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  1. Hi all, Today I tried to do a belt out of 2 pieces of 2mm leather dyed in different colors and glued /stitched together. I dyed both straps, oiled and buffed them afterwards, both belts were perfectly smooth. However, after glueing them together both sides (!) got terrible bubbles and ridges: I dont know what I did wrong. I even glued only half the way first and checked the glued va the non glued part. The non-glued parts were perfectly fine. The glued part got bubbles on each side. I only used a thin coat of contact cement on both sides as I always do. Is it the glue? Did I put them together in a wrong way? Is there anything I can do to „rescue“ the belt? These marks on the red dyed side lighten the leather so this side is probably lost... Any advice is highly appreciated. Best regards, Charon
  2. If that guy was Ian Atkinson (Leodis Leather) hes‘s right, its all in there. I can totally recommend you his Build Along #8 Enhanced Wallets. You have really everything in there to build a wallet along with an 8h video for a really low price. Cant give any info to the other pattern makers on etsy but his are well worth the money if you‘re a beginner
  3. Now thats really ironical. The whole discussion is kind of retarded. As I said in my opinion thats a great achievement looking at it from a marketing perspective. They both made 25k$ with their products and should be happy with it. Threatening other people by claiming such a basic shape as "unique design" is ridiculous. I like your input in the reddit :-) It just made me think what I would do if I receive messages like that from people like them just because you sell a dozen wallets that look like that. I don't want to be arrogant, but mine are made from better material, crafted better and completely done by hand...
  4. Compared to the price you'd pay when you buy all this stuff the deal was a dream, question is would you really buy all of that stuff? Anyway, if it was me I wouldn't hesitate a second...
  5. Isn't that reaction just normal when you bend the grain side of leather? It gets better with treatment but I have that effect on all items which are bent on the grain side...
  6. This topic gets me every now and then, great insight @BDAZ, thank you for that. I came across this topic when doing my minimalist cardholders. Accidentally I did the same "design" as a guy that did a (successful) kickstarter with his wallets, he even trademarked the name. While he has my respect for his great marketing skills, the design that he claims his own, is basically a piece of leather wrapped twice around itself, so nothing fancy or even unique. That guy also used lasers to cut the leather and make the stitch holes so there's even not much craftsmanship to it. Interestingly there was another guy doing a kickstarter with a similar design and he was hard pressed (with support of lawyers) to change his design. I don't think this design would stand a chance in a court regardless of the country but it made me think whether I could get trouble continue making these wallets. My conclusion was that I can but that topic never gets out of my mind. I don't know whether this has been discussed somewhere else but I would be highly interested in hearing your thoughts on that particular issue.
  7. I use Fiebings Carnauba Creme and Fiebings Aussie as wax finishes.
  8. I guess thats a matter of philosophy. Many people want the sweat to get into the leather to produce a natural patina on the leather. Eventually every finish will fail with time but Resolene is an acrylic coat that covers the wallet thus making it more water repellent than waxes or oils. You can even go higher by using laquers and stuff like that. But no finish (I know of) will make your wallet survive a run in the washing machine. Soaking it in water for 2 hours while heating it up to 40-60C and spinning it will likely cause damage to any leather item regardless of the finish. Also, your leather will get soaked with water when you drop it into a pool or a bucket of water regardless of the finish. I wouldn't make the decision, which finish to use based on these scenarios. Rather you would want to consider whether you want to support developing a patina and make it smooth with a natural touch (wax finish) or whether you want to make it more wear resistant and shiny (acrylic finish, laquer, tan kote, bag kote, Resolene,...). The latter also provides more UV resistance and thus preservation of the original color from what I experienced. In the end you should get multiple finishes (they are sold in small bottles as well) and test it on a piece of scrap leather. I use wax finish on all my edc items (wallets, keyfobs, ...) and laquer/acrylic finish on my bags/belts/heavy duty items that are likely exposed to a lot of wear or weather. Hope that helps, cheers!
  9. You're definitely on the right track. This technique is called turned edges and is a valid approach for putting some pieces of leather together with the stitching next to hidden. Problem with this approach is that the stitching becomes visible when the seam is under heavy stress. You can improve this by using smaller holes and tighter stitching, but from what I know the only method to truly hide the stitching line is by using a piped edge. The pipe completely covers the stitching line even under heavy stress. However a piped edge is nothing I'd use to cover a cane handle but on the other hand there is also no stress to the leather on a handle as well. So try to use a higher spi and smaller holes and you're good to go... Good job on your first attempt.
  10. If you like to preserve the natural look and feel of your wallet I recommend Carnauba Creme. Not as water resistant as Resolene but you seldom use your wallet in heavy rain...
  11. I'm using floor tiles that I picked up as sample, works pretty good and you don't need any fancy weights or space. You can even pile them up to save space. I'm doing my stuff in the living room so I know the pain... As I said I really almost exclusively work with that thin leather and it works pretty good if you keep a few points in mind. Sheep skin is really difficult for inner wallet parts since its really soft and supple. You're better off with baby calf, baby buffalo, kangaroo, kid or goat (going from good to ok). I once did a complete wallet out of lamb skin in my beginnings and I even utilised the fact that the leather gets stiffer from dye to make it work for a wallet. However I never did that again afterwards. In my opinion even goat is too supple. I'm sticking with calf, buffalo and kangaroo...
  12. Since I'm dealing quite often with pretty thin leather I ran into this problem pretty often. There are several ways to handle that issue: In my experiments, oiling the pieces before dyeing doesn't prevent the dry-curling from happening but it lessens the effect Putting plates/weights on the leather slows the drying down significantly (at least in my experiments and some of the dye went into my marble slab). You'll have no curling but you will have shrinking and hardening effects nonetheless Buffing off the excess after drying gives the leather a bit of it's softness back After buffing, I treat it with 1-2 coats of NFO and buff it after it sits for a few minutes. Let it dry completely then Depending on the item you make (I do a lot of wallets) apply your finish. I often use Carnauba Creme, which additionally gives the leather some smoothness and after buffing it it's almost back to normal As JLS mentions: Cut it after that treatment and take care of the edges then Hope that helps Charon
  13. @DunluceHave you made business with Elfitakorea recently? Or anyone else? I wrote them an Email and never got an answer. Thought they were out of business since there were no updates for a long time. Just saw theres an article from 2018...
  14. For items like this you have two options: - mark your stitches in one run. Use a 2 prong iron for going around curves and corners. - if you need the distance on the top to be equal you have a spot where your two runs meet. You can be lucky and meet perfectly, but in most cases you will have to decide whether you do a longer or shorter stitch. Choose that spot wisely, many people use spots that are hidden or unpromiment
  15. My skin was around $45. The thing is the size is enough for one outer part of a wallet, so it's hit or miss. The most pain for me was that given that these pearls are really hard (in fact these skins are fire resistant) your cutting edge looks really bad. So you basically have no choice but doing a turning edge as Ryan did. I tried to beautify the edges with edge paint and ended with throwing it around the workshop. You may have be lucky with one skin but for me there's simply no way for a consistent small series, so I ended up discarding the plans. There are versions where the pearls are sharpened but I don't think the handling will be easier with these. As has been said, it's good for inlays in belt buckles or things like that. My skills just ain't good enough for that stuff. Again Ryan, good job on your wallet, I bet your brother will be happy with it.
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