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  1. I actually bought it hoping for exactly that. There were two issues. First is that the stamp isn't quite the right size (a bit too small) and I'm having a hard enough time with the grapes without trying to reduce their size. The other issue is that the stamp fluer de lis is a slightly different style. It's a bit more flowing, which looks nice, but just doesn't match the original coat of arms unfortunately.
  2. Well, I gave it another go today. A few disclaimers, I didn't case the leather; rather, I just wet it with a sponge. Also, I didn't use a mallet or maul, all impressions were done just pressing the tool in by hand. I think I'm going to try it again but with deeper impressions. I also added a border to the lines of the shield. I think it really helps, but also brings up the question of colors. My intention is to paint and antique this, so then, what color to do the border? I've included a picture of the original coat of arms for reference.
  3. As promised, here's a picture of the small practice piece I did. Besides not getting the beveling even (that's a different issue) as you can see, trying to bevel away from one line quickly runs into another. I'm starting to think that I need to do a double cut around the shield section and then essentially bevel everything with a texture besides the grapes, leaves, and Flur de lies. I'd love to hear some ideas here because while the burnishing on this leather is great, I feel like the design is a no-go unless I can work this out.
  4. I'm working on a piece that at its center has a coat of arms with some fine details. I've been practicing on some scrap leather and it was turning out...okay. I recently bought some 9/10oz Herman Oak that I planned to use for the final piece and cut off a small corner to test. I wanted to try actually casing it overnight versus just spraying it and see how it would react. I'll upload some pictures later, but suffice to say, it didn't go well. For starters, I began while the leather was still too wet (lesson learned). But one of the big issues I'm having is that trying to get good burnishing around the very small details in very tight places. It got me thinking, are there different techniques used for small details than for larger ones? For instance, should I cut/tool more shallow? Like I said, when I get home tonight, I'll take a picture and upload it to show specifics, because what I did yesterday clearly isn't working.
  5. I'm working on a project that will have a rolled piece of leather going around the edge. I want to keep the edge as tight as possible to the main piece, and the method I've found that works best is to get it good and wet. I've included a very rough mock up picture (the roll would be a bit tighter, but the main piece of leather had an edge that wasn't cut perpendicular) The issue is that the main piece of leather needs to be tooled, painted, and antiqued prior to attaching the edging. I'm obviously worried about spending all that time finishing the main portion only to have it destroyed by getting it wet while forming the edge. Is there a better method? If not, would this cause problems on my finished center piece?
  6. So, not to be argumentative, but the more examples I've seen, the more I think that the colored edge is actually a separate piece of leather. I'm thinking it's basically glued and rolled over the edge and either stitched through or with a separate stitch running below it.
  7. I agree that there are some beautiful oak leaf and acorn designs that come out of the black forest. However, the ones I linked are made by Max Töpfer out of Ergolding, a bit north of Munich. Regardless, the central design isn't what I'm going for, but that edging caught my eye.
  8. As a follow on question, I'm still looking at options on different design details. I came across this set of suspenders and I'm a bit perplexed by how this edging was accomplished. (the green portion) It looks like it was sewn face to face and then rolled over the back, but then it had to somehow be secured to the back, as well as the white backing piece. Does anyone know what this is called and/or how it's accomplished?
  9. Thank you! Yes, I'll definitely burnish the edges and sew the liner on. (gonna be a LOT of hand sewing, but thankfully it's 5 separate pieces, so I can break up the work) I'm even looking at some decorative stitches as well. There's a lot of creativity I can work into it so I'm still trying to iron out the details on the final design. I've got a feeling this project is going to come together very slowly, but I'm enjoying the journey.
  10. Hello all, First post, and I'm looking for a little help. I'm in the process of making a pair of leather suspenders for Lederhosen. I'm in the process of tooling, painting, and antiquing the breast shield, but I'm a bit unclear on how to line it and the straps. Between the fact that it'll be laying against a cotton or linen shirt (much more delicate than the waistband on a pair of pants) and wanting to avoid them being too thick/stiff, I'm leaning towards something along the lines of lambskin. Has anyone done something along these lines? Is there another idea that I should be considering?
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