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  1. For those curved shapes I use a snap off blade, where the blade can be locked like this. As for the blade I use the 9mm black 30 degree tajima. Be sure to take a 30 degree blade. They are much sharper and easier to cut curved shapes. There is a slight difference in sharpness between the black and the metal coloured regular ones, but not profound. The main difference is the angle of the blade. You can see the difference in the 2 attached pictures. Greetings
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    Bridle and Reins

    No need to compete in price, you clearly win in finish and quality.
  3. I think it will hold, but a rivet add some bling .
  4. Beautiful, I think these will outlive you. You always pay a lot for good quality hardware, but most hard hardware can be reused. If you buy cheap mass produced rubbish you regret it in a few months. Nice work
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    Glasses Cases

    try to thin an area on a piece of scrap with the french edger, then sand this area with rough sandpaper(80-200 grid). i think you will get more or less the same leather structure as the non "french edger" area.
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    Glasses Cases

    hello, your stitching is certainly acceptable. What I would do is bring more consistency to the whole thing. some examples Photo 2 if you rounded the corners on the inside I would also do this on the flap, like the brown pouch Photo 3 the same here the bottom of the rectangle are rounded, but the top is not, however here I would opt for a round patch. This way this stitching will also look nice around your magnet. The same for the inside of the magnet, a round patch would look quieter than the rectangle in my opinion Also the thinning of the leather where the bend is looks a bit rough, maybe you can try to even this out by going over it with some rough sandpaper. These are my remarks, about taste, shape and color you can keep arguing ;-) Practice makes perfect
  7. Woow nice, did you remake the handle showing on the last picture to the one in the first picture?
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    New wallet

    My wife and I are fans of simple Swedish/Japanese design.I appreciate the craftsmanship behind stamped and cut leatherwork as well, but it is not "our style." This is my first hand stitched work that meets my requirements. I had bought a chisel set but found the stitches too short together. So I made this wallet with an awl. The leather was first rubbed with 4 layers of vigenaroon and then with a product I found in our closet. It is a product that makes the leather a little softer but not really darker. You can polish your leather afterwards to a soft natural shine.
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    New wallet

    New wallet, started from 4 mm natural vegtan. Dyed with vigenaroon. Greetings B
  10. Maybe a bit late but those piping allow you to turn the leather, they act as a hinge. So sew inside out and turn. Hammer that piping to give a crisp edge. Bvdv
  11. Metric measurements, explanation in Dutch . Just shout if you need help . Bottom is flat no feet Bert
  12. I am glad you love it.Interior bag is Pigskin with 6 closing magnets hidden in upper croc Piece.if you want the main patterns give me a sign, I got ït in pdf or librecad. Bert
  13. Hello al, my latest project. A croc printer bag for my wife. Greetings from Belgium
  14. Very nice executed, nice stitching, edge work, .... Maybe a crease on the outside to be more consistent, just my 2 cents. Greetings
  15. Thx for all the reply's and kind words. Some of the comments are justified, but I have to say we had to follow a particular pattern. The one handle does the trick, no issues here. The fastening is another case, first of all the belt is 1.5 cm (3/4 inch) to long to be effective. As you lift the bag it opens a bit by itself. I am going to shorten it a bit and see if the locks hold. I also think the magnetic lock isn't strong enough a push button would be better but hard to close. I did discuss this with the teacher 2 weeks ago. He told me he wasn't behind this design but a co-teacher of him wanted it in the course. I am not for or against it, I just want fool proof bag designs, and this isn't one of them. For me it just was a good exercise to practice some techniques but the end product is useless in the designed state. As mentioned before I rework the closing mechanism to a working state. I keep you all updated. The course is only 1 evening every week so everything goes slow maybe I rework it at home. Greetings B
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