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  1. I'm new to leatherworking. I recently purchased a 2-3oz half cowhide from Tandy but the leather arrived with a lot of cracks on the back. I had previously purchased a 5-6oz half cowhide that was stiff/dry but didn't have this cracking issue. Is this amount of cracking just in the nature of the lighter leather or should I message Tandy and file a complaint? If it is just in the nature of the product, what can I do to fix the cracking so that my projects aren't filled with these ugly lines? Here's a photo of the cracking:
  2. I have been working on a journal cover. After a small misstep, I decided the nice golden colour that Angelus offers would complement the pattern and colouring done with an acrylic ink. My problem is that I have found finishing the dyes with an acrylic, such as Tandy's Professional Finish, seems to lead to cracking when the leather is bent, at least in the handful of bracelets, barrettes, and small journals I have done that way. It also occurred to me that the dye had simply dried the leather, and led to the cracking. To try to alleviate this from either cause I have creased and folded prior to dyeing The dye contains denatured alcohol and glycol ether. I have considered finishing it with clear-lac, but wonder if that is a good fit over the already acrylic-coated tooled area, and have also read that it does not handle well with being frequently bent. I also would like to keep the resisted part as bright as possible. Any suggestions would be welcome.
  3. I'm in Chicago and working on some 4 x 6 foot tooled leather panels for a wall that will be installed in Palm Springs, Ca. I'm using 5 - 6 oz leather, and I plan on using Barge to cement the leather to a 1/2" MDF substrate, and skiving, glueing and wrapping the edges. It's summer and humid in Chicago, and I'm worried that the leather will crack once it's in the desert heat. I also called the Barge company to ask about the potential expansion/contraction of the glue and how it may affect the leather they said they've never heard of any issues, but I'm curious if anyone out there has any input either about leather tooled and glued in the midwest and sent to the desert. Thanks, Casey
  4. Hello all, this is my first post here. I've been lurking for a while and I decided to get onto my first leather project. I'm making a leather journal out of 4 to 5 oz leather. I cased then tooled, dyed, oiled with with neatsfoot, and then finished with resolene. When I folded my leather to turn the leather sheet into a cover, the spine seemed to wrinkle and crack. Is there any way to minimize wrinkling along leather folds? Would molding the leather piece into a bookcover shape prior to tooling and dyeing help?
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