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  1. Something that hasn't been mentioned yet and which I didn't know until recently: A well-made strap is supposed to be cut in the direction of the animal's spine, not at right angles to it. Which is why double shoulders, even if the measurements look good, don't work - the length is in the wrong direction (does that make sense?) (I'm saying "supposed to be" because I have a double shoulder and a double butt and various pieces where I don't know and I'm using them however I get the needed length and so far everything has worked out fine. But I'm only making things for myself at the moment...)
  2. Klara

    Thin foam.

    Why, for leather workers it schould be easy: 1mm = 2.5 oz. (And for the rest of the world this equation is completely crazy: WTF have 71 g to do with 1 mm? I suppose leather used to be weighed per ... square foot, I suppose?)
  3. Klara

    Thin foam.

    Another question: Why do you want to use foam for a wallet? I'm really curious because the way I see it foam would add thickness without solidity (just checked my current wallet: no foam anywhere...)
  4. I suppose I have Ivan's version, and it also cuts straps... Even straight ones, as long as I concentrate. It' not a particularly complicated tool that would be difficult to copy. Patents only offer protection for a certain time - as the original patent was granted in 1974 I'd be surprised if it was still valid (anyone know how to find out for sure? I have found the patent https://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=3831279.PN.&OS=PN/3831279&RS=PN/3831279 but no expiration date.)
  5. Great work, and may I second tsunkapasa's request?
  6. Another vote for these round thingies. I've used them on wool pompons for fridge magnets (even the smallest magnet sticks better than bought fridge magnes with strips on the back). I attached them by wrapping them in fabric and sewing them on (the ones without hole were much cheaper and I bought a lot). If you use not the smallest size of magnet, they could be strong enogh to put inside a lined nametag (if you have fairly thin leather for lining)
  7. Actually, cost is important. You need to know what an item costs you so you won't lose money by selling. Make sure you get at least the money for leather, hardware, consumables. Ideally also something for your time. If you can get more, by all means, charge more! Regarding the quality of the show, I've been in your situation. Ideally one would visit shows first as a "tourist" to see whether it's worth participating. In France you need to send an application with pictures of your work to the better shows, which means committing a long time in advance. Shows which don't have an application process often are like the one you described. Incidentally, I don't find well-executed handstitching boring to watch. And most people have no idea how leather is sewn... I used to sell handspun items and I always had a spinning wheel during shows. Not only to attract attention - which it did - but also to have something to do while waiting for customers so as not to go crazy with boredom. Two of my colleagues working with leather also worked during the Christmas market (4 weeks, 9 hours a day - with very few customers on weekday mornings). Not to generate interest, but simply to create inventory. (I did needle felting - not enough space for a spinning wheel.) So I'd say, do what you can during the show. It also helps convince the customers that you really are making yourself the things you are selling!
  8. Did you really go from no experience at all to this in 4 months? WOW! Congratulations! I am deeply impressed! (Btw, I don't see the bad tap of the hammer )
  9. Unless you have the shape of a model, a mannequin as is won't be much good. You can either buy an adjustable dressmaker's dummy, something like this: https://www.amazon.com/Adjustoform-FG150-Male-Dress-Form/dp/B00EZQ55VO (can't help with availability because Google gives me mostly French options). Or you could make it yourself with the help of a friend. Here is how https://paulaobrien.com/making-a-duct-tape-dressmakers-dummy-the-right-way/ though I'm not convinced about the duct tape. When I first read about it 15 years ago they recommended paper tape, the sort artists use to frame pictures or bookbinders to glue pages together. I couldn't find any at the time, used duct tape and it would come apart fairly soon. You might want to look for other instructions- YouTube also has some for adapting a standard dress form to your measurements. There are stores that sell equipment for other stores - everything from shelving to shopping bags to cash registers - they have the standard display mannequins, which you could maybe adapt to your size. A cheaper way to get them might be to find a store that goes out of business. Or you could try Ebay, or classifieds. Good luck!
  10. Does your phone not allow to resize pictures? Even my entry-level Samsung tablet has the function.
  11. Very nice work! Regarding the edges: Jo from JH Leather, a professionally trained saddler, never seems to use Tokonole. I believe what is necessary depends on how the leather is tanned. Now that I see the browband installed it occurs to me that the absence of a snap hook on the throat latch might be annoying. For you can't simply throw the crown piece over the horses head... But you'll see how it works when you get the halter to Bent (love the emroidered name!)
  12. Thanks. I'm assuming gesso is not elastic, then? Rules it out in my eyes. @fredkBut would dye and your floor polish work? (I forgot to check what is sold over here - just never go into the aisle with cleaning supplies...)
  13. As I'm cheap I'm trying to learn to crash carefully with a € 120 RTF park flyer. Don't intend to get really into the hobby, I just want a toy for my dog to chase. But for the moment, gravity wins too soon...
  14. I don't have the results yet, but I'll be dyeing the edges with water-based dye (it's what I have) and then use Tokonole. I believe that should give a similar result to edge paint.
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