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  1. Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house... everyone was rocking and rolling...there was a righteous party about...
  2. Actually I have a recommendation that satisfies both cost and a more finished look... (Beautiful work BTW...your tooling looks a lot better than mine) As you are going to work on completing the stitching line across the front and back anyway...you can use a piece of cloth to line the project. Even nice upholstery fabric isn't more than $14/yd. And it will remove the "unfinished" raw leather from the inside. You should be able to get at least 6-10 Bible covers out of a single yard. And that's if you use upholstery fabric...lighter weights non emroidered are of course going to be cheaper. But you can use anything from denim to monk's cloth to just cotton flannel and make it shine with that. Pockets can be burnished on the inside using gum Trac...if you want or fabric laminated as well so the leather dye/oil doesn't get on the paper. And it will look something like this.
  3. Since in my house hand made crafts ROCK! Surely with our sets of skills we have someone in our lives that is deserving of a hand made leather...something? When it gets finished wanna post a picture of it here?
  4. You are welcome... Getting the iron to be upside down was actually my biggest challenge. Used a mallet through the handle of the iron and a couple of big measuring cups to get it to be stable enough to set the letters on it... watching out for the steam vents. Plugging it in or unplugging it to be my on/off switch and waiting for it to cool down so I could put it away.
  5. Just did exactly what you are talking about. I used a clothes iron set on cotton setting and set the letters on it. I also used a piece of wood marked for the edge of the stamp and clamped to the leather to keep the letters uniform spacing and level. I also clamped under the edge of the wood the foil sheet but on top of the leather going to be stamped. I let it all get hot for like 5-10 minutes... I also used gloves....hey that stuff gets hot and I need to work very quickly. Then used a lot of pressure and held it there for a bit. Making sure I had even heavy pressure on all parts of the letter. Worked like a champ.
  6. Water pumps are very different...your water pump motors are a variable voltage squirrel cage motor. They aren't stepper motors driven by a Variable frequency drive. Which is what a sewing machine motor really is.
  7. Actually I was interested in some chrome tanned leather for a couple of projects I was thinking about doing... portfolio and a zipper bag/purse. I just haven't seen any great deals on the materials yet and Christmas prep is starting as soon as I finish what I'm currently working on. (Not much left to go on it.) I'll be tied up with Christmas until next year. Over 1K of assorted chocolate truffles and another 1K of assorted cookies and then several blank gingerbread houses and there's more but I just mentioned the worst offenders...yes, it's a production for Christmas. And from what you are saying...that would be an awesome find. We do have a tannery close by here that makes chrome tanned leather...but it's for sporting goods... like basketballs and baseball gloves and soccer balls... you get the idea. Just a 90minute drive away. I was thinking about hitting them up for some chrome tan for a few sport nuts I know. Purple for Louisiana football and regular orange pebble for basketball. They would make some great portfolio/organizers...just the right stitching and they would look great. Work great too so long as they don't get thrown around.
  8. I agree...I have yet to buy anything from Springfield or Weaver yet... Just nervous about buying anything sight unseen. I've been told they have some great deals on leather and supplies....just haven't pulled the trigger yet and I'm almost done for the year. Last of the stitching going in tomorrow for my wife's journal. That will be the third journal cover (A-5 sized) out of a $40 shoulder from Tandy. I've also given up airplanes...too much time and effort that crashes. Gave away the controller and servos and motor...plane was in pieces (of course) I do like the hobby...it is fun.
  9. You can usually pick up belly sections of veg tan for really inexpensively...and make some cool things with them to learn tooling and stitching and dying and wet forming. Chrome tan is for extremely pliable leather uses. Veg tan can become soft and pliable but it takes treating to get that way. Baseball gloves are chrome tanned leather but still require oil and forming to close easily. But a lot of chime tanned leather is thinner and more pliable than baseball gloves. The "coin purse" gathered and tied at the top is chrome tanned leather...but purses and handbags are veg tanned leather. So is armor. So are arrow quivers.
  10. I was told that a day long casing leather process makes the leather easier and smoother when carving and tooling... And I tried it...but absolutely destroyed the leather by shrinking it too small to be used. It was going to be a 300pg A-5 journal cover. So 9"X13.5" made with a shoulder piece that was about a 5oz thick of veg tan...I wasn't wanting to make a 3-D that jumps out at you...just a well tooled piece that is nice and classy looking. This is what I remade and did.
  11. I'm keeping after it... Any suggestions?
  12. Either will work...just depends on what you are comfortable with using. Barge definitely needs curing time before the cloth is attached or you will get bleed through...but it can't be too much or else it won't stick... meaning that your coat needs to be extremely even. One of those small paint rollers can really help when doing this...the brush in the can? Not going to recommend that whatsoever. Sprays can go everywhere you don't want...so some blue masking tape is going to be proscribed.
  13. I just have to say that your bag looks awesome...very unique and nice at the same time. I usually pick up cloth at the sewing/hobby stores...they usually have a wide variety... even upholstery fabric and pleather. I think that I've seen something similar there but I'm not sure. And with the current supply chain interruptions... especially nylon you are going to need some luck finding it. (Basic Materials stock's Earnings release report mentioned issues with nylon specifically)
  14. It's actually a journal cover...but I do thank you for the compliment. I haven't had much success with bags yet...I am considering doing one again but for a bag I'd need to do some French Seams...and I really hate skiving. (Don't ask, just go with it) And bags can be lined in a variety of ways from all I've seen...the number of variations has got my head spinning with choices. So I'm putting it off for a while.
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