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  1. Ehh, not bad! I love the vignette on the front!
  2. Honestly Tandy's products are just fine for noobs. They're cheap but relatively good quality. The sharpness of the impression also depends on the user (what you're using to pound, what you're pounding on, proper casing methods, etc). Weaver Leather has some great stamps and as mentioned Barry King is one of the major "go-tos" in leatherwork.
  3. Wow, that's a beauty!
  4. Okay, I understand what you're saying. The load was a phone. I wonder though if it was a result of the edges curling up like Frodo said and something caught it repeatedly which caused the weak spot. Also, I've found that starting on the inside of the adds more play into the stitch which has been disconsterting to me. I agree, that my flap was too short. The edges were burnished although the edge bevel was irregular. Could you explain what you mean when you say "insist more on the interior faces"? In regard to the beveler, I did bevel my initial carving. Inside the flower, most of the lines (the three on each pedal) are decorative cuts and unbeveled. All other lines are beveled. Should decorative cuts be beveled? Thank you all for the input!
  5. I saw this Instructable https://www.instructables.com/id/Leather-Rug/ the other day and I'd love to try it but I was thinking of using both chrome tan and veg tan, would that work?
  6. This isn't a tip, but that basketweave and the coloring is gorgeous!! I love how natural it looks
  7. As it has been said, it depends on what you're looking for. It also depends on what you're using for leather. I've made two chess boards from veg-tan leather. I calculated the size of each square and then adjusted my wing divider to that size and ran that across. After that I used a background tool to create a checkered appearance (backgrounded every other square) and dyed with two different colors. I can show some pics if anyone is interested. Looking back at that project (one of my first) I would have used a swivel knife before tooling. If you are using chrome tan than this https://www.instructables.com/id/Portable-Leather-Chess-Set/ might be a good place to start.
  8. Not to be nit-picky, but bees don't turn honey into wax. They produce wax from glands and sometimes pollen gets mixed in as well. Honey is their method of storing flower nectar as a super saturated sugar. Also, Neatsfoot oil is my go-to for leather.
  9. I'm a little confused about what you mean with the stitching, tsunk. I stitched around the entire project because I've got a lining in it and it looked better in my opinion. I stitched over the edges of my belt loops because otherwise you have a higher load on the thread and it's liable to snap (happened to me).
  10. I don't know why my pics aren't showing up!
  11. This is my first commissioned leather project! It took me 12 hours (not counting drying time). I created the pattern myself, designed spcificlly for an iPhone 11 with an Otter Box Defender Screenless phone case. Anyone have any tips for me to consider in the future?
  12. When using diamond punches it helps to first mark your line where you're punching and then line up your punch with one prong in the hole you perviously punched. Also, how are you removing your punch? Sometimes the way you remove the punch affects your holes.
  13. I don't have it held down because I have a tendency to move my leather a lot so I can see where I'm going. I wonder if part of my issue is also lighting? I have a hard time seeing what I'm doing sometimes because my light come directly down so my hand and tools as shadows.
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