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  1. AndyNext

    Bobberjob UK

    Thanks for the pics, very useful
  2. AndyNext

    Bobberjob UK

    Thanks, I might take you up on that offer when the project goes 'live', i.e. before Christmas 2019, if I hit any issues!!! Do you have any more pics of your bags?
  3. AndyNext

    Bobberjob UK

    Those cartridge case bags are lovely. My wife has submitted a 'present request' for me to make her a handbag in a similar style to those, but I've yet to work out a pattern.
  4. AndyNext

    Dopp Kits

    It is just the camera angle, they are both the same size - its the small dopp kit pattern. This was the first time I've used one of Tony's patterns and punched the holes, I usually use stitching irons. I used a 1.5mm punch and 1mm tiger thread. Aside from the actual punching, I found the major downside of punched holes vs awl or stitching irons is that the leather doesn't grip the thread after each stitch. You therefore need to work harder to maintain tension in the stitch runs e.g. by occasional extra casts in the saddle stitch to lock it.
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    Dopp Kits

    I've just finished two dopp kits as birthday presents for our sons-in-law. I used a Tony See pattern with added personalised elements decorating both sides. The leather is navy Old English Bridle from Metropolitan (often available at a reduced price) and is about 2mm. The light tan was left over from a previous tote bags project. Both bags are partially lined lined using cotton fabrics from my wife's quilting stash! My original plan was to use the regular dopp kit design involving sewing the bag inside out, boxing corners etc. However the leather proved too stiff and its glossy finish started to crack in the folds when the bag was turned back the right way. Back to the drawing board and my hunt for an alternative design led me to this one on Tony's Etsy shop - DieselpunkRo.
  6. Very nice !!! I'd be interested to know what weight of leather, thread, needle size etc you used to get that crisp, precise look.
  7. AndyNext

    Boxed corners on a duffle/weekender

    Thanks, nice bag
  8. I am planning to make a duffle/weekender bag from veg tan shoulder, as I'd like to dye and finish the leather myself. The design I'm adapting is a turned bag and so has boxed corners. What weight of veg tan shoulder leather is it feasible to use in a turned bag? I would like to use about 2-2.5mm/5-6oz but I'm unsure whether it will be too stiff to create the boxed corners. What is everyone's experience? I've previously done boxed corners on tote bags and a dopp kit, but these were all constructed using a softee finished veg tan. All thoughts and advice gratefully received
  9. AndyNext

    First attempt at copper rivet

    I use end cutters rather than side cutters and they will let you trim rivets much closer. However you do need to leave enough to dome!!!
  10. AndyNext

    Case for Button Accordion / Melodeon

    Box? Boxes!! The case was built for a 1930's Hohner Erika which has been brought back to life, overhauled and retuned. However it also fits my main band box which is a Giustozzi. Andy
  11. AndyNext

    Case for Button Accordion / Melodeon

    Thanks Bob I play English traditional folk music in a ceilidh band and for a local morris team. I have occasionally thought about making button box straps, but as I currently use nice, comfortable Italian padded straps, it probably will just stay a thought! There are plenty of button box players on your side of the Atlantic, which would reduce the commute if you did decide to start making them! Cheers, Andy
  12. Hi TomWisc, sorry only just noticed your comment. All handles were stitched through as well as riveted; it just doesn't show in the picture. Definitely overkill for strength but gives it a nice look with the contrasting thread. I looked at quite a few tote bags online before coming up with the simple closure . As it is held on by a snap at the back, it can be removed if found superfluous and easily replaced. The handles were made from bridle leather strips bought on Etsy. The second tote I made had dark brown rather than navy straps.
  13. AndyNext

    Case for Button Accordion / Melodeon

    Thanks Riem. The first case had a leather strap with shoulder pad, however I didn't try lining the pad to stop it slipping. I might go back and give it a go when I have something suitable.
  14. AndyNext

    Flattening stitching

    Keep an eye on eBay, old cobbler's hammer are advertised quite regularly at much better prices than new ones.
  15. I've just completed a case for my larger button accordion (aka melodeon in UK). My design was developed using construction ideas from one of Ian Atkinson's messenger bag patterns and is made with Sedgwick Russet Shoulder from Abbey England. This was my first attempt at a three piece gusset and I'm very pleased with the result - Ian's video was very helpful for this. Originally I had planned to dye the leather a darker, but decided to keep it 'natural' and have only applied Carnauba Cream. It will get a good coating of Aussie Conditioner before it goes into use. Reverse was sealed with TanKote. The strap is made from heavy duty cotton webbing as I found the leather strap on a smaller case I made last year slipped too easily off the shoulder.