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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
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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
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    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.
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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.
  16. hello Tom, Thank you for your reply, I will try the mink oil, and Snopruf as well. Originally my first idea was to use the polymer coating that is widely used in women's clothing such as dresses and skirts,(I attached some examples below) however they do not coat it over fabric or leather, it is literally just just a dried sheet of rubberized plastic, so if any one has had any experience with this coating with or without the use of it on leather or fabric let me know your experience, thanks again.
  17. If anyone reading this post can not correctly see the photos I just posted. If so, I can resubmit them again upon request. Ben N
  18. i keep trying to post photos on this forum to accurately describe my problem but the chat says i can only upload a file of certain size. i have already compressed the photos and they still seem to be too large.
  19. Hello all: I am currently working on a DIY project that has been troubling me for a while now. My objective is to take two individual strips of leather and glue them together, and give the outside layer a glossy surface finish, creating a full wrist sized bracelet that is supposed to be sewn onto the cuff of a normal hoodie. The leather is supposed to be sewn onto the hoodie permanently and never removed. Meaning the leather strip applied will need to be 100% waterproof. for 20+ years. Essentially no coatings or chemicals made for leather are both 100% waterproof and durable enough to protect the leather of consistent water abused when laundry is done biweekly on average. so in conclusion I have turned to the Liquid Latex solution that is used for making stretchy clothes, and never breaking. my question is A) has anyone used liquid latex on leather that was painted with acrylic paint, and then once the latex dried with a glossy finish, you bent and manipulated the leather and saw the paint crack beneath the sealed surface of liquid latex? B ) I want to clean the leather before painting it but i don't know if any chemicals will cause the latex to not stick to the leather, as i have seen posts on here of people using liquid latex specifically to protect areas of their leather and then peel the liquid latex off of the leather surface afterwards, I'm hoping to apply a few coats of this stuff, and once dried I hope god himself cant pry it off of the leather. does anyone know if it works well or not? C ) I have noticed some different brands of latex around and i didn't know which one would work best on leather. any recommendations? D ) If I end up applying the latex to the rubber and it works great I don't know if I should puncture the seal and sew the leather strip to my sweater afterwards, or possibly glue the leather together, paint it, sew it to the sweater. then tape off the part of the sleeve i don't want the latex touching, and then the coat the leather so the sewing thread stays in place and is protected. thank you for all the help it means a lot as i have no clue what I'm doing thus far, thanks! I attached photos of the project below.
  20. Hello all: I am currently working on a DIY project that has been troubling me for a while now. My objective is to take two individual strips of leather and glue them together, and give the outside layer a glossy surface finish, creating a full wrist sized bracelet that is supposed to be sewn onto the cuff of a normal hoodie. The leather is supposed to be sewn onto the hoodie permanently and never removed. Meaning the leather strip applied will need to be 100% waterproof. for 20+ years. Essentially no coatings or chemicals made for leather are both 100% waterproof and durable enough to protect the leather of consistent water abused when laundry is done biweekly on average. so in conclusion I have turned to the Liquid Latex solution that is used for making stretchy clothes, and never breaking. my question is A) has anyone used liquid latex on leather that was painted with acrylic paint, and then once the latex dried with a glossy finish, you bent and manipulated the leather and saw the paint crack beneath the sealed surface of liquid latex? B ) I want to clean the leather before painting it but i don't know if any chemicals will cause the latex to not stick to the leather, as i have seen posts on here of people using liquid latex specifically to protect areas of their leather and then peel the liquid latex off of the leather surface afterwards, I'm hoping to apply a few coats of this stuff, and once dried I hope god himself cant pry it off of the leather. does anyone know if it works well or not? C ) I have noticed some different brands of latex around and i didn't know which one would work best on leather. any recommendations? D ) If I end up applying the latex to the rubber and it works great I don't know if I should puncture the seal and sew the leather strip to my sweater afterwards, or possibly glue the leather together, paint it, sew it to the sweater. then tape off the part of the sleave i don't want thew latex touching, and then the coat the leather so the sewing thread stays in place and is protected. thank you for all the help it means a lot as i have no clue what I'm doing thus far, thanks! I attached photos of the project below.
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