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About MarkInKy

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  1. Thanks guys, That was my first attempt with the arrow weave AND the "diamond quilting lattice dealio":-) Stetson912, are you referring to beveling on the quilting lines? I did not bevel those lines... initially I took my modeling tool to those lines and quickly decided they looked best left alone. This is also a thin leather experiment (3oz) so that must be why I could get no improvement with the modeling tool and left the beveler alone. So I did no beveling at all on the whole piece as a matter of fact. Did not use a beveler or shader/backgrounder on this cover. Here is (attached picture) my first booker cover and attempt with stamping, about a week ago. I really like the serpentine effect! I like basketweave too though... Mark
  2. Well, After viewing the video I decided to give it a try. I printed out a design and lightly marked the leather where the seeder would strike then removed the template, seeded, then came in and swiveled the lines. I decided it looked a little better to me when I did not swivel into the seeder area, instead I stopped short. So you can see the lines don't go into the seeder area for the most part:-) Another experiment!
  3. Wow, look at that! Hobbit Leatherworks, looks nice!
  4. Okay, Maybe we should name it... Diamond Lattice! Sounds good to me LOL. So I guess one would start laying down the 2 longest line first? Then determine spacing distance from the longest lines and draw one line at a time moving outward from there. Based on the fact the longest lines go perfectly into the corners it looks like the maker of this one must have began with those long lines:-) Thanks! Mark
  5. Hello all, I'm new to leatherworking still and have seen this diamond pattern hatched thingy on phone cases and book covers. It looks nice and kinda classy but I don't know what it's called! I'd like to get some tips on tooling it so I don't make any stupid mistakes. Lord knows I make plenty of mistakes! Anyway, does this diamond, square, block design have a name because I don't know what it's referred to:-) Any carving/tooling tips would be appreciated! I take it this book cover had resist applied and then some antiquing to make the "crosshatch" diamond pattern (and other tooling) pop? Maybe olive oil, then resist then antiqued? Thanks in advance:-) Mark in Northern KY
  6. Thanks guys! So I took it outside during the day so it could dry out quicker and it turns out most of the darkening you see in the picture was just water! The actual dye must have stayed on top of the inside of the leather letting the water seep through (glad it was like 75% water!). The appearance of the stain has faded quite a bit and I will take the advice of Mjolnir and others, I'll do nothing:-) Talk about lucking out! Thanks and I look forward to more projects:-)
  7. Hello everyone, First time project (other than some practice stuff) and first time posting. I decided to craft a book cover for a 2018 daily planner for my wife. I had already purchased this prefabricated book cover so I thought I would do this for a first project. So here's what I did, right or wrong :-) Did not clean the leather. Cased & tooled. Applied a light coat of Olive Oil Rest a day Stained the tooling on the front Rest a day Applied 1 coat of Super Sheen over the entire front of the cover. So most of the project never received dye/stain directly. Rest a day Applied another coat of Super Sheen over the entire front of the cover. Rest a day Applied a thick coat of Eco-Flo Saddle Tan Gel Antique (Could have been previously frozen). Applied with a dauber for some reason, should have sponged it on apparently. Had a little streaking (see picture) Rest a day Applied coat of Aussie Conditioner I was happy with the results even though the project came out partially orange... see picture. Maybe it's orange because the gel froze? Let sit for 4 to 5 days and liked the results Read a post here that said a person should dye any parts of a project you can see. I could see the inner, unfinished flesh side of the cover so I decided to dye the inside. So I grab some Bison Brown Eco-Flo water dye and add a bunch of water to it. Proceed to apply the dye with a sponge but it wasn't picking up the color very well on the flesh side to I end up adding too much dye... because it bled through! Surprisingly I did not cuss or moan or throw anything. I beat myself up mentally for feeling the necessity to follow all the advice I read! Note to self, don't feel the necessity to follow all the advice! Don't experiment on finished projects! Listen to inner self say "I could bleed through, nah!" Came here for advice on fixing my mistake Need advice or ideas of what you guys would do to hide the mistake. Please feel free to offer advice on the workflow I used to complete the project! This is project number one:-) All advice would be helpful at this juncture in my novice leather career:-) Thanks in advance everyone! Mark
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