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    West Townsend, MA
  • Interests
    Sewing (slipcovers in a past life) and fussing with small manual machines (button presses, etc.)

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  • Leatherwork Specialty
    Fasteners and embellishment (rhinestones, spots, etc.)
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  1. How will this work? I've sold goods to customers in the UK before (over £15 but under £135) and never encountered VAT. I knew it existed but figured it was the customer's problem (?). I read the announcement link, but still don't fully understand.
  2. I've always had a low opinion of "hammer"-type snap setters (I am a Snap Snob), but wow... that is one ingenious tool. I found a blog post review with some details: https://noonsknives.blogspot.com/2019/04/barry-king-snap-setters.html
  3. That actually makes me feel a little better, thanks. I'm discovering limitations I did not anticipate with this project (mostly lack of clearance).
  4. Judging by the measurements so kindly provided by @Sonydaze, it is indeed a chunky die. Too tall for a button press with a 3/8" adapter, but nice work with your "new" dedicated machine. It's a difficult job, but someone (something?) has to do it. Can I volunteer? I would like to sit in the corner and do nothing for a while.
  5. THANK YOU, Sonydaze! That is a HUGE help! ☺☺☺
  6. This is a few months late, but... I have a *huge* favor to ask of Matt S or any other owner of this die: Could you possibly measure the height of the top and bottom dies for me? —not the shanks, just height of the working parts. I'm trying to determine if I can use them in MY non-Weaver press, and whether there would be enough clearance between the dies. The shanks are 3/8" diameter... yes? I have an Osborne machine with prototype 3/8" die adapter.
  7. Forgot to mention... Handy snap dies have been out of production for a very long time. They are very precious; I've never seen an old one for sale on eBay or anywhere else.
  8. This is even older (!)... but Osborne has one for Line 20 snaps (size 20 snaps will not work in a size 24 snap setter).
  9. Wow... thanks so much for setting that up for me! I *really* like the industrial look that cups lend to the setting, plus you don't need to sacrifice sparkle for function . And yes... this confirms that I don't care for the "proud" profile of the plain crystal rivets. Okay, I laughed... I'm actually testing a prototype die adapter, so full confession: I'm not testing rhinestones for rhinestones' sake (so many customers want rhinestone setting dies that we finally developed a workaround). But I do love sparkly...
  10. That's brilliant! Will definitely keep them in mind for the future. I've seen them at the hardware store and never would have come up with that. As a compromise between sparkly conical rivets and not-so-sparkly (but flat) acrylic rivets, I ordered some "drusy" (little bits of crystal glued together) rivets —flat, but hopefully sparkly: Also grabbed a bag o' assorted scraps from our local Tandy Leather for practicing. PS: For what it's worth, my grandfather was born in Belfast!
  11. That's a really good place to start —thanks! I actually had prong settings in mind, but... rivets might be better for thicker leather? And speaking of rivets: Crystal rivets are conical, while acrylic rivets are flat (this is an assumption based on limited observation): Assuming this is always the case... wouldn't the cone cause the setting to be "proud" (not flat against the leather)?
  12. Title is a little vague, I know... I need to practice setting rhinestones and spots (various kinds) into leather. Before I pick up some scraps at our local Tandy Leather, I'd love to know what kinds of leather(s) are typically used for embellished apparel, dog collars... ? I've made a lot of leather buttons, but this is new and very different.
  13. Brilliant adaptation! For members without access to a machine shop, you can use Osborne pins in Handy Jr. machines -- easy swap and can be switched back with no harm done to the machine. The new pin threads will accommodate any "1920" *** die (snap, grommet, rivet, etc.), but die shanks will need to be turned to a slightly smaller diameter to fit Handy Jr. machine bases. *** Osborne is a "1920" machine (as are standard C&C Metal, Dynaline, Wade, and Defiance machines... which unfortunately are all out of production, but still around). Dede O'Hair
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