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  1. Not to be gross, but it could also have been salts, especially if it was a men's wallet. Salt from "butt sweat" could have remained in the leather and as the oils dried out over the years the salts leached out onto the surface. Just a theory
  2. The color in a polyester is created through a chemical process, not dying like with a cotton or linen. It will hold color longer, but not indefinitely. UV light will cause it to degrade over time (think about outdoor furniture graying) but it will be gradual. They each have their place and strength so I would choose the thread based on the project and finished look I was attempting to achieve.
  3. I've never used the gel antique, but maybe using a q-tip to apply small amounts in the areas you want it then wiping up the excess with a firmly held cloth (like block dying) might work?
  4. I agree it's too wet, but the moisture content portion of the video wasn't my focus. I was posting so a side-by-side comparison could be made with different qualities of leather. Tandy is by no means the best, but can be better than many imported "veg-tans" which is evident in the burnishing obtained by the stamps. Better quality leathers will usually produce better results.
  5. I know the title of the video is about moisture content, but he also addresses different levels of leather quality and shows side-by-side results.
  6. I agree. The turquoise against the veg tan is excellent. I have a question on your letters... Did you modify a set to get the "cross hatch" or were you able to purchase them like that? I've used backgrounders to make my letters look "different than stock" but hadn't seen that design.
  7. Really like the insert. What I love about that pic though is the leather tabs on the wall. Took me a second to realize they are configured to match the stamps in the rack below it. Smart move!
  8. Wow Cindy! If you have no idea what you're doing then I'm a howler monkey with a half eaten box of crayons in comparison! I love watching DG's videos and picking up techniques. Well done.
  9. Andy this is beautiful! When the age and patina of this bag start coming through that brand is going to look even more amazing. I think it's great to feature brands and scars to honor the life of the animal.
  10. ryano, Generally the lace holes are straight. they give the appearance of being angled due to the need to turn the lacing to get it through the hole.
  11. I think some are missing the gist of the OP's question. It's the alcohol content in an Arabic/Islamic area that is the issue. It's cultural, not "eco". bmertbilal, do a search for the "Fenice" in your area. You may end up paying a bit more for importation, but like ED said, they're based in Italy so it shouldn't be *too* difficult.
  12. Spyros, such a beautiful set up! Looks extremely well thought out and planned. I'd like to make one small suggestion though. Roll your leathers with the flesh side out so the sun and fluorescent lights don't discolor the grain.I'd hate to see those nice sides become unusable due to UV damage.
  13. Wonderful work. I especially like the attention to detail that you put into placing the rivets along the opening in the same direction. I saw the "original refurb" had them going back and forth. Makes for a much cleaner and more professional look.
  14. These are flippin' amazing! Made me want to push quarters through my speakers to hear the "waba-waba-waba"!
  15. Ok Frodo... Here goes my mathematical reckoning... Been a while since I had to think in terms... I make no guarantees about this but it's good to exercise the grey matter Using the chisel pushes the leather apart, whereas using the punch removes the leather between. Therefore, by pushing the leather you are adding distance/length. Multiplying the number of stitches by the variable of the length you obtain the total of the length. Subsequently this can be written as the variable equals the distance divided by the number of stitches. 7x = 0.5 (7 being the number of holes punched on the bill, x being the variable, 0.5 being the overall distance/expansion of the length of the bill) X= 0.5/7 (same function as above solving for X) X = 0.07142857 (length of each individual stitch hole in inches) 0.07142857 = 1.8143 mm By using the punch and removing the leather you would have the following: 7(1.5mm) = X X=10.5mm 10.5mm = 0.4134 inches, here's where things change. Knowing that the chisel has pushed the leather creating additional length you can use the difference between that length, and the material removed to find the overall increase in the length "added by removing" material (there will naturally be some outside expansion as the punch is pushed through to remove the center). 0.5 - 0.4134 = 0.0866 inches (slightly more than 1/12th of an inch has been added to the overall length, an inconsequential amount) Use Tony's recommendation of the 1.5 mm punch next time (WHEW! math brain still works....)
  16. It's a good looking sheath. I'm hoping you have a welt on that thing. If it's that sharp it'd just run through the stitching like nobody's business.
  17. Dangit Chuck! Here I was trying to be cheeky and you throw proof of my ignorance in my face.. Those are nice!
  18. Nice work Dustin. I like the look of the "Kryptic" background. My only criticism is that (as a lifelong 1911 guy) 1911's don't have ejection ports on their left side.
  19. This is amazing. I just finished watching the video and was wondering why the attachment straps were cut independently and stitched on rather than just being cut from the back? Incredible work.
  20. Beautiful holster. I like the VZ grips on the 1911 as well.
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