GregS

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  1. I saw a Weaver Leather video where he did some finishes and it seems that things like Resolene tend to be more water resistant than the waxes and such. Sorry for that empty quote down below, I was going to reply with a quote the other day and I can't seem to figure out how to get rid of it.
  2. Exactly why I put that I know the answer is to do what I like. I want to avoid things that blatantly don't work. I also want to start with what works for others and experiment off from there. As for the flesh side, I did a chocolate on this piece, I dyed the flesh side to ensure that I didn't have a dark finish outside and the unfinished flesh side visible inside. I just felt that it would look better and would cover anything that came through the holes. Thanks to you both for the responses.
  3. Sorry for the very newbie question But what is the purpose of reducing dye? Sounds like it could help with keeping a consistent color across the entire piece.
  4. I know that the "real" answer is to dye it the way that I like to do it. But for a newbie like me, that's not very useful. I don't know what I like yet. Anyway, I'm looking for advice on how I should be dying my leather for projects. I don't do much tooling, but I've been using this leather to make my projects because it's a neutral color and relatively inexpensive, so I don't feel so bad if I mess something up. I've been using Pro Dye exclusively because I've read that it's a really good product and doesn't dry out the leather or make it hard. But should I dye before cutting out the pattern? Should I dye the flesh side? This pattern has me use hole punches for the stitching holes, do I dye before or after? For my current project, I cut and punched everything first, then I dyed. I had a bunch go through the holes, so ended up dying the flesh side as well. Once it's dyed, how do I get a nice semi-gloss to the leather? And will leather dyed with Pro Dye be kind of water resistant? It's a Dopp kit, so will get wet, I don't want it looking all splotchy and nasty. Thanks in advance for any advice.
  5. Maybe have a family member or friend that lives out of state buy it and send it to you. Of course, I suspect if it's outlawed in CA, it's illegal for them to send it to you as well.
  6. GregS

    Knuckle duster

    The right one looks like it's probably a flashlight, but what's in the one on the left?
  7. GregS

    Tiger & water

    Holy smokes. Amazing.
  8. So would this be the same sort of leather? Or is this something entirely different?
  9. I plan on punching the holes as he does in his video. I haven't made any of his patterns but I have bought a couple of them. I really like how he does his patterns. I've discovered that it doesn't matter that it's set up for A4, selecting actual size prints just fine on letter sized paper. So I'll be making a few more of them.
  10. Timing is perfect, I just printed out DieselPunk's pattern for the dopp kit. I'm not sure what color I'll be dying my leather yet, but I'm leaning towards a chocolate brown. So that's the "small" and "large" pattern? I've always wondered, why is it called a dopp kit?
  11. GregS

    New toys - brogueing punch

    Pretty cool punch tool.
  12. GregS

    Tandy Pricing Structure Change

    I stop in the local Tandy store about every 2 weeks or so. Being new to the craft, I need to see the leather in person to figure out what I want to get. When I look online, I see the various types and weights listed, but it doesn't mean a lot to me at this point in my leathercrafting career. I also like to browse the hardware trying to figure out what I want to use on a project. The guys that work the store have been really helpful picking stuff out. But there's a new guy that tries to push me on to things that are WAY over priced, and even I can spot this. I hope that they don't start closing stores, I would never have gotten started if I didn't have a Tandy store that I could stop in to see what's available.
  13. So I used these for the first time today. I used Tandy rivets and needed both medium and large sized. Looks like the only difference between these is the post length. Am I right to assume that the caps on the medium and on the large are identical? Just thinking about organization. If they are the same, I'll keep the caps together. Another question is what's the best way to remove them without damaging the leather? I attached some leather in the wrong order and had to get the rivets off. I ended up prying them enough to get the cap off then used cutters to cut the shaft. But if this wasn't on a project for me, it could have been a problem.
  14. GregS

    Dice cups

    Great work, I love that eye. I'm going to have to give that a shot
  15. I'd be interested in attending one as well, but didn't know they existed anyplace. And these guilds you speak of, is there a directory of them someplace? I'd attend one of those if there's one in the Baltimore area.