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  1. You can also use bag stiffener or bonded leather.
  2. I would not recommend using that. I'm not saying a disaster would happen, but I'm not too keen on having the bolster too close to the flame. You're likely to heat up the guiding rod too (which would probably burnish your edge somewhat as you crease, though). I'd go more with something like this: https://www.goodsjapan.com/leathercraft-items/general-leather-tools/craft-sha-flint-leathercraft-1-0mm-2-0mm-single-line-leather-edge-creaser-beader/a-20988 Best to have a single tool for a single purpose than the one-for-all approach.
  3. My advice is to avoid buying leather from Tandy. I occasionally buy suede from them but not leather anymore. It's a crapshoot. The quality is all over. I buy some tools and hardware from Tandy, as well as Fiebing's supplies, but not leather. I get my leather from Rocky Mountain Leather supply (yeah, you'll have to pay duties), or from Lonsdale Leather in Vancouver: never had an issue with either.
  4. Use an anvil and a cobbler's hammer. But do choose a curved, smooth edge of the anvil, because a sharp edge can cut into the leather and ruin your project. https://www.lonsdaleleather.com/tools/leather-anvil-tool https://www.lonsdaleleather.com/tools/cs-osborne-shoemaker-hammer You can use their fitter's hammer too. Ouch: glover's needles. Don't use those: worse than stabbing the leather is stabbing your finger, and it will inevitably happen. Even blunt needles can give you a nasty stab; so I'm wondering that glovers may even go all the way to the bone, depending on the force you're using. Saddler's needles (blunt): https://www.lonsdaleleather.com/tools/cs-osborne-harness-needles-5-pack Use #2 for thread that is > 0.8 mm and spi that is >6, and #4 for thread that is < 0.8 mm and spi < 7.
  5. Whilst I'm not gonna take your opinions as gospel, I will, however, consider them close to encyclicals, after seeing your work ()and based on your experience. Thus, I've decided on using nothing but chevre for wallets from now on, barring any of those notable exceptions that crop up from time to time. Fortunately, the Dollaro was just an experiment of sorts, as I was trying to decide on panels shape and how much of a curve and difference in height between one side and the other I could have: So, nothing lost but something learned.
  6. That might be done to kind of protect the very fine edge from being chipped by hitting/rubbing against the ruler.
  7. Look harder and closely at about the Rule of Thirds' lower right powerpoint. Nasty rip there, innit? Right at the 4th and 5th stitches from the bottom. Happened when I inserted the bone folder, but it coulda happened when inserting a card, I'm afraid.
  8. Guess I should be using nothing but goat then; because this is what happened with 2 oz Dollaro:
  9. I agree completely. And if you look at MY wallet you'll see that there's only one card in each slot. People, on the other hand, behave so unlike me that at this point I'm so frustrated at being by them frustrated that I've chosen to try to foresee and accommodate. Because, if the leather rips due to abuse their conclusion and judgement will be: "this wallet sux and so does the maker".
  10. @Danne: how many cards can you cram in those slots? I'm asking because I just made a simple side panel as a test and not only are the card panels making the whole thing rather fat in the middle (even after skiving 2 oz leather), but when I insert two cards the whole thing bends and it's putting stress on the stitches: and enough stress will rip the leather at the stitching line.
  11. Take a look at the pictures in the Shop section of their website and compare them. Basically, the regular punches net you holes that slant upwards and away from you when you put your punched piece on the stitching pony: / / / / / Inverse** means just that: the holes will slant towards you: \ \ \ \ \ Flat is self-explanatory: — — — — — Ditto round: ° ° ° ° ° They also offer two versions: the traditional diamond hole and the European one. The one looks like a rhomb and the other like a slit. _____________________ **The inverse punches are meant to complement the regular ones, for those cases where you must punch from the back side of the project. From the back the holes will slant towards you and look like this: \ \ \ \ \ , but when seen from the front will look like: / / / / /.
  12. What stamp is that one? Looks Made in Rivendell!
  13. Your content doesn't link. I just get booted to your home page.
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