahogany, set with eyelets for the lacings. Tooled and painted and antiqued sunflowers. One of my first projects. Made my own pattern after looking at several.
  22. Thank you, Bikermutt07! I wish I had had that advice sooner! ok, first question! I cant seem to upload pictures. It keeps saying I am only allowed a certain size and apparently my pics are too big. Any suggestions how to make it smaller on an iphone 6?
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