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edwardmorris

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    On a quest to build my own belt ;)

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  1. The variation I'm after is to make the belt TV accurate :) . When bought, it didn't even come with a leather strap, and when looking at options to buy one pre-made, I just got inspired and excited about making one myself. Same thing happened to me a few years ago with my motorcycle :D, went looking for a vintage, ended up restoring one from the frame up myself and learned a lot in the process.
  2. Continuing here Continued input and advice would be much appreciated!
  3. So a quick update, I had emailed BK this picture along with the type of leather I'm working with (Tandy's Superior Oak 8-9oz) and they recommended #2 Edge Beader and #2 Push Beader for the beads and rounded border. The tools arrived today and I tried them out on a small piece, and now I'm worried #2 might be too narrow Thoughts? If I need the next size up, I hope I'll be able to exchange them....
  4. Thank you gents! I have bit the bullet and ordered some mighty expensive Barry King tools, will have some more to share once they get here.
  5. Hello, I recently joined the forum and this was my intro post I got some good advice and pointers and will be getting a few more tools to try and accomplish my goal. In the meantime, I have been practicing with the basic tools I have from Tandy on some scraps. This was the best piece among the scraps and I attempted to turn it into a coaster. I'm a big fan of Resident Evil so naturally, Umbrella Corp Logo . I didn't have a swivel knife (on its way) when I did this so its all just beveler, no cuts. I tried to leave a bead between the sectors and it is obviously all over the place, but hey, I'm practicing!
  6. Thank you! I was able to speak with someone over there and I've sent them pics with details, hopefully I'll hear back soon and get what I need. In the meantime, I will move the conversation around my practice pieces to the getting started forum (seems appropriate). Thank you all for the help!
  7. Thank you! That does look like the right tool, but wow is BK stuff pricey! I might just have to go for it as I need to achieve that look. BK also has some steep bevelers, but I can't quite figure out what size to get as their website is somewhat user unfriendly for people not "in the know". Any suggestions?
  8. Here are some pix of the practice scraps, I will do my best to describe the experiments. 1. Is the best results I've had so far. For this, I tried the "cheat" to get to the right water saturation by spraying the back and wetting the front with a damp (not full wet) sponge, then tooling within the next few mins once the surface dried enough. Had the best results with this method, and even tried a small/mild curve. 2. Is the piece that I wet in a similar manner, but then beveled small areas as they started to dry up, going from still wet to nearly dry, with the best result happening leaning towards nearly dry (on top at least) 3. Is the piece that I submerged till the bubbles stopped (few seconds) then left it alone for 24 hrs on a flat glass sheet. The outside line came out dead straight but then the piece became too dry. I wet it again to do the inner (left) line and that wasn't as perfect (probably my haste). I also beveled the corner with the tandy #3 edge beveler and gently sanded with extra fine grit just a little to get a nice rounded edge (still not the tubing effect). 4. Is the first practice piece, submerged wet then worked on it in about 4hrs as it had already dried out quite a bit somehow. The lines came out mostly ok, then the piece warped funny after drying and look horrid now :D
  9. Thank you Rahere! The pix I posted in the first post are the work of a famous individual, and its all by hand (guy is amazing). I don't expect to get that good on a project budget and timeline but I will pursue something good looking and close to those designs. Basic tools aside, for specific ones that will me achieve that specific look, I will likely end up buying them as I do plan on using them for a few smaller projects as well. Just want to be sure before I buy things :) I need help figuring out a beveler that will give me steep slopes, and also a part number for the push beader mentioned earlier on this thread, I can't seem to find anything that looks like it will do the trick.
  10. Thank you Dwight for the warm welcome. No I do not yet own a swivel knife, most of the work I intend to do involves straight lines and I read/saw vids saying a groover/spoon tool works better, so I have that instead. For a starting project I was thinking more on the lines of a regular old belt with a buckle, with maybe a little border/simple tooling decoration instead of a wallet. The more I look at my practice pieces (pix soon I promise, need to get them off the camera), the more I'm convinced the B200 beveler isn't anywhere near as steep enough. Thanks! I searched for both and came up with nothing on the beader front :( but I did find the backgrounder so thanks again! Do you know a part/model/maker anything I can use to find the beader? Also new question, what tool is being used here?
  11. Hello All, this is my first post here. I'm new to leather work and have been reading and watching videos to get the basics right for a while now. I feel I'm at the stage where I can start practicing so I ended up buying some leather and basic tools when Tandy had a sale recently. So far I have the B200 beveler, a small pear shader and one camo/border tool. I've been playing around with some of the scraps of Tandy's 8-10oz Superior Oak to figure out moisture content stuff and I've got a little ways to go :). The end goal is to be able to bevel straight lines and curved corners at some point. What I can't seem to figure out is what tools do I need to get this effect which almost looks like a round hose/pipe/tube. I've linked some images below. And the border, almost a perfect round tube And also how to do and what tool to get this beveling ridge right? And finally, what kinda tool do I need to get this effect for a background? Any help will be really appreciated! BTW I've seen the video 'cut less bevel more', in my trials so far, this has worked the best. I will post pictures of my practice work as soon as I'm able.
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