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  1. I see high end goods made with exotic leathers pieced together to make wider panels. The seams are nearly invisible. I want to learn how to achieve that look. I bought a couple carp skins from Springfield a while back. They're not quite wide enough as one piece to cover my cane handles with. They're around 3 to 3 1/2 inches wide and I need closer to 5 inches wide. I decided to experiment on one of them to see if I could make it wider. I cut it in half and trimmed the edges so I could put the bottom edge of one piece on the top of the top edge of the other in an attempt at keeping the scale direction running the same way. I lined them up face to face and stitched them together using a saddle stitch and 0.6 mm tiger thread. The leather was pretty stiff so I soaked it in some water to make it more pliable and folded the edges of the seam open on the back side. I clamped it open and flat overnight so it could dry. This is where it's at now. I'm mostly satisfied for a first attempt. Due to the scale pattern a perfect match just isn't possible. I'm ok with that. It's usable for a handle cover and wetting the fish leather made it much more pliable and easy to mold. It's pretty stiff and almost papery feeling when dry. The seam is visible, but not bad. I'll have to pad it somehow so the edges by the seam don't show under the leather. My stitching chisel is large for the thread size. There are a few small holes at the stitch line but they're not visible unless you hold it up to a light. If I do it this way again I'll use my sewing machine and regular thread for a less bulky, flatter seam and line it with wax paper. the leather wanted to stick to the wood. I'll also use wider boards. Am I on the right track with this method? I know this method can be improved. How do the pros join two or more smaller pieces together for a larger panel? What should I be doing differently? Should I try just butting the two pieces together and gluing them to a backing of some sort? I'm concerned about gaps at the seam opening up if I try that. I would like to use some exotics like these skins and ostrich legs, I'm looking at toad skins too, but many are too small to make one piece covers from them. Thanks for any advice.
  2. Hello, I bought some toads and need to recover some of the cost, 5 1/2" toads are $8, 6" toads are $9, 9" toads are $20. Let me know if anyone is interested, these are the same toads listed at $14 on Springfield leathers website. Thanks, Dan
  3. I am trying to help a friend in locating leather for a pair of boots he wants made. What he is looking for is Pirarucu aka. Arapaima leather. It is a South American fresh water species and is one big fish. I have seen some boots made from it on a couple of different sites and they look great. He has a boot maker but wants to find the hides since the boot maker doesn't normally use it. I suggested he call Jerry Van Amburg but I am not sure if he carries Pirarucu. Does anyone know of a supplier that has Pirarucu and sells retail? Thanks.
  4. Hey y'all, So just a quick question before I spend money on trying. I'm hoping someone already has the answer. Is it possible to wet form exotics such as stingray, croc, gator, etc.? I really don't want to have to spend the cash to test this if I don't need to. Thank you. TwoFeathers
  5. Have 9 smaller black stingrays. The smallest is around 3.5 wide and the largest is 4.5. I bought them to use for inlays and just haven't had the chance therefor I am selling them. I have them priced at 15 a piece if you buy all 9 of them.
  6. My first crack at an Avenger style holster (thanks JLS Leather for the 1911 pattern which gave me a place to start), and first try with an exotic inlay. The gun is kind of a unique pistol (hard to find a good holster) belonging to my uncle, who asked for a left handed holster. Had a lot of fun trying something besides a traditional pancake design. Thanks to you who have posted about adding inlays-- it was fun to give that a go too (using lizard from the Springfield Leather "grab bag" of scraps). Thanks for looking. Always open to critiques! Tanner
  7. I have 4 pieces of genuine elephant I am selling. These pieces are still good size pieces just too small for what I do with them. A little over 2 sq ft. $60 gets it shipping included
  8. Hello guys, my first post here! I am a complete novice to the leatherwork/sewing field and I am looking for some advice here. I would greatly like to get into the reconstruction of Nike's/Jordans especially, completely redoing the upper of the shoe with premium materials such as python, lamb/pig skin and eventually leather. I have been doing a TON of research but when it comes down to finding a machine Google just isnt good enough, i need help from a real person with some experience. (PLEASE VIEW WHAT IM TRYING TO DO HERE: https://instagram.com/JBFcustoms OR www.jbfcustoms) I am looking for a starter machine to do this stuff with. Through constant research I have found that one of the top reconstruction artist linked above uses both a flat bed and a post bed with a roller foot. I personally cannot afford 1 machine really, let alone 2, so I am looking for something that is good enough to get me through my trial and error stage and help me make some profit to purchase a better machine! I have looked up several diff kinds of machines... Post, flat, teflon, cylinder, walking etc etc, but its all like a foreign language to me. I would like my first machine to be able to handle at least 3,4 oz of leather as well as the python and pig/lamb skin material. So far the cheapest post bed Ive found is a Yamata 810 at about $600. I have heard that some machines can come with attachments to make in into a flat, which would be great since that post has that 7" stand, which would make it difficult to sew the material together before actually putting it on the shoe... Links to a machine that can do this?? Links to machines in this price range period? Can somebody lead me in the right direction?! Im located in Ohio... THANK YOU!!! (posted this in a leatherwork thread as well, im new to the site lol)
  9. Hello all, I have been working with some very nice leathers over the years, and now I am working some exotics into my line. Does anyone have a source for high quality alligator or crocodile in the US? Looking for a variety of colors particularly browns and tans. I don't mind buying from overseas, but I would much rather buy from the US. Price is not as big a concern as the quality and colors available. I am willing to pay a little more if the product is high quality. Any help or leads would be greatly appreciated! Cheers and thanks in advance, David
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