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  1. As fredk stated, it takes only a few seconds to heat up. Others have mentioned having to replace the tip, but I have had mine for four years now and am still using the same tip. Here is a link to another thread discussing the battery to use. It seems the type of battery used has a significant impact on longevity.
  2. I do not know what postal servers charge and certainly not for a business. I can only compare Zack White's shipping fees to other vendors for comparable items and I consider them high. This is why I wait until I have several items before ordering so I can spread the shipping fee over multiple items. I was upset when they shipped a partial order without contacting me first about the out of stock items. By the way, the items that I am waiting for are still listed on their website as available.
  3. Back in March I placed an order with Zach White. When it arrived several items were missing, mostly dyes. When I contacted them, they said that the dyes were out of stock, but I could reorder when they were back in stock and they would wave the shipping/handling fee. Since then, I have checked in with them periodically to see if the dyes were back in stock. First, they said it would be within two weeks which would still be in March. Then they said that the dyes would be in after Easter. Their last email said they would be in by 1st of May. That last email was a month ago and since then I have not heard anything from them. They stopped responding to my emails. Their web site is still active so I assume they are still in business. Since they charge such a hefty shipping fee I do not want to just drop it and order elsewhere, but I would really like to get those dyes. Has anyone had any dealings with them lately to know that they are still active?
  4. Bend the tabs in their middles and stitch the outside of the tabs to your leather case so they are the same width as the insert body. This will create an extra slot at each end of the insert the same width as the other slots that also expand.
  5. I use white glue. I use a precision tip applicator bottle to place a small drop precisely in the stitch hole, then cut the thread as close to the leather as possible.
  6. Just a reminder. If you do use neatsfoot oil, check at your local feed store. They also sell Fiebing's 100% Pure Neatsfoot Oil, but often at a lower price than the leather supply store.
  7. Nigel Armitage dropped a new three hour series on saddle stitching last week. It was really interesting so I gave it a try and it does work. To get a good bump on both front and back he suggests a cast on the front and a tug on the back. Here is my first try. For the front, the thread is driven high by the cast. While for the back, the thread is pulled low by a simple tug. I suggest you view the new videos. They are listed as saddle stitch - modern style by Nigel Armitage. I know someone posted on this forum that everything about hand stitching can be learned in 10 minutes, but that is not true.
  8. The technique is called block dying. Here is a video showing the process.
  9. In this case, this was a business. In your words "she had a client do a pick up earlier this month." This was a customer invited into her place of business to pick up merchandise. Same as a grocery store. The woman was invited in by being asked to do a pick up.
  10. I am not sure I understand this correctly. Are you saying that if you walk into the local grocery store that you are trespassing?
  11. Clean the threads, then apply some petroleum jelly before reattaching the lid. It lasts a surprisingly long time. No need to reapply each time you open the jar.
  12. Here is a better video showing the laser engraving and the use of gold leaf. This video is by a member of this forum. Perhaps he will step in and comment.
  13. You can use gold leaf as shown in this video. Use the laser to print the design, then fill the design with the glue, and finally apply the gold leaf.
  14. I am curious as to the reasoning behind blue guns being illegal.
  15. GatoGordo

    Watch strap

    I, also, like the spacing, but I think it would look better with a finer thread.
  16. I have to agree with Montana Leather. While, in my experience, they all bleed, they do it to a different degree. While some are barely noticeable, others are more pronounced. Just this week I was making a stock shell holder using a piece of gold suede that I purchased just over three years ago. While sewing my thread turned yellow from the dye!
  17. I did a Google image search to see similar bags with rivets. In my opinion the rivets cheapen the look. They may be appropriate for Harley Davidson but the OP's bag without rivets looks far classier and more refined.
  18. You can download an STL file of the PPK from thingiverse.com. Printing that would be easier than trying to create a wooden form from a picture.
  19. Don Gonzales made a video showing the technique.
  20. I have 3D printed a few guns. The cost is around $2.00 to $2.50 for a Glock 17. Smaller guns will be less, larger guns more.
  21. While I have made one (almost) flat-back pancake holster, that is not the standard. Here is an image of an Avenger holster. You can see that the leather is not flat, but wraps around the gun. The leather is then molded to the gun both front and back. There is also the problem of the reinforcement panel. I have no idea how one would stitch the reinforcement panel in place after molding.
  22. I was questioning the fourth post where toxo states: Why not just wet mould - dye - stitch - two coats of 50/50 Resolene? I don't understand how to get and retain any detail if the stitching occurs after wet molding.
  23. Just to clarify: I understand this type of procedure with a pocket knife or something with little detail, but with a handgun that has lots of curves and indentations, I don't understand how wet molding before stitching can capture and maintain that detail.
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