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  1. I try to use mirrored ones wherever there are lines close, but for example here I had no idea how to make the stitch on the visor symmetrical so I just went one way. But the lines on the top are all mirrored and the same on all 6 sides
  2. But would you prefer if both sides have it slanted in same direction or is it better if it's opposite?
  3. Here's a picture, it can be easily seen on the bottom long stitch, but I also tried to make all the small stitches symmetrical too
  4. How much do you care about symmetry while saddle stitching? I made a small bag that is simetrical and I try to have all the mirrored portions also have mirrored stitches. I do it just with round holes as it would be so much harder to do with diamond ones properly, but I like the look. Easiest parts are when it's two seperate stitches so I just do each in it's own direction. On even number of holes I arrange stitches like \\\-/// (I can take picture later if it isn't clear) My biggest problem is when I have odd number of holes. This time I've just added double stitch on both sides as it fills the area much more and it's less noticable that the direction changed. Do people that notice stitches prefer it symmetrical or would just consistently going in one direction be better?
  5. I'm relatively new to leatherworking, I've made some wearable items like masks and accessories that come in contact with skin, both from chrome tanned leather and dyed veg tan. But now I have come to a safety concern with all those in case of ingesting it. Is any of it dangerous to put in mouth for prolonged time? I usually coat my veg tan in mix of carnauba cream, beeswax and neatsfoot oil for waterproofing, but after drying it doesn't seem oily to touch. I would like to make some stylish leather hats for very small gentlemen that, knowing toddlers, will definitely try to eat it. Which is better option, chrome tan or veg tan with finish? If both are safe for the baby, which is better for longlivety of items?
  6. Could the deer be tooled? I'll try to get something like that, I'm in Croatia and shipping to here is expensive I also like the roll version, but I wanted a small bag one first
  7. I forgot about this topic. I tried multiple solutions, first just using stylus, then in the end I cut the lines and they did look good enough, but the leather is too thick for what I want, I wanted to be able to close it as a string bag and when it's open to lay flat. So I need much softer leather that can still be tooled, and for a month or two it won't be in my budget to buy any leather so that project will have to wait a bit No pictures because I'm ashamed of the shape of the lines that turned out horrible, but when I make it properly I'll share for sure
  8. I had similar problems when starting and I found a procedure that worked without any problems every time (I don't know where so I can't link original instructions) 1. Tape the back, I use just the yellowish paper tape for painting, don't know the name, but use few layers 2. With a damp sponge wet the top until it gets dark and it stops sucking in all the water, you'll notice water starting to pool at top and just slowly get inside, that's enough. Try to get it like that everywhere 3. Wait for it to dry until the top is dry color again. That's it. It's fast, and if it starts to feel like it's too dry during tooling you can just make a quick pass with a sponge and wait 20ish minutes again
  9. Hi everyone, I wanna make a playing area from leather and I need lines to divide the squares. What would be the best way to do it? Just case it and pull a stylus with ruler over it or something involving cutting?
  10. it says 100% pure on the bottle. What does "a little" mean?
  11. I washed it with soap and then redyed it, and I like the colour now Now the problem is that it's too stiff xD Is there anything I can do about that?
  12. I tried to use my dye on one of the pieces and it just sits on top Would black shoe polish dry enough not to stain the user later?
  13. I made the mix as you said, I saw there are many bee keepers locally so I asked my colleague can he recommend one and he told me the guy standing next to him is a beekeeper :D He didn't have the fancy pure one on hand, but I got a nice chunk of regular one. I asked the italian supplier and I was told it's just 100% wax, synthetic, specially for veg tanned leather. When I rubbed it in some of the dye came off, I like it, but the end user doesn't, so what to do now to have it completely black again?
  14. But directly from Ivan is about 15% cheaper :D So you're generally satisfied with those tools?
  15. It was cheaper than other cheap options close to here
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