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  1. regarding the chemical you use to finish your edges just a bit more if needed, what did you say it was called? and it makes your edges an extra bit smoother after applying edge coat and soldering with your iron correct? - Ben
  2. RockyAussie you have far exceeded any expectations I had for any reply’s I was expecting to get. So bare with me I have a few questions. 1. Maybe I missed the detail about the type of brown leather you used for the backing of the watch strap. I was wondering if you could point me to where to buy that. 2.Also the reinforcing fabric you used, it appeared to be some sort of nylon mesh. Is it special order or does it matter what I use? 3. I also don’t have access to a leather thinning machine if i skive the whole strip of leather will it look uneven when glued down to the brown leather backing? 4. i have been using Latigo leather in the past, for its claim to fame on durability, I assume you don’t do a project like this with Latigo, and thin the leather out as much as you need right? 5. I don’t seem to have HooCo wax on hand, is HooCo a specialized kind that works best on smaller edges? Or will any old wax do for the edges? Like paraffin? Or beeswax perhaps? 6. Last question I promise, which is the horse hair buffering wheel, I don’t seem to have access to a wheel of that sort, is there a substitute I can use? Like a cordless drill? i know some people burnish with wooden wheels and such, but I don’t imagine you can find a polishing wheel, with horse hair, on it for polishing the face of the leather. thank so much, this was really helpful. if you have a YouTube channel or anything like that I’d love to follow you, cheers BN
  3. So any suggestions on making a clean edge?
  4. Hello all, I am currently working on making a nice clean edge with two strips of leather about 5-6 ounces at the max, one is epi, and the other is Latigo for a nice leather bracelet to wear on my wrist. The issue is I would like to make the bracelet durable, so I’m straddling both pieces of leather glued back to back, when I butt the ends together, the outside has a French seam and the inside piece has either a French seam as well or a 1/2” skived end piece on each end that over lap for me to hole punch and sew tightly together. But this means I need to straddle these strips together and stitch them right before I edge the bracelet. After the bracelet is made I have been applying all processes for a clean edge thoroughly from this site. However I am having a large issue with my leather not being even. Largely due to my leather which comes pre coated with some sort of waxed film is also very thin. This makes it basically impossible to edge nicely. I’ve tried sanding the edge with a belt sander, it didn’t seem to help much. it’s like the rough part of the leather falls after I glue both pieces together. So I have been looking at edge wax online. But people also use paraffin wax on edges as well as saddle soap. I have heard of using weld wood cement, and rolling the leather pieces together. I really wish someone could just lay out what is the best possible option to give a vey clean glass like edge that I can also paint with acrylics. But most Importantly that will not crack in the bent circular shape. thank you for all the help it is very much appreciated. i will attach the leather below. regards BN
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    Thank you Tom I noticed in that video the edge is quite wide obviously since your burnishing a saddle I looks like. But my leather is only a few ounces do you know if the burnishing iron does all edge thicknesses even if the leather is a bit flimsy or will it end up looking kind of messy? Thanks
  6. Ben00

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    Hi, Tom t thank you for the tip, when u say burnishing Orin I assume you mean the electric ones online? As they don’t seem to look like the one in the video. Although this looks like exactly what I need, please elaborate thank you. BN
  7. LAPat, those photos look great, I’m currently attempting a similar project, with lots of acrylic paint, I would love to get any info you have on how you made sure the leather didn’t crack underneath your paints, as it appears you use quite a bit. Thanks again lmk. regards BN
  8. Ben00

    Hidepounder Tools

    Yes exactly! I’ve heard about this so I’m wondering where I can buy the stuff he sells it doesn’t appear he has a website to buy from.
  9. Ben00

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    Bruce, do you happen to sell the felt marker that I hear he uses for dyeing burnished edges?
  10. Hello, I’m looking to get better at leather edging. But I want to learn from the absolute best, as my intention is to eventually sell my work. I heard Bobby Park (Hidepounder) is the standard for clean professional looking edge work. And he appears to use very specific tools for his work. But I have noticed he is not active on this website for a few years now. Does anyone know where to buy his specialty tools. That he says help him make such great results. I will attach his edge breakdown below. thanks again for any help.
  11. Matt this really helped I just skived both ends really long then hole punched through both layers and stitched the whole thing together worked like a charm appreciate the help. Yes fredk I did just that burnished the ends like you said, thank you for the idea of putting it around a glass jar to stabilize as well that helped a ton appreciate the assistance.
  12. Thank you Fredk! im wondering if you burnish the tips of each skived piece on the outer layer? or just glue the ends together and only skive the edges of the leather to form one singular band? I have also been having troubles assembling the leather together since the leather is looped so small im finding it hard to hold both strips in place without the leather not lining up evenly, do you suggest i glue the portions of each leather that overlap together before i continue to curve it around and attach both ends together? thanks again for your help. Regards Ben N
  13. Thank you Fredk, do you suggest i Bevell edges of end of each strip or leave them be as is?
  14. Hello I am currently attempting to create a bracelet, that has no rivets or buttons keeping the leather bracelet around my wrist. I want to glue two strips of leather back to back with raw sides glued inward so they can not be seen and the finished side exposed. The bracelet is being made for a friend so I'm hoping to make the edges where the ends of each strip meet look like they were finished professionally. Any tips on making sure there is no fraying or shifting of the pieces once I am finished gluing the two strips together? thanks for the help.
  15. Thank you Northmount as you can see I'm still getting used to forum, I reposted the photos I as JPG files.
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