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  1. So this is just a ptototype that I've been working on. I know that the tooling and dying isn't 100% I was focused more on the pattern and seeing if these will working in the long run. The clip on the back is a repurposed paperclip (which will probably be replaced with spring steel if these works out). This piece was made completely from split leather because I didn't want to waste my good and more expensive leather on a prototype. I'm fairly happy with the result. Any feedback is welcome especially in regard to the pattern itself.
  2. This is awesome and I will try it next time i tool! Do you case the leather before or after taping?
  3. I'm sure this has been asked before, but how do you keep leather from stretching when you tool it? I've heard some say to put tape on the back of the leather, do you do this before or after casing and does it work?
  4. I've waited up to 24 hours before applying the finish. The absolute minumum I'll wait is 1 hour. I normally do at least 2 coats of dye to ensure I have an even dye although with my black I will almost always do 3-4 coats. For applying the finish I will use a small slightly damp sponge. I've tried painting the finish on with a soft paint brush and that will sometimes reduce the streaking. I've also tried spraying the finish on, but that doesn't seem to work very well (maybe if i could use a delivery system similer to an air brush it would work better but that is out of my budget right now). I'm not sure how heavily I apply the finish, I try not to over load the sponge because I know that makes the finish streak. Normally i apply a layer of finish, let it dry for a little bit, buff, and then apply another coat of finish.
  5. So I've done a couple projects that really could have used some skiving done on the edges, but I don't have a skiver and I don't do those projects a lot right now so i'm not sure i want to by a skiver. Is there any way to skiver leather using just a knife or other common tool?
  6. When I use black water-based dye and then put a seal on it (no matter if I've buffed before the seal or not) it always fades out and gets streaky (like some parts fade out so badly it looks light gray) and then rubs off on anything around it. I'm using Fiebing's Black dye (water based) and I normally seal with either Resolene or Fiebing's Leather Finish, and once in a while I use Fiebing's Leather Balm With Atom Wax. Any tips? Would going to an oil dye help this?
  7. Sorry it has taken so long to post the pics.. I've been super busy (sadly no time for anything leather, besides wearing my leather jacket XD)
  8. It would help if you placed the pics directly in the post instead of linking out to them.
  9. I'll snap a couple pics and post them here so people know what i mean
  10. It is smaller pieces, the weight would prob be 3-6 oz. It seems too think it use as linings for small projects and mostly i use suade or goat/pig skin or something similar to line
  11. Beautiful I love the vignette! May I ask how you get your corners so perfect? I've made a few of these but my rivets in the corners tend to be crooked
  12. So the title kinda says it all. I got some split leather and I honestly don't know what to do with it. I mean I normally do wallets, phone cases, etc and I don't know how split leather would work for that bc I can't tool it. Any ideas or tips??
  13. I'm a newbie and I feel kinda silly asking but how would I do a plaque?
  14. Won't a 3-5oz veg work? I wanna do a pattern on it for some friends to remember something together. Forgive me if i'm completely missing the point here
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