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  1. 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?
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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?
  6. it says 100% pure on the bottle. What does "a little" mean?
  7. 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?
  8. 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?
  9. 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?
  10. But directly from Ivan is about 15% cheaper :D So you're generally satisfied with those tools?
  11. It was cheaper than other cheap options close to here
  12. https://www.artisanleather.co.uk/leather-stamping-and-carving-starter-set-970-p.html this is the set I got V407, P206, S705, B197, A104 and C431. I also took separately B701, G602 and E671 (for which I now have to find a mirrored version) I'll take a look, gather more opinions, and get something on my way =) Even if they eventually break it's order of magnitude cheaper than the names dropped in this thread, and the ones I use so much they break I'll get better versions =D
  13. I still have no idea what I want to do. My first goal was just to learn to make some functional things for me, but then I discovered the joys of this and spent every free moment with tools and leather in my hands. I noticed I need smaller bevelers to reach lower points, and something for background, and I'm ok buying 2-3 tools I'll never use, I just don't want to miss something that's needed for most work. I'd like to try making traditional floral patterns, simple stuff like borders and stamps and putting some of historical and mythological designs in leather.
  14. Hi, I bought a starter set for tooling from artisanleather in uk, and they sent me tools from taiwan, ivan.tw, in original packaging at 100% bigger price. I tried them, I don't know much, but I about it but I don't see problems for now and I'd like to get more tools directly from Taiwan What pieces would you recommend for a set with which I can do most things? I'd like to buy most cheap things now and then get more expensive ones one by one Is that store ok? It's half price of all others I've seen, and they offer free shipping and a discount on big orders.
  15. Thanks guys very much, I'll try it out and keep you posted
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